Source: The Scotsman, 4th January 1909
SUMMING UPIn view of the changes in the Aberdeen team, the Pittodrie crowd were pleasantly surprised. It was not long before it was evident that the local men were to make a good show, and the appeared to even greater advantage in the second period. The home front line was good as a whole, with the two outside men most prominent. McIntosh was the pick of the half line. The defence had nothing serious to do till the second half. King deserves a word of commendation for his performance in goal. On the Port side the forwards were not effective, and most of the dangerous work came from the brothers Findlay. Munro was strong in the middle line, while Jackson and Ritchie were sound in defence. To Thomson his two great credit. He made some great saves, and but for his skill his side would have had to record a heavier defeat. The drawings amounted to £124 15s 3d.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 4th January 1909
Play and PlayersThere have been sensational happenings in the closing days of last year, the local management having to enforce discipline to the extent of putting one player on the transfer list, and heavily fining others. It has been apparent for some time that something would have to be done, and we trust nothing more will be required to keep harmony in the camp, which is at all times desirable for all, parties. The new players have now been seen and talked over. Bert Murray has justified his inclusion in the team, but it is quite patent that Niblo does not make such a good partner to Lennie as O'Hagan. Nevertheless, there is good football in the player if he could be placed in the proper place, where his powers could be utilised to advantage. Stewart Davidson had a strong wing against him, and clearly demonstrated that he is fit for good company at any time. King in goal got very little to do, and may be said to have never got tested in the struggle. With a continuance of good weather, we will have a better opportunity this week of judging as to a reconstruction of the team.
Chatty Bits.Great credit is due the Aberdeen management for their courage in tackling the clearing of the grounds in such a short time. The reward came in two good gates on the Friday and Saturday, and they would have been larger had it been more generally known that the grounds were clear. About £300 were taken on the two days. Just fancy what the club would have dropped, though the expense of clearing was great. The storm was not realised in the south, and those who came north were amazed at its magnitude in such a short time. There has been more sensations in the south as to players. Sharp has left the Rangers and gone to Fulham, for whom he will play this week. It has been well-known for some time back that Sharp was not on the best of terms with his Glasgow friends. At the same time, it came as a surprise that he was going back Fulham. To certain clubs who were after the international back his short stay with the Rangers was the cause for rejoicing. There has been trouble in several English clubs during this holidaying time. Footballers seem to forget what is expected of them during the festive season. For another week at anyrate, Aberdeen will be without the services of Mutch, Halkett, and Low unless they make a speedier recovery than is expected. Low does feel able, but it was the doctor's orders that he should rest last week. Young Wilfrid Toman of the "A" Team underwent an operation last week, and is now recovering as rapidly as could be expected, though it will be some time before he is able to Play. The number of invalids Aberdeen have at present will make it difficult to get two teams selected, unless there are speedy recoveries before the end of the week. MacIntosh received a wire of the death of a re1ative after Saturday's game, and left for home immediately. That was the reason of his absence on Tuesday. Maryhill had a rather hard experience in their northern tour, and got stranded in Aberdeen on New Year's Day - further they could ot get. They appealed to Aberdeen as to what they should do, and, in the circumstances, the home club agreed to increase their guarantee rather than that they should [have] lost both games and money at the same time. Their play against Aberdeen Reserves on Monday cleanly demonstrated them a team above the ordinary run of junior combinations. They have some clever players who are well worth watching, and we have no doubt Aberdeen were looking on with critical eyes. Maryhill might have won by more than one goal - a penalty - had they pressed home their advantages. It was a fine game all through. Macpherson, who kept goal for Aberdeen, is an Invernessian, and his display on Monday stamps him as a custodian of more than ordinary ability. The rush of holiday fixtures is now over, and clubs will settle down to prepare their forces for the cup-ties. With the defeat of the Celts on Saturday, the League championship becomes an open question between four clubs. Prior to the Rugby Park failure, the Celts were being looked on as a dead pinch for the flag. We note that Aberdeen is not the only club having trouble with their players. Leith have had to take drastic steps.
Source: Bon-Accord, 7th January 1909