Source: The Scotsman, 15th November 1909
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 15th November 1909
DOWN AGAIN.No reasonable excuse can be offered for Aberdeen's failure at Hamilton on Saturday. Their failure was due entirely to a lack of adopting the right method of playing on a heavy, narrow pitch. The weather was fine on arriving at Hamilton, but the playing pitch had been seriously affected with the heavy rains, making the ball travel slowly, while it got on the heavy side all too soon. At the start, the home forwards made most progress, slinging the ball wide across to each other, and thus kept Aberdeen defence busy for a considerable time. Once the visitors got away, but their close passing game did not suit the condition of the ground, and their outfield work, pretty to look at, went. for nought when they reached close. quarters. Lennie had several good runs along the line, but he could. never beat Brownlie or Watson, who, between them, seemed to have hatched a most effective scheme for checking the left winger. On the right, MacEchern made most progress, and he seemed to realise more than the others what was wanted - and did it: to no purpose, however, with the others backing up. From one melee to another, both sides should have opened the scoring before they did, and it fell to Waugh to beat Mutch from close quarters with a shot of the uneaveable order, and which proved to be the only goal of the match. This success gave the "Acas" a lot of heart; they swung the ball across from wing to wing, but the visiting defence had got into their method, and cleared magnificently time and again - Mutch excelling in some fine work between the posts. A goal down at half-time was nothing out of place for a visiting team to be in, and from the manner in which Aberdeen resumed play, we had hopes of their squaring accounts. Slavin was called on to save a swift one from Bert Murray, while Lennie struck the posts, but this spell of pressure was only for a short time; the home team being alive to the fact that they had none to safe a lead, made towards Mutch, who gave nothing away. It was a sporting game to the finish, with the home side worthy winners by 1-0.
THE PLAYERS.Slavin kept a good goal for the home side, and he had every assistance from a couple of splendid barks in Brownlie and Davie; the former we thought the best of the two. In the middle line, McLaughlin kept a good hold of Soye, and caught the eye most, though Watson was not far behind. The outstanding forwards were Irvine, Freeman, and Waugh in the order named. No fault could- be found with Aber-deen's defence, Mutch, Colman, and Hume doing all was required of them, sometimes performing brilliantly. The half-backs were good all over, Moffat shining, though somewhat handicapped for a time by injury. MacEchern was easy the best of the front line; Soye and Simpson were not so clever nor so nippy as in the previous. week, and Bert Murray made a good appearance at inside left; but forgot there was a right wing on the field.. Lennie was good in the open, but finished lamentably.
CHATTY BITS.O'Hagan expects to be back and start training in the beginning of the week. He has made very good progress during his sojourn at Chesham. Northern League Clubs and such like who have enough to do to pay a small sum per match, or week, had better see to their finances, now that they may be saddled with cases of compensation. Rumour has if that the proposed Scottish Amateur Association has gone out of its way to oppose the S.F.A. in some way or other, and a deadlock is at present the outcome of the situation. Aberdeen have a long cold journey before them this week to Greenock, and they will have to play up to repeat last year's performance. Have you got a ticket for Lennie's benefit? They are going very well just now. We understand there is a movement to have a permanent memorial for the late Mr. H. S. Wylie.
Source: Bon-Accord, 18th November 1909