Source: The Scotsman, 13th December 1909
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 13th December 1909
ABERDEEN CRIPPLEDIf the weather was bad on leaving Aberdeen on Saturday morning, it was still worse when the team and officials arrived in Glasgow. On arrival at Partick's new pitch the rain poured in bucketfuls, and we were astonished to see any people there at all. As we discovered later on an the evening, this was the biggest crowd seen at Firhill Park this season. We were not sanguine as to how our lads would shape on the heavy pitch, but we were soon hopeful once the game started. The eagerness with which they went off spelt danger to the Thistle's defence, and but for a bit of smart refereeing, the first goal would have come to Aberdee. There was no doubt the decision was absolutely correct, but many did not observe it, and wondered how the goat was disallowed. The home side now had a look-in, and their left wing gave us some fine work in the open, and our defence had to look lively to prevent danger. Play was wonderfully fast considering the heavy going, but the first goal should not have counted, but for one of those mistakes which will happen. The ball, instead of bouncing as it had done on some bits, remained stationary, and Colman missing it the centre dashed in and scored. It was a gift in a way, but it counted, though hardly deserved on the run of play. Aberdeen kept up the pressure after this, and their goal came through Simpson. If there was a claim for off-side, it was speedily settled by the referee pointing to midfield. Soye seemed to be suffering towards the finish, and had to retire before half-time, which came with the scores 1-1 and Aberdeen pressing. A sudden burst by the Thistle at the start looked a bit bad, but the defence stood up and never wavered. On Aberdeen finding their bearings, thoy made tracks for Howden, Lennie and 0'Hagan shoWing class work. Unfortunately, Soye had to retire again, and chances were lost which ought to have counted. Then Hume got hurt in a melee, and also had to go and receive "first aid" but with nine men the visitors held their own, though they had a narrow shave of losing when a penalty was granted against them. Mutch saved the penalty, for which we were all thankful. The Thistle were seldom in evidence, and the finish arrived with the weather at its worst and the score one goal each.
PLAY AND PLAYERSThe game all through was fast, wonderfully so, when the heavy state of the ground is taken into account. Howden is still an excellent custodian, and saved his side on Saturday. McGregor was the better back of the two; though McKenzie kicked well, he found Aberdeen's right too smart for him. Wilson caught the eye most in the middle line, though Perry and Lyle both did good work. Th eright wing, Callaghan and Fraham, were the prime movers in the attack, their forcing runs often looking dangerous. Smith is a rusher; while the left wing did not seem to be fed to the same extent as the other side. When we say Aberdeen had hard lines in not taking the two points, we do not think anyone present will disagree with us. The play was better than We have seen at home for a few weeks back. Mutch distinguised himself in a manner which brought praise from all who saw him. Both backs stuck in to their work; Colman made one mistake and considering he has been ill during the week, his performance was good. Hume till he got hurt, was invincible, tackling fearlessly and punting the heavy ball well down tha field. Millar was the star in the intermediate line, and his holding of Callaghan and Graham was not to the liking of the home crowd at all. Wison and Macfarlane were much about the same, the latter showing exceptional judgment at times. Soye was weak, and felt ill most of the time he played, due to the excessive wet, which it seems does not agree with him. The left wing carried off the honours on this occasion; in fact, we have not seen them do so well this season. Simpson and Murray were good, but not nearly so tricky as Lennie and O'Hagan. Had they shot for goal instead of waiting for position they shonld have had a goal or two to spare at the finish. We shall get at that some day.
CHATTY BITS.The weather on Saturday spoiled Aberdeen from participating in a fine big gate. There is no doubt Aberdeen would have been a big attraction in the Maryhill district, where so many of their plavers earned their first reputation in the game. We learn that out of the other games in Glasgow, Aberdeen had the largest patronage. All the critics are agreed that the football served up by Aberdeen was about as fine as could have been seen anywhere. The League competition now assumes a more interesting aspect, with Falkirk practically level with the Celts. The topic of conversation last week-end was the resignation of the team manager and secretary of the Hearts. Sympathy is general for Mr McGhee, who made a sacrifice to take over the duties and had to bear the burden of the olub's bad performances. The half-yearly meeting of the Hearts last week was a rather lively one, but the success of the teem against Motherwell should silence some of the critics.
Source: Bon-Accord, 16th December 1909