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match report 1907-08 fixture list
Aberdeen 1 - 2 St. Bernards
Kick Off:    Colman.       H.Simpson, Logan  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Friendly game at Pittodrie. Play ruled in favour of the visitors in the first period, Aberdeen seldom exerting themselves. There was no scoring in the first half, and shortly after the resumption Colman scored for Aberdeen from a penalty. W. Simpson equalised. Logan put his side in the lead with the best effort of the match. The game was fast at times, the Saints showing best in front of goal. Result :- St Bernards, two goals; Aberdeen, one goal.

Source: The Scotsman, 13th April 1908

Saint Bernards, Edinburgh, the Scottish Qualifying Cupholders, were the visitors to Pittodrie on Saturday, when they met the first Aberdeen team in a friendly encounter. Aberdeen were minus O'Hagan, who was doing Duthie for his country against Wales at Aberdare, while Murray was also an absentee. There would've been 1000 spectators present when the teams took the field as follows, under discharge of Mr. Brebner, Aberdeen:-

Aberdeen: Macfarlane; Colman, Hume; Halkett, McIntosh, Low; Simpson, Muir, Wilson, Macdonald, Lennie.
Saint Bernards: Hood; Buchanan, Reid; Lindsay, Smith, Ross; Murray, H. Simpson, J. Simpson, Logan, Tennant.

Winning the toss, the visitors were fairly aggressive, their frontline displaying good combination and speed. After Macfarlane had saved a few soft shots, Aberdeen's half-backs forced play to the other end. Lennie and Macdonald had a good run, but Buchanan was one too many for them. The Second Leaguers made several strong raids into Aberdeen's half, their left wing being responsible for the attacks. Their forwards had numerous openings, but when near goal they cut things to fine, with the result that the local defence always managed to clear their lines. Fast end-to-end play followed, but both defences were perfectly safe. The only incident so far was a grand run and shot by Tennant. Macfarlane had some difficulty in getting away the ball. Aberdeen gradually wore their way towards Hood, but like the visitors' forwards, the local forwards the lead to long before shooting. Play at times was very uninteresting, and neither team could claim any advantage. Both sets of halves worked hard, but at times their placing was exceedingly bad. Saint Bernards did most of the pressing during the last 15 minutes of the first period, and if their forwards had exercised a little more care they would in all probability have scored. And very uninteresting first half ended all square, there being no scoring.

On the game being resumed, Aberdeen set to work in a way that gave one the impression that they were to carry all before them. Easy openings were missed by Wilson and Muir. Lennie was plied with the ball, and it was evidently from him that his mates expected the first goal to come. The little man had a grand shot, which missed by inches, while an equally as good effort by Hume also went past. Lennie seemed determined, however, to put his side on the lead, and as he was making straight for goal with the ball had his feet he was brought down within the penalty area by Buchanan. Colman took the kick, and put his side one up. This was all that was required to make the game more exciting. Saint Bernards attacked strongly. They were repeatedly repulsed, but they seemed determined to get the equalizer. They were never long away from Macfarlane, I and, as a result of one of their determined raids, H. Simpson scored. Not being satisfied with the equaliser the secured another point soon after, Logan scoring from a corner kick. Aberdeen were all over their opponents during the last 10 minutes, but the backs and goalkeeper were unbeatable.

Gate and Stands £75.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 13th April 1908


Aberdeen Beaten at Home.

It will be surprising to most people who were not present when they read that Aberdeen were defeated by 2-1 in a friendly game with St. Bernards. The most that can be said for the home side is that they did not try very hard to win, and the forward line was completely as sixes and sevens without Murray and O'Hagan. The Saints were anxious to make a good impres¬sion, and they did it. By reason of their earnestness they got the ball oftener than the home lot, and they made it spin, to good use when they did get it. With a strong wind in their favour the Saints made a lot of ground in the first half, but found Aberdeen's defence too good for anything they could attempt. In the second period, after Coleman had scored from a penalty for two of the Saints unceremoniously bundling Lennie over, the visitors were seen to most advantage, and they scored through H. Simpson and Logan. Aberdeen were within easy reach of drawing level several times, but they generally got robbed of the ball before the parting shot was put in. The result ought to reduce the market value of the players, of which we hear so much, by about fifty per cent., when they get defeated by a Second Division team.

The Players.

The Saints have not a polished team, but they are a hard-working lot. The goalkeeper, an understudy, was poor, and it was a good thing that Aberdeen's sharpshooters were off for the day. However, the backs made up for the deficiency behind by good kicking, while Reid threw himself about needlessly. The halves were of the never-say-die order, and worked hard and unflinchingly. Forward, Logan and Tennant formed the best wing, while J. Simpson at centre got in a lot of work and distributed the ball fairly well. On the home side all the forwards were a poor lot, Muir being the pick of the bunch. Halket was the best half, and Coleman the better of the two backs, for we think Hume could have prevented the first goal. Mac¬farlane had no chance with the two goals he let past, and was seldom troubled otherwise.


There is still a dearth of signatures at Pittodrie, and at time of writing, none of the players had put their names down. It is expected that by the end of this week, however, those who are to stay will come to terms with the manager. There are persistent rumours that Lennie is going to Dundee, but the left-winger has given no indication personally that such is his destination. We understand it will not be the fault of the management if Lennie leaves at all, but these reports have a very bad effect on the others, who seem to be hanging on to see who is to make the plunge first.

Not Bad.

The following has come to us, but we do not guarantee the authority of the story, but it shows some ingenuity, and deserves publication. A youthful spectator rushes up to the turnstiles at the Celtic match and puts down threepence. Money-taker?Hey, my man, it is sixpence for admission here. Y.S.?I ken that, bit aw'm comin' oot at half-time.

Chatty Bits.

The old time friendly has lost its attractions for the public.
Although the drawings would pay the visitors well enough, it fell far short of meeting the current expenses of the Aberdeen club.
A more ragged game we have never seen the Aberdeen play, and they ought to feel keenly at being taken down so easily by Second Leaguers.
Muir was the only forward that gave of his best throughout the game, the others showing up only at wide intervals.
It could easily be see what the want of O'Hagan meant to the others, for there was little or no method in what they did.
Will there be a wholesale clearance amongst the Aberdeen players this season ? Rumour has it that it is to be so.
We confess we do not see the force of all this wrangling about signing-on. If the players are not bent on staying they should be allowed to go.
In our opinion they will go far and fare worse than they have done in Aberdeen.
There is very little loyalty to a club nowadays. It is a case of £. s. d. all over.
The players who don't stick to a club seldom make much by migrating here and there, which takes away a large slice of the extra money they may be promised.
There will be a general rush to get through with the fixtures during the next fortnight.
The A team had a pleasant jaunt to Huntly on Saturday and enjoyed their visit immensely.
The Queen's Park play their return League fixture at Pittodrie on Monday afternoon. The kick-off has been timed for 5.30, so that all may have a chance of seeing the game.
This is the Glasgow Spring Holiday, and it is the only date that could be arranged between the clubs.
Aberdeen will be done out of the May holiday fixture in Aber¬deen. It used to be a paying one.
They should petition to bring the holiday on in the football season, and not allow a fine "gate" to slip through their fingers.
The Hearts have now fixed on a successor to W. Waugh, as manager of the club, in the person of Mr. McGhee, an old Hibernian player. He has begun by signing-on several of the young players at his disposal.

Source: Bon-Accord, 16th April 1908

Aberdeen Teamsheet: 

Unused Subs:


St. Bernards Teamsheet:  Hood; Buchanan, Reid; Lindsay, Smith, Ross; Murray, H. Simpson, J. Simpson, Logan, Tennant


Referee: Mr. Brebner, Aberdeen

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