Source: The Scotsman, 1906-01-22
The Attack Failure.Last week I remarked that the defence were to blame for giving a point to Motherwell. On Saturday the attack were at fault in allowing themselves to be worsted when in splendid positions to save. They hung too long on the ball, and persisted in close dribbling, when it would not travel, so that the Queens defence pounced on them every time. The halves and backs did well in keeping down the score, and the only mistake "Rab" made was in the first goal. It is not nice to have to chronicle these facts week after week, and to me there appears to be something wrong with the team, individually, that requires looking after, otherwise the management may "get left." What the precise fault is I do not profess to know, but it should be remedied now, or good-bye to Aberdeen's fair refutation as a football playing team.
Chatty Bits.New Hampden is free from being so complete in up-to-date facilities as the other grounds in Glasgow. These will come in due course, but the want is a drawback meantime to visiting teams. Mackie shaped well in the centre, but requires to know the moves of his wing men. Several times he had hard luck in not getting through, and on hard ground we fancy he would have been there. The ground was too heavy for McAuley's fine work, and he lay too far hack to support Lennie's crosses. It was just a day to suit "Wilfie" Low, and he would have bееn in his glory ploughing through with the ball. Finding that the forwards could not get on the target, they had to make a try themselves, and were successful too. Out of the five goals, Davidson, had 2 and Robertson 1. Of the forwards Ward was the pick of the lot. He put in some fine work both at outside and inside positions. Smith was not nearly so good as we have seen him. He seemed to fag before the game was done. I am afraid he requires more training to keep him up to the Northern League hard work. St. Johnstone was severely handicapped by Turner getting injured. He is a valuable man at close quarters. The Saints had a splendid opportunity of gaining the points, but threw it away. On the right they were exceptionally strong, and got in some good runs. The game was remarkably free from any roughness, Mr. Davidson keeping the players well in hand. The gate drawings and stands amount to over £30. Tait, who has kept goal for the A team, since the New Year, went on trial to Partick Thistle on Saturday. He was inclined to stay in Aberdeen, but the Pittodrie people could not guarantee him a place once Frank, Barret was fit. It is stated that Frank will be able to play this week, if required. At time of going to press the A team were without a fixture, though every endeavour was being made to get one. At the start'of this season, Herd was looked, on as the coming custodian for Pittodrie. He has completely belied his first impressions. Wilton is another player who is not playing so well as he did. Hе was giving Brebner the lion share of work on Saturday. In the second half, however, he played a much improved game. it is to be hoped the A's will get a fixture for tomorrow, as it will never do to let them lie idle.
Source: Bon-Accord, 26th January 1906
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 22nd January 1906