Points, Facts, and FanciesMy first point is, that the protest lodged, I understand, on the grounds of a professional irregularity by Paddy Boyle, had a depressing effect on the Aberdeen. They fell away for a time in the second half, and came again at the finish; secondly, the ground was dead against the light men, who had more work to do to keep the ball travelling; and lastly, Aberdeen should have made more goals in the first half. Last week I predicted the forwards would lose, the game, and they did. The halves were all good, but the pick was Tom Strang. Gault was the best back on the field, bar none. There was little to choose between the goalkeepers. Stark was the best half on the Rangers' side, and the best forward was Alick Smith. Both the backs were plucky, and are the weakest part of Rangers' side. I fancy that if McNicol, on the heavy ground, had substituted Edgar for the day the outcome would have been secure for the Home side.
Referee.Mr. Mason deserves a short par. all to himself, for his work on the field was correct and without ostentation. We have too many officials of the fussy order, and the spectators not only agreed but relished, the way he handled both the play and players. He was fair to both sides, and his decisions were never disputed. This is quite a change to what we so often see at Pittodrie and elsewhere. The idea of having an English referee commended itself to everyone present.
Chatty BitsAberdeen has bidden adieu to the Scottish Cup for another season - a round earlier than last. An Aberdeen official told me on Saturday that the snowstorm meant a loss of £150 to the club. All things considered, £304 was very good on such a day. It will have cost the Aberdeen club a bit of money to have the grounds cleared. The crowd would have been a small one but for the enthusiast who came from the south and the north. Glasgow was well represented by several of the leading lights, but there were only one or two of the "selecters" present. The only lack of accommodation at Pittodrie seemed to be in stands. I heard many complaints as to this. There was a worried look on the faces of Directors Wylie, Mackay, Duncan, Philip, and Jaffrey, till they saw the grounds cleared. The Treasurer was the only one who smiled at the finish. He had a good fat gate to take charge of. At the finish I saw several of the Aberdeen players, and they were disappointed at the result. They were all convinced that they should have had a penalty against Campbell. Mr. Mason does not believe in giving penalties unless he thinks they are really deserving of the full punishment. Aberdonians were really happy with themselves at half time. The "boys" played well in the first half. Every man was a trier. To my mind McAulay was the best forward, but his partner was lacking again in finish. Alick Smith is as good as ever, and it was he who deserved the credit of two of the goals, though he did not actually score them. We have heard it said over and over again in Glasgow that Bob Hamilton was done for good. On Saturday's play I did not think so. Bob got in that winning goal fromt an awkward pass, but he made sure that Macfarlane would not get at it. The drawings show that some 10,000 paid for admission while season ticket-holders, press and other officials would bring the total up to about 12,000. Several congratulatory telegrams were sent to the Aberdeen boys on Saturday wishing them success in their tie. After Saturday's experience, the Aberdeen directors should set about to find out what would be the best front line to serve' them throughout the remainder of the season. More weight is wanted in the forward rank - on heavy ground it tells greatly on the light weights and takes more out of them than an ordinary day. They have plenty of reserves to work on, and they ought not to be afraid of it. Three draws in the Scottish ties have to be finished to-morrow, and I fancy there will be some brave finishes. Third Lanark go to Hamilton, Kilmarnock to Port Glasgow, and the Hibs have a stiff journey at Meadowside. There are many versions as to the grounds of the. protest lodged by the Ranges From what I can gather it was alleged that Boyle played in a benefit match for some works team while a signed professional for Port Glasgow. Had this been known in time. I don't suppose Aberdeen would have played him unless they had good grounds for so doing.
Source: Bon-Accord, 16th February 1906
Source: The Scotsman, 1906-02-23
A to talk to PROTESTBefore starting the second period, Hamilton intimated to the referee that the Rangers would protest against Boyle's inclusion in the Aberdeen team owing to an alleged irregularity on Boyle's part one during the close season.
SECOND HALFAfter a ten minutes rest the teams turned out for the final tussle, looking rather the worse for wear, but when the sphere was set on the move again it was apparent that there was plenty of "go" left in both elevens. The first excitement of the second period was raised by Lennie, who tried his sprinting powers against those of Campbell, and it was only by harassing the little man that the Glasgow back succeeded in regaining possession. For a time Aberdeen maintained the pressure, but the Govan half-back line kept the ball well up to their forwards, and soon the homesters were defending to their utmost. Strang was, as usual, prominent as a bustling player, but all his efforts to keep the ball ahead were frustrated by the nimble movements of the opposition attack, who pestered Boyle and Gault with their close in attentions. Gault was easily the safer of the payer, but Boyle had perhaps a more difficult wing to cope with in the Kyle and Smith, who, although they did not come conspicuously before the notice of the onlookers, put in a lot of effective work, which opened up the game for their confreres at the other side of the field. The Rangers were beginning to assume the superior position, and Macfarlane had a warm time of it, but he sustained his charge with unusual dash and vigour. Hamilton, in the centre, had not hitherto shown up very well, but at this stage he seemed to find his legs, and very soon his work became apparent. A cross from the left was caught up by the centre, and he waltzed round Boyle in a pretty fashion, one finishing with a shot which showed the upright. Try as they could, the Aberdeen men found it impossible to resist the pressure, and a pass from the left wing was cleverly caught by Dalrymple, who brought the leather down with his head to the necessary elevation, and jack tipped into the net. With almost half an hour to go, and the teams on an equality, the game was quite open, but Aberdeen showed signs of inferior training, and the Rangers' forwards kept begging away with even more vigour, being plied with opportunities from the half-back division. Lennie and Robertson, on the wings, were the only pair who one were able to penetrate the opposition, but the Govan defenders played strongly and kicked well into Aberdeen territory on every occasion. The Rangers' right wing game careering down the field, and Macfarlane had a long spell of grubbing in the mud, but he managed to keep up his end for a time, but disaster was ultimately brought about by Hamilton, who netted from close in, and gave the strangers the lead. Hamilton looked like penetrating once more, and only the combined tackling of the backs saved the situation. The remainder of the game was a keen and determined contest, in which some pretty football was shown on both sides, but, in all fairness, it must be said at the Rangers' deserved to win.
THE DRAWINGSThe "gate" amounted to £252 19s 9d, with £51 6s 10d drawn at the stands, making a total of £304 6s 7d. But it may be mentioned that the record gate at Pittodrie was drawn last year, when Aberdeen met queen's park in the first round of the Scottish cup competition a mounting £348.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 12th February 1906