Source: The Scotsman, 1906-03-05
Celtic changed their tactics in the second half, the backs and half-backs banging the ball, and trusting to the speed of their forwards to snatch a goal. Aberdeen were the first to be dangerous. McAulay drew out the Celtic defence, and Henry Low was let off at full gallop. Adams left his goal, and Low, darting to one side, drove hard for the empty goal. The shot was wide. A neat place by Halkett was picked up by Robertson who crossed, and Low headed into goal. The ball was sent bye. From a cute pass ahead by Ward through Lonie's legs Low shot in with terrific force, Orr intercepting and giving away a corner. Hamilton at the other end of the field ended a clever run by swerving round into goal, and flashing the ball between the posts. MacFarlane stopped the shot on the line, and kicked out. The Aberdeen forwards went to the other end, where from a pass by Ward Robertson shot past. A spell of grand play by Aberdeen ensued. Robertson centred accurately from the touch line, and Henry Low headed into the Celtic goal, which had a narrow escape. A corner off Gault let the Celtic forwards in, and Wilfred Low headed past and gave away a second corner, Boyle bringing relief with a strong header. After some desperate outfield work in the course of which Young on the one side and Wilfred Low on the other were penalised for fouls. In a hot attack by Celtic, Boyle almost headed through his own goal. Gault, however, stepped in behind his partner, and kicked out. Boyle worried by Bennett, conceded another corner, and from the kick MacFarlane saved on the line. Celts were not to be shaken off, and again returned the ball, MacFarlane, who fell in stopping the shot, effected a brilliant save while lying on the ground, by throwing the ball over the heads of three Celts, who were charging in on him. Aberdeen's goal had several narrow escapes. McMenemy and Bennett between them muddled a few yards from MacFarlane, the shot being skied owing to the two kicking the ball. Later MacFarlane fisted straight out, the ball going to Wilson, who dashed in, and was almost through when Gault scraped the ball over the line. From the corner kick Boyle punted up the field in a scrimmage. For twenty minutes Celtic did all the pressing, but they failed to beat Boyle, Gault, and MacFarlane. When Aberdeen again took up the pressure, Young headed out a raking shot from Strang, and a long shot by Low, which was held by Adams, had not sufficient force. Adams also saved one of Lennie?s long, dropping shots, and Low missed a fine cross by Robertson. Strang sent in a terrific drive which Adams caught just by the post. Boyle smartly robbed Bennett, and punted up the field to Lennie. The ball was passed across to Robertosn, who ran on and centred, Ward just failing to get his kick in at the critical moment. Halkett tried Adams with a fast shot, which the Celtic goalkeeper had difficulty in stopping, and a minute later Ward sent in a swift grounder, which Adams tipped with his fingers, the ball rolling across the goal, with nobody up to put it through, and going over the line a foot on the other side of the upright. From the corner kick, the Celts broke away, and MacFarlane foolishly ran out from his goal, the result being that a shot was sent into the open goal. Wilfred Low ran back, and with a screw kick, lifted the ball out when it was only a foot from the line. Henry Low was clear away when he was tripped by Wilson. From the free kick the ball was sent over. Robertson and Orr had a great race, and the Celtic back had to give away a corner. Celtic went to the west goal, where Gault cleared close in, and MacFarlane saved and threw out in a scrimmage. Wilfred Low placed to the centre, where his brother was waiting. Henry dashed in on Adams, and shot a great goal, but the whistle had previousy sounded for offside. The Celtic players now resorted to desperate measures. The goalkeeper came out to the midfield line, and stood there, and the Celts played the one-back game to perfection. Low four times, when he had got started on the run, was pulled up, and if ever the off-side rule seemed stupid and vexatious, it was t this juncture in what had been a great game, but which was now completely spoiled by the Celtic's unsportsmanlike and win-at-any-price tactics. With five minutes to go the excitement of the spectators was at fever heat. Adams, at midfield, kicked the ball against Orr's legs, and Robertson, from a few yards on the Aberdeen side of the mid-line, sprinted down and banged the ball into midfield, well behind the Celtic goalkeeper. Before Adams could turn and get up speed, Henry Low darted past him, and beating him easily on the run, sprinted on towards the empty goal, and banged the ball into the empty net. After the goal had been scored the referee gave Low offside, and deprived Aberdeen of a clean and well-taken goal. As the Celts apperaered to be resolved to at least equalise at all costs, Aberdeen determined to beat them at their own game, and several big kicks by Boyle kept the ball out of play so that the last few minutes soon passed, and the whistle blew with Aberdeen victors on one of the hardest and most exciting games ever played at Pittodrie. Final score - Aberdeen 1, Celtic 0. Aberdeen deserved their victory, for they played a better game than the Celts. Every man on the Aberdeen side played well, and it would be difficult to make a selection. Divisible drawings, £190; Stands, £30.
Source: Aberdeen Journal, 5th March 1906
The PlayersOnly one of the Celts impressed me as a man above anyone I had seen this season at Pittodrie or elsewhere, and that was Adams in goal. He was superb in everything he did. Orr saved well at time, but was erratic, none of the halves were so good as I have seen them, while Hamilton was the best in the front line. He crossed beautifully several times, but Bennett was too wee to get on them with Tom Strang on his top. It certainly looks a bit odd that Aberdeen should have had such a fine front line at their disposal like Saturday's, and go on losing week after week. They had a splendidly balanced lot from stem to stern, who worked like one an. Their mistakes were few and excusable. The only goal allowed was as fine a bit of work as I have seen. Lennie scooped the ball, with Henry Low in close attendance, who slipped to Ward just as he got his pins taken from him, but the inside right made no mistake. So vat an improvement was observable that I trust the players will have a reputation second to none as a class team.
Source: Bon-Accord, 9th March 1906
Chatty BitsThough everyone likes Johnny Edgar and regretted that his accident prevented him playing on Saturday, it revealed a new order of things quite unknown. It was only known at the last minute that inflammation prevented Edgar from taking part in the game, and the rearrangement was made half-an-hour before the game started. Lennie was the "midget" on Saturday, being clean overshadowed by three tall inside men. "Sunny Jim" got several nasty coups in his attempts to bowl Lennie over the touch line. The left winger was too smart by a long way for the burly Celt. A peaceful smile rested on the directors' faces when they saw such fine weather after the terrible week of storm. As the turnstiles flew round the manager and treasurer's faces beamed. £223 all in was not bad, but it would have been more had the weather settled earlier. The Aberdeen crowd were simply in ecstasies over their team's play. Ward never created a more favourable impression on the crowd than he did on Saturday. One good point I liked about him was that he never hung on the ball, but slipped it out or in as the way was clear. Henry Low made the very best shape at centre forward of any that has been tried yet. W. Low was the best half on the field by a long way. He could make them all sit up. Halket has not got back to his old form yet, though he did some very smart things on Saturday. Aberdeen have still to meet Port Glasgow and Partick Thistle before their League games finish. Then thy have the East of Scotland League and Inter-City League games to tackle. Aberdeen A had out their new recruits at Huntly on Saturday. They put up a record score. Young Simpson, who got among the goals, would appear to be a catch. I hear that Tom Ruddiman is to help Huntly on the 17th in the County final. Bob Murray went to assist Forfar Athletic in the final of the Forfarshire Cup. The game ended - a draw of one goal each. Bob will have to reappear again. Forfar were anxious for Brebner, but he was committed to Cup ties.
A Ballad of the "Black-and-Gold."
(With Apologies to Byron.)The Celtic came down like a wolf on the fold, Their teeth all agleam for the poor Black-and-Gold ; And the roar of the crowd, as they stepped on the lea, Must have startled the dwellers in classic Footdee! Like the leaves of the forest, all decked in their green The Celts, bright and buoyant, at kick-off were seen Like the leaves of the forest, when Autumn hath flown That team at the finish lay beaten and "blown" ! For brave Harry Low spread his "wings" to the blast And grinned in the face of the foe as he "passed" And the eyes of the Celts opened wide at the skill Of our nimble wee Lennie - he never was still ! Alas! where was Adams - his goal gaping wide - That Ward's deadly dart he may not dash aside? The Celt "ring" is silent, their idols overthrown; The "cutters" unemptied, the trumpets unblown! Again and again the green tide of assault, Goal-battled, recoils. They find Boyle and Gault Defenders inviolate, aided, as now, By Halkett and Strang and the stout Wilfrid Low! And where stands our skipper? Nor daunted nor pale Looks-he now, good old Rab, in his striped shirt of mail; For the Hag of the Celts in the dust has been lowerd Before the fierce onset of bold Bon-Accord ! G. B. R.
Source: Bon-Accord, 9th March 1906