Source: The Scotsman, 10-09-1906
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 10th September 1906
Is it the Turning Point?It has taken three weeks for Aberdeen to find their legs and win points and the question asked at Pittodrie on Saturday was - Is this the turning point? There was a decided improvement in the front line as far as shooting went, but steadiness in front of goal is still required. The mode of play adopted by the St Mirren may have had a considerable to do in spoiling well-meant endeavours on the part of the Aberdeen forwards, but they will require to learn to checkmate this. Everybody was satisfied that they had their money's worth out of the players on Saturday, though there were faults to be found individually.
Rab's Re-appearance.Our old friend must have felt happy with himself when he stepped between the posts on Saturday. His reception was flattering and showed clearly that his popularity with the crowd is not diminished no matter what differences may have existed between him and the management over terms. On the announcement being made public that he had signed for Aberdeen there was a general feeling that his presence in the team would restore that confidence which had been lacking for a few reeks, and so it proved to be, for his shout made the players aware of danger they had not taken into account. We hope he will be between the sticks for many a day.
The Saints Beaten.So far as they had gone this season St. Mirren appeared at Pittodrie undefeated. That they were after the full points was clearly evident when they came north on Friday night, so as to give their players a good rest to fit them for the ordeal. Tom Strang began well by winning the toss, and the way they started gave their supporters ah inkling that some special training had been indulged in. Henry Low was conspicuous with a fast drive, making Rae's hands tingle, and a minute later he missed by inches. Lennie crossed a lovely shot which went outside the the far post, showing that the shooting at any rate had got nearer the mark than hitherto. Anderson now got away. Evading Halket, he had only Gault to meet, who rather clumsily trapped the ball and sent well down the field. Aberdeen kept on the pressure, the Saints having difficulty in shaking them off. When 20 minutes had gone a surprise came. Aberdeen spectators had been shouting themselves hoarse for a goal, but they little thought the Saints would open the account. Anderson got clear away, with Hall following, the latter shooting straight at Macfarlane, who let the ball travel right up over his shoulder. This success on the part of the Saints was received with absolute quietness. A few minutes later when Edgar equalised, you might have heard the shouts miles away. Shortly before crossing Lennie tricked Greenlees and then Crawford, and beat Rae, putting Aberdeen on the lead. The second half was not so interesting. With the wind the Saints kept the ball too much in the air, and there was a lot of useless headwork. Before anything of not occurred the period was almost half through, when Haxton to ur mind, cleverly fastened on, and landed a difficult shot it the net. Lennie was not done, for the shouts of Haxton's success had hardly died away when the dapper left winger had another goal scored. Scrappy play followed, and just before time Anderson scored a soft shot which either Gault or Macfarlane could have saved. Aberdeen thus won a hard game by 4 goals to 2.
The Saints were not so well served by their forwards as we have seen them. They kept tne ball too high to be of service to them on such a day. Anderson was most prominent in the line, closely followed by Hamilton. The halves and backs played very well, and has a great amount of work to get through, while Rae was beaten with every shot, without having the slightest chance to save. Aberdeen's front line shot hard and often, and it paid in the long run. Edgar gave Ford plenty to do, and Haxton backed up Lennie well. The halves were very much better this week, but Boyle played poorly all through. Macfarlane ought to have had a clean sheet, but the want of practice may have been gainst him.
Chatty Bits.We were glad to see Wilfred Low's return to form. He was a success on Saturday against Hamilton, and held the flier well. The St. Mirren's officials were very much taken aback at the form shown by Aberdeen. They were disappointed at getting their colours lowered at Aberdeen, as they came through determined to win the points. Boyle was the weakest man on the Aberdeen side. He will have to buck up, with so many understudies waiting a chance. The bad twist which Gault received on Saturday kept him out of the team on Monday. Halket was the artist in the half-back line on Saturday. What a lot of hard work he put in. While "Rab" let in two soft ones, we cannot overlook the fact that he kept out a lot of splendid shots. He looked a bit rusty after his long rest, but we expect to see him play many great games before the season draws to an end. The young men - perhaps old ones too - who write letters to the papers, must feel very small over Saturday's result. Nothing like persistence and perseverance to command success, and evidently that is Aberdeen's motto. Notwithstanding all the outcry the gate came to over £160 - not bad for a team going "rocky." The A's did very well at Dens Park, and ought to have won. Perhaps they will do so this week. The half-back line had to be remodelled, Davidson going on at left half, and Robertson on at right. The latter played very well, but was just inclined to be too far back for a half. Dundonians evidently don't patronise their Reserves very well. There was only some £38 of a gate. It will be double that at Pittodrie or we are very much mistaken. Lawrie was selected to play in the centre on Monday, but turned up late. Owing to an injury to his foot at Dundee, McKinley was unable to play against Falkirk. "Gowie" Robertson was not in his usual during the first half, but warmed up in the second. It was John James Simpson's first Senior League game, and from the way he played we don't think it will be his last. Simpson, the Falkirk right-winger, is a flier. He put in a lot of good runs in the first period, which went a-begging. It is a long time now since Aberdeen secured 6 goals in one match. This is an awakening! If this form be maintained the spectators will soon become proud of their team. That look of anxiety which has been worrying the Aberdeen directors' faces since the season began is gradually disappearing. They are evidently not yet satisfied that all is as it should be, and we understand are still on the outlook for a good centre. McWhinnie, who played on Monday showed he could play, but was badly in want of training. It was reported at the time that Haxton was a good goal getter. The pity is that he was not brought into the team sooner. Gault got a bad burst on Saturday which prevented him playing against Falkirk. A little more experience in the way of tackling and Urquhart will be a fine back. His height comes in very handy to him at times.
Source: Bon-Accord, 13th September 1906