Source: The Scotsman, 1906-10-22
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 22nd October 1906
Another Disappointment at Pittodrie.Last year Partick Thistle, very luckily in our opinion got away with two points. On Saturday they had again more than their fair share of this commodity, and bagged one point into the bargain. Incidents of play were few and far between, on the one side, while how often Aberdeen failed to score was the burning question amongst the home supporters. True the defence was sound, but frequently a litile perception, or even a quicker turn would have led to scoring by the home forwards who seemed to lake matters too easily for some time in the first half. They were playing that confident sort of game which begets carelessness, and this was their undoing. Being able to outwit the middle line, their eagerness for goal left them divided as to the proper course to take. Partick's forwards were never greatly in evidence, but their defence was sound and they knew always to be on the spot when there was danger in the air. Gilchrist was the strong man, with Howden on the alert, and Lyon chipping in when either were in straits. It was a damper of a game, with no incident worth description. There might have been some consolation for the spectators if a goal had been got through, but they were kept continually watching near things, but still far enough away to be profitless. A goalless drought!! How long is this going to go on at Pittodrie?
The Forward Problem.It seems that all the hopes and promises that new forwards would be introduced into the Aberdeen have come to nought. Last week the Directors concluded their engagement with Ford without having anybody to take his place. They surely do not mean to reinstate Jamie Robertson to the position he was thought unfit to fill last year. If they have such intentions, then we can only characterise this as bad management, and one that will do a great deal of harm to the club. Can't something be done in the way of picking up a class man? Are all the resources possessed by the manager and his confreres dried up, so that it is impossible to get the article required? As a matter of fact there are plenty of changes in the various teams just now to warrant us in thinking that some players might have been picked up by this time.
Chatty Bits.There were great doings at Dundee on Saturday, special trains coming from all quarters to Dens Park. There was a record crowd, the drawings beating the previous record by £50. The total, all in, was £724 16s. The absence of Quinn in the first half was badly felt by the Celts. He would have carried the ball through had he been there. Dundee gave the Celts the biggest fright they have got this season, and the return game should be a warm one. By their win on Saturday Airdrieonians once more got up top on the table, and will take some pulling down. The early starts will soon be on again, and this makes a material difference to the "gates." Aberdeen had a poor forward line on Saturday. Edgar was not so good on the extreme left as on the right wing. There is just a danger of overdoing this shifting about of players, and knocking them out of play. Robertson was very little improvement on Ford on the right wing. He seems a spent force as a player. We fancy that Lawrie would have made a better outside-right lad he been kept at it. Partick Thistle had a junior on the outside-right on Saturday. He played for Lanemark and was signed on last week. We see they have signed on a new centre forward, who is expected to strengthen their attack. Like Aberdeen they could be doing with some sharp shooters. The Aberdeen players have raised over £20 to the Frank Barret Benefit Fund. Aberdeen A were spectators at Pittodrie on Saturday. Their comments on the play were worth listening to. Lochee could not raise a team to meet them; hence their enforced absence. The, have, as their worthy foemen, on Saturday, at Pittodrie, Arbroath, who will make them sit up. A third team is to be raised to play East End United at Central Park. It is handy at times to have a few good reserves to fall back on when emergency arises. If the first team is causing the directors a lot of heart-burning they have got some consolation that their Reserves are moving on the right lines. It is said that Lickley and Brown of the A team shake the granite-dust from off their feet this week. If this is so then there will be some difficulty in raising three teams on Saturday. Arbroath are bent on having the two points this week. They are free from the qualifying ties. Forfarshire have still a representative in Forfar Athletic in the Qualifying tie. They meet St Bernards at Forfar this week, There is a strong opinion in some quarters that St. Bernards are good enough to win the cup. The Forfar loons may have something to say to this, and will make the Saints go the whole ninety minutes. East End and Shamrock have to finish their Scottish tie, as had a draw of three goals each last Saturday.
Source: Bon-Accord, 25th October 1906