Source: The Scotsman, 5th November 1906
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 5th November 1906
A Narrow Win.There was not the slightest possible shadow of doubt as to the Hearts' desire to win the points at Pittodrie on Saturday. Recognising that they had had the worst of exchanges with Aberdeen, they set about having their fastest and heaviest men on the job. Combined with weight, the extreme wing men were the fastest we have seen on Pittodrie this season. Bauchop and Pearson have the knack of lying well out on the wing, and flash along the line like deerhounds. Walker had the first outstanding bag of tricks to disgorge, tricking both Strang and W. Low, his final pass going to Couper, who was pulled up by Boyle. The Hearts were cleverer on the ball at the start, but their shooting at long range was of no account, Rab being able to judge and clear with ease. Henry Low gave McKinley a pass, which let the centre almost get through, and then came an effort from Lennie, who met the ball on the rebound, which deserved a goal. Had it been an inch lower it was bound to have counted. M'Donaht put across another, which, with a breath of wind, would have done the trick, but no goal! and the spectators weie left lamenting. Gault missed the ball and man at the outside of the penalty zone, and Bauchop beat Macfarlane after twenty-four minutes. To say the least of it, this was a gift. Aberdeen ought to have scored after this, Allen getting in the way of some raking shots, which the backs could not touch. It was hard lines when the left back played almost the same mistake, and Macfarlane was hopelessly beaten a second time, before the first half closed. Aberdeen resumed in fine style, both backs and goalkeeper having a seige made on them which they were unable to cope with, and the assistance of Charlie Thomson had to be resorted to. He, more than any other, kept the goal register clean. It was no more than due when, after a hot melee, McKinley beat Allen, prospects of a draw, if not a win, being talked of round the railings. The best bit of work on the Hearts' side was now witnessed, when Aberdeen's defence was outwitted and Charlie Thomson put on a third goal - a perfect beauty - with a full volley deck-clearer. It was not all up with our lads, who gamely pushed ahead, and when McKinley had another on his own, with five minutes to go, the excitement was up to fever heat. Everybody who could kick had a try at goal for the equaliser, Allen clearing frequently at great risk : the backs kicking out and using their weight unmercifully at times. The last ten minutes were value for the money. Encouraged by the spectators, Aberdeen had the Hearts tied up in a knot, but the ball would go everywhere but into the net. Tho local lads had to retire defeated by 3-2. On play, Aberdeen deserved to have drawn the game, and were decidedly unfortunate in losing. Such is the glorious uncertainty of football, and another object lesson that play counts only in the eyes of those who saw the game - it's the goals that put the points on the table.
On the Players.Fast as the wing men of the Hearts were their poaching proclivities were too apparent. Bobbie Walker is as good as ever, and his clever footwork was a treat to look at. Charlie Thomson, in offensive and defensive work, was worth a couple of men, Allen in goal also having to be mentioned for his saving. The backs were never too sure, and the wing halves were no match for the local forwards. Aberdeen's front line did not work so well in combination as we have seen them. Edgar had an off day, and with the exception of one good shot did nothing right. Twice he missed dead snips. Henry Low did some clever things till he was hurt, and we have not the slightest doubt, but for this accident, we should have had a goal or two from the popular half-back. Lennie, McKinley, and McDonald all put in some great work. The halves have been seen to greater advantage, and none were very far above the others. Take away the two mistakes by Gault and the backs were grand, Boyle having slightly the better chance, while poor "Rab" was wanting over the two goals in the first half. Chatty Bits. The Hearts have left their impression on several of the Aberdeen players. McKinley, Henry Low, and Lennie have all been nursing bruises of one kind or another this week. The centre seems to have got the worst knocking about, and fears were entertained he would be off altogether this week. Henry Low was never himself after the rolling over he got near the pavilion, and felt the pains very acutely in the beginning of the week. All are expected to be sound for Dens Park on Saturday. The team will travel with the North British excursion on Saturday, which leaves at 12 noon, while the Caledonian train leaves 15 minutes later. Was Mutch the primary cause of the A's big defeat when he is left out of the team for Saturday? We never heard of his letting six past him in his junior days. Urquhart will re-appear this week in the A team. Our information is that neither of the forward lines - at home or away - will be definitely fixed till before the match starts. It will depend on the weather and state of ground who is to be played. The Harp got the better of the University in the county cup ties on Saturday. Aberdeen have not yet decided when their re-play with East End United will come off. More than likely it will be at Pittodrie some time, if a vacant date can be found. There will be a meeting of the Association Committee this week to arrange for the next round. Fraserburgh have now got some encouragement to work for a recreation park, and we hope they will be successful in their overtures. A town the size of the "Broch" not having a proper pitch to play on is a standing disgrace to the citizens. Now that a forward movement has begun, let us hope they will not stick till they have their object accomplished. We will have direct communication with Dens Park on Saturday, and the scoring will be placed on our Telegraph Board.
Source: Bon-Accord, 8th November 1906