Source: The Scotsman, 1906-11-12
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 12th November 1906
Quits at Dens Park.Very few of us who travelled in the special to Dundee on Saturday were confident of victory over our great rivals. Still, we had the hope that our boys would put up a good fight. In this we were not disappointed. From the moment Dundee put the ball a-rolling on Dens Park, our hopes were never allowed to falter. To begin our story, we had some anxiety as to how the forwards would settle together, as we were informed that McKinley was too ill to play. Henry Low took the centre, and Ward went on to partner McDonald. Our lot quickly fastened on to the ball, Henry letting drive a fast grounder to Muir. Billy and his two backs were none too comfortable for a while, the play of Aberdeen being too persistent for their liking. There was a bit ol a lull when Edgar had to retire through the effects of a blow on this clever little player's "wizzen," from which biood was flowing. During his absence, Halket had several old scores to pay off, and, along with Tom Strang and W. Low, got Dundee's front line in a tangle. Every time Dundee tried to get away, the middle line stuck to them like leeches, preventing combination, and bursting up any concerted move. It was a treat to us to watch this. "Ecky" revelled in tricky work, Strang had one optic on the ball and the other on Cox, while "Wolfie" Low ploughed his way through everything in his own dour, determined way. It was bound to tell, and none were more surprised than the Dunaonians, who had expected a much easier passage. Had Aberdeen scored at this period it would have been nothing more than a just reward for superiority over their opponents. Ward had Muir beaten all the way with a "teaser" of a shot, which Edgar might have converted from the rebound had he not lost his pins in his anxiety to get there. We were clearly having the better of Dundee in this half, which closed without any scoring and Aberdeen hot favourites. The pace quickened as the second stage advanced, Macfarlane of the "blue brigade" being the first to show that Dundee were not to be bottled up as they had been. There was just a trifle more of the hard charging than our light-weights were able to stand. McDonald fared none too well in the first period, and he seemed to be a marked man for a big lunge at. Cox and Webb had changed places, and, with it, there was a big improvement in Dundee's attack. The new centre gave "Rab" a powerful drive to hold, and our custodian seemed to be in that mood that, no matter what came to him, he could negotiate with ease. Half-volleys, quarter-volleys, or full volleys from forwards or halves - they were all one to Macfarlane. Lennie became more conspicuous in this period, and many were of opinion that the referee would have created no hardship had there been a penalty in our favour by the way the left-winger was grassed inside the penalty area. Dundee were having the better of the exchanges towards the end, and we heaved a sigh of relief when the whistle sounded without any scoring.
The Players.Those who caught our eye most amongst our opponents were Dainty, McKenzie, and Jeffrey. The forwards did not display the pretty football they gave us at Pittodrie in August last; there was a marked falling off in this line. It was well on in the second period before their shooting was ever dangerous or near the mark. Webb, closely followed by Macfarlane, was the best. There ought to he every credit given to the Aberdeen players for their Saturday's work. They kept up such a steady pressure when beset with accidents, which quite kept the crowd in good humour and entranced with their play. We do not think it would be right to individualise when all did so well and everyone fitted into the other like a machine. It was a rare, hard game, in which Aberdeen lasted the pace and were only beaten in one respect, and that was in the force of charging. All over, no one will grudge the other the point, and will look forward to the return with glee for another great game.
Chatty Bits.Are we downhearted? No. We have made amends for last year's debacle. To bring a 6-0 defeat down to a goalless draw is something to be proud of. Most of us were sorry that McKinley was unable to play. We fancy the original selection would have scored. When will Aberdeen get that run of bad luck thrown off? They were beset with it at Dens Park. Johnny Edgar bad to be medically examined on his arrival at Aberdeen. He has pluck, has Edgar, when he returned to play with such a hurt as he had received. McDonald, also, was in the "wars," but it is not expected he will he off through getting roughly handled. Halket made his Dundee friends marvel at his play. They have not got another "Ecky" on Dens Park yet. The Aberdeen contingent got a little more of their own way this time at Dens Park. Odds were certainly against Aberdeen winning at the start, but opinions were very varied at the finish. There has been a rapid recovery amongst the Aberdeen players during the week, and they are all reported fit. Henry Low is again included in the first line, and really he is great player. As fine a half as one could wish for on a field, he can play in the front rank equally as well. As centre forward on Saturday, Henry gave a display worth all the others who have been in the same position. We are inclined to think that Aberdeen have at their own door a very fine player, who only wants some encouragement. Young's displays in the A team have been worth keeping in view in case of emergency. There is no use going to Fulham for a new centre with as good talent at home only requiring looking after. Brechin City did not maintain the fine start they made, and "lagged fearfully." Allan Lawrie was just a trifle too active on Saturday for Lyon. He was superior to the little back. It was bard lines on the Brechiners to get such a whipping on their first visit, but the retiral of Lyon meant a lot. If Allan Lawrie would only put his mind to it, and play like what he did last Saturday, his place in the first team would not be long in coming. Aberdeen are on the hunt for a good reserve goalkeeper. Are there any budding custodians locally who can apply? Jamie Robertson is the only spare man who is not playing on Saturday, and he will be reserve for the first team in case of accidents. The latest report from McDonald is that he is mending fast. The winner of Saturday's cup-tie at Pittodrie have to play the Fraserburgh Hearts. The city team have choice of grounds. East End United fancy their chances on this occasion. We heard on Saturday that Aberdeen were likely to be asked to provide the opposition for Billy Muir's benefit at Dens Park on January 2. There were two spectators at Pittodrie on Saturday - sons of an old contributor to Bon - in the persons of Messrs. William and James Dey from Pretoria. Both these gentlemen were enthusiastic supporters of the "whites" in the good old Chanonry days.
Source: Bon-Accord, 15th November 1906