Source: The Scotsman, 26/11/1906
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 26th November 1906
What might have been.Had Aberdeen the good fortune to have had eleven men all the time we are firmly convinced that their goal average would have been enhanced a bit on Saturday's play. It was just the want of that man that made crosses go for nothing, which ought to have materialised into goals, and even with this handicap they were top dog most of the game. Edgar should never have attempted to go on again, but so game was the little chap that he had to get out to see how he would stand it with a bandage on. The Port players did not give us the feeling of decided superiority which they might claim by the results they have obtained. Their defence is sound - Ritchie, Robertson, and Shaw being very fine. The halves are a fair lot, but with the exception of the outside men the forwards were poor. Aberdeen's front line performed well, when the absence of one man is taken into account. If anything, Lennie had a particular claim to first place, as he had a strong opponent against him, and he played that same back almost to a standstill. Of the halves W. Low stood out clearly. It was just such a game that suus the left-half. Hard knocks agoing, Wilfrid can give and take, and smile all the time. He was up assisting Lennie, back to defensive work, and all over played the game of his life for Aberdeen. Henry Low and Halket were also very good, but Hiry did not get the opportunity of shining like the other lad. Boyle was the better of the two backs in some respects, as Gault was inclined to be a little rash. While the hard knocks were agoing in the second period it was amusing to see the referee lecture Boyle for a trip which he never committed. Had the whistle-blower tackled the centre-half on this point he would have been nearer the mark. Macfarlane had so little to do that we could not say whether he did it well or badly, but as he let no goals in that speaks for itself.
Chatty Bits.Edgar had to get his knee put into plaster this week, and the report is out that he will not play this side of the New Year. It was extremely unfortunate on Johnnie, who was in fine trim, and he will require to be very careful before he starts to Play. It was touch-and-go for the light hanging out to finish the game at Pittodrie on Saturday. Referee Edwards was a trifle finical in his decisions on Saturday, and became unpopular with the crowd. Tom Strang did not feel just fit for a hard game on Saturday, and stayed down from the team. It is seldom one misses the genial smile of Strang on the home side. Halket was skipper of the team for the day, and he seems to fill the position to a nicety. Boyle's look of injured innocence at getting a lecture from the referee, when he was not to blame, only served to irritate that official, who was not "having any." Of course, had Paddy retaliated, as he could have done, he might have got "marching orders." Boyle knows a thing or two. Aberdeen are a point richer over this game than they were last year, when they only drew with the Port- 2-2. The "gate" at Pittodrie came to £130 all in. It will require to be a 2.30 kick-off this week, as the light did not last long enough in the "Port" game. Aberdeen meet Hamilton Academicals this week at Hamilton. Lochee refused to play Aberdeen A last Sarurday, and the latter have claimed the points and expenses. This knocked the third team out of a fixture. Lochee failed to come to the scratch and Aberdeen have claimed the points and expenses. Owing to their failure to get a Northern League fixture the A's went to Fraserburgh and gave a very fine exhibition of football. The spectators have not seen a game like it for many a day, and got their money's worth in goals. Though the score was large the Hearts put up a good fight for it, and never relaxed their efforts all through. Johnnie Robertson, who has recently figured as a back and half, went up to outside right and was a success there. He has great possibilities as a forward. With Airdrie going rocky it came as a surprise to their supporters to learn that they had parted with Peter Gildea to Bury. The English League results furnished some curious reading on Saturday night. Fancy, Liverpool giving Ashton Villa 5-2 and making rings round them at last! The Sunderland quietly take the points from Everton by scoring the only goal of the game, and Newcastle United lose to Bristol City by 2-1. Football form is a funny thing to go by in view of these results. The sum collected for the Wilson Benefit Fund at Pittodrie on Saturday amounted to £4 5s.
Source: Bon-Accord, 29th November 1906