Source: The Scotsman, 3rd December 1906
,b>Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 3rd December 1906
Hamilton succeed at last.Those who have been watching the Hamilton "Acas" for the past month knew this was coming. After a few days' heavy fain, the weather was fine in Hamilton when the team took the field, but the pitch had a treacherous surface and none too fast. Aberdeen started with a confident sort of air, but were not long at it before the halves had to exert themselves to prevent disaster. Gault and Boyle had left their kicking boots at home, for they were none too safe in their driving efforts nor in tackling. It was due to a bad piece of the latter work that let Morgan beat "Rab" ten minutes from the start. With this success the "Acas" were full of life, and they gave an exhibition of forward play to their friends they have not equalled this season. Their dash seemed to take Aberdeen's defence by surprise, and only Macfarlane was able to negotiate properly the inroads that were being made. Aberdeen were not passive spectators to all this, but they did not have the dash nor the finish of their opponents, and the second of their goals was again due to the misunderstandings of the backs. Aberdeen played differently in the second half and Were practically wearing down the score, when a surprise fourth goal settled the issue, and took the heart out of the attack when it was most needed. It was a great game, in which the better team, on the day's play, won by 4 goals to 2. The summing may be put as follows:? The Aberdeen backs were poor, and did not support the attack as they are wont to do. It was their off-day. The "Acas" have not done so well this season, and though we grudge tnem their victory against us, it was no more than their due on play.
Chatty Bits.Aberdeen did not benefit much by their sojourn in Glasgow overnight. They gave their home supporters a fright when the half-time score went up at Pittodrie. If the backs had played up to their usual form, the points would have come north. The "Acas" have never played this season the game they did on Saturday. On their form they should have a few more point to come in shortly. The ground was certainly on the heavy side for the light forwards, who found they could not maintain their pace. Henry Low had some daring shots - one just a trifle off the mark would have been too good to hold. It is a pity Aberdeen came down so easily before meeting their great rivals on Saturday at Pittodrie. Great things were being expected of them. It was a very scrappy game which the A.'s served up a Pittodrie on Saturday. They did not give one the impression that they will beat Arbroath this week. We think a change in the forward line, after Saturday's exhibition, would be advisable. Those round the enclosure were unanimous that it was a mistake to keep out Young. He was better at goal-mouth than the whole three were against St. Johnstone. Robertson and McKenzie were the two outstanding forward in Saturday's game. The halves and backs were also in their usual harassing mood. Though St. Johnstone took away a point they did not deserve it in play. The old warrior - Sergt. Turner - was in great form, and saved dead "certs" repeatedly. Johnnie Edgar was a spectator at Pittodrie on Saturday. Considering the opposition at Central Park, the gate at Pittodrie was not bad, £34 all in being taken. Jamie Dundas refereed very efficiently to both sides. We do not expect to see a record crowd on Saturday, but there will be a few thousands to see the Dundee-Aberdeen game. A special is coming from Dundee, so that we shall have a lively time of it. We had anticipated that Macdonald might be changed to partner Lennie for this game. It may be tried if the left defence is too severe on him. After Saturday's defeat, the feeling is strong that Dundee will be the victors at Pittodrie. We can hardly hope for anything else, unless they bring off a draw by rising to the occasion, and in this connection the defence will have their work cut out for them. The defence will have to start well and keep it up. If Manchester City have not been getting the support financially they used to do, on account of their team going badly, they will make up a bit on transfer fees. By the decision of the Consultative Committee of the F.A., players who belonged to the City, under suspension, were to be allowed to be approached on the 1st of this month with the consent of the club. Saturday was only the 1st of the month and the class men were all being arranged for. It is plain and evident that negotiations must have been going on for some time despite the F.A.'s barrier. Edmonsden and Burgess are likely to remain in Lancashire, Livingstone will go to the Rangers, and Turnbull to Manchester United. It seems Everton, Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Celtic, and Rangers had each a representative in Manchester on Saturday over these players, but they cannot be signed till 1st January. It will be a bad job on some of these clubs if they let any of these players slip through their fingers. We heard, unofficially, that Aberdeen were after some of these men, but we cannot get any information which. Evidently Menzies, of the Hearts, has not turned out a very profitable investment for Manchester United. He is on the injured list, and was lame on Saturday before the game was well begun. If the United get Turnbull, along with Meredith, they will have a very fine right wing.
Source: Bon-Accord, 6th December 1906