Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 15th April 1907
Another Brace for Aberdeen.On the first Saturday of this year, Clyde, in their friendly with Aberdeen, snatched a victory at Pittodrie which has rankled in the home players' breasts ever since. When they appeared on Saturday, and the preliminary canters over, there was no mistak¬ing the superiority of the one team over the other. Clyde, on, the left, made one or two good runs, Bert Murray having a couple of raking shots at Macfarlane, while Mitchell scraped the crossbar with a tremendous drive. These over, Aberdeen got away on the right, O'Hagan and Wilson missing a fine centre of Macdonald's. A tricky wind made the ball take peculiar curves in the air, and it was not an easy matter to calculate its destina¬tion. For their earlier failures, O'Hagan snapped up a cross from Macdonald, which all but found its way in, the crossbar being the obstacle. This did not deter Wilson picking the, ball from a crowd in the rebound, and banging it into the net. Macfarlane had several fine saves, having very little support, from his backs, who were playing very poorly this half. "Mac" kept his end up till the whistle sounded for a respite. The restart was sensational, for Macdonald had the ball in the net from a fairly long drive, which completely deceived Mason, who expected it was going past. Aberdeen might have scored on several occasions had they pressed home the advantages which they had, for by masterly play and close dribbling the home side were demonstrating their superiority in a marked degree. Not more than three times was Macfarlane called on to any great extent, and the only real danger was from a "double-toot" foul outside the penalty, which was so well cleared by " Mac " that he was cheered to the echo for it. Lennie added his usual goal, but his elevation was a trifle high on several occasions, when shooting on the run. This proved all the scoring, Aberdeen winning by 3-0, and thus retrieving their holiday defeat.
The Players.Clyde's most prominent' men were Gilligan at back, and Murray, forward. The former broke up some very cleverly executed runs by Aberdeen's vanguard, and the latter was the only forward who seriously troubled Aberdeen's defence. Mitchell distributed the ball evenly to the wings but found Strang always in the way for any single-handed efforts. At centre-half Chappel seemed careful and placed well, but he is not the roaming, robust player that McAteer is. Owing to the wind the right wing was seldom seen. The poorest part of the home team were the two backs, who did nothing right. Macfar¬lane, being in his very best form, covered up their blunders. The home halves were inclined to lift the ball too much, Halket being an exception. In the first half Macdonald and Simpson were brilliant, and filled the eye most, while in the second period, O'Hagan and Lennie gave a grand exhibition on the left. Wilson is inclined to roam, but is improving greatly in his general play. Chatty Bits. The visit of Newcastle United, the English League champions, to Pittodrie, on Saturday week, should prove the tit-bit of the season. Aberdeen have been left without a League fixture this Saturday. Is there any intention to dish the Newcastle visit? No sooner was this fixture announced, than arrangements were made for special facilities for visitors from the north, who will have an opportunity of witnessing these great players. We understand that the fixture with Aberdeen and the N. of S.F.A., at Inverness, is off. There was considerable satisfaction at Pittodrie, on Saturday, at the announcement that Lennie had signed on again for Aberdeen. We believe that Lennie refused a tempting offer to go elsewhere, preferring to do another term for the " black and gold." Lists are now out for the marriage testimonial to Lennie, and we trust it will meet with a hearty response, as it deserves to do. Anyone desirous to assist can apply to Mr. T. P. Mackie at the Pavilion, and they will be supplied with all information. Since the list of signatures was issued, the Secretary of the Aberdeen has been away from home, attending the Dewar Shield meetings, and has not been able to do business with the other members of the team. The Dewar Shield draws on Saturday came out:- Aberdeen v. East Stirlingshire, Arbroath v. St. Johnstone or Vale of Leith. The competition is to be conducted on the same lines as last year. Now is the time when big transfer fees are talked about, and the Hibs. are once more to the front with a record for Macconachie their young back, who goes to Liverpool for £1000. Last year the Hibs. got £600 for, Stewart, and at this rate they will soon pay off their new ground. We note that the Hibs. have decided to stay another year at Easter Road, before they go down Joppa way, where their new enclosure will be one of the best in Scotland. Hall and Macdonald of the St. Bernards have decided to change their quarter next season for English Clubs. They did not set the heather on fire while in Aberdeen. Aberdeen were at Edinburgh on Monday playing Hearts in the return League fixture. The game was stubbornly contested and finished one goal each. There has always been a close rivalry between these teams whenever they meet either away or at home. Owing to pressure on our space we are unable to give a detailed account of this game.
Source: Bon-Accord, 18th April 1907