Source: The Scotsman, 19th August 1907NB - The reporter was somewhat confused. Aberdeen did not equalise from the penalty, they went 2-0 ahead. The Clyde defence was hard pressed, and the ball appeared to strike one of the Clyde men on the arm. However, the referee thought otherwise, and awarded the Aberdeen a penalty. Halkett took the kick, but Mason managed to stop the ball, which rebounded in the direction of Halkett, who had little difficulty in placing it in the net.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 19th August 1907
An Auspicious Opening.When Aberdeen opened with Dundee on Thursday night, and the latter were at full strength, our side had several notable absentees, and suffered accordingly. Much - perhaps a great deal too much - was expected of the Aberdeen in this game, and they failed to impress those who were with them, and gave considerable disappointment to the supporters at home. It will always be a big pill to swallow - a defeat from Dundee - no matter by how many goals it may be, so long as the present keen rivalry exists. The defeat was keenly felt at Pittodrie, and the anxiety to win on Saturday, when the real opening took place, was clearly depicted on every face. Another disturbing element was the fact that the whole side could not be called on. Tom Murray was suffering from a chill, and the ban of suspension is still over W. Low. These were the prime factors in disturbing the equanimity of the directors and officials. We had our doubts as to the experiment which was tried against the Clyde in remodeling the front line, which, in our opinion, was not a great success during the first period, but came on better in the second half. The Clyde had a fine win over Partick Thistle on Thursday night to start with, and they stepped on to Pittodrie on Saturday confident of breaking the spell of bad fortune which has followed them on their visits to the Granite City. Comparing the teams as they came out on the field, we should estimate that Clyde averaged a good few pounds in weight per man over Aberdeen. Eager eyes were cast for the new men who made their first appearance this season, but their stature failed to favourably impress those around the enclosure.
The Play.Play started shortly after four, with Aberdeen playing towards the west goal, and shaping wonderfully well. A clever bit of work by Muir let Lennie off, and his express shot made Mason squirm and only partially clear, so that Macdonald had a soft goal in less than seven minutes' time. The home side pressed for a short spell and then fell away. By this falling away we had an opportunity of judging how the defence would shape. Macintosh had watched Murray in the practice games, and he was always master, while Hume did most useful work against McCartney. Clyde's innings having ended without a score, Aberdeen made an effort to increase theirs. Unsuccessful for a time, they were eventually awarded a doubtful penalty, which Halket converted. Though not altogether pleased with the decision, Gilligan deserved more than a talking to for kicking Lennie, as the left winger was a passenger after that. Hume brought Graham down inside the line just on half-time, and 'Macfarlane saved a great shot. A run by Murray, which he squared in fine style, culminated in a goal for Clyde within three minutes of the resumption. Aberdeen were seen to better advantage after this, as O'Hagan partnered Lennie, while Muir crossed to Macdonald, and Simpson went to centre. Some beautiful work was witnessed, and only the stubborn defence of the Clyde kept them out. Lennie eventually capped a nice run on the left by beating Mason, and at this point the scoring finished.
The Players.Prominent amongst the visitors were McCartney at outside right, McDiarmid at half, and Gilligan and Watson at back. Mason saved well when let alone, but he got two lessons from Macfarlane as to how best to save penalties and get rid of the ball quickly. "Rab" who was in his best vein on Saturday, and saved some lovely shots, already seems to have a perfect understanding with his backs. Macintosh and Hume are improving by acquaintanceship, while Halket was the leader of the halves. Drain is not a smasher like Strang, but he feeds his forwards better, and is a more dangerous shot. Wilson worked hard, and by playing him at half should come a bit. The forwards were spasmodic in their combination, but their weakness lay in centre, which was not properly filled at any time. Once they get settled down to one another we should get better results than that of Saturday, and of this more anon.
Chatty BitsAberdeen drew £176 at the gates and stands on Saturday, which is the biggest opening day drawings they have yet taken. Clyde were a goal better on Saturday than they were on their last visit to Pittodrie. Lennie got a nasty kick on Saturday, but it is expected he will be fit by this week to meet the Rangers. It is most unfortunate that Aberdeen should have been de¬prived of Murray's services at the opening match. Nobody was more disappointed than the Middlesbrough player himself. Wilson's initial appearance at half-back for Aberdeen was voted a success. If he would just keep his place, we think Wilson will make a class man for the middle line. The refereeing on Saturday was all that could be desired, and Mr. Jackson required no protection on this occasion while leaving the grounds. There is an agitation to get up a special train for Glasgow this week to see the game at Ibrox. Our old friend, Tom Ruddiman, was unfortunate in his first game with Port-Glasgow, being hurt early in the second half. The season does not begin in England for a fortnight yet. Dunfermline Athletic have taken the fancy of the critics, and they are looked on as one of the best teams in the Northern League at present.
Source: Bon-Accord, 22nd August 1907