Source: The Scotsman, 30th September 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 30th September 1907
Another Brace to Aberdeen.Following their success last Monday over the Celtic, Aberdeen were confidently expected to beat Partick Thistle. The local men did not belie this confidence, though, if they had won by 3 or 4 clean goals, it would have been nothing short of what their play deserved. Partick Thistle were seldom or ever dangerous. They were never allowed to get so far as that, for the halves or backs were able to account for every raid they made. Macfar¬lane had the easiest task he has had this season; only one shot troubled him, and that he cleared nicely. After a succession of corners, granted through the persistency of the attack of the home side, the Thistle made a rush towards Macfarlane, and as they stayed for a minute or two in that quarter, Lennie was leisurely waiting at the midfield line, where Hume sent the ball. Under the old rule Lennie would have been given offside at once, but he waited till the- ball had crossed the line, and pouncing on it made off for goal. Having only Lyon to beat on the way, the left-winger cleverly circled round him and shot with great force into the corner of the net. Massy had no earthly chance of saving, and it was only by sheer luck that he was able to keep out shots from Murray and Wilson a little later. The first period concluded with Aberdeen having the one goal lead, and as they had been playing- against sun and wind, hopes were entertained that they would increase their total. Attacking strongly at the start of the second period, Massy was troubled several times, his saving at this stage being simply perfect. It was by too persis¬tently pinning their opponents to their own quarters which spoiled Aberdeen's chances of increasing their score, shots of an unsaveable kind rebounding off some of the defenders who were packed in the goalmouth. A very glaring case of fisting by one of the backs occurred, in which the referee thought it was the goalkeeper who punched it, but still through the ball would not go. Towards the last five minutes the Thistle made some pro¬gress through Aberdeen's halves fiddling with the ball till they got it taken from them. Had Thistle equalised at that time it would have been due entirely to the halves, who overdid some fancy work to the detriment of the forwards' play.
The Players.The play on Saturday, was not up to the Celtic standard, but this was due to the opposition, who could not raise the same excitement, nor were they moved with the same spirit of eagerness as were the Celts. The chief object of the Thistle was to prevent Aberdeen scoring at all, and but for Lennie's cleverness they would have succeeded, and gone away with a point they did not deserve. Their outstanding player was Massy, whose saving was smart, if at times lucky. Gallacher is a fine centre-half, and kept a watchful eye on Wilson, and robbed Murray, too, when it looked odds on his getting away. Lyon was the better of the two backs, though he would have preferred not to have met Lennie so rampant. Robertson, as a centre, shaped well and shot bard, but the others were terribly off colour. On the home side the backs were as good as backs could be, both covering up one another superbly, while their kicking was strong and healthy. The halves did remarkably well in the first half - nothing could have been better - but in the second period they spoiled their good work by indulging in too much fancy work. They must stop that before they get into trouble over it. We cannot get away from the fact that Lennie was the star of the front line, while O'Hagan backed him up splendidly. Wilson was not a success at centre, his eagerness nullifying some good efforts. Murray we thought too selfish at times, and stuck too long to the ball. Macdonald did some good things, but invited McKenzie to shady tactics by trying to get round him. Mac¬donald would have done better had he crossed sooner at times, and thus prevented the back getting at him. Chatty Bits. Aberdeen scored their-first double victory on Saturday, winning at home and away. This ought to satisfy the supporters, and we hope to see many more ere the season closes. Saturday's drawings at Pittodrie amounted to £164 all in. The Lifeboat collectors were present again on Saturday, but did not get such a big haul as they had on Monday. George Wilson has not touched his last season's form in the way of shooting. The reason is to be found that the crosses are too far forward for him to reach. The wing men are inclined to take the ball too far up before parting with it, hence the backs have always the centre marked. However, we can hardly expect to see perfect play week in, week out. There will always be a weakling. Aberdeen have now taken full points from the Partick Thistle at Pittodrie, and if the latter do not improve on Saturday's play it should not be difficult to get points at Meadowside. The next two Saturdays will see the Aberdeen stretched to their utmost. Kilmarnock will be a stiff nut to crack, and the follow¬ing week they are due at Falkirk. Gault is still keeping his place in the West Ham team. Boyle is also being played regularly for Bristol Rovers, but Tom Strang is relegated to the Reserves. Henry Low was in the middle line for Sunderland on Satur¬day. Though on the losing side on Saturday, Henry gets credit for his play. It is -reported that the once famous Stenhousemuir Football Club is to be wound up. The-'Muir have produced many good players in their time. They held the Qualifying Cup for two years in succession and were always great in this competition. Falkirk having monopolised the attention of the public, Stenhousemuir have failed to draw the crowds to their games, with the result that financial straits have overtaken them.
Source: Bon-Accord, 3rd October 1907