Source: The Scotsman, 11th November 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 11th November 1907
A Golden Opportunity Lost.The day was none too cheering when Aberdeen arrived in Glasgow, but the weather cleared in time, and there was enough light left to finish, and no more. If Aberdeen played poorly on their first visit to Glasgow this season, they greatly enhanced their reputation against Queen's Park on Saturday. Nobody would have grudged them full points, as they deserved them on play. Queen's put on full pressure at the start, Macfarlane fielding several good shots on his own, in his best style, while the backs looked after the men. The first goal was one of those things which give rise to a bit of feeling, as no one seemed certain that the ball was over the line but the referee. Macfarlane asserts that he met the ball a foot in front before he fumbled it and put it behind for a corner. It was a bad mistake, but quite excusable, as the ball was greasy and difficult to hold. The decision seemed to shake "Rab's" confidence a bit, as he appealed strongly against it. Aberdeen now began to take more of the play, and show us Glaswegians, that the Northerners could do a little bit at the passing game. The combination shown by Aberdeen was very fine, both wings and centre putting in some great work. Lennie, in particular, was going great guns, and his centre, which led to Murray scoring, was only a fit reward to the left-winger's cleverness. Had Simpson not been roughly handled his side was a goal further up before half-time, but the free kick was no earthly use. Half-time arrived with honours even. As in the first half, Queen's set the pace at the start, with this difference, that it was very short-lived, Aberdeen forcing them back to their own quar¬ters, and keeping them there. This was a trifle more than the home side bargained for, and they began to use their weight a bit. Aberdeen were so persistent that success was bound to come, Lennie cutting in and delivering one of those rocket shots, which McKenna never saw. This was well worked for, and another should have been added but for the attention paid to Murray and Simpson, who were none too gently treated, though, per¬haps, fairly dealt with. The wrath of the crowd was vented on Young, on his bringing Simpson down when in good position. Macfarlane was seldom troubled, thanks to Macintosh keeping watch on the great McColl, but he was once in difficulties with the referee. Just on the tape, McColl got through, and equalised the game, which ended two goals each.
The Players.It was a lovely game to look at, and the honours, for fine combination, went to Aberdeen, who were the visitors, and not expected to show up well in this line. Individually, Lennie was above the rest, and the right wing were also very effective. Murray has not got into the knack of meeting the crosses as he should do, but he was pulled up for offsides twice, when he appeared to be all right. Macintosh and Low were splendid at half, Drain being slow in comparison. Both backs were good, while MacFarlane was safe. McKenna was Aberdeen's stumbling-block, and he alone saved his side. Richmond was the better of the two backs, while Arthur Murray shone at half. McColl was good and bad by turns, while Low held Fitchie beautifully. Scoular was most dangerous, and was their best wing man.
Chatty Bits.,/p> "Rab" saw twelve men on the Queen's Park side on Saturday. It was by expressing such an opinion that led to the altercation with the referee. "You can't hang a man for holding to an opinion." Can you? Be this as it may, there was a general feeling that the man with the whistle was a little finical with some of his decisions. It seems the League are to punish referees who do not conform to the laws and keep a grip of the game. They have laid aside one for a month at their last meeting. Hampden people got an eye-opener with the way the Aberdeen forwards worked the ball. They expected their own side to win by so many goals. In a way R. S. McColl was disappointing; but this was due to Macintosh, who kept a watchful eye on him. Wilfred Low was also in great form, and seldom allowed the right wing much scope. Drain did not shine like his confreres, but he stuck in gamely to his wings His heading was the principal part of his work. For clever manipulation of the ball, none on the field could compare with Lennie. It was a treat in itself to watch him. The Queen's first goal was a near thing, and no one will convince "Rab" that it was through, before he put it round the post. The new centre, who was on trial at Pittodrie, did not get much of a chance to show his paces. He was just settling into the other players' ways when the game was stopped. It is said the directors are to ask him back this week again. Aberdeen will claim the points for Saturday's game, as it was through no fault of theirs that a late start was made. According to the League time-table, the kick-off, from Nov. 2 to 9, shall not be later than 3 p.m. We have no doubt Forfar would like another re-play, as it will mean another fat gate to them. It was no disappointment to them to get the match stopped. Mr. Macarthur saw it was impossible to finish the game with sufficient light, and stopped it in good time. The spectators were not satisfied that they had got their money's worth, some demanding to be refunded. West Ham lost to Bristol Rovers by 1-0 on Saturday. James Gault came by an unfortunate accident in the first half, and was unable to resume play. Paddy Boyle stood up throughout the whole game like a hero. Leith Athletic do not seem to have' been so fortunate with their recruits as St. Bernards, for they lost heavily to Dumbarton. Willie Jaffrey is doing great work for them, and they are delighted with his darts along the line.
Source: Bon-Accord, 14th November 1907