Source: The Scotsman, 2nd December 1907
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 2nd December 1907
The Triumph of the Season.It was a cheerless day which met us on our arrival in the western metropolis on Saturday, after going through glorious sunshine en route. Through the forenoon rumours were current that all the grounds were frost-bound, and it was none reassuring when the journey to Paisley was resumed. On arrival there the fog was not quite so black, though the playing pitch was as hard as flint, and a fair sprinkling of sand had been put on the bare bits to prevent slipping as far as possible. Forethought is always to be commended, whether it materially assists in the winning of the game or not. Trainer Simpson went down early, and, viewing the situation, he had the players' boots all re-cobbled to suit the requirements of the ground, with the result that they held their feet better than the home side, and were ever so much surer in their shooting. There was a poor attendance when the teams took the field, with Mr. McGill, Thornliebank, in charge. The Saints looked like forcing matters, but the force was only momentary, and our hopes went up when Lennie beautifully tricked Crossan, and was sailing beautifully for goal, when he had the feet whipped from underneath him by the half, and the referee gave the full award. Macintosh was too fresh for the job, having hardly got up steam for the full force of a ninety-pounder which he usually puts in. Though he got a second chance, he lifted the ball too high over the bar, and the first bit of luck for Aberdeen was lost. Luck or no luck, Aberdeen were showing that they could win on play, for the Saints were finding it diffi¬cult to get much rope. The inside right had one good shot, which "Rab" put away in his best style. Barely twenty minutes had gone, Aberdeen having the best of it, when Lennie again was conspicuous with a great centre, which Simpson on the run guided into the net with terrific force. So on to the end of this period the Saints' defence got much more than they bargained for, and were often at sea. When, shortly after restarting the second half, we were treated to another delightful bit of combina¬tion by the Aberdeen we were satisfied that the points were going north. They put on all sail, and Murray very cleverly breasted another cross into the net. The right wing executed several smart moves, Simpson shooting fast and straight, but Grant got there always in time to prevent disaster. A short spell of pressure brought out the steadiness of the Aberdeen defence, Macfarlane once picking up the hall from the toe of a forward. Both backs were good, and as reliable as their opponents, while "Rab" was only once in real difficulties. With fifteen minutes to go, Aberdeen were not so sure of victory, and putting in a splendid spurt to make sure, Lennie made tracks for Grant, his parting effort being the best we have seen him deliver this season. Had they cared to, the "Wasps" might have made their score double, for the heart went clean out of the home side, who were none too glad when the whistle sounded with Aberdeen victors by three clear goals.
The Players.Grant kept a splendid goal for St. Mirren, and there was a tremendous amount of work thrown on the backs, who did not strike one as having the best understanding between them. Jackson seems to have gone back a bit since his accident. The halves were hardworking, but very unscrupulous as to bringing up their opponents. The forwards are a fine healthy-looking set, with plenty of dash, but, on Saturday's play were deficient in goal-getting. There was not a weak man on the Aberdeen side. Of course, the left wing shone resplendent, but there was good work on the other side too, while the centre was in his element. The halves were grand, and the backs steady, "Rab" having mostly a spectator's job, though what he got to do was trying, and required his best skill to negotiate. As one of the St. Mirren officials remarked to us at the close "he had not seen better football at Love Street for many a day." The play was interesting to watch, in spite of the cold atmosphere and dull mist overhead.
Chatty Bits.No more popular victory has reached Aberdeen than that which came from Paisley on Saturday. A large crowd waited at Pittodrie, and went away delighted when the message came confirming the news which had been received by 'phone. Trainer Simpson must get a little of the credit of this victory, for he was prepared for the ground being like, what they have hitherto experienced in the South - soft and heavy. Noting the change; he at once got his players' boots into a Paisley shoemaker's, and put in order for the changed conditions. The effect was apparent at once, for Aberdeen's movements were characterised by alertness and, solidity as far as font work was concerned. At no time have we been so impressed with the forward work of the first team as we were on Saturday. Each of, the halves had good men to hold, and the secret of their success was the firm understanding in the team, and covering each other up when occasion required. If such methods are adopted this week Dundee's sharpshooters will have all the ingenuity taken out of them to score. One thing the Aberdeen defence will have to note is that Dundee have always scored early. If they don't prevent that we have a feeling that the Taysiders will win. The state of the pitch will have a great deal to do with the success of either team on Saturday. If heavy the pitch will suit Dundee, but if hard and fast Aberdeen will make the visitors travel all the time. The curious result of Saturday's game at Pittodrie will lead to a lot of head-shaking for some time. How the forwards failed to improve on their chances is a mystery to most. Some of the older players assert that they pressed too much in the first half and ought to have opened out the play. Well, play was open enough in the second period, but the shooting was off; in fact, one would have thought they were playing a losing game all through. They will have to make a better appearance at Dens Park, or they will allow their chances to slip away. In view of the wide-spread interest in the great match between Dundee and Aberdeen, footballers will welcome a souvenir. This they can have in the splendid portrait of the two teams, printed on fine art paper, which is given as a supplement with to-day's People's Journal for Aberdeen City.
Source: Bon-Accord, 5th December 1907