Source: The Scotsman, 3rd January 1908
SUMMING-UPCeltic were value for a win, and although their movements were perhaps less pretty to watch than Aberdeen's, who are more effective in the attack. The slippery ground naturally told against science in the game, and also accounted for many promising tries resulting in nil. Celtic was seen to best advantage in the first period, and their two goals were both cleverly got and well deserved. The Irish forwards were a smart lot, with Bennett and Semple outstanding, the halves being mediocre and the backs just safe, while Adams got practically nothing of a serious nature to do all day. Halkett was the most prominent worker on the field, and in the second half is specially nearly all the Aberdeen attacks were initiated by him. Macdonald in his new position gave a creditable display, but Lennie was too closely watched to get in effective work. Murray was also good. The right wing were seldom dangerous. No discredit falls on Macfarlane for the goals scored, but the backs have been better than on this occasion.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 3rd January 1907
Chatty Bits.Aberdeen got over their New Year programme without much loss of prestige. They have taken a possible four points out of the four games. There was considerable regret at the cause of O'Hagan's absence - through the death of his brother - from the team, just at the important game. The gates were not so large as might have been, still, they will suffice to cover all expenses, with a slight margin. Aberdeen made Adelphi Hotel their headquarters while in Glasgow, and got every comfort and attention from the management. They had a round of the pantomimes while there, and enjoyed their off evenings. We are of, opinion, however, that the League should give one or two home games at the New Year to Aberdeen. It would pay both the visiting and home clubs. We know that the club can do nothing in the matter further than protest, and this they did at the time, we understand, but we think something more should be done when the fixtures are next drawn up. It was a happy thought to put Macdonald alongside Lennie in the Celtic match; it proved what a command he has of the ball, which he has not a chance to show on the wing. Macdonald was the best forward on the field at Parkhead. Muir was much too slow for the Celtic halves, and did not shine as we expected him to do. The Celts were lucky to get their goals in the way they did. They did not deserve to be more than a goal to the good at the finish. At Airdrie the game was begun too soon for the crowd. It was a scorcher for pace, with the defence on both sides having a busy time of it. Simpson and Murray shone in this game, and were untiring in harassing the backs. At Shawfield, on Saturday, the footwork was hardly perceptible on account of the fog. One felt he could stir it with a stick. In some quarters it is felt that this game may be allowed to stand on account of the result and the distance which Aberdeen will have to travel if ordered to re-play. The same reason was addressed on behalf of Clyde last season, in their friendly at Pittodrie, and if the first half had been played full time, it would have been allowed to stand as a League game. Circumstances alter cases. No doubt the Clyde are badly hit this season by being out of the Scottish ties - and little chance of filling up the blanks. Falkirk are to leave nothing to chance when they take up their headquarters at Stonehaven this week and go in for special training. They have a double purpose to serve in this, as it may serve also for their forthcoming tie with the Rangers. We have no doubt the change will do the Bairns a lot of good, but they may expect a hard run on Saturday. Given good weather, there should be a big gathering at Pittodrie to welcome Falkirk. Aberdeen A should have played the 'Varsity in the Aberdeen. shire Cup ties, but the Consolation Cup has knocked this on the head, and the students go to Forres instead, and the 'A to Dundee. There will be plenty of excitement for Aberdonians at Pittodrie for the next few weeks. It cannot be said that any of the junior organisations made a fortune out of the New Year games at Pittodrie. The public were very apathetic in their support, and so even were the ticket-holders, who had free access to the games. It is a pity that this 'should be so, for the juniors require financial assistance as well as bigger organisations. There were some likely youths in the Ayrshire team who only require a bit of polishing up to make class men. The best set we saw, however, were those from Maryhill, and it is surprising how they pick them up after their ranks being almost depleted at the beginning of the season. The final tie between East End and Parkvale upset the calculations of the surviving ores. It was a ding-dong affair, with flashes of combination thrown in. We believe the juniors are greatly indebted to the Aberdeen F.C, for thus allowing them a chance of clearing their way. Severe regret has been felt by footballers and cricketers at the death of Mr. Wm. Carnie, the ex-treasurer of the Royal Infirmary. The deceased took a great interest in outdoor games, and was a regular attender at Pittodrie and Mannofield.
Source: Bon-Accord, 9th January 1908