Source: The Scotsman, 31st August 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 31st August 1908
Aberdeen's Misfortunes.It became known after a great many spectators, like ourselves, had reached Shawfield that Aberdeen had wired from Perth that their train was an hour late and the start would not be till 30 minutes after the advertised time. A long cold drive to the field of play was not the best way of bringing players fit to engage in a hard game. It was quite plain that the Aberdeen players were lacking in their usual dash when the start was made. They seemed to do nothing right to begin with. The backs were flukey and slow, and Mutch not nearly so active as he became later on. The two goals he let past him in the first quarter of an hour were "soft things" compared to what he saved afterwards. In the front line there was an absence of combination which let the Clyde halves pretty much burst up any individual effort. Add to this a fairly strong breeze to contend with, and you have the situation at Shawfield pretty fairly summed up. The subsequent play, once the visitors got into their stride, was such that a draw would have been a much fairer criterion of the run of play, and we shall be very much surprised if Clyde gain full points at Pittodrie. There was not that superiority in the one team over the other as to give the points to either. Clyde were seen at their best before Aberdeen got wakened up from their long journey, and in the second period McTurk was right on the spot when two capital shots from O'Hagan and Muir ought to have squared the match. We do not belittle the Clyde's team by any means ; they are a vastly improved lot from that which represented them last year. They should get better as time goes on by acquaintance with one another. In our opinion, Muir's goal was the best one of the three scored during the afternoon, and, like many more, we left the field thinking the fates had been hard on Aberdeen to be beaten 2-1, when the play was only value for a draw. The success which has attended Clyde in their opening games was shown by the increased attendance at Shawfield. Aberdeen must have taken away a good fair sum with them. As this was the first time we have seen Aberdeen in Glasgow this season, and the conditions were altogether against forming a correct idea of their play, we should hesitate to unduly condemn or praise the players on one game. The left wing are as tricky and clever as ever, but they were well watched. At centre Dalgarno looked afraid of McAteer, and no wonder, for Mac is a tearer of a player. The right wing are not so strong as last season, and do not cover the same ground. The middle line are all right, and so are the backs, but Mutch fails to catch the eye like Rab Macfarlane. On the home side Kirwan was the best forward on the field, and if he had his old partner, O'Hagan, with him they would make a rare wing. Clyde's halves are strong, bustling players who do not hesitate to use their weight, and the backs are heavy and sure rather than smart. McTurk kept a fine goal and saved the situation several times.
Chatty Bits.The only consolation which Aberdeen had in their defeat on Saturday was the share of a big gate - the largest ever they received at Shawfield. After the first ten minutes Aberdeen's centre was seldom in the game. M'Ateer was responsible for this, keeping a watchful eye on the youngster. Rangers easily topped the gate receipts on Saturday with £733 all in. Dundee came next with £530, and Clyde £242. Saturday is the date for the first round of the Qualifying Cup. It will be a busy one amongst the provincial clubs. The tit-bit of the Scottish League on Saturday is the meeting of Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie. Judging by the reputation which the Rangers are earning for goal scoring, Aberdeen will be for a big dose this week-end. Aberdeen have never beaten the Rangers yet, and are not likely to do so on this occasion. Interest will be centred in the play of Tom Murray, who wore the "black and gold" last season. Macintosh will have his work cut out to stop the Rangers' centre, who is an old pal of the Aberdeen player. It is generally expected that McNair will take his place at centre for Aberdeen on Saturday. The team of "all the talents" are a heavy-built lot, and will take more shifting than Aberdeen's light-weights can give them. There was more trouble than the Aberdeen-Hearts affair at the North-Eastern Association meeting, for Leith were awarded their tie with Hibernians, the latter being late in starting, and full time was not played. Mackie, who kept goal for East Fife last Saturday, is a mute. He is clever between the sticks.
Source: Bon-Accord, 3rd September 1908