Source: Scotsman, 17th October 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 19th October 1908
Still Leaders.By their clever win over Hamilton Academicals on Saturday, Aberdeen still keep their place on top of the League table. The press outside the city have been extremely profuse in their wishes for Aberdeen's success, but none of these epistles have awakened so much consideration as that from one or two old players who are sincere in their desire to see the good old club keep up their reputation for some time to come. It rests with the players, now that they have worked themselves into that position, to say whether they are to strive to keep it, and our information is that every man-jack of them will do his best to retain their place on the table.
A Great Fight by the "Acas."Hamilton Academicals gave Aberdeen one of the hardest games they have yet had on Pittodrie since the present campaign began. There was a troublesome wind to negotiate, this being quite enough to contend with without the usual bright sunshine of the past few weeks. Aberdeen lost the toss, and had to play against the breeze, but this had little effect on their opening play, which bode well for the rest of the game. The "Acas" defence were hard pushed for a time, and it was no surprise when Muir trappd a swift cross from Lennie, and sent it obliquely into the corner of the net. Settling down after this reverse, the visitors gave a taste of what they could do in the way of making the ball travel. By their swift movements - for they had plenty of pace - the forwards kept the home defence busy, and a melee in front of goal ended by the inside-left beating Mutch all the way. Though Aberdeen put in some good work, they could not get on the lead, half-time arriving with the scores level - one each. With the wind behind them, Aberdeen started vigorously, Simpson almost doing the trick at the first off-go. O'Hagan accepted the chance, however, putting his side on the lead three minutes from the start. Try a they could, the home forwards could not get past Massie again, McNair, Muir, and Lennie all having good, efforts. Another burst-away by the "Acas." ended in the equalising goal, and then there was some scurrying for the leading points. The game alternated frequently after this, the visitors looked like getting the points or taking one, when Lennie and O'Hagan in one of their characteristic runs crossed to Simpson, who drew out the defence and planted the ball well into goal, Lennie dashing in and scoring. A palpable case of fisting was allowed to go, and then when just on the finish, Lennie was again walking through with the ball, and got his feet whipped from under him. The penalty was taken by Simpson, and time going immediately after Aberdeen won by 4-2.
The Play and Players.The surprise to many on Saturday was the fact that Hamilton could put up such a good fight and still be so far down in the table. We will be very much surprised if their luck does not turn, and their position very much impoved before the season closes. The forwards are still speedy and they believe in swinging the ball from wing to wing. Their halves were the weakest link, but their backs and goalkeeper could hardly be improved on. Mutch was safe in goal, and several of the shots he dealt with were done in a manner that stamps him as a class man. Coleman had a tricky wing to deal with, and it took him some time to understand their movements. Hume was strong in his kicking, and was even surer in tackling his opponent than we have seen him for some time. Low, Macintosh, and Halkett made an ideal middle line, and it would be difficult indeed to say which was best. Play was better distributed in the front line on Saturday than we have observed for some time. McNair was unselfish in centre and improves every time. The left wing taken all through were best, though Muir and Simpson were not far behind
Chatty Bits.By their victory over Hearts last Wednesday at Dens Park, Aberdeen meet Falkirk in the next round of the Eastern Cup competition. Halkett made his first appearance since his injury against the Hearts, and he was played on Saturday on the strength of his play at Dens Park. The popular right half seems to have recovered entirely, and may be relied on to retain his position in the team. The success of Aberdeen, so far, has no doubt been in having capable reserves for their injured players. Blackburn is rather annoyed at being injured in the Hearts match, as he has gradually been getting back to his true form. These repeated stoppages in play is bound to affect his position alongside the others. It was the intention of the Aberdeen man-agement to rest Wilfred Low on Saturday, but the left half was of a different opinion, and said he was fit to play. Low has not been absent from a League game this season, and he did not want to break the continuity of his play. He instils a deal of confidence in the left wing when he is behind them. Clyde are still the only undefeated team in the Scottish League. Their record far exceeds anything they have ever done in this competition. There will be a collection taken on Saturday on behalf of the children of the unemployed. As the clerics says, it is to be hoped it will be a liberal one.
Source: Bon-Accord, 22nd October 1908