Source: The Scotsman, 2nd November 1908
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal
Leaving the Top.There was much misgiving amongst Aberdeen's supporters last week-end over the selection of the team to meet Hearts. Everyone admits that George Wilson has found his place as a half, but his ability to fill the centre position was the cause of much head-shaking after what had been seen in that direction before. Further, there was a feeling that Lennie ought to have been rested after his injury while playing against Dundee. This latter course was one of the principal reasons of dropping a point at Tynecastle, the other being a very bad decision of the referee, who docked a perfectly legitimate goal scored by Blackburn. Play was fast at the start, the spectators being treated to some fine dribbling by the forwards. The defence was sure, Muir especially so in the first half, when he saved both from O'Hagan and Lennie with nothing to spare. Sinclair was first to get the ball in the net, but the player was so palpably offside in his action that there was no dubiety about it being wrong. There was much jeering at the decision which gave Blackburn offside when he scored from a pass by Lennie. These were the most exciting episodes in the first half, which ended pointless so far as the scoring was concerned. The second period saw a falling off somewhat in the forward play, for Lennie went dead lame for a time, and was left severely alone. Blackburn had a good run and sent over to Simpson, who hit the crossbar, and O'Hagan chipping in, scored a good goal. Another one was sent in, but offside spoiled the chance, and getting Aberdeen's defence on the hop, Hynds equalised with a header when the Hearts' people thought it was all up. All things considered Aberdeen did wonderfully well to draw with one goal each.
The Play and Players.While Aberdeen had the Hearts' defence in a tangle, Muir proved the stumbling-block to many well-meant shots sent in. He undoubtedly saved his side. Collins was the better of the two backs, Rod. Walker being too rash to be a success. Hynds was the best of the middle line, and Sinclair the most effective forward. Walker was too well watched by Low to get in his usual effective play, and Cole suffered through Macintosh and loss of temper besides. On the home side, the most prominent players were Mutch, Colman, and Hume, with O'Hagan and Halkett shining in the middle and forward line. Lennie was not fit to play, although he gave a touch of what he can do. Wilson was not, a success, though he worked hard all the time. Simpson proved too light against such a heavy brigade, and Blackburn Played good and bad by turns.
Chatty Bits.Third Lanark have established a claim to recognition by winning the cup from the Celtic by such a large score as 4-0. Aberdeen had their usual slice of bad luck at Tynecastle on Saturday. ln the opinion of many, a good goal was chopped off. It is quite evident that Lennie will require a rest to get over his Dundee injury, and the pity is that he did not get it last week. O'Hagan was not so sprightly as usual, on account of an injured foot, and did not keep up his form against Dundee. It will be gratifying to know that Muir is as well as could be expected under the circumstances. He is quite cheery, and has received every attention from all concerned, while he is never left alone on visiting days. There was quite a breeziness imparted into the play of the "A" Team On Saturday against Arbroath. Scott, who made his debut, for Aberdeen, has a fine conception of forward play, and knows where the goal is situated. If the inside left could be got to study the same movements, he would get a lot of goals. Both the wing men were good, and, in our opinion, McEachran cannot be long loft out of the League team. His slipping and crossing of the ball was better than anything we have seen at Pittodrie this season. Early starts will now be the order of the day during the month of November. Aberdeen will be back in Edinburgh next week, when they play the Hibs at Easter Road.
Source: Bon-Accord, 5th November 1908