Source: The Scotsman, 22nd March 1909
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 22nd March 1909
Down on their Luck.It becomes a little wearisome to chronicle week after week of the non-success of a team that once held the top position on the table. With the exception of the two games at Greenock, Aberdeen have done nothing of great account since the New Year came in. Injured players, and bad luck combined make up a sorry picture to look at. We are inclined to the opinion that the players are not putting the same energy into their play as they did earlier in the season - more especially the forwards. This was brought forcibly to our notice on Saturday, when their outfield work was all that could be desired, but their finishing was poor. We are safe in saying that the bulk of the play was forced by the Aberdeen, but score they couldn't; while the Third snapped up two lucky chances and carried off the points. Niblo was off all the second half, and Bert Murray got a kick on the leg which bothered him a bit during most of the closing stages. Simpson distributed the play well enough, but had a bad habit of shooting too far out, the result being that Brownlie had a clear view of all that came to him. Mutch could not be blamed for the two goals against him, which were of the unsaveable order from close range. All over the play was only fair; now and again glimpses were given of good football. We think it about time the forwards were doing something more tangible than they have during the past few weeks.
Chatty BitsRangers have qualified for the final of the Scottish, and the question now being asked is, who will be their opponents - Clyde or Celtic? The Celts stand the better chance of pulling through this week, as they will have most of their cripples sound by that time. On Saturday the Dewar Shield competition was set a-going, and office-bearers appointed for the season. Mr T. Duncan, the respected chairman of the A.F.C., is vice-president of the Dewar Shield competition this year. The first round will be a tussle, for Aberdeen "A" and Dundee "A" play off at Pittodrie. There should be a good gate. The other tie is not settled yet, but both will have to be played off before April 10; as it is the intention of the committee to play the final tie on April 17. Sir John Dewar has again decided to give badges, and this ought to make the players go all the time. Lennie is still on the injured list, and it will entirely depend on the doctor's orders whether he will turn out this week. Niblo, who has been performing on the wing, has been doing exceptionally well. It is expected he will be fit for this week.<.br> Jimmy Muir is now walking about without the aid of a stick, and feels stronger than ever, but he is not yet fit for training. We congratulate C. V. A. McEchern on the high position he has taken in his classes, and on his graduation in Divinity next month. The players, who are all fond of the outside right, were delighted to hear of his success. Jim Dalgarno will also be missed both at Pittodrie and out Stoneywood way. His promotion has come quick, and we wish him good luck with it. It is unfortunate for Aberdeen that these two players should be going away at the same time, for the club could be doing with them for some seasons yet. Middlesbrough have abandoned their tour in the north for this season. The English team for the Crystal Palace game is to be selected on Friday. It is said that the defence and middle line are already fixed, and the forward line causes the trouble. The Home and Anglo-Scots match at Cathkin provided, a great feast of football, which was served up piping hot. In the first period the Anglos were most prominent, and Cameron, of Chelsea, early caught the eye, and led at half time by one goal. The second period saw a complete change, the Home players going great guns, and won a splendid game by 3 goals to 1.
Source: Bon-Accord, 25th March 1909