Source: The Scotsman, 30th August 1909
SUMMING UPAberdeen were easily worth of their half-time lead, but in the second half Third Lanark were by far the superior side. If taking the game all over, Third Lanark were unlucky not to draw, but it must be admitted that they never touched the form displayed by Aberdeen in the first half-hour of the game, when the victory was won.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 30th August 1909
ABERDEEN'S STRONG DEFENCE.There was a splendid response to the opening game at Pittodrie on Saturday with Third Lanark, over 8000 persons being present when the ball was set in motion. After a heavy rainfall during the forenoon, the surface was slippery for football, while the broiling sun kept the players perspiring too freely in the afternoon. The altered appearance of the banking at the west end of the grounds is a great improvement, and one that led to many encomiums from those who were privileged to view the genie from that vantage point. On Donald Colman winning the toss, the excite ment started, and for fully ten minutes Aberdonians got great value for their money. The "wasps" were roaming all over the "warriors." Sloan had a most troublesome pair in O'Hagen and Lennie to deal with. Tom Murray screwed in an angular shot within five minutes, which Brownlie had no chance with, Barr being compleyely tricked by the move. When Lennie shortly after cut in on his own and beat the international custodian for the second time, the points were as good as won. Up to this we were only seeing one team in the picture, the Third's players being obscured altogether. Towards the end of the first half, however, a little slackness on the part of the defence let the viitors in, and Johnstone opened their acount. A good half, in which the Aberdeen were superior all through, and ought to have scored another couple of goals, ended 2-1 in their favour. The second portion opened briskly, but it was evident that Soye had suffered rather severely from a kick he got early in the game, and was wearing an elastic stocking to relieve the tension. This completely spoiled the homee attack, amd a heavy burden was thrown on the defence, who came out of the ordeal in great style. There were frequent eceasions in which the visitors had the hardest of luck, and bad finishing combined to account for their not drawing level before the game ended. Aberdeen placed too much reliance on their lead, while the crippled front line did not make the same use of the ball as in the opening stage. But for Mutch, Colman, and Hume, there is no saying what might have happened, for these three stopped many promising rushes, which kept the spectators on tenter-hooks all the time. This portion ended barren, and Aberdeen were once in a way favoured with a bit of luck to win both points by a 2-1 victory as, all over, a draw would have fairly represented the run of play.
It was mistaken tactics on the part of the halves to lie back in the second portion, leaving too much of a gap between them and their forwards. Whoerer was responsible for this piece of advice made a blunder, for it spoiled the front line from performing as they did in the early part of the game, and also made the halves appear as if they were done up, and not fit to last the game. Outside this the home defence as already indicated, were in very fine form. Mutch was safe, Colman the best back on the field, with Hume a close second. Opinions may he divided as to the middle line's play. They were all much on a par - none were seen to greater advantage than the other, while the drawing back in the second half spoiled their work considerably. The forwards gave us the impression of being a fine balanced team, with the left pair the most aggressiVe and troublesome. We fancy that had Soye not been disabled, there would have been more goals. Brownlie was in his best mood, and kept out some good shots, his backs, Barr and Sloan, being rather slow in recovery to prove of great assistance to him. The halves are a heavy lot, Ferguson being the pick, while Rankine and Johnston were the moving spirits of the front line. The centre, Richardson was poor, and Kidd and Prentice on the left were little above ordinary form. We fancy that improvements will have to be made on both teams before points will come as a certainty to either side. On Saturday's display the play could be made to be more effective and attractive too.
CHATTY BITSIt is stated that McNair, who played for Aberdeen last season, is likely to throw in his lot with East Stirlingshire. That is to say, if Aberdeen agree to transfer him. There seems to be considerable disappointment down Govan way at the non-success of the Rangers' team. Queen's Park were without R. S. M'Coll and Harold Paul on Saturday; still, their youngsters managed to make a draw with the Hearts. Our old friend "Rab" Macfarlane, who did so well for Aberdeen in his day, sails tomorrow for Australia. The good wishes of Aberdonians go with him. Saturday week is Glasgow Cup first round day. Aberdeen have no League fixture on that day, so they will likely play Dundee in the East of Scotland Cup ties. This Saturday will be a most momentous one for the game in England. The Players must obey or get suspended. Wilfred Low is included as centre half in the first League game of Newcastle United aginst Bolton Wanderers. A considerable number of changes are announced this week in view of the Qualifying Ties. It is regarded that Aberdeen have a pretty stiff journey to beat the Hearts at Edinburgh this week, especially if they are unable to get their full team to travel. We are informed that the drawings at Pittodrie were the largest for an opening match that the club has yet taken.
Source: Bon-Accord, 2nd September 1909