Source: The Scotsman, 11th October 1909
summing upTaking the game as a whole, a draw would have been satisfactory to both sides. Aberdeen were lucky in the first half, and brilliant in the second. For the visitors Duncan, McLay, and Davidson offered a rare defence; the halves were sound as a trio, and Webb and Young were outstanding in the front rank. On the Aberdeen's side Simpson and Murray were again prominent, while Lennie was also good, he has been some seen to better advantage. The middle division made a wonderful recovery, but the success of the day was mainly due to the defenders. Hume showed more than his partner, and Mutch gave one more proof of his increasing ability as a custodian.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 11th October 1909With this win Aberdeen went to the top position in the League table, after eight matches played.
WON ON THE POST.In none of the League games played at Pittodrie this season has Aberdeen been so hard pressed as they were on Saturday. Their victory by one goal to nil was, we think, deserved on the run of play in the second period, though in the opening portion they were having more anxiety than has been their lot so far. The attendance was not up to the same as at the St Mirren game, but it was conlidered satisfactory by the management, both teams coming in for a hearty reception as they stepped on to the field of play. Airdrie were without their stalwart back, Rombach, but, they had out Davidson, who is certainly as clever at the captain, though he does not inspire the rest of the ream with that confidence which the veteran does. Playing to the west goal, the 'Onians swooped down on the Aberdeen goal, a fine centre by Young being mulled by Webb and Thomson. Wide passing disconcerted the home halves, who were having a lot of running for little purpose, and the bulk of defending lay on Colman and Hume, with Mutch, the reliable, chipping in when all seemed lost. For about ten minutes Airdrie filled the picture, their eagerness to score thwarting many splendid outfield movements. Responding to the shouts of their supporters, Bert Murray tested the visiting goalkeeper; then Lennie tried to get across a good one, but Wardrope got in the way. Soye sent in a soft one, which Duncan cleared, and the next minute saw Mutch on his knees saving a short-range raker from Webb, and then Thomson tried "Sandy" with another, which he cleverly held. Anotner great run by Young was got rid of by Mutch, upsetting Webb and Thomson in their effort to score, while the ball rolled behind. Finding that the defence was not to be worn down by wide passing, an effort at close dribbling was tried, and here Aberdeen stepped in, and wore seen to be able to stop this mode of progress with ease. Rallying completely, the home forwards came away in great style, and their undoing was the same fault as had characterised the Airdrie forwards - too eager to get there. How Soye mounted the ball over the bar when within a few yards of an open goal we don't think he could explain. His effort, though wel meant, being reveived with groans. Aberdeen had now the whip hand of their opponents, and kept it till the whistle sounded half-time. The second period was not nearly so interesting for the unbiassed spectators, for this reason - that Aberdeen had now got the measure of their opponents, and were seldom away from their goal, but all their shooting was like hitting a sandbank, for there was always an opponent in the way of the ball as it went goalwards. Mutch got hardly anything to do in this period, and was able to look on at his forwards pressing for all they were worth till the desired goal came. Some doubt exists as to the legitimacy of the goal by several of the onlookers, but the referee had none and gave his award without hesitation. Aberdeen were value for the goal, for their persistency was beyond praise, and Simpson's effort to get there was worthy the point; apart from all other considerations. It was hard lines for Lennie not scoring again, his parting effort being turned aside; while a spurt by Webb went wide of the goal, and one of the most interesting games witnessed this season ended in favour of the homesters by 1-0.
PLAY AND PLAYERSAirdrie had decidedly the most of matters during the first quarter, but after that they fell away considerably, and Aberdeen improved so mutch that they deserved the points. The visitors were best served by the middle line and forwards, and their defence was also very sound. The forwards kept up a fine swinging pace, with little, or no hanging on the ball, Webb being ideal as a centre, his only fault was in getting out of play by lying too far up. Young was next best, and Wardrope kept the home left-wing in check, thongh he was not always fair in his tactics. All over, the 'Onians gave the best display of any visiting team we hae seen. Every man jack of the Aberdeen was thoroughly tested on Saturday. Mutch saved splendidly, and there was very little between Colman and Hume. Millar was the best of the middle line, but this is no disparagement to Moffat and Wilson, who were tireless workers. Soye made one or two mistakes on Saturday that made us wild at him, but he redeemed himself in several ways by faultless feeding of his wings. Instead of dribbling for position at goal, he should let drive every time, and he would get more goals. Lennie and O'Hagan were splendid, but we have seen them both better on the "bull's-eye" than in this game; Simpson and Murray outshining them in this depariment. They are all working well togethr just now, and we hope to see them keep it up when they begin travelling again.
CHATTy BITS.Aberdeen now take top place on the League table, and on merit deserve their promotion. Their goal record is pleasant reading meanwhile, being 13 goals for and only 4 against, a wonderful testimony to an improved defence. They have secured 13 points out of a possible 16 for 8 matches played, which is a considerable advance on anything they have yet done. It remains entirely with the team on how long they can maintain their present exalted position. Celtic are the only team just now that can challenge them for pride of place, and they have a soft game on Satufday, when they oppose Port-Glasgow; while Aberdeen have a stiff thing on with Clyde. The "A" Team had a hard game at Airdrie, and all things considered came out of the ordeal well. They are all distinctly of opinion that the goal scored by Airdrie was a pure gift front the referee, as the scorer was yarde offside. However, it was allowed to count. R. S. Clark kept goal for the "A" Team, and made a very clever appearance between the posts. King had one of his fingers injured, and was unable to play, and may be off this week again. The selection of Lennie as outside left against Ireland in the Scotch team has given genetal satisfaction. He was opposed by Templeton, the Kilmarnock flier, but Lennie secured the place by a big majority. We are surprised that Donald Colman did not receive more support for the right back position. On present form he is as good as any we have seen, and better than most. Scotland 'have selected a strong team all over to meet Ireland, and they should give a good account of themselves at Firhill Park, Glasgow, on Monday week. Ireland got a bad gruelling at Oldham on Saturday in the League International, being defeated by 8-1. The question of what is private ground is exercising the minds of the local Football Association. The definition given is that private ground is where money is taken on admission, and the playing pitch protected from spectators. The county ties are all due to be played before Saturday week, when some interesting games should be played.
Source: Bon-Accord, 14th october 1909