Source: The Scotsman, 29th November 1909
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 6th December 1909
THE "BAIRNS" PLAY WELL.There were only about half the number of spectators at Pittodrie on Saturday, than there were on the previous week. Those why stayed away or could not get missed a treat as far as football was concerned, the game being widely different as day from night to that served up on the Celts' visit. The pace was fast, the backs had to tackle and kick like Trojans, while the goalkeepers had saving to do which brought forth the plaudits of those present. "Jockie" Simpson brought out Aber¬deen's defence quite early, and in a hot assault Mutch came out with flying colours. Lennie got in evidence with a particularly good shot, which Stewart seemed to tremble at. A minute later, Soye ought to have scored; and we think the miss he made then unnerved him for the rest of the game. With fast forward play, the ball was flitting all over the field, a tremendous amount of energy being displayed on both sides. Falkirk were certainly serving up a style of football which has been absent from Pittodrie this season. The Falkirk right winger was cutting in for Mutch, when Hume blocked him, but had to concede a corner. From the flag-kick, Logan seemed to be uninjured, and he had no difficulty in sending a soft thing past Mutch - the goal being as un¬expected as the Celtic one. Soye was robbed of a dead cert by Taylor, and though the home side had several opportunities of getting level, they failed to do so, Falkirk sticking to their lead at half-time. On resuming, a couple of as fine saves as anyone could wish to see were performed by Mutch, Falkirk assuming a superiority which they had not previously done. It looked all over with Aberdeen for a time, till the local defence got the attack worn down. Bobby Simpson raised the hopes of the local crowd with a drive which went the least thing wide. Another shot from Lennie was blocked by Taylor, but the simplest effort came from Soye when he missed an open goal ten minutes from the finish. This seemed to be the last straw, for the crowd rapidly dispersed after this, while Falkirk were content to keep their one-goal lead. Taken all over the game was fast, and full of good points, but, the chances missed by Aberdeen fairly entitled them to claim a draw on play - but, the record reads, Falkirk, 1; Aberdeen. 0.
THE PLAYERS.Stewart, in goal, did not impress us as being at all clever in his clearances, being very clumsy on several occasions. In fact, Falkirk have not had a custodian of the same class as Allan, who is now with the Hibs, for the past two seasons. Taylor gave a good display at back, Miller not being so good as we have seen him. McMi1ln put in a lot of splendid work at half, and caught the eye most, while Anderson kept bursting up any combined attack. Simpson got in some fine runs on the right, but the artiste of the lot was Devine, who seemed always to be dangerous. Logan put in a lot of work, but only had one good shot. As a line, however; they work well together, and are the best we have seen in Aberdeen for some time. Aberdeen have to thank their defence for saving their side. Mutch and Colman were great all through; Hume being uncertain, but steadied up, and went well to the finish. Wilson easily took prime honours in the middle line, with Millar close up; Davidson, who, we understand was unwell, being unable to stand the pace. The forwards were good and very bad by turns. Their outfield work was all right, but their finishing. was the poorest we have seen. They seem to have all gone off their shooting form, and will need to practice the art if they are to gain any more points.
CHATTY BITS.Saturdays frost and fog meant a considerable loss to the football clubs in the south. The weather was intensely cold at Pittodrie, and this may have had a considerable influence on the casual spectator. Considering the position Falkirk occupy in the League, we expected there would have been a larger gate at Pittodrie, it was less than £200. Geordie Wilson further emphasised his popularity with the Pittodrie crowd on Saturday. He held Logan well in hand all through the game. Tom Murray is expected to resume training this week. He is reported to have considerably benefited by his holiday. It is not expected that Archie Harper will be able to play this week yet, though he is now in training. Seldom is the serene calm of the Scottish football legislature body disturbed to any great extent, but the recent suspension of three referees is likely to cause some trouble. The announcement that A. Edwards. of Cathcart, who has officiated frequently at Pittodrie, had been struck off the list has caused a bit of a rumpus. Mr Edwards is not to take his dismissal without knowing the reason why, and will insist on having it out with someone or somebody in authority. We had always a very high opinion of Mr Edwards as a referee, and we have seen worse who are still on the list. The draw for the Scottish Cup takes place in Glasgow next Tuesday.
Source: Bon-Accord, 9th December 1909