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Celtic 2 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: Celtic 1 - 0 Aberdeen

Scottish Cup Third Round
Celtic scorers: McMenemy, Quinn
Aberdeen scorers: Loney (OG).

19/02/1910 | KO:

The meeting of these teams in the third round of the national competition to place at Parkhead, Glasgow, before 10,000 spectators. The Celtic were without Young, Hamilton, and Weir, and in their depleted state had the worst of matters to begin with, but Aberdeen had the benefit of a strong wind, which ought to have yielded them some advantage; but instead the Celtic, through McMenemy, scored the only goal of the first half. The closing portion was as disappointing as the opening one had been, and when Quinn scored after a corner, the Celtic were safe for the next round. Towards the close Wilson scored for Aberdeen. Result :- Celtic, two goals; Aberdeen, one.

Source: Unknown, probably The Scotsman, 21st February 1910

Though the teams had been carefully prepared to play a hard game in this Scottish Cup tie at Parkhead, the elements proved too much for the lighter brigade, while it entirely favoured the home side. It's all in the game, and you have to take these things as they come. The start looked promising for the visitors, who, with the strong wind behind them, made excellent progress, and had anything tangible accrued from the many chances they had at this time, the result might have been different.
Shooting with sting seemed a lost art with the Aberdeen players, and a hesitancy at close quarters nullified their outfield play. It was also quite observable that the opposition the visitors were facing had much more experience and craft behind their work than what we saw at Pittodrie the previous week.
Gradually working themselves into the picture, the Celts gave of their best, causing no end of trouble and worry to the Aberdeen defence. Just as we thought they would be able to hold on till half time, a swerving ball was sent across from the left, and in its flight it was difficult to say where it would land, but McMenemy, the old war-horse, got there first, and swung it past Mutch with consummate skill.
From this to the end of the period we were thankful the score was not increased. It was the same for a portion of the second half, when the pace slackened a bit, and one or two minor stoppages served to kill time; while many Aberdonians left the field when Quinn scored the second goal with on of his expresses, as if the game was done. Aberdeen must get some credit for sticking in hard, but their efforts at scoring came too late, and though the goal was a good one, we think the same thing should have been done earlier, and the great crowd would have got value for their money.

Play and Players

Evidently the floods had affected all parts of Glasgow, for Parkhead's pitch was very heavy, and the turf turned up, making the ball very difficult to propel. Add to this a strong, gusty wind, and you have some ides of the conditions prevailing in Glasgow. There was an idea prevalent that the Celtic were weakened by the absence of Weir, Young, and Hamilton; but after seeing their substitutes, we failed to see where either could have been bettered by the originals. In this tie experience told more than anything else. The tried, seasoned veterans of the Celts got the goals, which were the main thing, when in outfield play they were meeting their match, and often their masters. Their halves were ever in the thick of the fray, and in McNair they have a great defender - not so polished a player as some, but quick to anticipate play and checkmate it.

What praise Aberdeen deserves must be awarded to the defence, and we should put them in order thus - Colman, Mutch, and Hume, their work being beyond reproach. The halves we have seen do much better, Millar being best; while of the forwards, the right wing were consistently best all through, and should have got more of the ball than they did. The centre failed to clinch matters as they did the other week. Lennie missed one or two glorious chances, and O'Hagan did not find the ground to his liking at all.

Chatty Bits

Aberdeen's exit from the ties this season is much more dignified than last, when they got 4-1 in the second round.
The gate too, should yield a little more on this occasion, though it was not so large as some of the officials expected.
After all the bother, the "Sports Committee" had to play second fiddle to the AFC in the running of the Glasgow excursion. The excursion was a huge success, over 400 travelling, the majority finding their way to Parkhead.
Aberdeen have many firm supporters in Glasgow, and they were somewhat disappointed on this occasion that more life was not instilled into their play in the opening stages.
Aberdeen "A," by their win on Saturday, have qualified for the final of the County Cup, and will meet Peterhead on some date soon to settle the destiny of the trophy for another season, Aberdeen "A" hold the cup at present.
Following upon this will come the Dewar Shield ties, and a meeting of this committee will be held soon to arrange matters.
The arrangements for the international hockey match - Scotland v England - to be played om March 19th at Pittodrie, are proceeding apace. This game should popularise the sport in the Granite City, as many will see it for the first time.

Source: Bon-Accord, 24th February 1910

Aberdeen met the Celtic at Parkhead, Glasgow, on Saturday in the third round of the Scottish Cup competition. The pitch was very soft after the previous night's heavy rainfall, or a strong wind greatly interfered with the play. There were fully 12,000 spectators inside the enclosure when the teams lined up as follows:-

Celtic: Adams; Mcnair, McIntosh; Dodds, Loney, Hay; Munro, McMenemy, Quinn, Johnstone, Kivlichan. Aberdeen: Mutch; Colman, Hume; Wilson, Macfarlane, Millar; H. Murray, Simpson, Soye, O'Hagan, Lennie.
Referee - Mr. Stark, Airdrie.

Aberdeen won the toss, and had the benefit of a strong wind at their back during the first half. The start was distinctly promising from an Aberdeen point of view. Lennie got away on the left, I and, after beating the odds on the run, sent the ball spinning across to the opposite wing, where Murray just failed to beat Adams at close range. The game was fought out for a time in the vicinity of the Celtic goal, and two corners to the visitors kept the home defence busy. McNair and McIntosh were unable to shake off the persistent attacks of the Aberdeen forwards, and when O'Hagan was seen forcing his way between the Celtic backs prospects of Aberdeen opening the scoring were distinctly favourable. Adams, however, rushed out of his goal and nipped the ball from O'Hagan speak - a daring bit of work, but the only course open to the goalkeeper. The wind proved a severe handicap to the Celts, for they made little headway during the first 15 minutes' play. Although enjoying most of the game, Aberdeen were slow to turn their advantage to a count, for very few shots were directed at Adams's charge. Murray sent across several accurate centres from the right, but Mcnair and McIntosh generally got the ball away before the Aberdeen forwards had time to shoot. The Celts first dangerous run was easily checked by Colman, while a long pass down the middle of the field by Loney - eventually and met for Quinn - was cleared by Colman before the Celts' centre could catch up the ball. Miskicking by Hay enabled Murray and Simpson to make ground. The winger finished with a splendid cross, which Soye failed to catch up, and then dons came on the scene and cleared. The wind continued to trouble the Celts' greatly, but Aberdeen were poor near goal, and lost many chances of gaining the lead. Following upon a well-placed corner kick, taken by Murray, Soye almost beat Adams with the clever header, the goalkeeper getting the ball away just in time. At the other end, McMenemy was conspicuous than a strong attack on the Aberdeen goal. Kivlichan raced away on the left, and although closely followed by Wilson, the Celts' managed to cross the ball to the right, where McMenemy gained possession. Hume dashed in, but the inside right kept the ball under control, and finally delivered a stinging shot, which just missed the net. The game now went greatly in favour of the Parkhead men, and it was evident that Aberdeen had lost much of their early form. Indeed, the visitors had all the worst of the exchange's after the first 20 minutes' play, and it required all the best efforts of Colman and Hume to keep the eager Celts' from scoring. Munro, finely supported by McMenemy, was greatly in evidence at outside right, Millar being frequently beaten, the tackling of the left half being very weak. All over, the Celts were the better side, and as the game went on their superiority became more marked. Colman and Macfarlane had quite a busy time watching Quinn, who was repeatedly pulled up by the right back in capital style. The Aberdeen defence stood up to the Celts' attack in a most praiseworthy fashion, Wilson and Colman being repeatedly in evidence at goalmouth. The right half on one occasion beat Johnstone and Kivlichen and then raced ahead for goal, but was badly fouled just outside the penalty area. Later on, however, Wilson miskicked, and sent the ball to Kivlichen, who ran to within a yard of goal line. The left winger finished with a cross along the ground, which the Aberdeen defence ought to have cleared. They failed to get the ball away, however, and McMenemy pounced on the ball, and flashed it into the net, giving Mutch no chance. The Celts had the best of matters up to the interval, and the scores were - Celtic 1 goal, Aberdeen 0.

Facing the breeze on resuming, Aberdeen were early called upon to defend their goal, Munro and McMenemy forcing the pace on the right. Hume got the ball away, but it was soon returned by Kivlichen, a long shot from the left winger almost bringing a goal, the ball going past the top corner of the far post. Quinn followed with two more drives, but they were easily cleared. A strong return by Colman enabled Aberdeen to transfer play to the other end, and during a brisk attack on the part of the visiting front rank, McNair and McIntosh were hard pressed, Loney falling back to their assistance. Aberdeen made a great effort to get on a level with their opponents. Simpson tested Adams with a hard drive, which the goalkeeper got rid off with little to spare, but this was practically the only real attempt at scoring by the Aberdeen forwards. They had lots of chances, and were skilfully for position, but good shooting was an unknown quantity. The Celts were playing a winning game, and appeared to have the match in their own hands. Quinn was terribly keen on scoring, but Macfarlane and Colman kept a sharp look out, with the result that the Celtic centre was frequently robbed of the ball before he had a chance of shooting. In a vigorous attack on the Aberdeen goal Quinn was injured, but quickly got to his feet again. Twenty-five minutes after the interval the Celts' scored their second goal, and this point practically settled the game. Munro sent the ball across from a corner, and Quinn headed into goal. His effort was cleared by Hume, but Quinn got on the ball a second time and banged it into the net with terrific force. Play went greatly in favour of the Celts', Aberdeen being kept strictly on the defence. Colman and Hume, however, never flinched, and repeatedly save their side in a most daring fashion. A stinging shot by Munro struck the side of the net, the outside right driving the ball with terrific force within a couple of yards of Mutch. The visitors were now hopelessly out of the game. A sudden breakaway by Murray, however, looked promising for Aberdeen. He subsequently crossed to the left, but just as Lennie was in the act of running in to catch up the pass, Dodds dashed across the field and cleared. Towards the end of the game Lennie sent in a long shot from the wing, Adams clearing with difficulty. Five minutes from time Aberdeen obtained their only goal, the result of fine play on the part of Wilson. He got away on the right wing, and finished with a long drive into the goalmouth. The ball struck Loney on the foot, and then went spinning into the corner of the net.


The drawings at Parkhead, exclusive of stands, amounted to £520, representing an attendance of 27,000. The Hamden, where Queen's Park and Clyde met and through, the attendance was 30,000, the gate amounting to £625, with £75 drawn at the stands.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 21st February 1910

Celtic Teamsheet
Adams; Mcnair, McIntosh; Dodds, Loney, Hay; Munro, McMenemy, Quinn, Johnstone, Kivlichan
Attendance: 27,000
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow
Referee: Mr. Stark, Airdrie
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