Aberdeen paid their first visit to Edinburgh under First Division League, their opponents being the Hearts at Tynecastle. The attendance numbered about 3000. Teams:-
Hearts: Philip; Bain, Thompson; McLaren, Thompson, Dixon; Cooper, Walker, Menzies, D. Wilson, G. Wilson.
Aberdeen: Macfarlane; Boyle, gault; Halkett, Strang, Low; Robertson, Edgar, McNicol, McAulay, Lennie.
Referee - Mister J. McCorkindale, Dalmuir.
Hearts kicked off, and G. Wilson got away on the left, but his parting shot went wide. Following this, Aberdeen were aggressive. After Charlie Thompson had put in some grand defensive work, McNicol sent in a hot shot, which Philip saved. The Hearts at this stage were being so sorely pressed that, following a free kick close in, one of the players gave away a penalty, from which McNicol opened the scoring for Aberdeen. The Hearts made strenuous efforts to dislodge their opponents, but to no purpose. A free kick gave the Hearts relief, and when they got close in the home forwards could do nothing right, Boyle and Halkett being always on the spot. Aberdeen continued to give a splendid exhibition of footwork, and completely upset the Hearts' calculations. For fouling Menzies within the line the Hearts were awarded a penalty, from which Thompson equalised. Aberdeen then pressed.
Restarting, Aberdeen assumed the aggressive, and it was through a free kick that the Hearts got away, only to find the Aberdeen defence a stumbling block. After Macfarlane had saved splendidly, Aberdeen took up the running, but the ball was sent past. Aberdeen, still playing good football, worried the Hearts' defence to some tune, but their final efforts were always made from too long range. On the other hand, the Hearts' forwards got plenty of the ball, but Aberdeen's able defence prevailed on every occasion.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 30th October 1905