Source: The Scotsman 04-12-1905
SECOND HALFAlthough playing against the wind in the second half, their two-goal lead gave the Aberdeen team confidence. A foul against Boyle for handling let the Hearts well down, and Gault being shaky, the visitors look like scoring their first goal. The Aberdeen forwards worked their way to the other end, and a bye resulted. Hearts, playing determinedly, had several rousing runs, and once Bobbie Walker was on the shoot for the Aberdeen goal, when Boyle arrived and spoiled his little effort. Excitement was now intense among spectators and players alike. Even Macfarlane seemed to be affected, for in face of a determined run by the hearts, he overbalanced himself, and stumbled when the ball was headed in by Menzies, with the result that Hearts scored a soft goal. Nettled at this, the Aberdeen men played up with renewed vigour, to which the Hearts responded with a will, and the remainder of the game was fought out in a white heat of excitement, now one team being in the ascendant and now the other, the crowd yelling and cheering themselves hoarse at every exciting bit of play. The game was a hard and fast one and no mistake, with no quarter asked and none given. Hard knocks there were in plenty. Pluck and stamina were displayed on both sides. Hearts tried all the tricks and wiles of attack, and Aberdeen applied all the resources of defence even to kicking the ball out the enclosure, although the referee had a watchful eye on this little dodge. Boyle, fearless, dashing, and sure, and Gault, resolute but not so sure, put in all they knew, and the three Aberdeen half-backs played as if their very lives depended on their efforts, a gratifying feature being the way in which Wilfred Low held the wing opposed to him in check. More than once the Aberdeen supporters held their breath, but once, in particular, they quaked, and that was when Macfarlane sprang out of his goal and fisted the ball as it was spinning over his head towards the net, with three Hearts elbowing him. It was a narrow squeak, and by his save Rab made amends for his previous slip. A dazzling bit of play by Lennie, who broke away, and was making straight for the Hearts' goal ended disastrously for Lennie. Just on the penalty line he was badly kicked, and as he spun round and fell heavily on the ground it looked as if he had been seriously injured, an impression that was strengthened when the fair-haired forward was carried apparently insensible to the pavilion. The crowd yelled "Penalty!" and "Put him off the field!" But the referee thought otherwise, and did not give even a foul. This incident intensified the feverish excitement of the crowd, and the play which followed was of the most determined, not to say desperate, character. With only ten men, Aberdeen rose to the occasion, and played with such dash and determination that they demoralised the Hearts. Thomson was not the man he was in the first half, and the backs were shaky in the extreme. For ten minutes the Aberdeen men besieged the Edinburgh goal, and if ever a goal was deserved it was at this juncture. McAulay, Edgar, and Robertson all had shots for goal, but so crowded was the Hearts' goal front that it was almost impossible to find an opening. Lennie returned after fifteen minutes absence, amid the frantic cheers of the delighted Aberdeen supporters. From one end to the other the ball was carried, and so aggressive were the home team that the Hearts players seemed to lose their heads at times. To the finish of the game there was no slackness on either side, and Hearts, so far from being able to confine their exertions to securing the equaliser, had their work cut out for them to prevent the Aberdeen getting another goal. Boyle was the hero of the Aberdeen defence, and so single-minded were the Aberdeen team in their desire to keep on the lead that even McAulay and Lennie and Edgar fell back to aid the backs, and occasionally did yeoman service. Towards the close, the Aberdeen goal had a narrow escape, Lindsay, four yards from Macfarlane, shooting the ball in the direction of the corner flag. Hearts pressed hard in the closing minutes, but the Aberdeen defenders kept their lines clear, and one of the most exciting games ever witnessed at Pittodrie ended amid the cheers of thousands of spectators, in a great and well-deserved victory for Aberdeen. The drawings amounted to two £203 13s, of which, £176 was the divisible gate.
HEARTS ENTERTAINEDAfter the match the Hearts players and officials of the club, who accompanied the team to Aberdeen, were entertained at dinner in the Bon-Accord Hotel by the Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Lothians Association. Mr. R. Currie presided, and the guests included, in addition to the Hearts' directors and officials, Baillie Milne, chairman of the Aberdeen Football Club; Mr. James Phillips, secretary; and Mr. R. Macfarlane, captain of the Aberdeen team. After dinner, The Chairman proposed "Our Guests." He said that as natives of Auld Reekie and the Lothians they thought it was only their duty to invite the Hearts of Midlothian football team to a little entertainment after the match at Pittodrie. (Applause.) Returning to the result of the match, he said he really thought the Aberdeen club deserved their victory. (Applause.) Aberdeen had the advantage of the wind in the first half, and the Hearts had to struggle hard. They did their very best in the second half to keep the ball in, Aberdeen did not care whether they got the ball in or not. (Hear, hear, and laughter.) But Aberdeen were playing the game. They were playing for the two points and no one could blame them. (Hear, hear.) The match that afternoon was Hearts' seventeenth league game, and it was their first defeat. It was only by one goal. ("Good old Granite City.") the Granite City was hard to beat; hard as granite. (Laughter and applause.) He was sure that the members of the Edinburgh and Lothian Association would not grudge Aberdeen their victory. (Applause.) It would be some consolation after the 6-0 defeat at Dundee. (Groans, and a voice - "Don't mention." - laughter.) The Hearts, though defeated, were not disgraced, and they would live to fight another day. (Applause.) They were delighted to have the Hearts with them that night, and he hoped that they would enjoy themselves, and take back to Auld Reekie pleasant recollections of a pleasant hour spent with the natives of Edinburgh resident in Aberdeen. (Applause.) Mr. Lorimer, chairman of the Hearts of Midlothian club, responded, and said that he could assure the members of the association that when the Hearts got the invitation to meet them in Aberdeen they were as much pleased as surprised. (Applause.) In the course of his speech Mr. Lorimer said that he once heard the worthy secretary of the Aberdeen club speaking about one of the Hearts' forwards, who had international honours, many times, and he said that the player he referred to had no nerves, and that when he got the ball, no matter in what position, he would go on, and when he came near the goal he looked for the goalkeeper, and put the ball past him. Unfortunately for the Hearts that day, the Aberdeen half-backs and the backs would not allow that forward to look for the goalkeeper, and they prevented that same international forward from scoring. If the fortunes of the ballot, on the 12th of this month, sent the Hearts to Aberdeen in a Scottish cup tie, the people of Aberdeen might make up their minds that the Hearts would reverse the position of the game that day. (Applause and Question.) He had said before the game that day that whoever won the toss won the game, and it happened as sure as he had said it. However, the Aberdeen club had the good wishes of the Heart of Midlothian Club. (Applause.) Perhaps the defeat that day was a blessing in disguise. If there were weak spots in the Hearts' team, Aberdeen had shown them up as clearly as the sun at noontide, and whatever weak spots there were it would be the duty of the directorate to remedy. The Chairman also proposed "The Aberdeen Football Club," and said that the Aberdeen team always played to win. (Applause.) The Aberdeen club had struggled hard, and were struggling hard, to attain a first-class position in the Scottish League, and he was sure that they wish them all success in their endeavours. (Applause.) Every club must have a capable head, and the Aberdeen club were very fortunate in having such men as Baillie Milne and Mr. Phillip to guide the affairs of the club. (Applause.) Baillie Milne, in the course of his reply, send they could hardly blame the Aberdeen club for being a little pleased with themselves on being the first to beat the Hearts. (Applause.) There might be something in what Mr. Lorimar said about the winning of the toss that day being an advantage, but at the same time he thought the Aberdeen team played well for their victory in a hard game, and did their best to prevent the Hearts scoring. (Applause.) "Bon-Accord," followed by "Auld Lang Syne," brought an enjoyable entertainment to an end. During the evening, songs were sung by Bailliey Milne, Messrs Kenneth Whitton (Hearts director). Lyndsay and Brown (Hearts), McAveeny, Moir, Currie and Kynoch, and Mr. Mavor was pianist.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 4th December 1905