Fully 8000 spectators assembled at Pittodrie yesterday to witness the holiday fixture between Aberdeen and Queen's Park for points in the Scottish League competition. Dull weather prevailed, but there was no wind or sun to contend with, and the conditions were almost ideal for good football. Teams:-
Aberdeen: King; Colman, Hume; Wilson, Wyllie, Millar; Soye, McIntosh, Murray, Travers, Lennie.
Queen's Park: R. C. Brebner; R. M. Young, J. Reilley; M. McAndrew, A. F. Murray, James Bryce; James Hamilton, D. M. McGregor, C. V. Craigie, James Bowie, James Anderson.
Referee - Mr. Kilbride, Polmont.
After a few preliminary exchanges, Wilson was prominent for smart tackling, but when he gave to Soye the wing man failed to carry the ball with him. Queen's came up, and forced a corner, from which Wilson and then Colman punted hard to clear. Bowie had a fine long pot at King, and the custodian shook in receiving it. The Amateurs were easily the smarter lot, and first Arthur Murray and then McGregor showed great ability in wandering the home defence. Bowie was strong on the shoot, and again gave King a stinger to hold. Individually the Queen's were smart, and in combination were smart, and in combination were much superior to Aberdeen. From the right the ball came over, and Hamilton shot for goal with terrific force. The ball was going straight for goal, but, fortunately for the local side, Millar's bulky frame was in the way, and the situation was saved. Then the Aberdeen made off, with a surprise rush carried the visitors' defence before them. Their movements were too close, however, and Brebner had plenty of time to clear a small bowl. Aberdeen kept well up against Brebner, and Lennie did a bit of worrying among the halves. One the right Soye and McIntosh were failing to get in by over-running the ball. Colman was repeatedly brilliant, and he stopped a dangerous run by Hamilton, although it meant a corner. Aberdeen were now having more of the play, but the weakness was an inclination towards fancy work. George Wilson had a great try, which Brebner held with difficulty.
The strangers were always dangerous, and their shooting was never off the target. The truth of this was brought home to Aberdeen by the manner in which the Queen's got their first point. It looked like an ordinary run up the field, but Anderson, on the left, banged across a long drive from the margin. It was a pretty effort, and the sphere sailed beautifully into the corner of the net, the custodian being completely beaten. Aberdeen forced their way up but a fruitless corner by Lennie was the only result. In a minute the amateurs were back again, and had a corner too, but the homesters made their way up, and Brebner had to give an exhibition of wriggling before getting the sphere away. Bowie was everywhere for Queen's, and his shots came from all directions. He surprised King with a hard drive from the right, and then went back to his own place, from which he had another try. Smart work by Wyllie let Aberdeen away on the right, and Soye delivered a fine ball to Brebner. There was only a partial clearance, and the winger was about to have another try when Bryce intervened. Both left wings had a turn at clever work. Lennie at this stage showing a flash of his old form. There was a deal of good football, and Aberdeen improved considerably, both in speed and judgement in passing. It was a hard-fought game, with the halves and forwards working well together. Both sets of backs were sound. Just before the interval there was an exciting moment at Brebner's end. Soye was deadly in his crosses, and when the Queen's custodian failed to get rid of a hot shot from the margin, he was almost bundled into the net with the ball in his arms. On the whole, Aberdeen were much improved, and had the mastery towards half-time.
The homesters were the first to be aggressive, and when Young handled a difficult chance was missed. Good manoeuvring let Lennie away, but the wing man was painfully slow. He diddled Young, but Reilley had could time to cover up, and clear at the expense of a corner. The homesters were lively now, and a fast run by Lennie almost led to a goal. The ball game hard forward, and Murray raced with Brebner, who came out to meet it. The keeper in attempting to gather the ball missed, and with McIntosh also in attendance had to kick behind. A cornered want to an exciting scrimmage in front of goal, from which Millar sent past. Queen's had a brief visit to Aberdeen's territory, but Aberdeen were soon back again, Winslow working on the left once more lost a chance, in the nippy amateur halves chipping in. On the right McIntosh worked nicely, and placed forward to his partner, but Soye was not in his place. Keeping at it, Lennie put across another fine one, which not only missed the mark. Young had to kick out, and then Reilley gave away a flagrant corner, from which the homesters settled a severe pressure. Again and again the ball was placed forward, and relief was only found when Lennie, with a snap shot, sent behind. Excitement was at fever heat now, with Aberdeen pressing hard, a goal was bound to come. And come it did. Aberdeen were put in on the screw with a vengeance, and Travers netted with a terrific shot at close range. It whetted the appetite of Aberdeen for more. Amid great cheering the Pittodrie van, backed by the halves, swept down on the Queen's defence, which was powerless to hold the attack. Shots rained in, and Brebner almost fell to a brilliant snap by Millar. There was no resisting the Aberdeen invasion now, and another goal came 20 minutes from the resumption. Tom Murray placed forward, and when Brebner failed to gather, McIntosh dashed in and placed in the net. The amateurs were helpless. They could not stem the attack, but they continued to play vigorously. Aberdeen were always at Brebner's end, and secured another point, due mainly to blundering on the part of Young and Brebner. The back missed, and Tom Murray, rushing in, let drive for goal. The keeper foozled the shot, and the ball slipped between his legs into the goal. After a brief period of quiet play, Soye and McIntosh got off, when the inside man gave the custodian a high shot to hold. A second later, the left came up, and Travers, coming round Young, had only the keeper to beat. His shot went past the wrong side of the post, and the chance was lost. The amateurs were a beaten team, and completely demoralised. A corner on the left was placed well by Lennie. Tom Murray got his head on the sphere, and struck the bar. The rebound came to McIntosh, who, with a nice header, placed in the net. A brief stoppage was caused owing to Craigie being injured, but he was able to resume almost at once. It was a complete route of the Queen's. Millar operated nicely, and parted to Soye. The winger got round Reilley and squared hard from the corner flag. McIntosh snapped the ball in the air, and scored a pretty goal, his direction being true and the delivery swift. Craigie gave King his first test during the half, after clever manoeuvring for an opening, but in a trice Aberdeen were down and trying for more. Young and Murray both failed to punt clear, and Wyllie delivered a hot shot for goal. It was on the mark, but Murray's foot got in the way, and a goal kick resulted. Soye was bright on the wing, and just before the finish to Brebner a difficult shot to negotiate.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 27th September 1910