The meeting of the Clyde and Aberdeen at Shawfield Park, Glasgow, on Saturday attracted fully 12,000 spectators. The weather, although somewhat oppressive, was nevertheless favourable for the game. The football, however, never reached a high standard, and the result - a draw - was quite in accordance with the quality of the play served up by both teams. The Clyde team was remodelled, consequent on the heavy revers sustained against the Rangers last Wednesday, but Aberdeen were represented by their usual eleven. Teams:-
Clyde: McTurk; Watson, Gilligan; Walker, Blair, Collins; Stirling, McCartney, Kyle, Jackson, Booth.
Aberdeen: King; Colman, Hume; Wilson, Wyllie, Millar; Soye, McIntosh, Murray, Travers, Lennie.
Referee - Mr. J. Rennie, Falkirk.
Clyde won the toss, and during the first half played with the wind and sun at their back. The Shawfield men were the first to become dangerous, Booth and Jackson leading off in the attack. The latter, however, sent the ball too far ahead, which ultimately went out of play. Returning to the attack, Kyle was just a moment too late in accepting a pass from the right, King rushing out and kicking clear ere the Clyde center could breach the ball. The game, so far, had proceeded very quietly, the players being apparently afraid to risk anything, with the result that a lot of aimless kicking was indulged in by both sides. Aberdeen's first break-a way came as the result of forcing play by Wyllie. Murray joined in the movement, and subsequently passed out to Lennie on the left. Making ground quickly, Lennie crossed right in front of McTurk, but none of the Aberdeen forwards were in a position to catch up the ball, which finally went behind. Aberdeen had now more of the game, and the first really good attempt at scoring came from McIntosh, whose hard drive along the ground was blocked by Gilligan. A corner followed, but the ball was sent behind. Slow and at times very uninteresting play was witnessed for fully a quarter of an hour. The Clyde, if anything, had more of the game, but even with all their superiority they rarely looked like scoring. Colman and Hume seldom allowed the ball to pass them, while even when the Clyde forwards got close to goal none of their forwards appeared capable of shooting with any degree of accuracy. McCartney had a comparatively easy chance, but he lost control of the ball near the upright, while a minute later Hume transfer to play to midfield with a strong punt. The defence of both sides, as a matter of fact, dominated the game, the forwards being very rarely in evidence. At times the play became painfully slow, so much so that the much was more like a friendly fixture and an important league engagement. Latterly the Clyde forwards came away strongly on the left wing. Booth and Jackson being conspicuous. Twice within 5 minutes Colman headed clear from almost under the bar, while a fast shot from Kyle almost took King by surprise, but the goalkeeper cleared splendidly with a crowd of players in close attendance. Following this pressure came another effort by the Clyde to get a goal, and they certainly ought to have scored. Quite close to the goalmouth Jackson got on the ball, and all that was required was a gentle tap in order to place the ball in the net. Jackson, however, let drive with great force, the result being that he sent the ball high over the bar. Two corners to the Clyde were beautifully placed by Booth, but Colman got the first away safely, while Wilson headed out the second. A fast grounder by Stirling was splendidly saved by king, and then Aberdeen enjoyed more of the game, mainly as the result of sound play by their half-backs. Travers forced the pace, but there was a lack of really good finishing on the part of the visiting forwards. McIntosh and Soye started a promising movement on the right, but the latter was too anxious to get rid of the ball and he had a clear course for goal. Instead of centring, he sent the leather in the direction of his own goal, and us a good chance was lost. McIntosh worked very hard for an opening, and got it, but McTurk easily cleared a low shot from the inside right. Play on the whole was only moderate, and the interval arrived with the teams on a level footing - no scoring.
At the opening of the second half the wind had increased in force, and with this advantage it was thought that Aberdeen would soon get on the lead. The Clyde, however, came away in promising fashion, Booth being noticeable for his forcing tactics on the left. However, he had always to reckon with Colman, whose play was ahead of any other back on the field. On one occasion Hume missed his kick, but quickly recovered while later on Stirling raced past the left back, only to be pulled up bay Colman, however, who sprinted right across the field and kicked the ball out of play. Lennie made a praiseworthy effort to get through, and appeared likely to succeed when he was fouled by Watson. Good work by Wilson, Wyllie, and Millar went for nothing through the weak play of the men in front. Somehow the Clyde backs had invariably plenty of time to get their kick in, Gilligan being specially good in his returns. Walker and Blair carried the play to the Aberdeen end of the field, and, but for the timely intervention of Wyllie the Clyde half-back would probably have scored. The Clyde front rank at this stage was altered, Kyle going to inside left, while Jackson dropped into the centre. The change worked for the better so far as the combined play was concerned, but the new centre last a couple of easy chances of scoring. The game for a time ruled very even, with Aberdeen gradually improving in the front rank, but their lack of shooting power was evident when the whole line swept down the field in a body, and got right into close proximity with McTurk, and yet none of the forwards attempted a shot for goal. Soye, however, sent across a high ball from the right, which McTurk got safely away, while Lennie and Travers also had tries for goal, but there was no sting behind the ball. McTurk almost let his side down on one occasion. Running out to clear his lines, the goalkeeper kicked the ball only a few yards down the field. Travers pounced on the ball and immediately returned it goalwards. The leather, however, rebounded off Blair, who had fallen back when he saw that McTurk had left his charge unprotected. It was a lucky escape, for the ball would certainly have gone into the net but for the resource shown by Blair. The Clyde made a strong rally in the last fifteen minutes, but the Aberdeen defence never faltered. Colman being noticeable for sound play. Wyllie, too, was frequently in evidence, and the centre-half saved his side on one occasion when he charged Stirling off the ball just when the right-winger was cutting into goal after beating Millar and Hume. Near the close Aberdeen almost scored, Murray, Travers, and Lennie having good tries, while McIntosh got the better of the defence in a rush for goal, but the ball bounced up and struck the inside-right on the arm. There was no scoring on either side, however, and the game ended - Aberdeen, 0; Clyde, 0.
Aberdeen and Clyde, therefore, are still the only unbeaten teams in the league. Saturday's game was value for no more than a draw, and, on the whole, was a disappointing match. The estimated gate was £260.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 3rd October 1910