Source: The Scotsman, 21st November 1910
EXCITING PLAYMurray and McIntosh exchanged places after the interval, and the substitution of more bash for the scientific and less robust play of Murray tended under the circumstances on this occasion to give more effect to the home attack. Quite early McIntosh had Reid and Riddell in difficulties, but Robertson went to the rescue, and the Saints were within an ace of increasing their lead. Husband outdistanced Colman, and King tipped his final shot over the bar for a fruitless corner, but a shot from R. Cunningham which went over the bar marked the beginning of a period in which the visiting forwards were out of the canvas. Aberdeen attacked with great persistency, but all their clever outfield work was wasted on a defence that such as the Saints put up, and ill-luck seemed to dog their every effort at shooting, which in many cases was of the most lamentable nature. After Travers and Murray had each placed the ball inches on the wrong side of the post from an Aberdeen point of view, Millar had the chagrin to see a terrific volley from his foot rebound from the upright, and Lennie later to send past. Murray got the ball in the net, but offside was given, and Aberdeen pegged away in a determined effort to get level. Millar again had a characteristic drive, this time of the elevated nature, and subsequent efforts by McIntosh, Soye, and Murray were all disposed of in a daring fashion by Grant. One of the most exciting periods of the game was during the negotiation of a corner-kick forced by Aberdeen. Five or six players all jumped in the air at once, and simultaneously they fell heaped together in front of Grant. Still the equaliser did not come out the ball bounced up and down in front of the visiting goalkeeper, it cannoned up against players in its flight to the longed-for haven, it was fisted out by Grant in fearless style, but still it did not cross the line. Pressure of this kind was bound to have a tangible result, and when Murray at last got the equaliser through a medley of excited players it was the realisation of a hard-sought objective. As if imbued with electrical energy, Aberdeen and set themselves to win the game, and succeeded. Amidst intense excitement, Soye netted, but was given offside, then Millar lost an opportunity by elevated shooting. Reward for the efforts of the homesters was at hand, however, and McIntosh, by his dash, put on the winning goal a few minutes from time. Saint Mirren made one last great effort to the demon their fortune, but failed to take advantage of the only chance - a free-kick granted against Millar close in. As the whistle blew Hume was hoped in tackling Cunningham, and Aberdeen retired the holders of hard-fought-for laurels. By their win on this occasion, Aberdeen share with Rangers the position at the top of the Scottish League, although the Glasgow combination has the better goal average.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 21st November 1910
PLAY AND PLAYERS.0n such a treacherous pitch it would be unfair to seriously condemn any of the players severely. On the visitors side, Grant showed out as the best man on his side, and saved the Saints from a bigger defeat than they got. Riddell was the better of the two backs, and in the middle line the whole team did well, with Robertson slightly the best. The extreme wing men - Cunningham and Husband - have a good control of the ball, and know how to swing it across on such a pitch as they were playing on. Husband took the eye most, and the team as a whole performed very well. On the home side no fault could be found with King. He was beaten only once, and the backs were as much, to blame as him. Hume had a small bit of advantage over Colman on Saturday, the left-back kicking in greater length, while he kept his pins on the ice better. Millar was the best half, the other two put in a lot of hard work which did not count. The forwards won the game, but they lacked terribly in judgment. They might have had any number of goals if they had simply shot with more accuracy and from longer range. While their work would have been effective and pretty to look at in ordinary conditions, it was useless on Saturday. Out of the bunch, Murray and, Macintosh were best, and Soye and Lennie were good, the latter being very much improved from last week. Travers put in a power of work in the open, but we have never seen him so weak at goalmouth; but this was common to all, and the inside-left was no worse than the others. It will be admitted at once that Aberdeen were the better side, but they very nearly lost the game by not suiting their play to those requirements of the opposition, the state of the pitch.
CHATTY BITS.Wintry weather seems to have been pretty prevalent on Saturday all over Scotland. The early starts are having an appreciable effect on the "gates." Quite the topic in football circles has been the sensational defeat of Clyde by Kilmarnock. Tht Scottish League competition was never in such an open condition as it is at present. With a better goal average, Rangers take top place; but there are so many within easy reach of the highest rung on the ladder that the slightest slip means a lot. There is no chance of this season's competitions being a run away affair, as it has been for the past few years. Leith got knocked out of the Qualifying ties on Saturday by Johnstone, but the cupholders have intimated a protest. If the protest is sustained, the winners of the replay will meet East Stirlingshire in the final. Failing to secure the services of Colman, Manchester City secured Chaplin from Dundee last week-end. Though Chaplin played for the City on Saturday there is likely to be some trouble over his transfer, as the Tottingham [sic.] Hotspur allege they have a claim on him. Chaplin was with the 'Spurs for a season some three or four years ago, when he returned to Dundee, and the English club reported the matter then to the F.A. Aberdeen A, had extremely hard lines in being defeated on Saturday, as they consider they had a legitimate goal chalked off. As it was, they did not badly in being defeated by 2-1. The new man on trial at outside-right did fairly well, and is worth another trial. Others think there are as good at home. Owing to the new rule that transfers will not be sanctioned in the last two months of the season, the English agents are busy just now. looking for talent.
Source: Bon-Accord, 24th November 1910