Source: The Scotsman, 5th January 1920
Archibald's Great GoalAberdeen settled down to win the match in the second half, and 14 minutes had gone when a grand bit of work by Robertson enabled Wylie to get possession 20 yards out, and he gave Aberdeen the lead with a low shot that was traveling away from the goalkeeper and glanced into the net off the upright. That goal was the deciding factor in the game, and although the Academicals frequently knocked at Aberdeen's defence there was little force behind their efforts, and, although the possibility was always there, they never really looked like equalising. In the later stages Aberdeen held the upper hand. The visitors' defence had been overworked, and Archibald on at least two occasions nullified his own good work by shooting past, when 2 minutes from the end he gave the crowd one of his characteristic efforts. Beating several opponents, he cut in from the wing and though hampered, he shot a brilliant goal from the 18 yards line, White being helpless to save. It is some time since such a satisfied crowd "squeezed" out of Pittodrie. It did not see brilliant football, but that goal of Archibald's went a long way to redeem a game against which the ground conditions conspired to deny the spectators their moments of exhilaration. It was not a goalkeeper's day, and neither Anderson nor White was overburdened with work, but the Aberdeen custodian had the lesser portion to account for. Both sets of defences showed up well, and considering the difficulties of turning and recovering came well out of the ordeal. This was especially so in the case of the Academicals' backs, whose resolute play averted a much heavier defeat. The outstanding players on the Aberdeen side were Hume, Robertson, MacLachlan, Archibald, Connon, and Wylie, and for the Academicals Kerr, Little, Hall, J. H. McLaughlin, and Scanlon.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 5th January 1920