Source: The Scotsman, 11th March 1926
Players Ordered OffHaving confidence in their decisive lead, Aberdeen adopted defensive tactics in the second half, and were never really stretched to maintain their big advantage. The Cathkin attack was certainly more in evidence than in the first period, but defence was rather more a matter of design than compulsion on the part of Aberdeen. The visitors repeatedly attacked, but so well was the Aberdeen goalkeeper protected that nothing of a serious nature came his way. The period was uneventful until the closing stages. Ten minutes from the end R. Bruce was injured in a tackle and had to be carried off with a damaged knee. Shortly afterwards Reid, the outside right, and Hilley, the Third Lanark left half, came to loggerheads, and as the result of the incident both were ordered to the pavilion. The referee's decision took the spectators by surprise. Battling with nine men against ten, Aberdeen had no difficulty in retining their advantage, and several times in spasmodic attacks came near to increasing their lead. From the competitive standpoint there was little in the game after Aberdeen had gained their decisive lead. It was a case of class telling. On the home side Blackwell was never seriously tested. Hutton was much the better &back; in fact, he was the best back on the field. Pirie was outstanding in the middle line, and in attack Smith and Reid were best. Doolan did little apart from snatching his goal in brilliant style, but his play suggested that if he is played to, he will not be found wanting. Third Lanark gave a very moderate display. Brown was clever in goal, and Aimer, as on Saturday, was the better back. Williamson was a big force as a defender, and in attack Blair and Hamill were best. The number who paid for admission was 11,591, and the gross receipts were £684 2s. The divisible gate was £449 7s 10d..
Source: Press & Journal, 11th March 1926<
After the draw had been made a motion was put forward to, suspend the Standing Orders to consider a proposal to play the ties on succeeding Saturdays instead of on the one day - March 20 -according to the rules. The motion, however, failed to carry.
Mr Philip (Aberdeen F.C.) then moved that the Aberdeen-Celtic tie be played at Tynecastle. He declared that there were now indications that Glasgow was not the only place in which big matches could he played. Mr Brown (Heart of Midlothian F.C.) seconded, and in reply to an observation by another member about the ground's holding capacity, pointed out that he thought that the recent break in at Tynecastle was due to the fact that there were not sufficient police. He declared that if the tie were placed at their disposal the club officials would do everything in their power to safeguard the public and the interests of the Association. Mr Brannigan (Hibernians F.C.), moving for Easter Road in preference to Tynecastle, said he had no hesitation in saying the ground would be able to accommodate the crowd. Ibrox Park was suggested, and on a division, nine voted Ibrox Park, three for Easter Road, and eleven for Tynecastle, and on a second vote Tynecastle was preferred by fourteen totes against nine for Ibrox Park. By twelve votes to eleven, Celtic Park was selected in favour of Hampden Park for the other tie. In the event of replays the venues will be the same. Mr T. Dougray, with Mr Bilney as reserve, will referee the Tynecastle match, and at Parkhead Mr P. Craigmyle will officiate, Mr Small being in reserve.
Source: The Scotsman, 10th March 1926