For their return home League fixture with Aberdeen, the Heart of Midlothian had to rearrange their forward line owing to Battles crying off because of damaged toes. White took up his old position at centre, and with Smith and McMillan playing, the attack was made up of Smith, Chalmers, White, McMillan, and Murray. In the first half, at any rate, it played well, McMillan being very good at forcing the game, while Chalmers was clever and White was a forceful centre. Falloon came in for Cooper in the Aberdeen defence, and played a sound game, though he had the misfortune to be ordered off before the close. He had been rather keen in his attentions to Murray, and had been warned because of this, but the game had only ten minutes to run when he again upset the Hearts' left winger and got his marching orders. Unless fo a spell of dull play in the second half, the game was always interesting. There were some fine rallies in front of goal, good saving by Harkness and S. Smith but in the outfield many slips were made owing to the treacherous nature of the pitch, the thaw having left the surface soft on the top, and hard beneath. The opening goal was scored by Hearts when McMillan took a pass from Chalmers in the air and scored with a swinger. Ten minutes passed and then the ball was driven up to the Aberdeen goal, and White rushed the goalkeeper, the ball going into the net. The two goals lead was only held for a minute. Anderson failed to hold Smith, whose cross went over to Love to score. Minor accidents to players were numerous. Towards the interval the Hearts were on top, and Chalmers had bad luck on two occasions, once striking the side post with the Aberdeen goalkeeper beaten. The second half saw play fall away for a time. Then an Aberdeen revival led to McLean scoring from a pass by Smith. This was immediately followed by a goal to the Hearts by White, after the ball had bounced twice. In a stirring finish Aberdeen lost the services of Falloon (ordered off), but Smith almost equalised when he beat Anderson and brought Harkness to his knees. The attendance was about 10,000.
Source, The Scotsman, 6th January 1931