The closing match of the official season was played at Pittodrie on Saturday, when Aberdeen A defeated Arbroath by 3 goals to 1, and thereby won the championship of the Northern League. There was a fair attendance, and the teams were:-
Aberdeen A: Greig; Hannah, Low; Watson, Macfarlane, Davidson; Hay, Towns, Nichol, Edgar, Neilson.
Referee - Mr. J Winter, Dundee.
There was a surprising start, four and the first minute Aberdeen opened the scoring through Towns. For a long. Aberdeen were the aggressors. But weak finishing on their part, coupled with a plucky defence by the visiting backs, kept the score from increasing. As time wore on, Arbroath, who seemed to have been disconcerted by the early reverse, showed improvement, and ultimately gave as good as they got. Greig had to save several likely shots, and near the interval, after he had conceded a corner from a hard drive, Arbroath equalised through Ritchie. The closing stages of the period were hotly and equally contested, but there was no further scoring at the interval.
The second half splay was marked by some feeling. Nichol missed a likely chance early on, but, as events proved, he atoned for his hesitancy. He was not the only sinner, however, and Milne sent over the bar when well placed. Play for a time was of an exciting nature, both goals being in jeopardy. Aberdeen came away strongly later, and after 20 minutes Nicol put his side on the lead. The centre was injured, and had to retire for a few minutes. Immediately on his return, however, he gave Scott a hard drive to hold, and later, as the result of a free-kick well out, he put the issue beyond doubt with a terrific drive. Aberdeen were easily the superior side after this, and only good defensive work by Dorward and Pearson kept them from winning by a greater margin.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 1st May 1911