According to the original list of League fixtures, Aberdeen should have played Third Lanark at Glasgow on Saturday, but owing to a rearrangement of the matches, Aberdeen had to travel to Hamilton to meet the Academicals. Aberdeen were represented by the same team as against Airdrieonians, while the Academicals were strongly represented. There were fully 5000 spectators on the ground when the teams lined up as follows:-
Aberdeen: Mutch; Colman, Hume; Wilson, McIntosh, Low; Simpson, Muir, McNair, O'Hagan, Lennie.
Hamilton Academicals: Rollo; Brownlee, Roxburgh; Menzies, Watson, Anderson; McLean, Main, Wallace, Glasgow, Horne.
Referee - Mr. Stark, Cambuslang.
Colman won the toss for Aberdeen, he took advantage of a slight breeze, while the Academicals had also to face the sun. Aberdeen took the game in hand at the start, and were awarded a free kick close to the Academicals' goal. Brownlie cleared with a strong punt, and soon the home forwards were hovering round Mutch. Horne shot hard for the corner of the net, but the Aberdeen goalkeeper caught the ball, and had little difficulty in clearing. Lennie, O'Hagan, and McNair were prominent for Aberdeen, the three forwards named being responsible for some pretty play. The inside left shot past from close-range, while next minute the Hamilton right winger put in a capital run, finishing with a centre which landed a few yards from Mutch. Offside against Horne, however, brought relief to Aberdeen. Play, or the whole, was not particularly bright, the great heat affecting the players, while the narrow pitch was not to the liking of the Aberdeen team. The visitors, however, played the better football, although the Academicals were a occasionally very dangerous when they came away with their strong kick-and-rush style of play. Lennie was closely watched, but the left winger was in his best form, and almost opened the scoring 15 minutes from the start. He ran fully half the length of the field, and finished with a fast drive, which just missed. Again the left winger broke away, and this time crossed to Muir. The inside right, however, put little force behind his shot, Rollo clearing with little difficulty. Gradually the game became more interesting, with Aberdeen frequently in the vicinity of the Hamilton goal. There was a marked absence of sting in the Aberdeen shooting, however, for on the run of the play they ought to have been at least a goal up. Still, Brownlie and Ross Perot a set up a strong defence, particularly the right back, who tackled and kicked with splendid judgment. Indeed, the backs on both sides were seen to great advantage. A foul off McIntosh close to the Academicals' goal brought relief to the home team, but Aberdeen returned to the attack. Good work by Wilson enabled Lennie to get in one of his characteristic runs along the touch line. O'Hagan joined in the movement, and ultimately the ball was crossed to the right. A capital opening was lost, however, owing to Muir being pulled up for offside. Simpson was conspicuous on the right wing, several of his crosses being cleared by Brownlie, although on one occasion McNair almost beat Rollo with a hook shot. Following upon a corner finally placed by Simpson, Wilson headed the ball to wards the corner of the net, Rollo effecting a clever save. Aberdeen played desperately hard for goal, but were met by a trio of sturdy defenders in Brownlie, Roxburgh, and Rollo. McNair kept his forwards well supplied with the ball. On one occasion the centre dashed away by himself and then passed well out to Lennie on the wing. The outside left went straight ahead, but was just a second too late, Rollo rushing out and falling on the ball when Lennie was on the point of shooting. It was a daring bit of play on the part of the goalkeeper, but it was his only chance of saving his goal. The game open doubt after this incident, played being equally divided. The Academicals, however, were poorly served by their front rank, and were easily held in check by the Aberdeen backs. As a result the Hamilton half-backs indulged in shooting, one effort by Menzies being smartly cleared close to the upright by Mutch. Lennie and O'Hagan carried the play to the other end, the first named being brought down just outside the penalty area. Following upon the free kick, the Hamilton left half almost headed the ball into his own goal, Rollo clearing under the bar. A left-foot drive by McNair - the best shot of the match so far - was brilliantly saved by Rollo, who reached the ball with the tips of his fingers, giving away a corner. Towards half-time the game became very fast, and keen play was witnessed on both sides. A surprise shot from the Hamilton centre was cleared by Mutch, while Rollo was cheered for an equally good save after Lennie had beaten the backs in a sprint down the field. Lennie followed with another good attempt near goal. Brownlie failed to get the ball away, and struck it with his hand, but the referee did not observe Brownlie's action. A fast drive by the Hamilton centre struck the outside of the net. Close to the interval McNair rushed right through the backs. Near the penalty line the Aberdeen centre was tripped, but from the free kick Macintosh and just failed to beat from low, the ball skimming the crossbar. Half-time arrived with a game level - no scoring.
And the teams turned out after the interval the weather was very hot- indeed, the conditions were far from favorable to the players. However, play was on the whole much improved in comparison with the first half, and it was quite evident that both teams were very anxious to gain full points. This was particularly the case with the Academicals, who have not won a game this season. Although facing a strong sun, Aberdeen were the first to become dangerous. The forward play of the Pittodrie men was in direct contrast to that shown by the Hamilton front line, Aberdeen excelling in combination, will the Academicals depended upon individual efforts. Lennie, O'Hagan, and Mcnair were clever to a degree, the although their cleverness in the open was not backed up by effective work near goal in the first half. However, when they made amends by opening the scoring 5 minutes after the restart. Simpson got away on the right wing, although he appeared to be offside when he got the ball. After dribbling a short distance, the right winger crossed to the left wing. Brownlie tried to get the ball away but failed. Lennie rushed in, and just managed to get the ball on the bounce with the side of his right foot. Rollo was completely taken by surprise, for Lennie's shot went clean over the goalkeeper's head before your time to clear. It was a smartly-taken goal, and well worked for. Aberdeen continued to have the best of matters, but the Academicals responded with an determined attack on the Aberdeen goal. A hard drive by the Hamilton centre half was finely saved by Mutch. The game was fought out on very keen lines, Hamilton improving in all departments. Colman and Hume were for a time strictly on the defensive, while Wilson, McIntosh, and Low had to fall back in order to keep the Academicals' forwards in check. What they lacked in need footwork was made up for by their strong rushing tactics, and only the sound defence of the Aberdeen backs kept the Hamilton team from scoring. Colman tackled with great skill, while Hume's punting was quite a feature of the game. Low, too, was prominent in defence, while Wilson was equally successful at close quarters. A corner to the home team was followed by Main losing an easy chance of equalising the game, the inside right fouling the ball in front of goal. Maine, however, had a capital shot immediately afterwards, the ball skimming the crossbar. Aberdeen had to defend for all they were worth in order to keep their one-goal lead, although the Hamilton men showed poor judgment in their shooting, otherwise they would have drawn level a quarter of an hour after the restart. However, the game was equalised when Mclean beat Mutch after 25 minutes' play. Aberdeen's slackened down, and their weakness at this stage was fully taken advantage of by the Hamilton men. Anderson forced to play on the left, passed across to the right, and Mclean rushing in scored with a terrific left-foot drive, the ball landing high up in the corner of the net. Mutch had no chance with the shot. On an equal footing, the players on both sides renewed their energies, and as a result some very exciting play was witnessed. The Academicals were particularly active, and played better at this stage and they had done at any time during the match. A burst away by Simpson was followed by a fine cross to the left. Lennie sprinted along, caught up the pass, and banged the ball against the crossbar - a rare opening being thus lost. Interest was maintained right to the close of the much. First one side and then the other came very near scoring. Twice the Hamilton forwards lost comparatively easy openings. Mcnair got clean through for Aberdeen, but was fouled, while next minute the Academicals were all over Aberdeen. Seven minutes from time Lennie broke away from midfield, raced past the defence, crossed the ball to the centre, and McNair finished the movement by placing his side a goal up. Just before the whistle was blown for time, the Academicals' made one last effort to draw level, but the Aberdeen defence held out and the game ended - Aberdeen, 2 goals, Academicals', 1.
Taken all through, Aberdeen deserved their win, although the losers made a praiseworthy effort to save the game.
The gate amounted to £102 14s 3d.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 21st September 1908