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Third Lanark 2 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Third Lanark 1 - 2 Aberdeen

Div 1 (Old)
Third Lanark scorers: Richardson, Richardson 87
Aberdeen scorers: Soye, McIntosh.

27/08/1910 | KO:


Before fully 5000 spectators, these teams met in a League game at Cathkin. Aberdeen were first to attack, and after some clever midfield play they got down upon Brownlie, Soye scoring. Soon afterwards a second goal was scored by McIntosh, and it was not until near the interval that Richardson scored a point for the home team, the figures at half-time being :- Aberdeen, two goals; Third Lanark, one goal.
On resuming, Third Lanark strove to equalise, and on several occasions had the better of their opponents, but they were unfortunate in front of goal. The defence, however, kept the visitors from increasing their total, and close on time Richardson scored again, the final result thus being a draw - two goals each.

Source: The Scotsman, 29th August 1910

The pitch at Cathkin Park, Glasgow, was in capital order on Saturday, and the Aberdeen players opposed Third Lanark in their first "away" league match this season. The visitors were at full strength, but the ground team had to be rearranged at the last minute to the absence of Mainds, left-half, Carmichael filling the vacancy in the half-back line, while Faughnan appeared at inside right. The teams were:-

Third Lanark: Brownlie; Armstrong, Orr; Fairfoul, Ferguson, Carmichael; Rankin, Fauchnan, Richardson, Hall, Lambie.
Aberdeen: King; Colman, Hume; Wilson, Wyllie, Millar; Soye, McIntosh, Murray, Travers, Lennie.
Referee - Mr. J. S. Muir, Crosshill. Aberdeen won the toss, and during the first half played with a slight breeze at their backs. Third Lanark opened with a breakaway on the right, a long pass from Richardson being caught up by Rankin. The latter was easily tackled by Hume, however, and soon Aberdeen were at the other end of the field. Travers was the first to have a try for goal, a stinging shot from the inside left being cleverly caught by Brownlie. Aberdeen continued to have the best of matters, the front rank displaying many clever points. A run and shot for goal on the part of Lennie looked promising for the visiting team, whose play was far ahead of that shown by the Volunteers. Travers was again prominent in a brisk movement, and when he and length beat Brownlie with a splendid drive the Aberdeen players were somewhat astonished that the referee knocked off the goal for an alleged offside infringement on the part of Murray. This incident occurred after 10 minutes play, and then Aberdeen were deprived of the services of Lennie for fully 17 minutes. The left winger was tackled some what vigorously by Fairfoull, and as a result had to be assisted to the pavilion.
Play thereafter favoured the Third Lanark, the visiting front rank being greatly handicapped owing to the absence of Lennie. Rankin forced the game on the home right wing, and the Aberdeen backs had to exert themselves to the utmost in order to save the goal. In a hot attack in the vicinity of King an offside decision against Rankin spoiled a fine opening for Third Lanark. Strong kicking on the part of the Aberdeen half-backs led up to some exciting play near Brownlie. McIntosh caught up a pass from Murray, and immediately tested Brownlie with a fast drive, while Millar followed this up with an equally good shot from a dozen yards out. King was responsible for a fine clearance at the other end when he rushed out and nipped away the ball from Richardson's toes.


The reappearance of Lennie was the signal for a great rally on the part of Aberdeen. The left winger got on the ball near midfield, and quickly rounded the right back. Racing ahead, Lennie crossed at the proper moment to Soye on the opposite wing, and the latter, without wasting any time, let drive for goal, and completely beat Brownlie. Keeping up their form, the Pittodrie forwards once more got past the Third's defence, Lennie leading the way. Almost from the goal line, the left winger squared right in front of goal. Brownlie rushed out to intercept the gross, but McIntosh got there first, and smartly tipped the ball into the net. Five minutes later Fairfoul sent in a long shot, which would have gone past had King not attempted to stop its progress. The goalkeeper, however, fumbled the ball, which landed near the goal line. Before King could regain his position Richardson came on the scene and glided the ball into the net. The goalkeeper again misfielded the ball, but Hume rushed into the breach, and cleared a shot from Richardson.

Up the Third Lanark were favoured by the breeze after the interval, but the Aberdeen were the first to get off their mark. Lennie was conspicuous on the left, and Armstrong was soon in difficulties, but Orr rushed across and sent the ball well down the field. Rankin got past Hume in a sprint for possession, but the first named shot weekly past when in a capital position. The game continued to be fought out in lively fashion, Aberdeen being determined to keep their one-goal lead, while the Thirds were playing up with great dash in order to get on a level. Play was kept dangerously near the Aberdeen goal, but King was rarely troubled, and shooting of the ball was repeatedly carried into the Aberdeen goal area, but no forward appeared capable of sending in a shot likely to beat King. Of course, Colman and Hume had to bear the brunt of the defensive work, and they did their part splendidly. The half-backs, too, put in a lot of defensive work, but the forwards only occasionally got away. When they did get near Brownlie, however, there was always an element of danger in their attacks. On one occasion Soye broke right through the Third's defence. While at full speed, he let drive for goal, and Brownlie, leaving his post, appeared to be well beaten when the crossbar game to his aid, Soye having hard luck with a capital try. Time was wearing on, and still the visitors were a goal to the good. King saved a fine shot from Carmichael, while Rankin and then Richardson sent the ball wide of the posts when goals appeared likely to come. Two corners quickly followed at the Aberdeen end, but the defence held out. Another rush by Lambie, Richardson, and hall almost brought the equaliser, but Colman cleared brilliantly, while Hume headed away a certainty. Then, with 3 minutes to go, King gave away a corner. The ball came across from the right to Richardson, who headed to Faughnan. The latter read turned the ball to the centre-forward, when in an offside position, but the referee disallowed Aberdeen's appeal, and Richardson headed the ball into the net.

The Aberdeen players gave a capital account of themselves, and although the Third Lanark had the bulk of the game in the first half, the team - at least their front rank - never touched the standard reached by Aberdeen in the first half. Over 6000 spectators witnessed the play, and the receipts were estimated that £150 - a capitalise a record four and Aberdeen v Third Lanark league match at Cathkin.

Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 29th August 1910

Aberdeen began the first of their long journeys to the west on Saturday, when they tackled Third Lanark on new Cathkin Park. The visitors have never done anything better than draw with the "Warriors" on the Glasgow enclosure, and the people at home were not over sanguine of anything more tangible on this occasion on account of the team not having had sufficient practice together.

Except in the cup tie two seasons ago we do not recollect seeing such a large crowd present at Cathkin as there was on Saturday last, when Aberdeen took the field. Colman, winning the toss, took advantage of a strong breeze behind his boys. The play was full of incidents, thrilling and otherwise. Inside five minutes Travers scored a splendid goal, which was chalked for some unaccountable reason, and shortly after Lennie had to retire to the pavilion for repairs, and was off for about twenty minutes. This would have taken the heart out of most teams to begin with, but it seems the Aberdeen lot are built a different way this season, for they pegged away manfully.
During the temporary absence of the left-winger the Third made one or two raids, in which Rankine gave an exhibition of shooting the "stars." On Lennie's reappearance the fun became fast and furious. Careering down on the left he sent along a perfect cross, which Soye snapped up and drove past Brownlie with terrific force. There could be no doubt about this one, and good boys they asked for more. The needful stimulus had been got, and the Third's defence had a very anxious time, though Brownlie made a bad mistake when he let the second goal (which came from. Macintosh) past him.
Then before half-time the Third made a forage towards King, and one of the halves made a huge kick which the goalkeeper was evidently unwilling to treat seriously. Although he had, saved several crisp ones, he misjudged his time for clearance, and Ferguson had him beat.

The Third had more of the play in the second period, for a bit, but only the brilliant goalkeeping of Brownlie saved the situation several times. Aberdeen appeared the more dangerous lot, the home forwards being easily dispossessed. We were just in the eve of congratulating Aberdeen on their first win at Cathkin when a scramble at goalmouth resulted in the Third. equalising. That was within three minutes from time. The game ended 2 goals each, though we think, in all fairness, Aberdeen were entitled to the goal which was disallowed, and which would have given them the victory, and they deserved it on play.


What the "Warriors" would have done on Saturdlay without Brownlie goodness only knows. He is still a great custodian, but can be beaten, as he was on Saturday, three times by clever footwork. He had no earthly chance with Soye and Travers' shots, but had he stayed in goal he would have saved Macintosh's high delivery.
The backs were flurried though Armstrong has the makings of a fine defender in him, but their mainstay on Saturday was the middle line, for none of the forwards could shoot for "nuts."
King saved well at times, but appeared a bit nervous, which will wear off with more experience. Too much praise cannot be with-held from the backs. Colman and Hume and the halves had a difficult task in stopping the speedy forwards, and did, it well, though for preference Wyllie seemed most prominent in the picture.
The forwards all did well. There was a tendency to keep the ball on the left, but the wind was more responsible for this than any tendency on the part of the players to keep one wing going in preference to the other. On Saturday the left were seen to more advantage, but what the right got to do was done well, and both goals that counted came from them. They were a much improved quartette from that which appeared at Pittodrie against Raith Rovers. The team as a whole played well together, and ought to improve on their Saturday's display.

Source: Bon-Accord, 1st September 1910

Third Lanark Teamsheet
Brownlie; Armstrong, Orr; Fairfoul, Ferguson, Carmichael; Rankin, Fauchnan, Richardson, Hall, Lambie
Aberdeen Teamsheet
King, Colman, Hume, Wilson, Wyllie, Millar, Soye, McIntosh, Murray, Travers, Lennie.
Attendance: 6,000
Venue: Cathkin Park, Glasgow
Referee: Mr. J. S. Muir, Glasgow