Source: The Scotsman, 12th December 1910
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 12th December 1910
PLAY AND PLAYERS.The Hibs were best served by their defence. We have before praised Allan between the posts, and on Saturday he made some excellent saves; while Birrell and S. Allan had the opposing forwards better in hand than any backs we have seen. The halves were wild and erratic, getting rid of the ball, at any price, so that their forwards did not combine as a line. Callaghan and Anderson caught the eye most in the front line. On the Aberdeen side, King, with the exception of the first goal, did well, and saved several splendid shots. Colman and Hume were not up to their usual standard, and miskicked more than we have ever seen them. The halves were good, and worked hard, and no fault can be laid to them for the defeat. On the other hand, the forwards played well in the outfield, and worked the ball splendidly towards goal; but when there they failed in a greater degree than we have observed them this season. As a substitute for Lennie, Neilson made a very creditable appearance, justifying his selection and doing everything that was required of him. It would he difficult to explain how the forwards lost their sting at goalmouth, for they had cruel luck on many ocasions, and, in our opinion the game should have ended level.
CHATTY BITS.Saturday was a day of surprises. Points were lost by the leading clubs that were least expected. The sensation of the week has been the departure of A. Logan from Faikirk, and Bowie, the Q.P. amateur, has gone over to the Rangers. These changes at this time of the year mean building up and a corresponding weakening of the team they leave. The sixty-four clubs interested in the English cup produce a rare medley in the draw. What will the Scottish draw be like? It is made this week. It is reported that Tom Robertson, the famous Scottish referee, is ill with an injured ankle, and will be unable to officiate for some time. The International this year between England and Scotland will be played on the grounds of the Everton club, Goodison Park, Liverpool. The Rugby attraction at Pittodrie failed to awaken enthusiasm amongst the general public, there being a very poor gate. Of course the weather was greatly responsible for this; for had the weather been fine, there would have been a much larger crowd present. As it was, the receipts will hardly pay either the Rugby Union or the Aberdeen F.C., but these things have to be taken on risk. The players were immensely pleased with the condition of the pitch, and expected it to be much heavier than it was. The North created a record by defeating the South for the first time since these trials were started. We should have liked to have seen a ten thousand crowd witnessing the game on Saturday, when they would have got a few wrinkles. What amazed many of the "soccer" enthusiasts was when a player was laid out, for no notice was taken of it till the movement had finished. The referee would have got his "kingdom come," had an Association player been allowed to lie three minutes without being attended to.
Source: Bon-Accord, 15th December 1910