Source: The Scotsman, 19th December 1910
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 19th December 1910
PLAY AND PLAYERSA general compliment was again awarded the Aberdonians that their team had, played the best game seen on Tynecaastle this season. There were many good points on the Hearts' side from what we saw at Pittodrie, and there were also several bad ones. The goalkeeper was beaten three times, and might have been on other two occasions at least without any serious fault being found with his display. He did some smart things, but did not get that assistance from the backs which he ought to have got. They were rushers pure and simple, without any idea of working to those in front. The halves appeared to be slow, and lay too far back to keep the front line moving. This was specially noticeable after the first goal went on. The extreme wingers lasted the pace best, but Walker, bright and original as of old, failed to stay the punishing game it proved to be, and was soon tired out, so that Millar, after wearing him down, could do almost anything with him. On the Aberdeen side, King was great at the start, and gave the side that confidence required to set them going. Colman was the best back on the field, and Hume was not far behind. Of the halves, Millar had the stiffest 'wing' to deal with, and once he got the measure of them, was ease personified in what he did. Wyllie and Neilson also did well, but the line, as a whole, did splendiidly. It would be a very difficult matter to say that any of the front line was better than another. As a line, they worked in unison, and it was this understanding that led to their success. Neilson again gave every satisfaction, and along with Travers, made a fine wing. Macintosh was ready to snap up anything that came his way. We thought Murray might have given Soye more to do in the first half, but this was remedied later on. Soye did what he got to do well.
CHATTY BITS.The Aberdeen players felt very sore over their loss at Easter Road. Their success at Tynecastle compensated for their failure the previous week. They understand quite well that points cannot be dropped now if their position is to be maintained. It is quite evident that they are a drawing power, for the attendance at Tynecastle was the second largest they have had this season. A well-known Edinburgh enthusiast remarked that Saturday's game was the best and cleanest he had seen at'Tynecastle this season. This same gentleman had a great word for Soye. He thought he was the best outside right he had seen in the metropolis for a long time. There was no mistake about it, the whole front line were in the mood, and individually and collectively made a most harmonious quintette. Lennie's absence from the team will be much longer then was expected, as his illness has developed into a severe attack of tonsilitis. The doctor thinks if he is fit for the cup tie he will do very well, as it will take some time before he will be able to do any training. There is very little chance, of the popular left ringer appearing on the field before the Celtic match at Pittoclrie, and he will have made a rapid recovery if he appears then. Bobby Simpson is home from Bradford, on a weeks's holiday. He was at Pittodrie on Saturday watching the A team playing and renewing old aquaintances. While he likes the club and the playe, he has not a very good opinion of Bradford as a town to stary in, in comparison to the Granite City. There will be cheap fares on almost all the branches of the Great North Railway on Saturday, in view of the Dundee match at Pittodrie. Though there will be a big crowd, the early start will keep the attendance down a bit. Dundee will have several changes in their team this week, as a few of them gave a very poor show against Clyde on Saturday. Aberdeen have a stiff programme to get through at the New Year. They play St Mirren away on Hogmanay, Clyde at home on the Monday, and Falkirk away on the Saturday. The Reserves have Partick Thistle A at home On Hogmanay, and then on Tuesday and Wednesday they have Peterhead Hibs (Aberdeenshire Cup) and Wishaw Thistle in the Reserve League.
Source: Bon-Accord, 22nd December 1910