The largest crowd of the season - about 20,000 - saw aberdeen's sustain a 3-1 defeat from Rangers in a Scottish League match at Pittodrie on Saturday afternoon. The result was by no means a criterion of the run of the play, as in that respect the losers fully held their own, has so far as aggressiveness went actually deserved to win. The victory of the Rangers was directly attributed to an unfortunate accident which robbed Aberdeen of the services of both Hume and Wilson for a time, the first named, indeed, being absent for the greater part of the game, and while he remained on the field he was of little assistance to his colleagues. In the first 5 minutes to players collided with great violence, and sustained head injuries, indeed, so bad were they in the case of Hume, but his wound had to be stitched. With nine players Aberdeen held their own for a time, and after a fine run by the left wing Main scored amidst great enthusiasm. Wilson returned, but this game was much affected by his injury, and after fine work by Bennett and Reid, the latter equalised. Play continued to be strenuously and evenly contested, but before the interval, and following the return of Hume, Hogg tricked the back and squared. King in attempting to save fell and boarded the ball to Brown's feat, the winger having no difficulty in netting, and Rangers sled and half-time by 2-1.
Rangers were again dangerous of the restart, and a bad mistake by the home goalkeeper so Rangers increased their lead as the result of a long shot by Reid. Hume left afield for good just after this, and Aberdeen, with 10 men, took up the running. Travers and Walker changed places, and the home team attacked with great vigour. In the outfield they easily had the better of the opposition, but try as they might they simply could not score. In the later stages Lock effected some brilliant clearances, notably from Lennie and Davidson, when the fagged all attempts to beat him. At times a robust element was introduced into the play, the Rangers being the greater offenders. The large crowd was greatly disappointed at the failure of the home side, but all were ready to admit the players had encountered rank bad luck.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 7th October 1912