After an expensive lapse the Heart of Midlothian struck winning form again at Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen, and the victory there recorded, all the more welcome by reason of its comparative unexpectedness, once more place the Edinburgh side well in the running for League honours. Another factor which added to the merit of the performance was the nominally weak team which the Hearts turned out - Walker, Sinclair, Nellies, and Abrams of the regular eleven being absentees, while a new centre half Bradley, of Coventry City, made his first appearance. There was an attendance of over 10,000 spectators. The best play was reserved for the second half, the opening exchanges being rather ragged, though there were several exciting moments. Aberdeen forwards, splendidly led by Travers and Lennie, played in fine form, and were an ever-present source of danger, the Hearts goal having one or two very narrow escapes. Towards half-time, however, the visitors' front rank pulled together, and it was now Aberdeen's turn to bless their luck, notably when Macpherson actually did get through from a scrimmage, but the point was disallowed. In the second half the Hearts were superior, and it was only their due when, within twenty minutes of the resumption, Dawson opened their account from a corner kick. Aberdeen were unfortunate iin the matter of casualties, which were remarkably numerous, but hard though they played till the end, they could not break down the Tynecastle defence, while the Hearts, on the other hand, on tow occasions in the closing stages might have added to their score, so open were the chances presented. Result:- Hearts, one goal; Aberdeen, nothing. Estimated "gate," £300.
Source: The Scotsman, 21st October 1912