The Aberdeen team made a disastrous start at home, when Clyde defeated them in their opening Scottish League game by 2 goals to 1. The verdict for the Glasgow team was richly deserved on play, and it would not have been flattered had the margin of victory been greater. About 10,000 spectators witnessed the game, and the defeat of the local team came as a great disappointment to them, as hopes for an initial victory were high. They were galled, not so much at the defeat as at the poor form shown by the home players, who, apart from the goalkeeper and backs, were much below the class of the opposition.
Clyde kicked off, and, facing the city end, they made all the running for the first half-hour. Their forwards, finely backed up by the half-backs, harried the Aberdeen half-back line, but nothing could have surpassed the resolute manner in which Greig, Colman, and Hume defied their efforts to score. There were several exciting incidents near Greig school, the most thrilling of these being on the goalkeeper failed to hold a shot from Allan and the ball rebounded into play. Jackson fastened on, and drove in with terrific force, but Greig, throwing himself full length, smothered a shot in brilliant style, and eventually Brewster cleared. Aberdeen were spasmodic in their tail-sustained bursts, and were seldom dangerous. Main and wood twice had tries, but Henderson's charge was never in real danger. After 40 minutes Fleming sent over a highball, and Low, accepting, rounded his Aberdeen namesake has scored a beautiful goal for Clyde. The equaliser nearly came immediately afterwards, Henderson having great difficulty in clearing an effort from Soye. At half-time Clyde led by the only goal.
TALE OF A PENALTY
There was an exciting second half. Aberdeen started off in determined fashion. There was an appeal for a penalty for Main being felled in the penalty area, but the referee ignored the claim. After a spirited attack, in which Wood and Main both tested the Clyde custodian, Aberdeen were awarded a penalty for a Clyde defender handling. Main took the kick, but sent wide. The referee however, ordered that to be retaken, as Henderson had been out of his goal, and at the second attempt the ball was netted. On equal terms both teams strove hard for the mastery, but play seldom reached a high standard, although Clyde showed the more method. Fifteen minutes from time Owers headed through the winning goal for Clyde. Aberdeen continued to give an uneven display, and eventually retired beaten by 2 goals to 1.
Aberdeen's most pronounced weakness was at half-back, but the trio comparing badly with the visiting three, who, while they kept the opposition well in check, paid close attention to their own forwards. Clyde were clever forward, and generally were a well-balanced side.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 18th August 1913