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match report 1894-95 fixture list
Aberdeenshire Cup Final 
Orion 5 - 0 The Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Thom, Leggat, Gloag, Thom, Thom        
Attendance: 4,500
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
The Aberdeen and Orion met in the final round of the county cup ties at Victoria Bridge Grounds. Glorious weather, with the ground in first-class condition, brought together a crowd which undoubtedly was a record one for the advanced prices charged. The teams were: Aberdeen - Smyth; John Davidson, Gall; C. W. Mackie, Joe Davidson, Thomson; Turner, Taylor, Toman, Gray, J. Mackie. Orion - Morrison; Mackay, Ross; Wright, Low, Currie; Gloag, Benzie, Thorn, Leggat, Stopani. The referee was Mr J. H. McLauchlan, Celtic Football Club; and the linesmen were Mr Dorian, Fraserburgh Hawthorn, and Mr Gordon, Fraserburgh Wanderers.

The Aberdeen for a time had undoubtedly the best of the play, but the Orion gradually assumed superiority. A foul off Benzie gave the Whites a free kick, but the Orion were not long in getting possession, and a beautiful combined run by Gloag and Benzie brought them dangerously near the Whites' goal. Thom sent in a strong shot which baffled Smyth, and drew first blood for the Stripes. The ball being kicked off, Gloag got possession, and passed right across the goalmouth to Leggat, who rushed the ball through, thus securing the second point for his team. The ball once more in play, the Stripes secured it and worked their way up the field but Gall nullified their chance of scoring. The whistle sounded, and half-time was called with the Orion leading by 2 goals to nil.

On resuming, the Stripes kicked off, but the Aberdeen soon secured the leather, and were working their way to the Orion territory, when Low, with a beautiful kick, sent the ball down the field. Undaunted, the Whites had another run, but a goal kick was the result. Aberdeen continued to press, and, after some pretty play at midfield, Toman had another try at goal, but Morrison again saved his Charge. From the goal kick Gloag eluded the Aberdeen forwards, and was working his way up to the Whites' quarter, and had still three of them to pass when, for some reason or other, the referee awarded offside. The Stripes continued to press, and had hard lines in not scoring. Stopani, with a beautiful run, eluded the forwards and half-backs, and was soon very near the Whites' goal. Gloag ultimately headed the ball into the net. With a piece of fine combination the Orion again assumed a dangerous position for the Aberdeen, but a goal kick relieved the Whites. The Stripes, however, hardly ever were away from their opponents' territory, and Thom headed through the fourth goal for his team. Shortly after Gloag and Thom had a splendid combined run, passing the Whites' half-backs, and finishing up by rushing Smyth, Davidson, and the ball into the net. With the Orion leading by 5 to 0, and only a few minutes to go, the game began to lose its interest, and the crowd to dwindle away. The Stripes kept pressing the. Whites' Stopani had a try for goal but failed. The Aberdeen, however, wakened up and made for their opponents' territory. They harassed the Stripes a good deal until time was called, with the scores standing: Orion 5, Aberdeen 0. As stated, the "gate" was a record one. Altogether 3991 persons paid for admission; and, with the Victoria United F.C. members, who were admitted free, and other gratis tickets, it was supposed that 4500 were on the grounds. The total drawings amounted to 105 3s 3d, of which 19 16s was takes at the grand stand.

PRESENTATION OF THE CUP. - The presentation of the cup and badges to the winners and badges to the runners up took place in the evening in the Northern Hotel. Mr Philip, vice-president of the association, in consequence of the president's (Mr Wyllie) unavoidable absence through illness, presided over the gathering, which was composed of the two teams, their friends, and representatives from the Victoria United. After a sumptuous repast, and a few songs, Mr Philip proceeded with the ceremony which had brought them together. In handing over the cup to the custody of Mr T. Walker, vice-president of the Orion F.C., Mr Philip said that the issue had been decisively settled on the field that day, and no one in the vast army of spectators would grudge, the Orion their victory. Proceeding, he said it was now a number of years since the Orion had the pleasure of carrying off this coveted honour. With all deference, to the Victoria United, he thought that it was best that they should have been out of the final this year, considering the fact that they had been the proud winners for the last three years. In confiding the Cup to Mr Walker on behalf of the Orion, he wished them every success, and hoped that they would rival their opponents the Victoria United by retaining it for a number of years; Mr Walker, in reply, said that it gave him great pleasure to accept the trophy on behalf of his club, and assured them that the Orion in years to come would do their utmost to retain possession of it. Should they, however, have to hand it back next year, he would assure the Aberdeenshire Football Association that they would receive it in as good condition as it was now. Mr Philip then presented each of the twenty-two players with a handsome gold medal. Mr Russell proposed the toast of "The Losing Team," and Mr Clark responded. Councillor Glass, in proposing the toast of "The Aberdeenshire Football Association," spoke of the trouble which they had taken to bring the game of football to the front, and in providing such excellent cups as the County and Charity to be competed for yearly. Mr Philip fittingly responded. "Auld Lang Syne" closed a very enjoyable meeting.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 18th March 1895

In beautiful weather - summer like in its geniality - a record "gate" turned up at the Victoria Bridge Grounds on Saturday to witness the final struggle for the handsome 'Shire Cup,


a sum never before equalled in Aberdeen, and striking proof - if any were wanting - of popularity of the Association code in the city. The teams left in were the Aberdeen and Orion and after the disjointed and terribly tame performance of the latter against the Victoria United the week before, the Whites were favourites with the great body of the devotees of the game. The ground was in perfect condition-


-a fact which gave the Orion supporters not a little confidence. Mr J. McLoughlan, Celtic, having given the signal, off the teams went at a great "bat," the white jerseys having the best of the opening exchanges. At this point play was ragged, there being more individual effort than combined action perceptible in both teams. Gradually, however, the Orion forwards got into their favourite mode of procedure - the right wing specially so - and from a dashing run initiated by Gloag, Benzie whipped the ball from almost the touch line right into the goal mouth, and Thom put up the first point for his side with a capital shot. In a twinkling Gloag again got on the sphere, and, passing finely in Smyth's direction, negotiated


The Chanonry men then looked dangerous more than once, but the Orion defence, aided by reckless placings by the Aberdeen halves, prevailed. The left wing of the Stripes had now a look in, Stopani hitting the uprights. Nothing daunted, the Aberdeen lads kept pegging away, but faulty passing and blind shooting militated against all their efforts, the first lesson ended with the Stripes two goals up. Curiously enough, the Whites, as in the first half, had a good bit the best of matters in the Opening stages of the second, Toman twice in succession having hard lines, while little Gray and Mackie had some smart runs. Turner and Taylor also put in smart work, but the goal wouldn't come. When everything pointed to a tame finish up, the leaders "took hold of their bits," attacked in force, and Smyth was scrimmaged through. The referee didn't see the point, however, and gave the defenders benefit. This seemed to fire the Stripes, who went at it tooth and nail. Stopani getting possession, careered away up the left through all opposition, and centering beautifully to Gloag, that that player headed


a shot which Smyth could not possibly have saved. Back again came the Orion forwards. Benzie crossed into goal, and Smyth only partially saving, Thom banged the ball through. All interest was now gone, but those who left the ground lost a most exciting bit of play, as John Low


BY BORING his way through a crowd of the opposition, and, aided by Gloag at the finish, landed Tom Smith, John Davidson, and the ball in the net, the second and last lesson ending in a bloodless victory for the Orion by 5 goals to nil.

Presentation of the Cup.

After the match we strolled leisurely up to the Northern Hotel, where mine host Fisher had prepared a regular "tuck in" for the teams and officials. The chief object of interest on the table was, of course, the Cup. We took good stock of it and then fell to. After ample justice had been done to the good things, Mr James Philip, who presided, expressed his deep regret at the absence through indisposition of Mr Harry Wyllie, the president of the Association. A couple of songs having been given, the chairman intimated that the principal business on the card had now been reached - the presentation of the Cup and badges. He again regretted the absence of Mr Wyllie, as he was of the opinion that on such an auspicious occasion they should have had with them the light and leading of local football. The trophy, he said, had been won on the field of battle in the afternoon, and it was now his pleasing duty to present it to the custody of the Orion F.C. for twelve months. They had that day made a determined stand for the honour, and he doubted not that in years to come would fight as valiantly. He then handed the cup to Mr Walker, vice-president of the Orion, and wished the club every prosperity and long possession of the blue ribbon of local football. The presentation of the badges followed. Mr Walker briefly replied. Songs were sandwiched into the programme throughout the evening, the singers being Messrs. Taylor, Low, Gloag, Gray, Russell, Doig, Gaudie, &c. Mr Russell proposed the toast of "The Aberdeen F. C." to which Mr J. Clark replied. Other toasts were: "The Orion F. C." proposed by Mr J. Clark; "The Aberdeen Football Association," proposed by Councillor Glass and responded to by Mr J. Philip; "The Press," by Mr Gaudie (who acted as croupier), and replied to by Mr Ferguson. A very pleasant two hours were spent, the arrangements being in the hands of the never-wearying secretary, Mr Jaffray.

Short Kicks.

100 spent on football!
What a lift to the Association. Willie Jaffray wept tears of joy. But all good sports couldn't but give in that the best team won.
Morrison wasn't overburdened, he gave a fairly good display. But we don't admire that alarming kicking out of his. It would be an improvement were he to use hit hands when he gets a handful instead of his feet.
Ross excelled all his records. His was a delightful performance. Who couldn't but admire the clever way he lifted the ball out of danger, almost from touch, followed up, and banged the sphere to his forwards?
It was perfect play, and Hugh has gone up in the estimation of the devotees of the game.
McKay, though overshadowed by Ross, was at times useful, if not altogether safe.
Currie's sure tackling and accurate passing to his forwards was a treat.
Wight, if not so taking to the eye, was almost as clever in his movements as Donald.
Lowe is not an elegant player, but he is a terribly earnest one. From start to finish he was in the thick of the fight, and no one worked harder or to more purpose than the robust centre half.
The forwards one and all did Honour to themselves.
Gloag played with consummate judgement. He not only took up his passes in masterly fashion, but he was equally happy in parting with them, while he also held the man off and allowed his partner an open field.
The third goal was in itself a proof that Wull is still as good as ever. By the way, the Gazette has a bang at the croaker who asserted Wull had seen his best days. Now, who was the croaker? Was It not the Gazette itself? Ha, ha! Indeed It was.
Benzie gave an ideal idea of scientific play-finished and fair in every detail.
Thom knows where the sticks are situated, and though he wasn't seen, to such advantage as some of his compeers in the open, he was upsides with them when he got anywhere near Smyth.
The evergreen and consistent Leggat upheld his brilliant reputation as the best inside left in the city.
Stopani gave his admirers a true test of what he can do when fairly in it.
From stem to stern the Whites played disappointingly. There was too much of that rush-and-kick-scamper about their actions to command success on such a perfect bit of ground.
Not a single one of them played up to their best form. All were for themselves and no one for the club. We shall perhaps see them In a different mood today.
Mr McLoughlan held the whistle with commendable modesty, but, like all imperfect beings, he made mistakes - one very glaring one. He didn't see the line, however, and acted right in giving the defenders the benefit. Bar this mistake, he conducted the game very well indeed, laying down the law in that quiet unassuming yet firm way which has made him so popular with player and spectator alike.
Mr Harry Wylie was absent owing to Illness. The popular president, all will be glad to, learn, is now convalescent.

Source: Bon-Accord, 23rd March 1895

Orion Teamsheet:  Morrison; Mackay, Ross; Wright, Low, Currie; Gloag, Benzie, Thorn, Leggat, Stopani


The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smyth; John Davidson, Gall; C. W. Mackie, Joe Davidson, Thomson; Turner, Taylor, Toman, Gray, J. Mackie


Referee: Mr. J. H. MacLauchlan, Celtic F.C.

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