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match report 1894-95 fixture list
Victoria United 2 - 2 Queens Park
Kick Off:    A. McFarlane, Clark       Gillilan, Gilliland  
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
The Locals Do Well
These teams met at Victoria Bridge Grounds before a crowd numbering about 5000. The ground was in capital condition, and the weather very favourable. Teams Queen's Park - Anderson; Sinclair, Smellie; Gillespie, McFarlane, Allison; Gilliland, Waddell, Gibbons, Lambie, Stevenson. Victoria United - Insch; Anderson, Ririe; Wingrove, W. Ririe, Annand; G. McFarlane, A. McFarlane, Clark, Forsyth, Ritchie. Mr Peter Simpson, Aberdeen, acted as referee.

Winning the toss, the Queen's Park decided to defend the west goal with a slight wind in their favour. It was soon evident that if the Vics, were to be beaten they were to die bravely. With alertness which has seldom been surpassed in Aberdeen, Clark baffled the efforts of the strangers' half-back division, and evoked loud cheering from the vast crowd. Gilliland and Waddell exhibited beautiful combination, but their efforts at goalŽmouth were baulked by the impregnable defence of Anderson and Ririe. Clark brought up his wings in capital fashion, and but for the splendid goalkeeping of Anderson would, have lowered the strangers' colours. Shot after shot was sent in, but they were as quickly returned. At last Gilliland and Waddell broke away, and a beautiful piece of combination at the goalmouth ended in Gilliland notching the first point of the game. Smellie was in grand form, and his smart, sure kicking called forth loud cheering from the crowd. Although a goal behind their opponents, the Blues never slackened their speed, and Anderson was called upon to save his charge times innumerable. G. Macfarlane, A. Macfarlane, and Clark accomplished several smart runs, but the splendid defence shown by the strangers nullified my attempt at scoring. Stevenson and Lambie were giving the Blues' back division great trouble, but erratic shooting on the part of the former spoiled any attempt at scoring. Gibbons in possession of the leather crossed to Gilliland, who finished the finest run of the game by landing the sphere in the net. When half-time was called the game stood Queen's Park 2, Victoria United 0.

During the second period the Vics surpassed the expectations of even their most ardent adherents. The Queen's Park combination, which never appeared brilliant during the game, was made sad havoc of by the half-back division of the Blues. With a united effort the Vics' forward line broke away and eluded the vigilance of their exponents. Clark passed to A. McFarlane, who found no difficulty in landing the leather in the net. Elated by their success the homesters played with confidence. Gilliland's and Waddell's play never flagged; their strenuous efforts in support of their team won the admiration of the spectators. Lambie and StevenŽson also worked very; hard, but their play was rendered ineffective by their reckless shooting. Gillespie found fault with every decision of the referee. McFarlane and Allison, proved miserable failures. At last the heroic efforts of Clark and the brothers McFarlane were amply rewarded. After having struggled for some time to find an opening, Clark with a low, swift shot, amidst great cheering, beat Anderson for the second time. Play somewhat deteriorated on the part of the Queen's Park, after this latest reverse, and it was only with great difficulty that they succeeded in saving themselves an actual defeat. The Victoria United struggled in vain to notch the winning point, and the game ended: Queen's Park 2: Victoria United, 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 7th May 1895

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Insch; Anderson, Ririe; Wingrove, W. Ririe, Annand; G. McFarlane, A. McFarlane, Clark, Forsyth, Ritchie


Queens Park Teamsheet:  Anderson; Sinclair, Smellie; Gillespie, McFarlane, Allison; Gilliland, Waddell, Gibbons, Lambie, Stevenson


Referee: Mr. Peter Simpson, Victoria United

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