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match report 1894-95 fixture list
Orion 2 - 2 Clyde
Kick Off:    Thom, Gloag       Russell, Miller  
Attendance: 2,000
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
These teams met in a friendly at Cattofield in the evening, before an attendance of almost 2000. Teams: Clyde - Henderson; Goldie, Ross; Jeffrey, Morrison, Hamilton; Love, Young, Millar, Ritchie, Russell. Referee ? Mr Peter Simpson, Aberdeen.

Winning the toss, the strangers chose to defend the west goal, with the incline in their favour. Thom kicked off for the Orion, but Miller smartly relieved him of the leather. It was soon evident that the strangers meant business. Beautiful combination was seen on the part of Ritchie and Russell, and it was fully expected that the Orion would be unable to withstand the repeated onsets that were being made by the Clyde. However, Morrison was in grand form, and set aside several dangerous shots. The strangers played up splendidly, and really gave a grand exposition of the game. With a lightning run, the left wing of the strangers again broke away. Russell, thirty yards out, shot, but Morrison, although with difficulty, kept his charge intact. The splendid half-back play of the Orion was beginning slowly but surely to tell on the Clyde's combination. It was quite evident that if the strangers were to win they would have to play for all they were worth. Thom gave Henderson a lot of trouble, and Leggat was also on the warpath. Miller forged his way through the Orion's line of forwards, eluded the half-backs, and shot, but Morrison returned. Russell, however, got possession, and with a swift shot placed the Clyde in the ascendency. Capital combined runs were being made by both sides. Low and Currie were playing in grand style, and Miller & Co. were receiving a warm reception. With the strangers pressing half-time was sounded with the scores standing Clyde 1, Orion 0.

On resuming it was quite clear the home team meant to work hard. For some time the Clyde's combination was practically set at nought. In vain did the strangers' forwards try to add to their total, and it almost seemed that, astonished by the opposition given them, they were getting disheartened. The homesters, however, only played the harder. From a fine pass by Leggat, Robertson came away with a dash, and baffling the strangers' half-backs, was soon at the goalmouth. After several interchanges Thom lowered the Clyde's colours for the first time, and brought the game equal. Rapturous cheering greeted this success, which made the Orion more confident. Leggat and Gloag were giving grand exhibitions, and their tricky play won the admiration of the crowd. Shot after shot was being sent in by the Orion forwards, but each failed to take effect until Gloag, with a swift low shot beat Henderson for the second time. Smarting under this reverse, the Clyde seemed. determined to make one bold effort for supremacy. Miller brought up his wings in capital style, and they infused more enthusiasm into their play. Nevertheless the Orion still held their own with them, until Miller finished a brilliant run by landing the sphere in the net. With the scores equal, both elevens worked hard to notch the winning point, but all in vain, and the game ended: Clyde 2, Orion 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 27th May 1895

In their finishing matches the Orion lads gave the best exposition of the finest points of the game witnessed In Aberdeen this season. In the final of the Charity with the Vics, whom they defeated by 8 goals to nil, their play was of a high order all round, but on Saturday, in their tussle with the Clyde, they excelled at all points. Neither of the teams resorted to anything bordering on roughness but confined themselves to the scientific side of the pastime, with the result that for once in a way the spectators were treated to a display of attractions of the game which go to popularise the Association code. The Barrowfielders made many friends in Aberdeen by the excellence of their football. Out of 50 matches played the Orion have won 29, lost 14, and drawn 7, scoring 161 goals to 80. Next season the club will be officered as under:- Hon. president, Councillor Glass; hon. Vice-president, Mr G. M. Aitken, solicitor; president, Mr. W. F. Walker; vice-president, Mr John Mackay, banker; captain, Mr John Low; vice-captain, Mr. Hugh Ross; treasurer, Mr Bowie; Secretary, Mr. George Kiloh, 41 Powis Place.

Source: Bon-Accord, 1st June 1895

Orion Teamsheet: 


Clyde Teamsheet:  Henderson; Goldie, Ross; Jeffrey, Morrison, Hamilton; Love, Young, Millar, Ritchie, Russell


Referee: Mr. Peter Simpson, Victoria United

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