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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Orion 3 - 2 Third Lanark
Kick Off:    Gloag, Leggat, From Scrimage       Simpson, Steel  
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
Great Doings at Cattofield
Considerable interest was manifested in this fixture, and notwithstanding several counter attractions, upwards of 3000 spectators witnessed the game. The teams were: Third Lanark - Todd; Bowman, Draper; Simpson, McColl, Blair; Fyfe, Garside, Dunlop, Peddie, Steel. Orion - Morrison; Mackay, Ross; Stopani, Low, Currie; Benzie, Robertson, Gloag, Leggat, Clark. With four exceptions the Third Lanark team was the same as that which won a 6-3 victory over the Clyde last Saturday, and the alterations made were advantageous. Mr Peter Simpson was referee.

Orion won the toss, and elected to play with a strong sun in their faces. The strangers pressed at the outset, but the Orion were on the watch and repelled their onslaughts. A foul in favour of the home team brought relief, and a corner against the opposition looked dangerous. But the Warriors - as the Third Lanark are called - renewed the attack, and ultimately Simpson succeeded in eluding the vigilance of Morrison, and registered the first point in the game. Nettled, the homesters made a great spurt, but, the strangers were equal to the occasion, and by-and-by succeeded in changing the venue. Repeated attacks were made on the Orion goal, but Morrison saved grandly. At last Gloag, from a pass by Clark, who had made a beautiful run, managed to equalise amid the cheers of the spectators. Half-time arrived without further scoring.

On resuming, both teams seemed in good fettle. But a few seconds had elapsed when Leggat lowered the Warriors' colours, and the enthusiasm of the onlookers knew no bounds. Against the Orion the Thirds now directed a spirited charge, but without avail. Time and oft the Orion goal was in jeopardy, but the goal-keeper and backs were alive to every emergency, and no damage was done. In the long run Steel succeeded in putting the leather in the net. A large section of the crowd thought the player was offsides, but the referee allowed the point. On terms of equality the teams now strove each to assume the mastery. Some brilliant play was witnessed, and great cheering took place when the homesters, as the result of an exciting scrimmage, lowered, for the third time, their opponents' colours. The Warriors did their best to equalise, but they were clearly outplayed, and must be thankful that the end of the game arrived with them only one point behind. Orion 3, Third Lanark 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 12th August 1898

The Orion accomplished the best thing they have ever done on Saturday, when they defeated the renowned Third Lanark by 3 goals to 2. This is the first time a team of the reputation of the Volunteers has been shot, and it says something for the progress of the game In the north in general and the first-class form of the Stripes in particular. They are indeed going great guns, but they must not get cocky, and, what is more to the purpose, they will have to be on their best behaviour pending the many important engagements they have on hand. We were pleased to find Hugh McKay improve. He was upsides with his chum in almost every detail. The halves were good, Lowe this time taking the eye. Gloag was a great improvement on Robertson in centre, and played very well, though he missed some splendid chances. Leggat and Clark work well together, but Robertson is not class enough as a support to Benzie, Fyfe, and Steel, the outside forwards were the pick of the visitors.

Source: Bon-Accord, 15th August 1895

Orion Teamsheet:  Morrison; Mackay, Ross; Stopani, Low, Currie; Benzie, Robertson, Gloag, Leggat, Clark


Third Lanark Teamsheet:  Todd; Bowman, Draper; Simpson, McColl, Blair; Fyfe, Garside, Dunlop, Peddie, Steel


Referee: Mr. Peter Simpson, Victoria United

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