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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Victoria United 4 - 2 St. Johnstone
Kick Off:    Burnett, A. McFarlane, ?, ?       Robertson (pen), ?  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
Journeying to Aberdeen, the crack Perthshire team faced the Victoria United in a friendly encounter at Victoria Bridge grounds before a large and enthusiastic gathering. The weather was most auspicious, and the pitch was in capital addition. Teams: Victoria United - Gillespie; Caie, Wallace; Morrice, Gordon, Annand; Maconnochie, A. McFarlane, G. McFarlane, Burnett, Ritchie. St Johnstone - Tulloch: Robertson, Dakers; Todd, White, McEwan; Cairncross, Waddell, McFarlane, Reilly. Referee - Mr William Jaffrey.

The St Johnstone began what ultimately proved to be a very close match. A strong breeze was blowing from the west, but it was favourable to neither of the elevens, as it blew across the field. Touches were numerous, however. From the first it was seen that a hard tussle would ensue for supremacy. Both teams were fairly well represented. The Victoria United were minus their usual back division, Anderson and Ririe being called upon to do service at Inverness [Invernesshire v Aberdeenshire]. Fairly good substitutes were, however, found in Caie and Wallace respectively. Great interest was centered in the game from the fact that the St Johnstone meet the Orion on Saturday in the third round of the qualifying cup ties. After a deal of preliminary passes the strangers succeeded in eluding the United' half-backs, and got dangerously near the latter's goal. A splendid shot by McFarlane was caught by Gillespie. Shot after shot was sent in by the St Johnstone, until a long kick from Caie relieved, and the United were enabled to get down the field. The home eleven next pressed. They bombarded the Perth cupholders' goal for some time, until eventually Burnett, with a swift and well-judged kick, completely baffled Tulloch, and the ball was safely lodged in the net. After another invasion by the St Johnstone, the United again got away, and A. McFarlane added another point. By a splendid combined run the strangers once more came near the Blues' goal mouth, and on Wallace striking the ball with his hand, a penalty kick was awarded to the Perth men. Robertson kicked in the ball, and as Gillespie was unable to stop its progress, the strangers registered their first goal. "Give-and-take" play was seen until half-time was called, the Victoria United being then leading by one goal.

The second period was very evenly contested, both elevens doing good work. The home team succeeded in placing two more goals to their credit, while their opponents registered one. Result: Victoria United, 4; St Johnstone, 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 23rd September 1895

It was a tame and exceedingly uninteresting match between the St Johnstone and Victoria United. Indeed, had Mr Jaffrey not granted a penalty there wouldn't have been a single feature worth recording in the match. The left back of the home contingent accidentally struck the sphere, and William at once sounded "the extreme penalty of the law." Johnnie Robertson converted. The penalty in our opinion, slightly overdid the crime, and afforded another proof of the need of an amendment on the penalty rule. Four goals to 2 was the result, and the winners deserved the victory, as it was won by sterling merit.

Source: Bon-Accord, 26th September 1895

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Gillespie; Caie, Wallace; Morrice, Gordon, Annand; Maconnochie, A. McFarlane, G. McFarlane, Burnett, Ritchie


St. Johnstone Teamsheet:  Tulloch: Robertson, Dakers; Todd, White, McEwan; Cairncross, Waddell, McFarlane, Reilly


Referee: Mr. William Jaffrey, Aberdeen

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