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AFC - Match Report
match report 1895-96 fixture list
Gershon Cup 
Victoria United 5 - 2 Orion
Kick Off:    Ritchie, Ritchie, Caie, McConnachie, ?       ?, ?  
Attendance: 5,500
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
Great Day for the Blues.
Under favourable weather conditions, these teams met at Victoria Bridge grounds to decide the first match in these ties. A crowd, estimated at about 5500, was present. Both clubs were represented by their usual elevens. Mr Robertson, Partick, officiated as referee.

The Victoria United won the toss, and chose to play from the west goal with a gentle wind in their favour. During the first period a strong sun shone in the faces of the Orion, but by the second half it had sunk. From beginning to end, the Victoria United played with a determination which was worthy of the highest commendation. A regrettable lack of enthusiasm was apparent on the part of the Orion, and at goal mouth they were completely out of it. In the first half, the Victoria United completely hemmed in their opponents, baffling them at every point. The Victoria United secured the first point about ten minutes from the kick-off, Burnett and Ritchie netting the ball out of a scrimmage. The manner in which the Orion missed golden opportunities to score was pitiable to behold, and presented a striking contrast to the smart, effective play of their opponents. The Blues were continually bombarding the Stripes' goal, and Ritchie soon added a second point. Shortly afterwards, Caie, with a strong, well-judged kick, baffled Morrison, for the third time. After some promiscuous play, the Blues' score was augmented by McConnachie, who notched the fourth point. Before half-time was called the ground eleven had brought up their score to five, while the Orion failed to obtain a point. The second period was more evenly contested. At the beginning, the Orion showed up in splendid form, and beat Gillespie twice before ten minutes had elapsed. Play on both sides deteriorated, but the United succeeded in frustrating the attacks of their opponents, and ran out victors by 5 goals to 2. The drawings amounted to nearly 69.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 14th October 1895

In all their victories over the Orion, I cannot call to mind one in which the Blues from stem to stern showed such superiority on the day's play over the striped jersies as that of Saturday. There was a fine turn-out of spectators, who were kept deeply interested right up to the call of time. Winning the toss the Blues, who set their opponents to play against a stiffish breeze, immediately got down on Morrison - Caie, Burnett, and Ritchie being prominent. Indeed the whole front line seemed to


and being well served by the daring tactics of their halves, who judged the elements to a nicety, the Orion defence was at once put upon its metal. The resistance was feeble in the extreme, the pack being scattered like flock of sheep before the ravenous wolf, and goal after goal put on with such alarming rapidity that the Orion supporters gazed into each other?s faces in amazement, while the followers of the all-conquering Blues smiled at each other, and winked the other optic. Five goals to nil heralded the closing of the first half, and though the play was mostly in favour of the visitors on crossing over, they could only get past Gillespie twice, thus leaving the Victoria United


Some critics may assert the victory was got by "rush" - and that alone - the same tactics as won Dundee their victory over their Auld Reekie friends. That there was a good deal of energy in the mode of procedure adopted by the Blues no one who saw the match could fail to observe, but there was a preponderance of genuine football in their movments which quite overshadowed the "rush." One and all of the forwards played well The left wing and centre was early prominent, their long, accurate passing and smart following up being not only very pretty to look at, but exceedingly dangerous. They


but went right ahead, passing to each with an unselfishness which brought the reward of combined effort - goals. Ritchie and Burnett have gone up in the estimation of the critics, and Caie improved so markedly that his closest friends could hardly believe their eyes. Forsyth and Maconnachie, who went in too much for short, dodgy passes, played an excellent game nevertheless, the little fellow, though he wandered about a bit, bringing off some


and making Currie and Ross look the smallest of the small; but their work was not nearly so effective as the left wing and centres, whose dashing play in the opening stage was distinctly the feature of the match. Annand defended with his accustomed vigour, and with more success than usual; and Morrice jumped in here, there, and everywhere in the nick of time, and put plenty of "muscle" into his kicks: but Frank Gordon played the better football of the three. He passed very judiciously to his forwards, and when he saw an opening he didn't forget to let fly, that three drives of his which


being in themselves ample proofs than he knows when and how to shoot. It was a good job the halves and goalkeeper were in form, for neither Ririe nor Anderson were particularly safe. As I have Indicated, Gillespie covered himself with honour, saving very smartly indeed when it seemed odds against him, and the Vics may now console themselves with the fact that at least they have got a lad who will worthily defend their citadel. Now as to the defeated. They were


by the dash and enthusiasm which their opponents threw into their work in the opening minutes of the game, and never after regained their equanimity, some of them actually running away from their opponents. Left as he was at the mercy of a pack of go-ahead forwards, Morrison did well - indeed I was astonished a much bigger score was not chalked up against him. Language could scarcely describe the feeble opposition offered by McKay and Ross - it was too bad for anything - and the halves were in much the same quandary, with perhaps the single exception of Low, and even he was much beneath his true form. "When Donal Currie meets Maconnachie, Mac'll find his master!" was oft repeated by the Orion supporters during the week; but oh, dear me, it was the wee Glasgow laddie


Many were the tussles they had, and though Donald checkmated him a few times, the blue had easily the best of the argument. The forwards seemed to lose heart at the very beginning, and never during the whole game did they as a quintette get into shape. Thom, in combination with Benzie, carried the sphere through all opposition on several occasions, but Robertson as often negatived their efforts. At the commencement of the second half, the centre delighted us with a "solo run" a great part of the pitch, finishing up by scoring the finest goal of the match, and an encore demanded, he obliged, but here


though the artists played for all they were worth till the whistle drummed in with the concluding solo. I had almost forgotten to mention that some of the referee's decisions were taken exception to; but really the game was so prolific in fouls that a greater man than Mr Robertson would have made mistakes. He did well in the main, penalising all and sundry on the slightest provocation. By the way, Mr Gershon, the donor of the cup, occupied a seat in the press "gallery" - "by our leave."

Source: Bon-Accord, 17th October 1895

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Referee: Mr. Robertson, Partick

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