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Northern League 
The Aberdeen 2 - 5 Arbroath
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
Shameful Conduct
The Gable Endies travelled to Aberdeen and met the Aberdeen in a league fixture. About ten minutes from the finish the crowd in their excitement rushed on the field, and the game had to be stopped, with the scores standing - Arbroath, 5; Aberdeen, 2. In all likelihood the match wall have to be replayed.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 4th November 1895

What under ordinary circumstances should have proved a good game between Arbroath and Aberdeen at Chanonry turned out a perfect fiasco, caused by the peculiar decision of the referee (Mr Forbes, Forfar), and the breaking in of the crowd, the game being stopped ten minutes before time. The Immediate cause of the scene was an outburst of temper on the part of a couple of the players, who flew at each other in the most approved game-cock-like fashion; and, infuriated as they were by what they thought the unfair attitude of the referee, the more excited of the crowd broke in, and play came to an abrupt termination, with the score standing 5-2 in favour of Arbroath. As to the referee, it is alleged he made a mistake in timing at the half-period, carrying play on past the allotted time, in which Arbroath scored a leading point; gave a goal to the Maroons which was fisted through by one of the forwards; allowed another of an offside nature; and last, but by no means least, he entered into argument with the spectators. If all these charges can be substantiated ? and we have good reason to believe they can - then the Whites ought to get the protest they have lodged - that the match be replayed, and Mr Forbes be dealt with by the League. However, looking at the matter in a dispassionate way, the rather extensive charge-sheet laid against the referee was no excuse for a portion of the onlookers disgracing themselves by breaking in, and threatening to make that individual a total wreck, and at the same time placing the club in danger of having their grounds shut up. The club officials did all they could to protect the referee, but it is a pity they weren't able to lay hold on some of the offenders, and make an example of them. As to the play, the Aberdeen played a hard and telling game till half-time, but on the fourth goal being given against them - bare-facedly fisted through - they lost heart, and went away to nothing. The local defence was not very safe, bar the halves, of which Alexander was the best. Forward Murray ('Varsity) and J Mackie gave a fair exposition, but Toman spoiled his play by getting out of his place, and Crawford, while speedy enough, lacks experience. Smyth and Milne were absentee.

Source: Bon-Accord, 7th November 1895

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