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16/11/1895
 
Orion 2 - 7 Glasgow Rangers
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
The Orion had the Rangers, the famous Glasgow combination, as their guests at Cattofield. The Rangers were well represented, the only alterations on their usual League team being that Burns took the place of Mitchell at half-back, the latter having been hurt in a recent match, and Miller was substituted for Barker. The teams were: Rangers - Bell; Smith, Drummond; Marshall, Burns, Gibson; Miller, McCreadie, Oswald, McPherson, A. Smith. Orion - Edwards; Mackay, Ross; Wight, Low, Currie; Thom, Benzie, Gloag? Leggat, Stopani. Referee, Mr P. Simpson, Aberdeen.

Throughout the first period both elevens played exceedingly well, notwithstanding the slippery nature of the soil. Three goals to nil in favour of the Rangers was the score at half time, and it evidently gave a very accurate criterion of the play. An interesting feature of the game was the clever goal-keeping which Edwards, the Orion's custodian, exhibited. Towards the close of the first period, a change took place in the Orion's front rank; Gloag, who occupied the centre, was removed to the inside right, and Thom stepped into the breach. The Rangers, for the most part, were the superior eleven, and the tour goals which they scored in the second half were justly earned. Just before the close of the match, the Orion played with great pluck, and the result was that the Rangers had to concede them two points. The game terminated: Rangers, 7 ; Orion, 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 18th November 1895

 
In their match with the Glasgow Rangers the Orion rearranged their team. Dick Edwards (whose gallant display in goal has never been approached by his successor) stood between the uprights, Jim Wight took up the right half position, Gloag went centre, Thom partnered Benzie on the right (outside) and Leggat and Stopani were together on the left. Against such a strong combination as the Ibrox executive sent north, it wasn't expected the locals would make much of a show, but all things considered, they did uncommonly well, though there is still room for much improvement. Seven goals to two in such company wasn't a big defeat, especially if we look to some of the southern results - notably the Celtic's 6-3 defeat of the Queen's Park, and the heavy drubbing (exactly the same score, by the way, as that chalked up at Cattofield) administered by Newcastle United to Darwen. It may not have been altogether the success it was expected to be on Saturday, but then the calibre of the opposing team has to be taken into account, and it is to be hoped the committee will give the new order of things a fair trial. After being on the shelf for such a lengthened period, Edwards displayed wonderful saving powers, quite equal indeed to his palmist days. Is it too much to look for a victory over Forfar Athletic? I trust not.

Source: Bon-Accord, 21st November 1895

Orion Teamsheet:  Edwards; Mackay, Ross; Wight, Low, Currie; Thom, Benzie, Gloag? Leggat, Stopani

Bookings:

Glasgow Rangers Teamsheet:  Bell; Smith, Drummond; Marshall, Burns, Gibson; Miller, McCreadie, Oswald, McPherson, A. Smith

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. Peter Simpson, Aberdeen

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