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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Northern League 
Orion 8 - 1 Forfar Athletic
Kick Off:    Clark, Benzie, Leggat, Clark, Stopani, Stopani, Stopani, Thom        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
Protest Lodged
A fairly large crowd assembled at Cattofield to witness this the only match in the Northern League fixtures that day. The Orion were strongly represented, but the strangers were minus one or two of their usual eleven. After repeated attempts Clark, amidst cheering, scored the Orion's first point. Eventually the ball was again sent well into the visitors' goal-mouth, and Benzie rushing up, beat Dalgetty for the second time. The Athletic's play was very loose. During the remainder of the first half Leggatt, Clark, and Stopani each scored for the home team, while the Athletic's inside right notched one of the best goals of the game, the scores at half-time being: Orion 5, Athletic 1. About three minutes after the restart Stopani, by a swift, well-judged shot, baffled Dalgetty foe the sixth time. Shortly afterwards he added another, and Thom also scored. The final result was: Orion 8, Forfar Athletic 1. The Athletics, it is understood, have lodged a protest on the ground that the first period was unduly prolonged, and that in the second half about 35 minutes was played instead of 45 minutes.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 25th November 1895


They Smiled at Cattofield.

The countenances of the Orion supporters underwent a welcome change on Saturday?they smiled! It is a good while now since they indulged in the operation, and it is to hoped nothing serious resulted. The club broke its "duck's" egg - to use a cricket phrase - in the Northern League competition, and everybody was glad after so much bad luck - and not a little bad play. We were wont to look upon Forfar as a rather strong lot to tackle, but on Saturday's form they are far away down the hill. By 8 goals to 1 they fell, and in their fall luck played no part. All round the Stripes excelled. Dick Edwards handled a few times, but really he was never severely tested. Ross played a sturdy game in front of him; but McKay was too eager, and if danger did come in Edwards' way, It was generally from his side of the goal. Wight, Low, and Currie worked in fine order. Low was the harder worker, but the pretty points generally came from Jim and Donald, though Jack at least on one occasion nipped the ball from an opponent with a beautiful side kick which roused the enthusiasm of the onlookers. Gloag departed from the front rank, and Clark came in, partnering Stopani on the left, while Leggat went inside right to Benzie, and Thorn took up his old place in centre. The whole quintette behaved admirably, but as a pair Benzie and Leggat excelled. Benzie played with greater confidence than we have seen him exhibit for some time, and was naturally seen to better advantage. Tommie was as skittish as a kitten - resourceful in the open and deadly when near goal. Thorn took his men along in good order, and shot the best goal of the match. Clark and Stopani seemed to suit each other, both doing good work in combination as well as individually. The dashing little ex-Blue is himself again, and should he keep himself in form he ought to be able to do good work for the club in conjunction with his companion Stopani. The referee made a mistake in timing, and the losers have protested.

Source: Bon-Accord, 28th November 1895

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