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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Friendly 
01/01/1896
 
The Aberdeen 6 - 0 Orion
Kick Off:    Joseph Davidson, ?, ?, Milne, ?, ?        
Attendance: 2,000
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
Yesterday afternoon these rivals met in a friendly encounter at Chanonry before an attendance of over 2000 spectators. The teams were: Orion - McBean; Mitchell, Ross; Wight, Dawson, Currie; Robertson, Leggat, McBain, Clark, Stopani. Aberdeen - Smyth; John Davidson, Low; Alexander, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; J. Mackie, Taylor, Toman, C. W. Mackie, Milne. Mr Hunter, Montrose, officiated as referee. The Aberdeen team wore black bands out of respect for G. Murray, one of the late players, who died on Monday last. The weather was of a favourable character, but the ground was somewhat soft.

For some time the ploy was of a very equal nature, but the Aberdeen ultimately manifested their superiority. Several splendid runs were made by the Whites. The Aberdeen kept up the attack, and about twenty-five minutes from the start Joseph Davidson headed in the Whites' first point. The Orion were completely disorganised, and their combination was exceedingly loose. They paid numerous visits to their opponents' territory, but lack of energy and bad judgment, threw away many opportunities of scoring. With a view to improving matters Dawson was placed at centre forward, and McBain joined, the half-back line. But still the Orion ware beaten at all points, and up to half time the Aberdeen were almost continually in their opponents' quarters. When the teams crossed over the score stood: Aberdeen 2, Orion 0.

On the restart the Aberdeen immediately look the upper hand, and barely three minutes had elapsed before they raised their total to three. Wakening up somewhat the Orion carried the leather well down the field, and Smyth was kept hard at work for some time fisting out. The Orion's resuscitation was of short duration, however. The Aberdeen on the day's play proved themselves by far the better eleven. The Whites kept up a brisk attack, and the Orion's goal was frequently in jeopardy. Eventually a goal kick relieved the Stripes, and, they succeeded in getting past midfield, but their progress was abruptly terminated by the intervention of Joseph Davidson, who transferred play again to the Orion's quarters. Continuing the aggressive the Aberdeen, through the medium of Milne, scored the fourth point. One minute later the fifth goal was registered, and shortly afterwards their total was raised to six. By this time the game became somewhat of a fiasco, and all interest had departed from it. When time was called the score stood: Aberdeen, 6; Orion. 0.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 2nd January 1896

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smyth; John Davidson, Low; Alexander, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; J. Mackie, Taylor, Toman, C. W. Mackie, Milne

Bookings:

Orion Teamsheet:  McBean; Mitchell, Ross; Wight, Dawson, Currie; Robertson, Leggat, McBain, Clark, Stopani

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Referee: Mr. Hunter, Montrose

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