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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Aberdeenshire Cup 
Orion 1 - 4 Victoria United
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 5,000
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
THE COUNTY CUP-The Glory Departed.
Before an attendance estimated at about 5000 these elevens met at Cattofield in the semi-final round of the Aberdeenshire Cup Ties. A strong wind prevailed, and good play was rendered impossible. The names of those forming the teams appeared in Saturday's Journal. Mr. Campbell, Edinburgh, was referee. The Orion won the toss, and decided to play with the wind in their favour. During the first period the ground team had by far the best of matters, but principally owing to the capital defence of the United, the Orion were leading by only one goal at half-time. When ends were changed the Torry eleven, with the wind at their backs, confined their opponents to their own quarters, and ten minutes from the restart equalised from a scrimmage. A second point fell to them two minutes later and shortly afterwards Forsyth brought the total to three. Before time was called Ritchie placed the United three goals in the ascendancy.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 20th January 1896

The glory has indeed departed from the Cattofield combination, and their supporters are drinking the bitter cup of disappointment. The other week they bade good-bye to the "Gershon," and on Saturday the all-conquering Victoria United ousted them from the "County." It was no fluke either, but genuine superiority. The loss of Thom was, of course, a great misfortune for the Stripes, but even had he been en evidence I don't think it would have mattered much. The Orion had a splendid opportunity given them by winning the toss, and playing with a high wind behind them, but altogether failed to turn it to account. They had often hard lines, no doubt, but their shooting for goal was erratic, and play in the open feeble and badly judged. The feature of the Initial half was the splendid exhibition of the Blues, who not only defended gallantly, bat paid a good few visits to McBean. On getting the elements in their favour, the visitors for a time made little headway, but once they tasted blood the opposing defenders had a sore time of it, being kept almost continuously on tip-toe. Altogether the Vics, scored four times, and thus passed into the final by 4 goals to 1.


Gillespie got some rare handfuls in the first half, and dealt with them very creditably. There wasn't much to choose between the backs. What little there was, however, went to Jimmie Ririe, who kicked superbly against the wind. The halves all played a hard game, Annand for choicer Both individually and collectively the forwards were vastly superior to the Stripes. Forsyth gave us some idea of what a good player he is when he centres his whole attention on the ball. He fairly put his clever companion in the shade, exhibiting a mastery over the sphere which was not only pleasing to look at, but very creditable to the player. Little Maconnachie, though he was well held by Donald Currie, brought off some clever things, and when he tried for goal, his shots were invariably well on the spot. Caie played a dashing game, keeping his men well supplied with the leather, and Burnett and Ritchie made a capital left wing, playing into each other's hands in the most unselfish fashion; As to the vanquished, McBean in goal acted his part well, considering the shaky defence in front of him, time and again in the second half turning aside almost certain shots with a bevy of his opponents on top of him. McKay and Ross were far from safe, at no part of the game coming within miles of their best form. Wight and Currie worked with great earnestness and success, the only redeeming feature in the Orion's defence. Donald and Mac had some amusing bouts, the Orionite having the best of the deal. The play of the forwards may be summed up in few words. Scrimgeour - a complete failure; Clark - terribly feeble till about twenty minutes to go, when he had some fine runs; Stopani - fair all through; Leggat - the best of the bundle. Mr Campbell, Edinburgh, was referee, but I can't say I was enamoured of him. The fourth goal of the Vics, was palpably off sides, and other of his decisions didn't seem to give satisfaction.

Source: Bon-Accord, 23rd January 1896

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Referee: Mr. Campbell, Edinburgh

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