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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Northern League 
The Aberdeen 1 - 5 Orion
Kick Off:    ?       Duncan, ?, ?, ?, Stopani  
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
Balm in Gilead
These elevens met at Chanonry under League auspices in favourable weather before about 4000 spectators. Aberdeen placed their usual eleven on the field, but there were several changes in the Orion's combination. Throughout the first period the game was of a very interesting and, at times, exciting description, and the Orion, who showed remarkable dash, had slightly the best of matters. During the opening stages, the Cattofield eleven kept up a brisk attack, and a few minutes from the start they scored, but the goal was disallowed, as the whistle had previously blown for a foul. Maintaining the aggressive, the Orion, through Duncan, obtained the first point. Play was without incident until the Orion again hemmed in their opponents, and from a foul secured an easy point. The Aberdeen wakened up considerably, and ultimately besieged the Orion's goal, and scored. Both teams now worked hard, and several smart pieces of play were witnessed. At half-time the score, two goals to one in favour of Orion, remained unaltered.

On restarting the Orion gradually forced their opponents to retreat, and on several occasions the Aberdeen's goal was in danger; but Smyth, time after time, saved his charge. Ultimately, after a determined attack on the part of the Orion's forwards, Smyth was beat for the third time. The superior play of the Orion was beginning to tell, and after a run which has never been excelled in Aberdeen, Stopani centered. A scrimmage ensued, and Smyth had once more to concede a point. Stopani by and by accomplished another fine run, and with a swift, oblique shot he raised the Orion's total to five. The Aberdeen endeavoured to retrieve their position, but without; success, and the game ended: Orion, 5; Aberdeen, 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 3rd February 1896

The beautiful uncertainty of the game of football is one of its chief attractions, and this was amply demonstrated on Saturday by the Orion defeating the more fancied Aberdeen by the somewhat big margin of 5 goals to 1 in a Northern League fixture. Benzie, Lil Duncan, Dawson, and McKay were left out of the Orion team, and Billie Duncan (2nd Eleven), Leggat, Low, and Mitchell included. The day was fine, the crowd large, and the play interesting right through. "Doggie" McBean excelled himself in goal for the winners, and Mitchell and Ross presented a fair defence, but the former was handicapped through coming by an accident not long after the start. Wight was the safest defender of the lot, however, his tackling and placing being really a treat. Currie made a good second, but Low spoiled the work of value he accomplished by indulging in tactics of the most reprehensible character. Stopani, in conjunction with Leggat, who fed him assiduously and with great accuracy, were the honours men forward. Little Bruce again did well. He is a cute, pretty little player, and what he lacks in weight is fully made up in earnest effort. Billie Duncan was also a trier, working earnestly from beginning to end. The Whites were terribly disappointing. The defence was on a part with the attack - colourless in the extreme, and there wasn't really a player of outstanding merit in the team. Their form was indeed too bad to be true, and if I mistake not they will come again. Joe Davidson has to be bracketed with Low in the matter of roughness, and I opine if they continue transgressing there will be a couple of suspends added to the list one of these days.

Source: Bon-Accord, 6th February 1896

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