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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Northern League 
Montrose 2 - 2 The Aberdeen
Kick Off:    ?, Dickie       ?, Mackie  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Links Park, Montrose
The Unruly Member Asserts Himself.
Links Park was the meeting place of these teams on Saturday. The weather was all that could be desired, A goodly number of spectators were on the ground, and enjoyed the game, which was a tough one, both teams scoring 1 up to half-time, and 2 at the finish. A draw.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 10th February 1896

Played on Links Park, Montrose, before a good turnout of spectators. Aberdeen put the ball in motion but Montrose at once ran the sphere into the Aberdeen territory. A check here ensued, but Thornton was at hand, and sent in a shot which just missed doing the needful. Aberdeen then had a fine run but were thrown back by McIntosh heading out. Thereafter, Montrose forwards had a fine run, resulting in the ball going over the bar. From a comer kick the ball was rushed through, but the point was disallowed by the referee. Aberdeen scored first, but Montrose soon after squared matters. Both teams played hard to get the lead, but half-time was reached without further scoring. On resuming, Mackie soon recorded No. 2. for Aberdeen. Montrose waking up, Dickie equalised in no time. Neither team thereafter scored, and the game ended in a draw: Aberdeen, 2; Montrose, 2.

Source: Dundee Courier, 10th February 1896

Another of those disgraceful scenes so peculiar to Montrose was enacted at Links Park on the occasion of the match between Montrose and Aberdeen, and which ended in a draw of two goals each. It will be remembered that four weeks ago Thom, the Orion's centre, and Allan, one of the Montrose backs, after "crossing swords," were ordered off, and each received one calendar month's rest for their pains. Allan was said to have been the transgressor on that occasion, and on Saturday it would appear James, the centre half of Montrose, was the transgressor in a similar scene, which ended in a set-to between himself and Tom Smith. The latter got the opportunity of apologising or travelling, but he preferred to walk off in company with the "first offender," seeing he had got an eye-closer ere he retaliated. I know Tom has a temper of his own, but I have also some slight idea of Montrose, and know what it is to be there. All the same, Smith should learn to keep his hands down, however much the provocation. The doctrine of turning "the other check also" is no doubt hard to swallow, but it must be done, and the game protected from unseemly scenes which provide a text to the scoffer whereon to preach a homily on the evils of football. Aberdeen played well, and it says something for their pluck that they came home with one point from such a selfish wee toonie.

Source: Bon-Accord, 13th February 1896

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