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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Aberdeenshire Cup Final 
The Aberdeen 2 - 6 Victoria United
Kick Off:  3:30 PM   Toman, J. Mackie (pen)       Caie, ?, ?, ?, ?  
Attendance: 4,500
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
The Honours go to Torry.
Before an attendance roughly estimated at 4500, the Aberdeen and Victoria United met at Cattofield, the ground of the Orion, to decide the custody of the Aberdeenshire Cup for another season. The weather was all that could be desired there being sun and scarcely a breath of wind, and the pitch was in good order. Mr McFarlane, Port-Glasgow, was referee, and the linesmen were Mr D. Gordon, Fraserburgh Wanderers, and Mr J. Gordon, Turriff. The United won the toss and played with the incline in their favour. Toman, who kicked off, scored the first point after 17 minutes' play, and rapturous cheering greeted this success on the part of the Aberdeen. Within four minutes of half-time the United got within 20 yards of their opponents' goal line. Gordon, who had possession of the ball, passed to Caie, who scored. Some time later Caie, who ran past the Aberdeen's half-backs and backs, had no difficulty in beating Smyth for the second time. The United crossed over leading by two goals to one.

In less than a minute from the restart a penalty kick was awarded to the Aberdeen owing to a foul by Gordon within the prescribed time, and J. Mackie, who took the kick, scored a point. For some time the kick and rush style of play which had been characteristic of the game throughout, was indulged in very freely, and a large number of fouls were given to both teams. With twenty-five minutes to go, the opinion was freely expressed that the game would end in a draw. It was not to be, however, for the Victoria, United ultimately ran out winners by 6 goals to 2. The drawings amounted to 87 14s.

In the evening the presentation of the cup and handsome gold medals to each of the winning eleven, and gold medals to the runners up, took place in the Northern Hotel - Mr Jas. Russell, president of the Aberdeenshire Football Association, in the chair. After supper, the Chairman, in the course of a few congratulatory remarks, handed over the cup to the custody of Mr Henry Ross, president of the United, on behalf of the club. Mr Ross suitably replied. Mr Russell then presented the gold medals, and after several toasts had been heartily pledged, the proceedings terminated with the singing of "Auld Lang Syne."

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 24th February 1896

From 1892 to '94, the Victoria United held the Aberdeenshire Cup, and after a short stay at Cattofield the boys in blue regained possession of the trophy on Saturday by signally defeating Aberdeen by 6 goals to 2. There was a splendid attendance of spectators, and if play was more exciting than artistic, as it generally is in such high-strung tussles, interest was sustained up to call of time. The play was hard, and terribly fast at times, but very little of the rough element was observable, even though two penalties were given ? the result of over-excitement. The Whites taught pluckily up till the point where Toman gave the penalty, but after this they fell away somewhat, and the Torry lads ran home easy winners, and thus vindicated their right to the proud position of champions of the Association code in city and county. Right through the season the Vies, have played in capital form, with perhaps the single exception of the turn-up on the previous Saturday, and no right-minded sportsman will grudge them the honours they have secured. After the match the teams supped together in the Northern, when Mr James Russell, president of the Association, formally presented the cup to the hon. president of the Victoria United (Mr Harry Ross), taking the opportunity of complimenting the winners on their grand play during the season. The presentation if the badges followed.

The second string of the Victoria United, as you know, stand top in their class, and they also crowned a capital season's work by annexing representative honours - namely, the Junior Cup. In the Northern on Saturday evening the pretty little trophy was presented to the winners, Mr W. Milne Gibson, the donor, performed the ceremony in an apropos speech, congratulating the team on the brilliancy of the season's work.

Source: Bon-Accord, 27th February 1896

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Referee: Mr. McFarlane, Port-Glasgow

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