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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Northern League 
Arbroath 3 - 4 Orion
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Gayfield Park, Arbroath
Orion Redivivus.
With somewhat disagreeable forebodings as to the ultimate result, the Orion travelled to Arbroath, where they met the senior eleven in a Northern League fixture. But the first period of the match showed that if the Arbroath were to win they would have to work very hard. Hard lines were experienced by both elevens, and at the end of the first half neither was successful. The second period was not long begun, however, before the Orion, after a gallant onset registered the first goal of the match. Before the finish both teams scored three goals each, and the game ended Orion 4. Arbroath 3.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 21st March 1896

Last week we had occasion to refer to the fine appearance made by the Aberdeen at Forfar. This time the Orion did even better. To beat the Arbroath on their own ground by 4-3 is a feat that any club may well feel proud of. Only once this season previous to Saturday have the Arbroath been beaten on their own ground, and that by the Scottish Cupholders. Looking at their relative positions in the League table, and the fact that the Orion had to travel south with a rearranged front rank, it was any odds on the Orion falling easy victims to the "Red Lichties." But no. The Stripes began well, and although they didn't manage to score in first half they had the satisfaction of keeping their goal intact. Within half an hour of resuming the Orion created quite a panic amongst their opponents by rattling on no fewer than three goals, Arbroath managed to equalise but it was left to the visitors to gain the lead, despite all the attempts of the home team to prevent them.
In every department the Orion shone, and one and all deserve the highest praise for the handsome victory achieved. Stopani and Leggatt once more were on the right wing and Thom in the centre. Dawson and Hogg (a 2nd XI player) occupied the left wing. The latter is quite new to senior football. He created a favourable impression, and deserves a further trial.

Source: Bon-Accord, 26th March 1896

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