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match report 1895-96 fixture list
Northern League 
18/04/1896
 
The Aberdeen 1 - 2 Forfar Athletic
Kick Off:    Toman       Fairweather, ?  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
Scene on the Field.
At Chanonry the Aberdeen and Forfar Athletic met to decide their return fixture under Northern League auspices. The players were: Aberdeen - Smyth; John Davidson, Low; Alexander, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; J. Mackie, McIntosh, Toman, Taylor, Gall. Athletic: Easton; Janes, Scott; Cable, Anderson, Mann; Ritchie, Fairweather, McFarlane, Booth, Shepherd. Mr Davie, Fair City Athletic, was referee.

The Aberdeen went off at a great pace, but they were soon drawn up, and before a minute had elapsed Fairweather, of the Athletic, netted the ball. Until the close of the first period the strangers continued to have the best of matters, their play being of a very finished nature. Their most prominent player was Cable, the right half-back, who gave a fine exhibition. On several occasions Toman, Aberdeen's centre forward, almost scored, the ball striking the uprights and crossbar. When ends were changed the Athletic were leading by two goals to nil. The second period opened quietly, but after the Aberdeen had obtained a point through Toman, the game became very fast. With a short time to go it was expected that the Aberdeen would succeed in equalising, when suddenly the referee's whistle sounded. At first it was thought that he had detected a foul, but to the surprise of the crowd Mr Davie prepared to leave the field. One of the linesmen immediately rushed across the ground and explained to Mr Davie that there were still five minutes of the game to go. By this time the crowd had closed round the referee, who admitted his mistake. Immediately on the whistle being blown the Athletic rushed off the field, followed by several members of the Aberdeen. After the hubbub had subsided, Mr Davie, in answer to our representative, stated that he distinctly asked the captain of the Aberdeen to call back his men, and he refused. Smyth denies this statement, however, and has lodged a protest. The matter will be laid before the league committee at the first meeting. It is expected that the game will be replayed.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 20th April 1896

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Smyth; John Davidson, Low; Alexander, Joseph Davidson, Thomson; J. Mackie, McIntosh, Toman, Taylor, Gall

Bookings:

Forfar Athletic Teamsheet:  Easton; Janes, Scott; Cable, Anderson, Mann; Ritchie, Fairweather, McFarlane, Booth, Shepherd

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. Davie, Fair City Athletic

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