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23/01/1897
 
Orion 5 - 2 Dundee Wanderers
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
It has now come to be generally recognised that between the Orion and the Dundee Wanderers will the League Championship rest, and therefore all eyes are turned on these teams. Up to the present the Orion have made the better appearances, and in fact were ahead of their opponents, but a meeting of the teams was calculated to give a clearer indication of what might ultimately be expected. It was, therefore, little wonder that a crowd of some 4000 strong had, despite the inclement weather, found their way to the scene of hostilities. Both teams had been considerably strengthened for the encounter, and each was prepared to make a bold fight. As evidence of the eagerness of the players to gain a victory, one at least of them engaged in the match against imperative orders from his medical attendants. Mr Davidson, Arbroath, was referee, and after a minute inspection of the ground decided that only an ordinary match could be gone on with. The teams were: Wanderers: Coventry; Allan, Irons; Stewart, Ireland, McColl; Betsworth, Graham, Aimers, Williamson, Ford. Orion ? McBean; James Low, Ross; Wight, John Low, Currie; A. McFarlane, M. McFarlane, ?Alexander,? Duncan, Hogg. The fight in the first half was, indeed, a hard one, and when the teams crossed over the supporters of the Orion were somewhat relived that it was only and ordinary game, for their team was on the losing side, although only by one goal. The tables were turned in the second 45 minutes, however, and there could be little doubt of the superior club, Orion won by 5-2. The Wanderers were completely outplayed, and in the Orion they must have recognised their superiors. The shining star of the 22 players was M. McFarlane of the Orion. The play of the other forwards of the local team deserves the highest praise. Perhaps Hogg came next to M. McFarlane, but he was too seldom given an opportunity to excel. Duncan is an active and effective player, and A. McFarlane put in some profitable work. Alexander was not altogether a success, but considering the conditions under which he played, his exhibition was creditable. The half-back trio were quite a success, but the defence did not show up so well.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 25th January 1897

Orion Teamsheet:  McBean; James Low, Ross; Wight, John Low, Currie; A. McFarlane, M. McFarlane, ?Alexander,? Duncan, Hogg

Bookings:

Dundee Wanderers Teamsheet:  Coventry; Allan, Irons; Stewart, Ireland, McColl; Betsworth, Graham, Aimers, Williamson, Ford

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. Davidson, Arbroath

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