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match report 1896-97 fixture list
Northern League 
Orion 7 - 2 Dundee Wanderers
Kick Off:    M. McFarlane, ?, ?, Ross, ?, Thom, Thom       Williamson,  
Attendance: 4,000
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
This match, which was played at Cattofield, Aberdeen, before an attendance estimated at 4000, under the auspices of the Northern League, cannot be said to have been a keen struggle. Those who expected to see a close game - and they were many - must have been very much disappointed. The Wanderers seemed to have been taken aback by the manner in which the Orion entered into the contest, and at times were completely disorganised. The feature of the game was the brilliant play of the Orion's forward rank. They combined, tackled, and shot in a way that astonished even their own followers. For once Thom roused himself, and he was the hero of the game. Do as they liked, the Wanderers could not check the rushes made by the Orion's centre forward, who received able assistance from Hogg and Leggat. Even the most critical could not find fault with the play of any of the Orion team. The first half, which was not altogether uninteresting, ended in favour of the Orion by 5-1, and at the close the Orion led by 7-2. Two somewhat serious accidents occurred during the progress of the match. Coventry, the Wanderers' custodian, was injured early in the game, and although he played until the end of the first half he was unable to take his place in the second period. The second half had gone but a few minutes when McFarlane had his collar-bone broken by a fall, and he had to be conveyed home.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 27th April 1897

As expected, this fixture commanded the gate on Saturday, over 40 being drawn with the admission at 3d. Both teams opened well, and for about fifteen minutes the game was keenly and evenly contested. During the early stages there was not the slightest indication that Orion would finish with so much in hand. A bit of very fine play by Thom gave M. McFarlane a chance, and that player headed through the opening goal. Dundee soon equalised through Williamson, who, however, looked suspiciously like being off-side. Before half time Orion put on other four goals, while the Wanderers failed to pierce the home defence a second time. At the scoring of the third goal Coventry got charged, and had to be attended to. He was able to resume almost immediately. Hugh Ross had the honour of' securing the first goal which has been put on from back at Cattofield. The effort was a fine one and deserved the hearty cheering which it got.

After a few minutes' rest the game was resumed with Dundee playing ten men, Coventry having retired at half time. A few of the standites were of opinion that his injury would not have compelled him to leave had the scores been reversed. The second half was not well commenced when M. McFarlane fell and severely injured his arm. After being attended to by Dr Brown he was removed from the field. So well did the Orion play that the Wanderers rarely got past mid-field. It looked as if a record score was to be piled on, but the home team were content with other two points, both secured by Thom. A surprise visit to McBean proved profitable to the visitors, and shortly afterwards a very one-sided game ended in favour of Orion by 7-2.

Rarely have we seen Orion in so grand form. There was not a single passenger in the whole team. McBean was seldom tried. Ross and Jas. Low played to one another splendidly, and gave the opposing forwards little chance to finish. Currie was the most prominent of a grand half back line. Forward Thom exerted himself the whole 90 minutes, and most folks know what that means. Hogg also was in great form, but in fact all the forwards gave a display which would have been difficult to beat.
Oh, how we sighed for the presence of John Johnston or some of his temperance crowd when a distinguished visitor to the press box - mark you, not a press man - lugged forth a fairly large supply of "Auld Scotch" and did the honours to a few round about. It was not "a drap oot o' the bottle," for a collapsible cup was in evidence. On Saturday Orion play their last League fixture at Chanonry against the Aberdeen. We scarcely look for them falling at the last hurdle, more especially after their form against Wanderers.

Source: Bon-Accord, 29th April 1897

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