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Northern League 
18/09/1897
 
Victoria United 4 - 1 Forfar Athletic
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
The "Rock" Team at Torry.
These teams met in a Northern League fixture at Victoria Bridge Grounds, Aberdeen. The teams were: Victoria United - Findlay; McKenzie, Allan; Morris, Moffat, Thornton; McPherson, Henderson, Carlin, Burnett, Ritchie. Forfar Athletic - Soutar; Thornton, Davidson; Cable, Gerrard, Irons; Gourlay, Bett, Bowman, Boath, McFarlane. Mr Scott, Montrose, was referee. From the commencement the teams played vigorously, and repeated attempts at scoring were made by both. A persevering attack was kept up by the united, and immediately before half-time Henderson sent in a swift shot, which took effect. Ends were changed with the score standing: Victoria United 1, Forfar Athletic 0. The final result was: Victoria United 4, Forfar Athletic 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 20th September 1897

 
Forfar Athletic is always a sure draw in Aberdeen; and although their "near and dear neighbours" at Cattofield were unfurling the League Championship flag, a splendid crowd turned out. The Vics lost the toss and kicked off against a strong breeze. Play at the outset was rather uninteresting, neither side doing anything worthy of note, until close on the finish of the first half Henderson banged the ball past the Forfar goalkeeper. Half time found the Vics leading by 1 to 0.
The second period was vigorously contested, but the Vics had the most of the play, the Forfar acting for the most part on the defensive. Notwithstanding the stubborn defence offered by the Forfar, the citadel was successfully stormed three times. Henderson and McPherson had a goal each, while Ritchie easily scored from a penalty kick. The Forfar only managed to score once during the second half, the match thus ending in a victory for the Vics by 4 goals to 1.

Source: Bon-Accord, 23rd September 1897

Short Kicks.

The Vics lost both their League engagements with Forfar last season; but on Saturday they had their revenge for the 9th of January of this year, when they had all the play and no luck. Henderson and McPherson were chiefly responsible for the win. Henderson is a good 'un and no mistake. At times he was inclined to dribble too much. This was very fine to witness, but it doesn't get goals.
McPherson was the next best man on the Vics side. He has "come a bit" this season. Carlin made a terrible mess of the first penalty. He ought to have kicked into the corner, not to the goalkeeper's hands. Every¬body was disappointed with his display, and that of Thornton.
Frank Findlay is a splendid understudy to Allan. Pity he wasn't a bit taller. Dan McNeil walked the line for the Vics.
McKenzie, the ex-sodger back, was capped in the army International last season against England. He did not come off on Saturday. He appeared too nervous; and takes too long to recover. This remark applies equally to his partner.
The Forfar didn't like their beating. They showed a very childish spirit when the second penalty was awarded against them. Their right back, whose proper position is on the right wing, gave a grand display. He was ably backed up by his partner. The halves worked hard, but all their efforts were generally thrown away by their forwards.

Source: Bon-Accord, 23rd September 1897

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Findlay; McKenzie, Allan; Morris, Moffat, Thornton; McPherson, Henderson, Carlin, Burnett, Ritchie

Bookings:

Forfar Athletic Teamsheet:  Soutar; Thornton, Davidson; Cable, Gerrard, Irons; Gourlay, Bett, Bowman, Boath, McFarlane

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. Scott, Montrose

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