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match report 1893-94 fixture list
Victoria United 2 - 6 Renton
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Wellington Bridge Grounds, Aberdeen
At Wellington Grounds, Aberdeen, the Victoria United had as their guests yesterday the Renton team, who have made a considerable figure in Scottish football. Several thousand spectators were present.

An interesting game was witnessed. The United, who at first seemed rather afraid of their formidable antagonists, afterwards played spiritedly. They were outclassed at various points however, and at half-time Renton led by 4 goals to 1.
The final result of the game was - Renton, 6 goals; Victoria United, 2.

Source: ABerdeen Daily Journal, 3rd January 1894

With commendable enterprise the Victoria United introduoad to their many patrons in Aberdeen yesterday the famous Renton, who not many seasons ago were recognised the champions of the world. Of the players who fought under the, colours in 1887, the year that they played West Bromwich Albion for the world's championship, only three appeared at Wellington Grounds today. These were the Brothers McCall and Little McNee, who passed a few seasons with the Bolton Wanderers. The Vics had a strong team on the field, among the forwards being A. McFarlane of the Aberdeen.
In presence of some 3000 spectators the Vics started operations, but for the first fifteen minutes play was very quiet. The Blues seemed a trifle overawed, and Renton were inclined to take it quietly. The latter put in a few master touches, which drew the admiration of the crowd. A grand opportunity for scoring presented itself to the Blues, but McFarlane just shot past. The ball was beautifully carries past the Renton back, and twenty yards out "Mac" let drive. It was a good enough effort, and made the Rennton custodian feel uncomforftable. Alter nearly 20 minutes' play, Renton scored a splendid goal, Pryce from the wing shooting in with tremendous force. Other two goals followed in quick succession, Cannon being powerless to save. The forward play of Renton was neat, sharp, and accurate, and made the Blues look rather foolish at times. Jamie McCall, in company with McNee, dribbled in his own artistic fashion, and shot with remarkable strength and direction. Pryce and McLean on the right put in some excellent work, and completely oveshadowed Turner and Smith. The Vics kept up wonderfully well but were clearly outclaeeed. Close on half-time Renton added a fourth goal, Gilfillan shooting through, and a minute later, from a foul right in front of goal the Vics put on their first goal. Half-time arrived with the Renton leading by 4 goals to 1.

The second half was contested with mere vigour on the part of the Vics, but their attacks were admirably repelled bythe Renton defence. Against the breeze Renton scored twice, and almost on the call of time the Blues added a second goal, the game ending in a win for Renton by 6 goals to 2.

Renton played a quiet but effectibe game all through, and their dash, resource, and skill were greatly admired by the crowd. McCall forward, Tait at half, and McCall back were the most conspicuous players. For the Vics Smith was in fine shooting form, and Foote and Ririe were both in good fettle behind.

Source: The Daily Free Press, 3rd January 1894

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Cannon; Foote, Ririe; Morice, Ritchie, Annand; Turner, Smith, Sutherland, McFarland, Ferris


Renton Teamsheet:  Davies; McDermid, McCall; Tait, Fleming, Duncan; McLean, Bryce, Gilfillan, McCall, McNee


Referee: Peter Simpson, Aberdeen

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