The Aberdeen football season was commenced on Saturday, the occasion being a match between the Orion and the Forfar Athletic. Play commenced at 4:40. The Orion, losing the toss, had to kick off from the south end. After a minute's play Lindsay the Forfar left back, made a bad miss, and the Orion forwards taking full advantage of the opportunity, rushed the ball up the field, and in the scrimmage Dunn cleverly shot, and scored the first goal for the ground club amid applause. A corner was next secured to Forfar, but it proved fruitless, and after hot play at both ends, Lamont shot the first goal for the strangers, and equalised the game. After thirteen minutes' play Dundas made the register 5-1. The Orion then had a short spell in the Forfar ground, but afterwards Diack and the home backs had to play all they knew to save. Play continued in the Orion ground but the backs were doing better work than at the commencement. Fettes did a brilliant piece of saving at the goal posts, and immediately afterwards the Orion were granted a foul in the enemy?s quarters, which, however, resulted in nothing. Almost at half-time, and thanks to Lamont, the game as the whistle blew stood at 7 to 1.
Half a minute's play from the commencement of the second half served to give Cable a chance, and Diack was beaten. Dundas, the centre forward, almost headed another through a few seconds 1ater. Cable (an exceedingly smart forward) then made the game 9-1. With the advantage of the incline however, the Orion were playing much better. A good piece of forward play by them was here witnessed, Fyfe in particular exhibiting clever play. The game continued for some time of a more equal nature, the Orion playing up well. Time was called with the ball in the Orion ground and the game as follows:- Forfar Athletic, 11 goals; Orion, 2 goals.
The match, as a who1e, was too unequal to be exciting, but it proved nevertheless, of an interesting and enjoyable nature. Excellent play was shown by the visiting eleven, their passing being accurate, and their backs, the halfs especially giving an excellent exposition of the game. The Orion, on the other hand were not so well represented as they were last season, and also were not in the form they doubtless will reach later on. It is not too much to say that the finest exhibition on their side was by Jarvis at back, this player being of great service. The Forfar Athletic were entertained by the Orion after the match.
Source: Aberdeen Journal, 20th August 1888