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match report 1888-89 fixture list
The Aberdeen 2 - 2 Orion
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Clark, McGookin       Fyfe, Whitehead  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
The first meeting of these two teams took place at Chanonry Park, Old Aberdeen, in presence of a large crowd. The Orion, who were a much lighter team than their opponents kicked-off at three o'clock, and for the first fifteen minutes the play was all in their favour. Three times in succession the Stripes were within an ace of scoring, Fyfe and Whitehead doing a very smart piece of work at one time. After a look in to the Whites, which Diack spoiled, a foul was granted to the Orion at the Aberdeen goalmouth. The ball was, however, carried down the field, and Clark soon had a smart pass from Christie, which he neatly converted into a goal. Desultory play followed, both teams having an equal share. A corner fell to the ground team, but, after bobbing about for time, the ball was ultimately headed behind. The Aberdeen pressed, but Thomson sent the ball over. Jarvis was playing a capital game, as was also the back division of the Aberdeen team. The right wing pairs of each aide were doing excellent work. Diack very nearly missed, but recovering himself somewhat saved, although the Aberdeen men were granted a foul at the Stripes' posts. The free kick proved, however, resultless. For some little time a good deal of feeling was shown by both teams, the result being that the play was characterised by a certain amount of roughness. The sympathies of the spectators were to a great extent with the Orion, who in a game of pure strength are no match for the ground team. The next five minutes were productive of some of the smartest play shown by the Orion men this season. By really excellent forward play they kept the ball in front of the Aberdeen goal, and shot after shot was sent in to Wood, which he was always successful in sending back, saving at times in a really wonderful fashion. Roughness notwithstanding, the game at this period, was of a most exciting nature, and the Stripes deserved to score for their plucky and skilful play. Just before half-time Clark got the ball from a long pass, and getting clear of both backs, through a slip of Jarvis's, he had a run down the whole field, but was at the end checked by Diack in a clever fashion. Half-time then sounded, the game being: Aberdeen, 1 goal; Orion, 0 goals.

On resuming, Glennie had a capital try at goal, and shortly after the Aberdeen citadel had two narrow escapes. Play for some time was very fast, the Orion playing as if determined to win. After fifteen minutes' fighting the ball was rushed past Wood amid great cheering on the part of the spectators. The goal was, however, disputed, and after a consultation with the two umpires, the referee decided that no goal had been scored. At this decision the crowd signified their strong disapproval by hisses, howls, and exclamations of a not very polished nature, and when, not two minutes later, the Orion succeeded, thanks chiefly to Fyfe, in equalising the game the spectators became well-nigh frantic with joy and excitement. Rough play was now the order of the day, it being quite common to see two of the players, after a tussle, stand up as if they there and then intended by the use of fisticuffs to settle their little dispute. Every action of the Orion's was cheered to the echo by the crowd, who were evidently not inclined to favour the ground club. A corner to the Orion here proved resultless, and another to the Aberdeen was equally profitless. The Orion then had for a considerable time the best of the game, and about fifteen minutes from the end, Whitehead succeeded in beating Wood and making the game 2-1 in favour of the Stripes. The excitement of the spectators was increased by this goal, and when no few minutes later, McGookin was fortunate enough to equalise, nothing but a babel of voices could be heard all round the ground. Before this Clark had a beautiful run, which almost ended in a point being scored for the Aberdeen. One of the fastest, and, on the part of the Orion, best exhibitions of local play then ended in a draw, the score being: Aberdeen, 2 goals; Orion, 2 goals.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 5th November 1888

Umpires: Messrs Stewart & Mitchell
Saturday's game an Chanonry, although one of the most exciting yet played in Aberdeen, cannot be said to have advanced the cause of football, or rather Association football, in our Granite City, in the very slightest degree. Bar one thing, which will be alluded to presently, the game was good, and at times excellent, and it may be here remarked that, should the Orion play in the sane combined form when they next meet the Aberdeen, they will, with the advantage of their knowledge of Central Park simply knock the Chanonry men into the proverbial "cocked hat." At certain periods of the game the passing and judgement shown by the Stripes' front rank was equal to that of many of the southern combinations which have visited the city. Their half-back line was far and away their weakest spot; their backs were, as a rule, safe, particularly in the case of Jarvis who proved simply invaluable and their goal-keeper was "all there." The Aberdeen at goal and back were sound and: healthy. Ketchen eclipsed Key, which means something for a novice in back play. At half-back, Thomson never ceased to be of the utmost service, but Glennie occasionally lost his head, and McCann let the spectators see that he was just a little bit too slow for the game. Their front rank was their weakest part. The centre did not "come off," although be tried very hard. Clark has been seen to better advantage, and he was somewhat handicapped by having as backer-up one who, if but speedy and sure as strong, would prove a dangerous opponent. On the right wing, however, nothing but praise can be bestowed ; these two players seeming to improve with every match.
It is not so easy nor so pleasant a task to write of the element of roughness which was allowed to creep into the game, and there remain; although more than a passing notice must be taken of it if the statement in the first sentence of this column that "Saturday's game nothing to help forward the cause of Association football in Aberdeen" is to be maintained. It is not very difficult to get at the origin of the regrettable feature of the match, it is far more difficult to get at the actual beginners. In every contest between the Chanonry and Central Park clubs there must, of necessity be introduced a certain amount of personal feeling. Such has been the rivalry for premier honours in the City between the two (local players still remember last season's "tearing" 3-3 match at Central Park), that it is almost out of the Question to suppose their fixtures can come off with the same ordinary feeling as other local matches. All the more reason therefore for the players of both teams to put a severe check on their tempers, and it must be stated that this piece of sound advice was not generally kept in view on the occasion in question. All who have the prosperity of the game at heart - and it may be safely presumed that this number includes the Aberdeen and Orion elevens - must understand perfectly well that unless matches can be conducted on gentlemanly principles, spectators not only do not see the science of proper play, but carry away with them the idea that football is at best but a series of horse-play movements, in which, any over pressure of personal feeling can be worked off. It is not often that Aberdonians witness such little incidents as players standing up in the middle of the field and wrangling and gesticulating about some alleged piece of unfair dealing, as was the case at a few periods of Saturday's match. Several Rugby football men were at Chanonry - the big fixture at Holburn notwithstanding - and not a few of them, in their sanguine way, thought that the Association game would die a natural (?) death while others of the spectators - non-players - were heard to exclaim "And this is Association football" with the emphasis on the second word. It is to be hoped that these remarks - written in the cause of the true prosperity of the game - will be accepted, as they are offered in the spirit of the words:
"Oh, wad some power the giftie gie us,
To see o'ersel's as ithers see us."

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 8th November 1888

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Wood; Key, Ketchen (c); McCann, Thomson, Glennie; Smith, Christie, McKay, McGookin, Clark


Orion Teamsheet:  Diack; G. Fettes, J. M. Jarvis; A. Milne, J. McKay (c), J. Ewen; W. Fyfe, W. Gloag, A. Morrison, F. Whitehead, T. Irvine


Referee: Mr. Collie

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