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match report 1889-90 fixture list
Victoria United 0 - 10 Celtic
Kick Off:          Madden, Groves, Coleman, Madden, Coleman, Madden, Madden, Gallocher, McLaren, Dowds  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
Last evening the Victoria United, a club that have come into existence since the opening of the Victoria Recreation Ground, within which is their field of play, opened their career by a match with the famous Celtic Club from Glasgow. Most unfortunately rain fell heavily from first to last of the match, and comparatively few spectators had the enthusiasm to turn out to witness it. The Celtic had arrived from Glasgow in the afternoon, and it was therefore impossible to make a. postponement. It was decided to play only half an hour each way.
United won the toss, and the Celts kicked off towards the east goal, and, in less than a minute, Madden had scored from the right. The Celts pressed, and Groves, eight minutes later, found an opening for the second time, and this was followed immediately by a third point from Coleman. For the next twenty minutes the natives prevented the Celts from scoring, and Robertson and Hogg made occasional breaks away, but on no occasion did they get past Reynolds and McKeown. The clever, quick passing of the Celts' front division was much admired, and would have told to even better advantage but for the slippery ground. Madden scored a fourth point, and Coleman a fifth, after a pretty passing run from centre field, and then half-time was called.

On resuming, with the rain still falling in torrents, Gray saved two swift shots in rare style, but the ball came to Madden in the goal-mouth, and he put through number six. An appeal for offside was not allowed. For ten minutes the local men could make nothing of the speed and dodging of their opponents, but then Slater and Anderson on the left got off with a spurt, and from a foul off a Celt, the ball went behind, and McGlaughlin got his first goal kick. Gray saved one at the other end, but soon afterwards Madden slipped the seventh through, and a minute later, from a tricky run by Groves, the eighth was sent home by Gallocher. The Victorians then wakened up for a short time, first the right wing and then the left wing getting over midfield, and from this foray Slater had his side's only shot at goal, but McKeown's foot was in the way. Gray saved, but then McLaren from close quarters sent in goal nine, and Dowds, from right half-back, supplied the tenth, with a high drooping shot. Time was called, leaving the Celts winners by 10 goals to O. The ground men could do nothing with the cool and rapid, passing of their opponents, who have also great speed on the ball. Gray was not responsible for the heavy scoring, as he saved well on numerous occasions, and those that did get through were beyond his reach. Messrs Curtis, of the Celts, and Fred Reid, Aberdeen, acted as umpires.

After the match the teams had tea in the Palace Hotel, where the Celtic were staying overnight. Mr Binnar, president of the Victoria United, occupied the chair, Messrs Morrison and Kelly, captains of the teams, being seated alongside of him, while Mr Glass, of the Celtic, was croupier, and Mr Davidson, the secretary, and other members of the Recreation Ground Committee, were also present. The healths of the teams were proposed, and Mr Glass, in replying, said his club had played one of their best games, and it was no discredit to the United to have lost ten goals to such a team. (Applause.) The Celtic would be pleased to pay another and early visit to Aberdeen - (applause) - and he wished the Victoria United a long and prosperous career. (Applause.) A number of other toasts followed, intermingled with songs.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 17th August 1889

It was of course a foregone conclusion what would be the result of the match Celtic v. Victoria United, which was played last Friday at the latter's grounds, and yet, taken all round the "Vic." made a wonderful "first appearance". It was a great pity the night was so wet, as it spoiled the strangers' play even to some extent. I think, "taking one consideration with another," their play was as good an exhibition game as we need ever care to witness and I should have liked to have seen a greater number of "learners" present. I am sorry that the match has been the means of making the promoters of the sports at the "Vic" drop a rather considerable sum of money. I hope, however, they may retrieve themselves soon. It is whispered that the Celtic may be able to pay a return visit about the New Year time, and then the "Vic" boys - you bet, eh?

Source: Northern Figaro, 24th August 1889

This was Glasgow Celtic's first ever visit to Aberdeen.
Victoria United Teamsheet:  J. Gray; P. Simpson, J. McGregor; Mitchell, Kirkland, Gorman; J. Slater, W. Andrews, Morrison, Hogg, Robertson


Celtic Teamsheet:  McLaughlan; McKeown, Reynolds; J. McLaren, P. Gallocher, Dowds; Cunningham, H. Gallocher, Groves, Madden, Coleman


Referee: Mr Jaffray, Aberdeen

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