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match report 1889-90 fixture list
Victoria United 1 - 5 Arbroath
Kick Off:    Morrison       Buick, ?, Willocks, ?,?  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
These teams met at the Victoria Bridge Recreation Grounds. There was a large turnout of spectators, who were rewarded by witnessing an interesting and capitally contested game. The Vics kicked off against a strong wind, which made it difficult for them to manage the ball. The leather being passed to the left wing, Buick dodged down field and sent in a stinging shot which defeated Gray. After an exciting scrimmage a swift thing was kicked, and though Gray managed to fist out, the referee held that he was behind the posts, and the point was given. Arbroath were disallowed a point for offside. Getting into their opponents' territory for the first time, the Victoria missed an opportunity of scoring, and the venue was again changed, Willocks notching a third point. Five minutes from half-time the locals again got up field, and Morrison kicked through.
In the second half play was kept pretty much at the Arbroath goal, and the Victoria on several occasions had decidedly the worst of luck. They worked with great determination and ability, and showed at times very fine passing and tackling powers. In this respect Turner and Leggat distinguished themselves. Before the end Arbroath scored twice, and the match concluded: Arbroath, 5; Victoria United, 1. The Arbroath all did well. Ririe of the Victoria, ought to be complimented for his play.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 4th November 1889

The "gate" to witness the match, Arbroath v. Victoria United, on Saturday was very big, and in a way the crowd got value for their money. To begin with, I must at once say that the game was an entirely one-sided affair, in as much that the Arbroath did all the play and the "Vics" did the "looking on". By this I do not wish to be misunderstood in any way. The Arbroath men thoroughly understand, and play a combination game, while the Victoria United sometimes play together, but they more frequently do not. By this I mean no disparagement to the home team, some of whom worked magnificently for their side on Saturday. Turner and Leggat were particularly good, and had they got the necessary assistance from their "chums" the result might have been far different. I don't know what was wrong with the "Vics" on Saturday, but they did not by any means show their previous Saturday's form. But never mind, better luck next, you know.

Source: Northern Figaro, 9th November 1889

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