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Victoria United 2 - 1 Orion
Kick Off:  2:45 PM   Turner, Turner       From Scrimmage  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
These clubs met for the third time this season at the Victoria Bridge Recreation Grounds, and, as on the two previous occasions the Central Park eleven had proved victorious, considerable interest was felt as to the result of Saturday's encounter. It is a pity to have to say that the play on both sides was decidedly inferior, and that, in particular, the Orion forwards were a very disappointing lot. In the first period of the match the Vics scored twice, while in the second half the Orion notched a goal, but failed to equalise, and had accordingly to retire the losers by 2 goals to 1 goal. As a match between two of the foremost clubs in town, the play, as has been said, was poor in the extreme, and, unfortunately, it has to be added that, on two different occasions at least, temper was displayed to an unjustifiable extent.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 2nd December 1889

In the third meeting for the season of teams representing these clubs on Saturday, the Victoria United won a stiffly contested game by two goals to one goal - thus adding to their record the honour of having defeated the two leading clubs in town. Pity it is that the match should have been marred, as it was, by an exhibition of temper on the part of two players at least, which was quite unjustifiable. There is no doubt that when footballists are so inclined they can be very nasty to each other on the field, but in every case of shady conduct the aggrieved one has it in his power to appeal to the referee for justice. It could not have been edifying to the public to see a player squaring up to an opponent, and the ladies who are admitted "free" would not, it is hoped, desire a sparring match to the "manly game of fitba?" May Saturday's incident never be repeated.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 5th December 1889

The above clubs met for the third time this season, the Orion being successful in the last two matches. The Orion in the 1st round of the S.C.T. gave the Vics 3-1 at Central Park, while a few weeks later on the Orion went over to Torry and gave the Vics 2-0. The Orion played two of their second string during the last match and did the same on Saturday - Ewen and Foote being disabled, while Gordon and Marshall proved good substitutes. During the first period the Vics scored once out of a scrimmage, Turner parting with the leather last. In the second period Turner scored again for the Vics, while the Orion out of a scrimmage scored their only point, and the match ended ? Victoria United 2; Orion 1.
During the game, which fortunately was confined to two "thirty-fivers " owing to the late start, bad temper was shown to a great extent, especially by the ground team. When people pay to see such teams as the Orion and Victoria United, they ought to be treated to a little scientific football, not gymnastic performances, nor such play as took place on Saturday. The Orion forwards played a very poor game, while the back division did wonderfully well. Turner, Leggatt, and Gray played the Victoria United's game.

Source: Northern Figaro, 7th December 1889

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Gray; Simpson, Ririe; Kirkland, D. Campbell, Gorman; Leggat, Bain, Turner, Morrison, Grant


Orion Teamsheet:  Diack; Marshall, Jarvis; Gordon, Mackay, Baird; Fyfe, Gloag, Morrison, Andrews, Jopp



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