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16/08/1890
 
Orion 4 - 6 Forfar Athletic
Kick Off:  4:20 PM   Leggat, Jopp 3        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Central Park, Aberdeen
Football was resumed in Scotland on Saturday, when a large number of important matches were played off, principally in connection with the recently formed "Scottish Football League." One of the objects of the League is to play during the season a certain number of matches between the clubs competing it, and at the end of each competition, the club scoring the largest number of points shall be declared the champion club of the League, and the three clubs having the lowest number of points shall retire at the end of each season, but will be eligible for re-election. The following were the results of the League matches: Renton 4 goals, Celtic 1 goal ; Rangers 5 goals, Heart of Midlothian 2 goals; Cambuslang 8 goals, Vale of Leven 2 goals ; Dumbarton 1 goal, Cowlairs 1 goal.

The football season in Aberdeen was opened on Saturday, when the Orion met the Forfar Athletic at Central Park, Kittybrewster, in presence of a large turnout of spectators. It would have been as well if the followers of the winter game had allowed another month to elapse before letting the ball a rolling, because nothing is more likely to make football unpopular among a large section of the community than to encroach on the season devoted to summer pastimes, as has been the custom in recent years. The strangers kicked off up the hill, and after both sides had had a look in, the Orion bore down, and Leggat scored the first goal amid applause, though certainly the custodian might have stopped it. Shortly after the home team had another try, the ball just going past. The Athletics next pressed for some time, and ten minutes from the start Dundas equalised. The visitors kept up the attack, and were rewarded with another goal, followed shortly after by a third. Several times the Orion broke away, and ultimately, from a good run, Whitehead centred to Jopp, who sent the leather spinning through. The Athletic retaliated with a fourth goal after a run up the right, and although at times the home players had hard luck in not scoring, the first half ended as above stated: Forfar, 4 ; Orion, 2.
In the second half the Orion had most of the game, but the forwards, while playing well in mid field, were unfortunate in front of goal, and several good chances were missed. Both goalkeepers, too, kept out some good shots. Before the call of time each team had added two goals to their score, Jopp doing the needful for the Orion on both occasions, and the game thus ended in favour of Forfar Athletic by six goals to four. Players on both sides at times did one or two smart things, but, as was only to be expected in an opening match, there was a rustiness all round, which, however, will wear off with practice.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 18th August 1890

 
The Orion made an early start, having the Forfarshire Athletics on at their ground at Central Park. The victory lay with the "Farfar" boys, the Central Parkers coming in a fair second! The following is a brief notice of the event, which has been supplied:- The start was made about 4.20. The teams were:- Orion - Dinnie; Mackay, McBain; Ewen, Gordon, Baird; Gloag, Leggat, Edwards, Jopp, Whitehead. Forfar Athletics - Evans; Carle, Stornmouth; Lyon, Taylor, Waterson; Bowman, Anderson, Dundas, Mann, Shepherd.

The strangers kicked off up the hill, the Orion bore down, and Leggatt scored the first goal. Shortly after the home team had another try but the ball went past. The Athletics now pressed for some little time, and at ten minutes from the start Dundas equalised. The visitors kept up the attack, and were rewarded with another goal, followed shortly after by a third. The Orion several times broke away, and ultimately, from a good run, Whitehead centred to Jopp, who sent the leather spinning through. The Athletic retaliated with a fourth goal after a run up the right, and the first half ended - Forfar, 4; Orion, 2.

In the second half the Orion had most of the game. Both goalkeepers kept out some good shots. At the call of time each team had added two goals to their score, Jopp doing the needful for the Orion on both occasions, and the game ended in favour of the Forfar Athletics by 6 goals to 4. Both sides at times did some smart things, but as was to be expected in an opening match, the members were "gey stiff" all round.

Source: Northern Figaro, 23rd August 1890

Orion Teamsheet:  Dinnie; McKay, McBain; Ewen, Gordon, Baird; Gloag, Leggat, Edwards, Jopp, WHitehead

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Forfar Athletic Teamsheet:  Evns; Carle, Stormonth; Lyon, Taylor, Waterson; Bowman, Anderson, Dundas, Mann, Shepherd

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