"ARGUS" ON THE LOCAL "DERBY"
Another of those "friendlies," as they are rather inaptly termed, came off on Saturday between the Aberdeen and the Orion, and drew together an exceptionally large crowd. The partisans of both clubs were out to a man, and contributed in no small degree to the general excitement and enthusiasm which prevailed. Both teams played their usual elevens, the only change being in the Orion front line, where Whitehead was substituted by Henderson, a 2nd Eleven man. From the kick-off it was evident that a hard struggle would ensue, and each player appeared fully alive to the fact. Diack was twice easily beaten in the first half, and it seemed as if the Stripes were unable to pierce the defence of the Whites, but ultimately the left wing got a chance and notched a point, which was followed by another soon after. Crossing over two goals each, the Orion's prospects of securing a victory were very rosy indeed, as with the wind and incline now in their favour they held a considerable advantage. They quickly scored a third goal, and were apparently content with this performance until the Aberdeen, by some good play of the left wing, let Key in, who despatched a scorcher, which took effect, and made the score three up. From a well-placed corner kick the Stripes again scored, and their supporters were confident of their favourites winning; but it was not to be, and the Whites, getting close on Diack, found no difficulty in beating that custodian and equalising the game, which ended in a draw of four goals each.
There was little to choose between the teams, but on Saturday, considering the ground was more suitable to the Aberdeen, who are a much heavier lot than the Orion, it is a little surprising they did not manage to effect a win. On a dry level pitch the Orion forwards would give a far better account of themselves, as damp heavy ground is entirely antagonistic to
THE DODGY-TRICK Y STYLE OF PLAY
which they adopt. Gloag and Leggat are a capital right wing pair, and had not Wood been in his very best form the score must have been different. Jopp, in the centre, passed with precision and accuracy, and sent in several rattling good shots. Andrews and Henderson, on the left wing, were fairly good. Henderson made not at all a bad appearance, and is worthy of another trial. The half-backs were in grand form, and broke up the Chanonry combination in fine style, Ewen's tackling and kicking being particularly noticeable. This player and W. S. Brown are ever at loggerheads when they meet. Ewen plays much too vigorously when tackling "Morley," but the Aberdeen forward might use more discretion when claiming fouls, and keep in mind the proverb, "Always complaining, never pitied." Mackay got lots of work to do, and did it all in his quiet and effective manner. Gordon got hurt in the first half, and was naturally handicapped a good deal, nevertheless he ably sustained his reputation as a good half-back. Edwards at back showed sound defence, but Foote was too slow, and his kicking and tackling most uncertain. Diack, in goal, played in his wonted style against the Aberdeen, which accounts for the goals. Caithness, on the other hand, did some clever saving, and kept his goal in an exemplary manner. Ketchen was sorely pressed, and often beaten, and played below form. Wood, however,
ROSE TO THE OCCASION,
and gave a masterly exhibition of back play. Towards the finish he fairly revelled in his-work, and banged the ball up the field with rare pith and judgment, and tackled the right wing of the Orion to perfection. On present form he is far ahead of any back in town. The Aberdeen halves, with the exception of Cobban, are decidedly weak, and might easily be improved on. In the front rank, Key in centre fed his wings nicely, and shot with commendable promptitude when opportunity offered. Robison and McRitchie are both good men, and make a strong right wing, but Key is just a little inclined to feed the loft wing overmuch, which consequently restricts their opportunities of distinguishing themselves. Brown and Whitehead were very dashy and quick on the ball, and constitute a flying dangerous wing, but their dribbling and shooting left plenty of room for improvement. Some of the referee's decisions were badly received by the crowd, which is much to be regretted, as no responsible person will care to officiate in a match where the spectators so indiscriminately and clamorously claim everything, whether right or wrong, for their respective champions.
Source: Aberdeen Journal, 27th November 1890
These teams met on Central Park on Saturday before an enormous crowd. The Aberdeen won the toss and the Orion kicked off, and almost immediately were in their opponent's territory, but a likely chance to score was missed. The excitement of the spectators was soon roused at the fast play, and Aberdeen came away and secured a throw in at the "Stripes'" goalmouth which was converted into a goal by Kitchie. A short time after, Whitehead put his team 2 goals up. This disheartened the Orion, but soon Henderson scored, and playing with great dash they equalised before half-time. On starting the second half the ball was scarcely kicked off ere Andrews got past Caithness with a swift shot from the left. After this the "Stripes" peppered away at their opponents' goal, but the goalkeeper performed some smart work, and though the Orion had the best of the game, the Aberdeen got away, and a fine run up ended in Key notching a 3rd point for his side. But the ground team continued to have the best of it, and Andrews scored, off-sides being claimed and allowed. The Orion were not to be denied, however, and the fourth goal was put in from a corner. The Aberdeen seemed pumped out, but their efforts to equalise were duly rewarded, Whitehead scoring a rather soft goal. The game thus ended - Aberdeen, 4 goals; Orion, 4 goals. Mr. J. Clark (Caledonian) acted as referee, while the umpires were Messrs. Melville (Aberdeen) and Anderson (Orion). Something over £28 was drawn at the gate.
Source: Northern Figaro, 29th November 1890