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06/12/1890
 
Victoria United 5 - 2 Dundee Wanderers
Kick Off:    Watson, Watson, Turner, Watson, Watson       Robertson, Peat  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
ROW ON THE FIELD
This match came off at Victoria Bridge Ground, and resulted in the victory of the local men by 5 goals to 2. For a time after the start the play was tame and rather loose, neither of the teams working combinedly, and missing several opportunities of scoring. Ultimately the locals were the first to give an impetus to the play. Breaking away they got up to the Dundee goal, and Grant passing the hall to the centre, Watson was at hand, and kicked swiftly through. The Wanderers from the restart at mid field pressed vigorously, and displaying great speed on the leather, Robertson came well within range, and defeated Cannon, who soon afterwards had to concede a second point, scored from the right by Peat. After this, however, most of the play was on the side of the home eleven, who by persistent attacks on the Dundee goal called forth in a conspicuous manner the defensive ability of the Wanderers. The Vics, were exceedingly unlucky, and ought to have pierced between the uprights several times before Watson at last managed to equalise.
Crossing over two goals each, the home men lost no time in showing that they intended to make a bold bid for victory. Turner, who had all through been putting in some smart work on the wing, took advantage of a pass from the left, and with a stinger notched a third goal. Soon after this a regrettable incident occurred. As the result of some ill-feeling between the Dundee left half-back and Turner, the latter, while engaged in a capital run on the ball, was knocked over, and the offending player falling at the same time, the two men held each other on the ground, where they lay struggling. The crowd, incensed at the treatment of Turner, broke into the held, with the evident intention of taking up the sticks on his behalf. Fortunately, policemen were at hand. The constables kept back the spectators us best they could, and by their promptitude prevented the incident from developing into a serious row. The Dundonian was surrounded by his companions, and urged to seek refuge in the robing room. On his way thither he was somewhat roughly handled. The game was subsequently restarted, the Dundonians playing the rest of the match with ten men; and the Victoria United, maintaining their lead, notched a fourth and a fifth point, both through Watson, before the whistle blew. The locals were thus victorious by 5 goals to 2. It is understood that Mr Aitchison, the referee, is to report the Dundee player to the Scottish Football Association.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 8th December 1890

 
This game was made more notorious than edifying, in the last half at least. The "Vics" all through, however, had the best of it and won by 5 goals to 2. The incident referred to has been described as follows:- As the result of some ill-feeling between the Dundee left half-back and Turner, the latter, while engaged in a capital run on the bail, was knocked over, and the offending player falling at the same time, the two men held each other on the ground, where they lay struggling. The crowd, incensed at the treatment of Turner, broke into the field, with the evident intention of taking up the sticks on his behalf. Fortunately, policemen were at hand. The constables kept back the spectators as best they could, and by their promptitude prevented the incident from developing into a serious row. The Dundonian was surrounded by his companions, and urged to seek refuge in the robing room. On the way thither he was some-what roughly handled. The game was subsequently restarted, the Dundonians playing the rest of the match with ten men; and the Victoria United, maintaining their lead, notched a fourth and fifth point, both through Watson, before the whistle blew. The locals were thus victorious by 5 goals to 2. It is understood that Mr. Aitchison, the referee, is to report the Dundee player to the Scottish Football Association.

Source: Northern Figaro, 13th December 1890

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Connon; Simpson, Pirie; Ingram, Campbell, Stewart; Turner, Taylor, Watson, Mundie, Grant

Bookings:

Dundee Wanderers Teamsheet:  Goodwin; Tosh, Roberts; McLaven, Gray, Lemir; Peat, McPherson, Robertson, Forman, Duffus

Bookings:

Referee: Mr Aitcheson

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