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match report 1891-92 fixture list
Victoria United 2 - 4 Cowlairs
Kick Off:  2:45 PM   Turner 2       Henderson, Henderson, Burke, Lyon  
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
Played at Torry in presence of a large number of spectators. Cowlairs in the first half had the wind in their favour, and soon scored, Henderson added another shortly after. Bishop notched a third with a rapid shot, and before half-time a fourth was chronicled. The United failed to score up to the interval. The second half was in favour of the United, and Turner scored twice. Result: Cowlairs 4, United 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 30th November 1891

The Victoria have gone under to foemen worthy of their steel, their long list of victories having thus received a break. The weather was extremely stormy, despite which a crowd numbering close on 3,000 huddled together to witness the match.

The ground was in a wretched puddle, scientific football being therefore out of the question. On such a day, it was simply a case of whichever team won the toss, won the match. Cowlairs were fortunate in winning the toss and as a natural consequence they kept the home confined to their own territory, bar an occasional break away by the home forwards, one of which almost ended disastrously for the visitors, a lightening shot from Turner just grazing the bar. Bishop, on the Cowlairs' right, was early prominent by some dashing runs. Henderson was first to score, followed shortly after by the same player notching a second. Burke tearing up the left wing sent in a terrific shot which struck the inside of the post and rebounded through. Lyon, centre half-back, scored a fourth goal. The whistle blew with the score standing 4-0 in favour of the visitors.

On changing ends, the visitors wisely adopted a strong defence putting on three backs. Well for them that they did so, the ground men seeming determined to pull off the match, assailed McLelland continually. The half was not long commenced when Turner scored with a beauty, followed again by the same player adding a second point. Still pressing, Ferries scored a third goal for the Blues which was most unaccountably given offside, even after the goal-keeper had played the ball. Even after this the ground men would at least have drawn the match had not the light begun to wane. The match ended in darkness with still a few minutes of time to go. For the home team, Thomson deserves a word of praise for the sterling defence he maintained. Cannon, of course, was in his usual form, Ririe also did well, Stewart was the best of the halves. Grant was a poor substitute for Duffus - who is unable to play. The whole forward line performed remarkably well. Sinclair is rapidly developing a tendency to ignore his wing man, he will require to bring himself out of this habit.

Source: Northern Figaro, 5th December 1891

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Cannon; Thomson, Ririe; Ross, Stewart, Grant; Turner, Sinclair, Binks, Simpson, Ferries


Cowlairs Teamsheet:  McLelland; Rooney, McLeod; McPherson, Lyon, Masterton; Bishop, Shanks, Carson, Henderson, Burke



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