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match report 1897-98 fixture list
Northern League 
08/01/1898
 
Arbroath 7 - 0 Victoria United
Kick Off:    McNeil, Findlay, McNeil, ?, ?, Stewart, ?        
Attendance: 2,000
Venue: Gayfield Park, Arbroath
Hearts Bowed Down
Trot out the sackcloth and danders. Arbroath 7, Vics 0. Great Jehoshaphat! Although at Arbroath, there should not have been so much difference in the scoring. A strong wind interfered with the play somewhat. The game had just started when a mistake by McNeil let Arbroath open the scoring. A second came from Stewart, who beat both backs and Findlay, a few minutes later, and a third was added through McNeil being weak. Until half time the Vics rarely crossed the centre. After the interval the Blues forward line was re-arranged. Yet it did not come off. Once or twice the Torry men made off, but rarely got close to McWattie. Other two goals fell in rapid succession to Arbroath. For twenty-five minutes the pressure lasted, and a sixth came from Stewart. McIlvenny and Henderson tried a run, but Burnett failed: Ritchie gave Henderson a pass, and McWattie had to use his hands for the first time in this half. Stewart shot, Findlay caught the ball, but got bundled into the net, ball and all. Vics pressed towards the close, but could not score.

Source: Bon-Accord, 13th January 1898

 
The Victoria United engaged with the Arbroath on the ground of the latter under the auspices of the Northern League. Mr D. Scott, Montrose, acted as referee, and the teams lined up as follows: Arbroath: McWattie; Smith and Robertson; C. Ford, McGlashan, Davidson; Leuchars, Middleton, R. Stewart, Milne, D. McWattie. Victoria United: Findlay, Allan, McNeil; Dundas, Moffat, McKenzie; Ritchie, Bennet, McIlvenny, Henderson, R. Ritchie. The visitors won the toss, and started with a friendly breeze behind. Several attempts were made to lower the home colours, but without success, and towards the end of the first half the United were kept in their corner, the whistle blowing with them three goals to the bad.

Arbroath resumed the attack on the recommencement, and had soon a fourth point to their credit. The visitors were sometimes dangerous, but they failed to bring about the downfall of McWattie's charge once, though three more goals fell to the Arbroath. The match thus ended: Arbroath, 6 goals; Victoria United, 0.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 10th January 1898

 
N.B. There is a discrepancy in the final score between these two reports but the Dundee Courier agreed with 7-0, as does the Arbroath Herald.
Arbroath Teamsheet:  McWattie; Smith and Robertson; C. Ford, McGlashan, Davidson; Leuchars, Middleton, R. Stewart, Milne, D. McWattie

Bookings:

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Findlay, Allan, McNeil; Dundas, Moffat, McKenzie; Ritchie, Bennet, McIlvenny, Henderson, R. Ritchie

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. D. Scott, Montrose

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