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match report 1897-98 fixture list
Northern League 
Orion 3 - 3 Forfar Athletic
Kick Off:    Hogg, ?, Thom       ?, Shepherd, Bett  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
A Draw at Cattofield
Considering the state of the weather it was surprising, to find so many spectators at Cattofield. Forfar brought a good team, but it was expected Orion would manage to secure the two point. Playing uphill the home team were soon at close quarters, and pressed strongly until a foul against Wilson gave relief. After a visit by Forfar to McBean, Orion's right got on the ball, and a cross shot by Grant was cleverly caught by Hogg and banged into the net. Forfar shortly afterwards took full advantage of a weak save by McBean and the score was equal. Orion again got the ball through, but Thorn was penalised for rushing the goal-keeper, and the point did not count. Before half time Shepherd managed to give Forfar the lead, the first half ending Forfar 2, Orion 1.
With the incline in their favour, Orion opened strongly. Forfar, however, were the first to score through Bett. Orion had practically all the play during the second period, but were met by a stubborn defence, Soutar, the goalkeeper, being always prominent. Shortly before time Thom managed to equalise, and for the last five minutes of the game Orion played with desperation to secure a winning point. The visitors, however, packed their goal, and a good game ended in a draw of 3 goals each.

Short Kicks.

Orion have fallen off very much during the last few weeks, Saturday's play was but a shadow of their earlier form.
Crighton, who hails from Carnoustie, was given a trial at outside right, and made a very fine first appearance.
Passing is his strong point. He bids fair to become a valuable addition to the Cattofield front line.
Orion threw away no end of chances. Their shooting was simply wretched.
Gordon occupied John Low's place at centre half, and Dawson once more took up his old position.
Orion will have to be on the outlook for another back, that is unless Ross comes back to form. He gave a miserable exhibition.
We have seen Hogg and Wilson more effective, but perhaps the play had something to do with their play.
Jim Thom was working hard at times, and resting at others. It's a pity Jim would not work for the 90 minutes. What a difference it would make. Jim would have few superiors in Scotland if he only would take things seriously.
The right wing put in a lot of good work, Crighton's very fine speed helping him considerably.
Hogg and Cable, the two little men of the teams, had some rare bouts. The homester usually came off best.
Mr Peter Simpson, made a capable referee. At times we thought some of the fouls he gave were cut rather fine.
The fight for the flag is getting more interesting every week. The first four clubs are having a neck and neck race for the top position, as will be seen by table.
A good deal depends on the Vics' last two matches v. Forfar at Forfar and Aberdeen.

Source: Bon-Accord, 10th February 1898

A large crowd assembled at Cattofield on SaturŽday to witness the league fixture between the Orion and the Forfar Athletic. The ground was covered with snow to the depth of about three inches. Both clubs were represented by strong teams, the men turning out as follows: Orion: McBain; Ross, Scott; Dawson, Gordon, Currie; Creighton, Grant, Thom, Wilson, Hogg. Forfar: Souttar; Thomson, Davidson; Kable, McFarlane, Campbell; Profeit, Bett, Coottie, Booth, Shepherd. Orion kicked off, but were promptly checked, and play centred round McBain. Ross relieved, and Hogg got away on the left, but Thom failed to improve on the pass. The Orion now played better, and, after a fine run, scored. The visitors played desperately and would not be denied, a continued run ending in a goal. Again and again the home forwards got round Souttar, and a chance was badly missed by Wilson. Hogg was proving especially tricky, and gave many fine chances to the inside men, who always failed to impress. A foul given against Thom for charging, broke the attack, and transferred play to the Orion half, where the visitors secured a fruitier corner. Some fine combined play on the part of Hogg, Thom, and Grant was now seen, and the Forfar custodian had great difficulty in diverting a warm shot from the last named player. Mid-field play ensued for a, time and then Souttar was again in request, having to punt away a hard shot from Wilson. The game collapsed a bit till nearly half-time, when the Athletic roused and gathered round McBain, who was playing a good game in defence of his charge. A slight relief was granted by the Orion forwards breaking away. Thom, however, finished up by kicking high over the bar. The goal-kick was immediately taken advantage of by the visitors' forwards, and a splendid bit of combination resulted in Cootie scoring a second goal.

Almost immediately after half-time, the Forfar team pressed again, and Booth added a third goal. Play slackened for a considerable time, and both teams were alternately on the defensive. About twenty minutes from the close the Orion freshened up, and with the exception of one or two breaks away by the opposing forwards, were continually pressing till the end. A goal scored after a prolonged struggle, gave them fresh impetus, and just before the close Thom equalised amid a scene of enthusiasm. Souttar was again surrounded, but no further scoring chances were made.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 7th February 1898

Orion Teamsheet:  McBain; Ross, Scott; Dawson, Gordon, Currie; Creighton, Grant, Thom, Wilson, Hogg


Forfar Athletic Teamsheet:  Souttar; Thomson, Davidson; Kable, McFarlane, Campbell; Profeit, Bett, Coottie, Booth, Shepherd


Referee: Mr. Peter Simpson, Victoria United

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