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match report 1897-98 fixture list
Victoria United 3 - 5 Orion
Kick Off:    McIlvenny, Moffat, From Scrimmage       Grant, From Scrimmage, McNeil (o.g.), ?, ?  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
Orion beat Vics.
There was only a fair attendance at Torry on Saturday, when the above clubs met in a friendly encounter. The Vics played with the elements in their favour in the first half, but Orion, through Grant, were the first to score. After this reverse the Vics took up the running, but for a time all their efforts to score were futile. The Vics kept pegging away, however, and the equaliser came by McIlvenny with a grand shot, which was followed by another from Moffat. A third came shortly after from what looked more like a Rugby maul than the "Socker" game. Half time found the Vics leading by 3-1.
Shortly after the second half had commenced, another Rugby maul took place, but in this case the Orion were the lucky ones. The Stripes now fairly held the whip-hand, and forcing a corner, which Stopani negotiated, McNeil obligingly put it through his own goal, thus equalising the scores. Orion were fairly in it now, and playing with great dash, netted the ball twice before the close, eventually running out winners by 5-3. The Orion without doubt were the best team, their forwards playing with the old spirit that characterised their work up to meeting the East Stirlingshire. Since then they seem to have gone "to pot."

Short Kicks.

Vics are still in suspense. Forfar Athletic, however, are determined to beat the Wanderers, and if they are successful the flag is booked for Torry.
Should the Vics and Wanderers tie for first place, the deciding game is to be played in Aberdeen. This would be the tit-bit of the season.
Vics have fixed the famous Queen's Park for the 11th April. The Spiders bring the same team as play Dundee on the Saturday. A big English team will also appear before the season is finished. The name is at present a secret.
The game at Torry was very rough. The referee, when leaving the field, asked Hogg if the games here were usually as rough. The little man replied - "Rough did you say? Why, that's only a friendly."

Source: Bon-Accord, 24th March 1898

These old-time rivals in many a hard-fought cup-tie and Northern League fixture - the Victoria United and the Orion - met in a friendly at the ground of the former at Torry. The teams, when lined up, were as follows:Victoria United - Findlay; Kilgour, McNeil; Russell, Moffat, McKenzie; McPherson, Burnett, McIlveney, Henderson, Ritchie. Orion - Stewart; Scott, Hay; Currie, Low, Wilson; Webster, Grant, Barron, "Dunraven," Stopani. In the first half the Victoria United had if anything the best of the exchanges, and the score at half-time was - Victoria United 3 goals, Orion 1 goal. In the second half the Orion manifested their superiority, and, holding their opponents, won by 5 goals to 3.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 21st March 1898

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Findlay; Kilgour, McNeil; Russell, Moffat, McKenzie; McPherson, Burnett, McIlveney, Henderson, Ritchie


Orion Teamsheet:  Stewart; Scott, Hay; Currie, Low, Wilson; Webster, Grant, Barron, "Dunraven," Stopani



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