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match report 1897-98 fixture list
Victoria United 2 - 4 Arbroath
Kick Off:    ?, McPherson        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
At Torry, Arbroath were the guests of the Vics on Saturday. The ground was wonderfully good considering the amount of rain which had fallen.
Arbroath put, in some pretty work. The best goal of the match, however, was put in by McPherson.
Captain Dan was decidedly off. In fact he was scarcely able to kick at all. At the finish the score was Arbroath 4, Vics 2.

Source: Bon-Accord, 5th May 1898

The Victoria United were at home to the Arbroath, at Victoria Bridge Grounds. Some time before the appointed hour the weather showed signs of clearing, and by the time the teams lined up the ground was drying rapidly, although there were still some pools in front of the goals. There was only a meagre sprinkling of spectators when they appeared, as follows: Victoria United: Findlay; Kilgour, McNeil; Russel, Anderson, McKenzie: McPherson, Henderson; McIlvenny; Riley, Ritchie. Arbroath: Harris; Carrie, Clark; McGlashan, Cargill, Davidson; Leuchars, Middleton, J. Brown, H. Brown, Milne. Referee: Mr George Henderson, Aberdeen. The Arbroath won the toss, and the Vics kicking off, at once bore down in a body on the strangers' custodian, and play remained in the visitors' quarters for a spell. After a period of mid-field play the homesters instituted a dangerous raid, but a splendid chance was mulled by McPherson. The visitors failed to shake off the attack, and a foul throw in by an Arbroath man begot a free kick close in. The ball, after bobbing in front of the goal for a time, was eventually got rid of, and the strangers racing away, attacked strongly in turn. The ball was sent into the net, but offside was given, and the homesters, transferring play, rained in some strong shots which failed, however, to take effect. After a look in by the visitors, the Blues again applied the pressure, and taxed the visitors' defence to the utmost. Danger was staved off for a second, and the visitors raced up the field. The forward movement was checked by the homesters' half-back line, and the Blues again made a determined onslaught, the forwards making ground in fine style, by a series of see-saw passes. Two corners fell in quick succession to the homesters, and from the last, the ball was headed through from a melee. From the restart play was of a give-and-take order for a spell, each end being visited in turn. At last the visitors' time came, and after a prolonged attack, in which Findlay was compelled to use his hands several times, a low shot enabled the Arbroath to equalise. Half time arrived with the score: ARBROATH 2; VICTORIA UNITED 1.

On resuming both sides played with renewed vigour, and the game was not a minute old when, as the result of a run down, a shot was sent in, which Findlay failed to clear properly, and the strangers' inside left meeting the ball banged it through. At last a grand piece of combined play on the part of McPherson and Henderson was crowned with the success it deserved. McPherson outmanoeuvred the opposing half, passed to his partner, who in turn transferred again to McPherson, and that player from near the corner flag beat the Arbroath custodian with a marvellous screw in under the bar at the left corner. The Arbroath men were not done, however, and, coming in a body, the ball was sent through for the fourth time, Findlay having no chance to save. No more scoring took place, and the whistle went shortly afterwards with the score standing: ARBROATH 4; Vics 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 2nd May 1898

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Findlay; Kilgour, McNeil; Russel, Anderson, McKenzie: McPherson, Henderson; McIlvenny; Riley, Ritchie


Arbroath Teamsheet:  Harris; Carrie, Clark; McGlashan, Cargill, Davidson; Leuchars, Middleton, J. Brown, H. Brown, Milne


Referee: Mr. George Henderson, Aberdeen

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