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AFC - Match Report
match report 1892-93 fixture list
Orion 6 - 2 The Aberdeen
Kick Off:    White, Whitehead       Duncan, Macfarlane, Gloag, Macfarlane, Low, Macfarlane  
Attendance: 3,000
Venue: Central Park, Aberdeen
A Word to the Unruly Ones.
The crowd of spectators which lined the barricades at the Central Park on Saturday afternoon to witness the first meeting this season of these old rivals, the Aberdeen and Orion, was the largest that has so far witnessed a football match in the city this autumn. For a long time before half-past three enthusiasts began to pour in, and before the game began fully three thousand were present, and the number was continually being augmented. The weather conditions overhead were favourable, although a sharp wind came from the north to the discomfort of the spectators, but the ground had not had time to recover from the drenching rains of the two previous days, and was very soft and spongy. This, of course, had a deteriorating effect on the display of the game. The Orion team appeared as given in the "Journal," but the conjectured representation of the Aberdeen was changed. The teams were: Aberdeen - Ramsay; Ross and Wood; Cobban, Ewan, and McCann; Black, Tomin, Singleton, White (Stonehaven), and Whitehead. Orion - Edwards; Foote and Mackay; Wight, Low, and Baird; Duncan, Macfarlane, Gloag, Forsyth, and Leggat. Mr J, R. Hunter, Montrose, was referee.

The Whites kicked off up the hill, and the game had not been in existence half a minute when a foul fell to them. Immediately two corners fell to the Orion in rapid succession, and then a throw in gave slight relief. The Orion, however, managed to work down on the Aberdeen goal, but the ball went behind. In a few minutes the Stripes were at it again, and Duncan put the leather through, within a few minutes from the start. Immediately the centre kick was taken a foul was given against Cobban, and the ball sent well in by "Ned," but no immediate result was obtained. Half a minute afterwards Ramsay was applauded for a bit of smart goalkeeping, sending the ball well up the field from among half-a-dozen of his opponents. For the first quarter of an hour the Orion were more than holding their own. Macfarlane got a chance to shoot, but Wood's foot was on the ball when the former made the kick and the effort was wild. Breaking away Aberdeen got well up field, and within shooting distance, when the ball was sent into touch, the linesman's decision giving a lot of dissatisfaction. Boring their way down the Orion swarmed round their opponents' citadel and narrowly missed scoring, the spectators being apparently greatly disappointed when the ball was kicked from goal. All this time the Orion were pressing severely, and the enthusiasm of the spectators, despite the miserably cold weather, was beginning to warm up, as was shown by the encouraging shouts to both teams. A run up by Black was stopped by a foul against the Orion, but the place was fruitless, and again the Stripes were down. The ball was, however, returned in double quick time to half field, but, not to be denied, the Stripes were on it again, and from a stinger from the foot of Macfarlane Ramsay was beaten for the second time. For a time play was pretty fast, the Aberdeen, if anything, having the worst of it. On several occasions, however, some questionable tactics were resorted to, greatly to the disgust of a section of the spectators, who were not slow to mark their disapprobation by epithets more forcible than polite. A promising-looking run on the part of the Aberdeen forwards was rendered nugatory by Tomin who presented his opponents with a foul, but the Whites broke away with a run on the right, and White, amid loud cheers, scored number one. After this long-looked-for success, the Aberdeen woke up a bit, and began to show that they were not yet pumped out. Their new zeal, however, did not hold out for long, as the Stripes, were again in their opponents' half. Their forwards, however, were lying too far forward, and what must have been a certain goal had to give place to a penalty kick in favour of the Aberdeen. Still pegging away, the Orion had a good chance to score from a throw-in, but Duncan was not up in time, and the ball was allowed to roll past. In a few seconds, however, the Orion swarmed round Ramsay, who, with the ball in his hands, was hustled through by Gloag, this making the third goal for the Orion. This reverse seemed to stir up the Whites, and Singleton, who got the leather at half-field, made a nice pass across to Whitehead. The latter was up the field and at the goal before the Orion could underŽstand what was "up," and Whitehead, who had nothing between him and the custodian, scored an easy goal, thus making number two for Aberdeen, a success which was greatly appreciated by the spectators. From the place kick the Orion had next a shy at goal and swarmed round Ramsay hotly, but a miss is as good as a mile in football, as well in other things, and the ball was returned up the field. A slight accident occurred at this point to McCann, which stopped play for a few minutes. He slipped on the soft turf and fell, and Baird, who was coming up behind him, accidentally kicked him. The result was that McCann had to retire, and the Whites played ten men. When play was resumed after the interruption, the Orion came down on the south citadel, which Duncan had at his mercy, but he made a fearful mess of the chance, by almost tripping over the ball. Relief was shortly afterwards given, and Singleton pounced on the ball, passing across to White. The ball was forced up to the Stripes' goal, and some individual tackling was shown, but nothing came from it. Half-time arrived with the score: Orion 3, Aberdeen 2.

The second half began with Aberdeen pressing slightly, and Orion retaliating shortly afterwards. The Whites then came down like a shot, and had an opportunity to score, but Singleton was just a second too late to convert the attempt into a goal. The next few minutes saw Edwards surrounded with a crowd of players, but he managed almost miraculously to save two hot shots. A little later Tomin got a point, but his shot was wild, and Black, who had an opportunity, just the next minute sent the ball wild. Then the Stripes made a journey up hill, and Duncan again signalised his powers by making another miss of what was a likely chance. Forging downhill once more the Whites forced their opponents to concede a corner, but nothing was forthcoming except a run up hill by the Aberdeen. The leather again came down to the south, and Tomin had a try, but the attempt was ineffectual. Shortly after a foul fell to the Aberdeen, but nothing came of it, although Ewan made a gallant attempt. The Orion next assumed the aggressive, and forced the goalkeeper to concede a corner, but again nothing resulted, except that it afforded relief to the hardly-pressed Whites. They assumed the aggressive after this for a time, and the spectators were kept on the tip-toe of expectancy, as it appeared almost certain that Aberdeen would score. Luck, however, or rather the smart work of the custodian, was against them, and although the spectators roared themselves almost hoarse in their endeavours to spur on their favourites it was all in vain - the Orion defence appeared to be impregnable. After this siege the Stripes got up to the north end, and Duncan getting on the leather tipped it to Macfarlane, who, however, missed the chance. In a few minutes another opportunity came to the Orion. Forcing their way up field, they managed to get within easy distance of the goal, but Duncan, who appeared to be completely out of his element, missed an easy chance. Macfarlane, however, was lying handy, and completely beat Ramsay for the fourth time. Still keeping up the steam, the Stripes, who were not to be denied, swooped down again, and while Forsyth attended to Ramsay, Low put on number five. For a little play became quiet, both goals being visited in turn. Aberdeen appeared to be getting out of it, and seeing this the Orion put mettle into their heels. They swooped down irresistibly, and Macfarlane put on the sixth goal for his team. The result of the game appeared to be a foregone conclusion, as, do all they could, the Whites could not pierce the defence of their opponents' backs and goal. Tomin made a good attempt to notch a point, but his kick was too high, and the ball went over the bar. A later attempt was also futile, and then the Stripes managed to work their way northwards, where they continued for the time. They were, however, forced to retire, and the remainder of the game was resolved into spasmodic rushes on the part of both teams. Nothing farther was scored, and the game ended: Orion 6, Aberdeen 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 10th October 1892

On a soft, slippy, and - in some' places - "pooly" pitch the Orion and Aberdeen met in a friendly at Central Park. Under the circumstances, brilliancy of execution was out of the question, but for all that, some capital play was observable, and though somewhat one-sided, the game was replete with interest right through, resulting in a decisive victory by 6 to 2 for the Orion, who were decidedly the better eleven. Mr Hunter, of Montrose, a gentleman who has a great reputation in the north as a most competent and fair referee, held the whistle, but his decisions in some cases didn't seem to go down with the grumblers, who gave vent to their dissatisfaction with, that bellowing and groaning which is becoming but too common among the "gods" at local matches. We can readily excuse the "loons," but when adults indulge in the disgusting practice, it is high time something were done to curb the unruly tongues of those gentry. The matter rests more with the crowd themselves than the officials of the club, and we would once more appeal to their better natures to endeavour to conduct themselves as gentlemen, and not as rowdies. The police, too, ought to be assisted, instead of retarded, in keeping the youngsters outside the palings.

Short Kicks.

The large crowd at Central Park made the Orion executive's hearts glad. It is quite a new sensation for them to have so much "brass" to handle. The Aberdeen share the luck, and we are sure they both deserve it. They have played a great part in local Association football, and long may they continue to flourish.
To-day (Saturday) they meet again, and it goes without saying there will be another bumper.
Tom Ketchen's absence meant a great deal to the whites in more ways than one, and we hope he will be able to don the war-paint to-day.
The game was a lively one without being unneces-sarily rough, and though rather one-sided in the second half, was very interesting to the spectators.
The soft nature of the ground kept the men from disporting themselves at their best, and falls were plentiful, even the genial referee "sitting down" more than once.
The Orion lads, as you all know, won easily, though at the close of the first half it looked as if the Chanonry men would make it warm for them in the closing scene.
Favoured by the wind quietening down somewhat, the Orion breasted the hill in great form, having most of the play and all the goals.
Ramsay did some excellent work in the open, but was not so good aa Edwards when hard pressed. There was not much to choose between Wood and Foote, neither of whom were seen at their best, and Colin Ross, though he performed very creditably would have been more useful in his old place.
Mackay made some bad slips, but at the same time he came off in many of his encounters.
Low scored heavily, and was the best on the field, his resolute and dashing coupled with judicious kicking and placing, really invaluable to the stripes.
Cobban and Wight may be bracketed, Baird was energetic and enthusiastic as he always is, and Ewen was very good, seeing he had such a fight to undergo with his old companions opposed to him, who were always in his wake.
Barney M'Cann made a rather good show for a first offence, but we are sorry he should have been wounded in his first engagement. In was a pure accident, and no blame attaches to Baird, who was the innocent cause of the mishap.
The Orion forwards were weakened by the inclusion of Duncan. He won't do, and we are glad it was only with the idea of giving Fraser a rest that he was included. Had Fraser been in evidence, and got the same chances - such easy chances, too - Ramsay would have had one or two trimmers to deal with.
Leggat still goes on in capital form, Gloag fed his men with his accustomed precision, and had a grand run right through the enemy, Ramsay running out and clearing in the nick of time.
Forsyth was smarter on the ball than we have yet seen him, and Macfarlane now and again put in some clever bits of play, but would have improved his performance had he paid a little less attention to his old friend, Ewen, and taken more notice of the ball.
Combination was at a discount among the Aberdeen forwards, and until this is remedied they need not look for success.
Whitehead had a capital run, from which he scored a beautiful goal, and White (Stonehaven) surprised not a few by the show he made - another first offence.
Singleton in centre did not score a success, but Black and Toman were responsible for some good individual work.
The Vics play their cup tie with Fraserburgh today, and open their new grounds on the 22nd.
Rumour has it that Duffus returns to Aberdeen shortly, and will play for his old club.

The 2nd Orion hold a smoking concert tonight (Saturday) in Riddle's Inn, Kittybrewster. Kick-off, 7 p.m. Some star hands have been engaged for the concert. Hurry up for the tickets - 6d.
The secretary for the 2nd Orion now is - C. L. Booth, 6 Bedford Road, Aberdeen.
One of the Orion Strollers has been laid on the shelf for a month for striking a player in the field. Well done, committee; keep 'em down!

Source: Bon-Accord, 15th October 1892

Orion Teamsheet:  Ramsay; Ross, Wood; Cobban, Ewan, McCann; Black, Tomin, Singleton, White (Stonehaven), Whitehead


The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Edwards; Foote, Mackay; Wight, Low, Baird; Duncan, Macfarlane, Gloag, Forsyth, Leggat


Referee: Mr. J. R. Hunter, Montrose

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