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match report 1892-93 fixture list
Orion 8 - 0 Coupar Angus
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Forsyth, Fraser, Forsyth, Fraser, Fraser, Leggat, Forsyth, ?        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Central Park, Aberdeen
These teams met in it friendly game at the Central Park this afternoon in dull threatening weather. There was a meagre attendance. The teams were: Orion - Edwards; Foote and Mackay; Ross, Low, and Baird; Fraser, Macfarlane, Gloag, Forsyth, and Leggat. Coupar-Angus - Thoms; Brown and Cobb; Lewis, McGregor, and Baxter; Mclntosh, Slidders, Duncan, Robertson, and Doig. Mr J. Phillips acted as referee. The Orion kicked off down the slope, and had a look in, but Thoms fisted out cleverly, and the strangers altered matters considerably, by making their way uphill. The Stripes obtained relief through Mackay, and, after some mid-field play, returned to the attack. Leggat had a look-in, and many of the spectators were of opinion that he had managed to score the first point, but the referee thought otherwise, and gave the Coupar-Angus a goal-kick. Continuing in press, the Orion had hard lines in not scoring, but Thoms was keeping goal smartly. Forsyth had a pretty shy, but the custodian gained cheers by cleverly listing out from among a crowd of players. A little later Cobb, by a huge kick, relieved the pressure, but within a minute after Forsyth taking up a neat pass from Fraser, scored for the Orion. Breaking away up the hill, the strangers pressed at the Stripes goal mouth, but the ball was got away by the aid of a foul, and the front rank of the Orion had a pretty run down the field, Fraser and Forsyth being companions. Thoms, however, was alive to his duty, and smartly fisted out. The Orion returned to the charge, and Eraser managed to secure number two for the Stripes.
As they had done before, the strangers went on with a rush. but again the backs were too strong, and Mackay quickly gave relief with a big kick. Making off with the leather the Stripes got right in front of their opponents' goal, and, thanks to the work of Fraser and Ross, Forsyth managed to get the ball through for the third time for the Orion. Shortly afterwards, from a scrimmage in front of the goal, Leggat got the ball, and, tipping it over to Fraser, that player bundled it through for the fourth time. Up to this point the homo team had been having all the best of the game, with the exception of the few occasions on which the Whites managed to get away. The Orion front rank wore showing the combination which they so sadly lacked in their encounters with the Aberdeen team, and in consequence they contrived time and again to pierce the clever individual but too spasmodic efforts of their opponents. The first half ended: Orion 4, Coupar-Angus 0.

No time was wasted with the interval, as darkness was setting in. It was anticipated by the spectators that the strangers, with the hill in their favour, would be able to make a hotter show, but in this they were disappointed, as within a few minutes from the kick-off the Orion were "up and at 'em." Fraser, however, missed the shot, but in a few minutes, from a pass from Leggat, the same player headed the leather through for the fifth time. For a time the Orion had all the best of the play, the Whites never getting the ball further than half field. As a matter of fact it was rarely away from the goal mouth of the Coupar team, the halfs, backs, and goalkeeper being kept perpetually on the qui vive. From one of these scrimmages the bull found its way to Macfarlane, who made a short pass across to Leggat, who in turn converted the pass into a sixth goal for the Orion. Shortly afterwards it was again sent through, but the point was disallowed on the plea of offside. The pressure was continued, relief being given only on one occasion, when Robertson and Doig managed to get as far south as half field. Their effort, however, was rendered ineffective by the home hacks; and this was followed by a fine shot by Fraser, which unfortunately was useless. For a few minutes Robertson and Doig managed to give some relief, but the ball was returned, Fraser and Macfarlane showing grand combination, and passing across, Forsyth scored the seventh point for the Stripes, while Leggat paid the needful attention to the goalkeeper. The remainder of the game was all in favour of the Orion team, who scored yet another goal from a throw-in from the left. The game finished in darkness, with the result:?Orion 8. Coupar-Angus 0.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 14th November 1892


Short Kicks

The gate at Central Park was a very meagre one, only the more enthusiastic supporters of the stripes turning out.
Though one of the most one-sided matches conceivable, it was nevertheless a very interesting and pleasant game, and despite the murky surroundings the spectators seemed to enjoy it.
Bar the defence of Thoms in goal, and occasional tall kicking by the backs and halves, the Cupar lads made a poor show against the ground team, who treated the spectators to some fine touches of scientific play, the front rank excelling.
Edwards seldom touched the sphere, consoling himself by taking an occasional walk into the country. Un one of these outings he was caught napping, and only cleared with the greatest difficulty. This ought to be a lesson to this gentleman to keep within doors in future. If it is not safe to wander, and more, It is decidedly bad form.
Foote fully upheld his hitherto consistent form this season, and Mackay behaved capitally alongside of him.
Each of the halves were responsible for some excellent defence, Low as usual doing the lion's share of the work.
Ross was unsteady in the opening bouts, but gradually settled down to the play of his companions in front, feeding them very accurately indeed.
Baird made a distinct advance, throwing off that reckless devil-may-care mode of progression which often mars his play. Energetic he could not fail to be, but there was a marked improvement in his judgment, with the result that his performance was of the most serviceable character.
The tall centre-half is a glutton of the first water, and he did "go it" on Saturday, being equally good in blocking, tackling, and kicking, while his head work was of inestimable value. He fairly took the breath away from some of the Cupar lads, who were immensely tickled by the velocity of his dead-on-the-spot cranium returns.
Gloag was the only weak man in front. Of course with such a soft mark on, it was not seen so much as it would have been had the enemy been of the first class.
The other four made up for Gloag's "offishness" by playing the passing game to perfection.
Leggat delighted the spectators by the smart way he secured possession, kept it, and shot for home. Forsyth kept him busy most unselfishly, and was a terrible thorn in the side of Thorns, who more than Once found himself on the "carpet."
Fraser created a long-looked-for surprise, and played as he has never done before. He made good use of his excellent turn of speed, took his passes, and disposed of them neatly and accurately, working all the time in beautiful unison with Macfarlane, while he also shot remarkably well when he got an opening. It's wonderful what a man can do if he will only try.
Macfarlane showed us what he can do when properly supported. He has had to trudge along almost single-handed since he donned the stripes, and many silly things have been said of him, some of the critics going the length of asserting that he has been a clog to the Orion. He gave the lie direct to these insinuations on Saturday, however, and together with his companion and Ross, was responsible for some of the finest play of the match.

Source: Bon-Accord, 19th November 1892

Orion Teamsheet:  Edwards; Foote, Mackay; Ross, Low, Baird; Fraser, Macfarlane, Gloag, Forsyth, Leggat


Coupar Angus Teamsheet:  Thoms; Brown, Cobb; Lewis, McGregor, Baxter; Mclntosh, Slidders, Duncan, Robertson, Doig



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