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match report 1892-93 fixture list
Victoria United 10 - 0 Our Boys, Blairgowrie
Kick Off:  2:45 PM   Benzie, Sutherland, Turner, Sutherland, ?, Annand, ?, Benzie, , ?, ?        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Wellington Bridge Grounds, Aberdeen
A match between the Victoria United and Our Boys, Blairgowrie, was played at Wellington Grounds, before a very large crowd of spectators. The ground was in excellent condition, and the following were the teams:- Victoria United: Gray; Thomson, Ririe; Hickie, Cruickshank, Milne; Turner, Benzie, Sutherland, Annand, Ferries. Our Boys:- Gellatly; Birmingham, Hutchison; McDonald, Mutch, Butchart; Cunninham, Gilchrist, Robertson, McLaggan, Heron. In consequence of the colours of Our Boys being blue, the United had to don white jerseys so that the teams might be distinguishable. The toss was won by the United, and the leather was set in motion by Robertson. The initial part of the play was a run up the field by the visitors' forwards, and although the attack was speedily repulsed, again Our Boys made off with the leather, and sent it behind. The goal kick enabled the defenders to clear their ground. And with a determined effort they carried the ball before them, and had their try at shooting. They were unsuccessful, and the "Blues" playing with great dash restarted the hue, and literally peppered the home citadel. By a beautiful defence Gray managed to keep his charge intact. Twice in succession he had to keep out "stingers," but at length the pressure of the scrimmage was relieved, and the Whites had a chance to show off their skill in front of goal. Several likely shots were directed at the goal mouth, but Gellatly was not to be caught napping. He, with the aid of the backs, although with no great difficulty, time and time again returned the ball to play. By dint of several judicious passes, the United forwards took charge of the ball, and advanced the entire length of the field, and this incursion was rewarded with success, Benzie putting the ball through amid deafening cheers. Again continuing in the attack, Sutherland very neatly added a second goal, and this seemed to initiate into the players of both teams an unusual amount of zeal. They played with the dash and determination which might be expected in a cup tie, and every conspicuous effort was sheered to the echo. For a time the game was stubbornly fought out in the ground of the visitors. The United had endeavoured to drive their opponents back from their territory, and within twelve of fifteen yards from goal an almost unexampled scene took place. The Vics sent in shot after shot in such quick succession that the defenders had the greatest difficulty in maintaining their defence but Gellatly fairly excelled himself. His backs always seemed to be just where they were needed, and shots, which to the spectators seemed to be certain to go between the posts, were fisted into play like lightning. At length, however, Turner secured an opening and added a third goal to the score of his team. Subsequently Sutherland registered a fourth, and at half-time the score stood: Victoria 4, Our Boys 0.

After a brief interval the game was re-started, and in about two minutes the Victoria secured a fifth goal. A sixth was added immediately thereafter by Annand, and now it appeared that the United were to have maters all their own way. A foul in mid-field, however, aided Our Boys, and they, with all the determination they were capable of, rushed for the home charge. They were speedily repulsed, and a combined run on the part of the Aberdeen players soon reversed matters, and still another point was added to the quickly increasing total. A short spell of play resulted in another victory for the United, Benzie on this occasion doing the needful. But this did not close the score. Number nine followed in due course, and the spectators began to look upon the game as something of a farce. The darkness was quickly setting in, and it was with difficulty that the ball could be seen, but the Vics continued their onslaught, and soon reached double figures. There was no further scoring, and the game ended: Victoria United 10 goals, Our Boys nil.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 14th November 1892


Short Kicks

The Vics annihilated Blairgowrie Our Boys before a splendid concourse of spectators, but under rather disadvantageous circumstances. The atmosphere was extremely raw and cold, wind militated against the movements of the players.
The Vics, with the elements In their favour during the first half, did most of the pressing, and save an occasional break away of the strangers' left wing, had matters pretty much their own way, scoring four times, the defence coping successfully with their opponents, while the forwards, who are rapidly adopting a system of combination which will indeed be difficult to break up, stormed the Our Boys' citadel, and kept the goalkeeper, halves, and backs continually on the qui vive.
It was generally thought that the southerners with the wind at their backs would give a better account of themselves, but so determined, judicious, and at the same time remunerative were the onslaughts of the Wellington men, that other 5 goals were notched against them, the game ultimately ending 10 - 1 to the credit of the Vics.
The outstanding feature of the Vics, play was the dash which characterised their movements, every player being extremely anxious to do his level best. This is as it should be. Keep it up, gentlemen.
That the Vics, have indeed fairly got into their old form goes without saying. In addition, Willie Stewart was not doing service, owing to an injured leg.
Gray in goal did everything that came his way in a masterly fashion, and several times repulsed the strangers when a goal seemed inevitable.
Ririe was in brilliant form at back, tackling and kicking with telling effect. Thomson suffered in comparison with his partner, but, nevertheless, put in a lot of good defensive work.
Hickie was the best of the trio of half-backs, blocking and placing in rare style.
Cruickshank in centre was a fair second. He works very hard, and if he would only time his efforts and be more judicious, his play would be all right.
Milne doesn't seem to make much progress.
To revert to a criticism of the forwards is indeed a pleasant task, as their actions and mode of attack were all that could be desired. Turner on the extreme right was conspicuous for his nicely executed centres.
Benzie backed him up well, and put in one or two good shots.
Sutherland in the centre improves weekly. He passed judiciously to the wings, and on Saturday had a good share of the goals.
Annand and Ferris were very dangerous, time and again eluding the strangers' defence, the former on several occasions pedalling the ball through a host of opponents, and invariably ending with raking shots for goal, several of which were successful.
The strangers were out-classed, but, nevertheless, the goalkeeper, notwithstanding the goals scored against him, saved splendidly, while the centre and left halves and extreme left-wing forward worked like Trojans for their side.

Source: Bon-Accord, 19th November 1892

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Gray; Thomson, Ririe; Hickie, Cruickshank, Milne; Turner, Benzie, Sutherland, Annand, Ferries


Our Boys, Blairgowrie Teamsheet:  Gellatly; Birmingham, Hutchison; McDonald, Mutch, Butchart; Cunninham, Gilchrist, Robertson, McLaggan, Heron



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