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match report 1892-93 fixture list
Orion 7 - 4 Vale of Athole
Kick Off:  2:30 PM   Macfarlane, Gloag, Macfarlane, Macfarlane, From Scrimmage, Leggat, ?       J. Robertson, ?, ?, ?  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Central Park, Aberdeen
A match between teams representing these clubs was played at the Central Park, Aberdeen. Two or three inches of snow lay on the ground, and this considerably handicapped the players. The following were the teams: Orion: Edwards; Foote, McKay; Wight, Low, Baird; Black, MacFarlane, Gloag, Duncan, Leggat. Vale of Athole: Seaton; Ferguson, Scott; D. Grieve, McPherson, Scotland; McLeod, McIntosh, J. Robertson, W. Robertson, P. Grieve. There was a good attendance of spectators.
The strangers won the toss, and Orion kicked off to the north goal. Shortly after the start a first goal was somewhat easily secured by the strangers, J. Robertson heading the leather between the posts. For a time the home players were further harassed, but at length they got within shooting distance of the opposing citadel, and the position of the teams was equalised by Macfarlane. The Pitlochry players afterwards had a look in, but they could make nothing of the home defence, and the "Stripes" were soon again swarming in the vicinity of the strangers' charge. From the left wing the ball was beautifully centred, and Gloag added another point to the score of his team. Shortly afterwards, however, another point was notched by Pitlochry. When the ball was reset in motion the visitors once again assumed the aggressive, and unfortunately for the Aberdonians, their custodian was eluded, and another goal was registered against them. At half-time the scores Stood: Vale Of Athole, 3 goals; Orion, 2 goals.

For the first few minutes in the second period the Orion, with the incline in their favour, played with dash, but a surprise run of the strangers quickly transferred the hostilities to the other end of the field. A brief tussle augmented the score of the visitors, and in the course of the play of the next quarter of an hour the "Stripes" had the hardest of hard lines. Time and again they were on the eve of rushing the ball through, but were always forced to retire. They also secured two corners, but, although the sphere was beautifully centred, it was smartly received by the defenders, and carried up the field to a place of safety. However, Macfarlane sent in a capital shot, which took effect. At this stage of the game the ball burst, but as another was quickly placed on the field the play was not delayed, and Macfarlane, with the assistance of Leggat, rushed the leather between the uprights for a fourth time. In about five minutes an exciting scrimmage took place in front of the visitors' charge, and although the defenders resisted with the greatest determination the odds were with the Orion, and a fifth goal was placed at their credit. Leggat added a sixth point, and just before the whistle sounded time, and in the teeth of a blinding snowstorm, the ground players secured their seventh goal. The game thus ended: Orion, 7 goals; Vale of Athole, 4 goals.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 16th January 1893

N.B. The normal spelling is "Atholl" but the Aberdeen Press's choice on this occasion was "Athole"

"Johannes G." Acts Mean.

Last Friday evening match secretaries, players, and the huge army of football devotees - at least those who are good boys and keep timeous hours - retired to rest at peace with themselves and all the world, under the impression that at last Johannes Gelidus (no offence to "Jup. Pluv.") had taken a favourable turn of mind. Vain delusion! Peering from "blanket bay" on Saturday morning they found to their dire confusion that Johannes had again played them false, and was merrily sowing his seeds of kindness which he continued to scatter at intervals during the forenoon. But just as it were to give himself the pleasure of being trampled upon, he desisted for a time, only, however, to fool the unwary ones to the top of their bent, as when they were at the height of their revels down he came like the wettest of wet blankets, laughing in his sleeve while he "flung the fleecy flakes" into their eyes, and made them wink the other optic. Oh, it was great fun, and J G. enjoyed himself thoroughly. The boys in white were not gulled by his wiles however, and would have none of it, even though they turned up stripped and ready for the fray at the home of the Wellingtonians. The striped gentlemen were more foolhardy, and tackled the heavy brigade from the Vale of Athole, whom they

Routed with Consummate Ease.

The Central Park lads gave an excellent account of themselves in the three inches of snow, even though they wanted Forsyth and Fraser, and whatever the result of the blue-white match today may be, the plucky Kittybrewsterites mean to have a big try for the blue ribbon.


From the Wellington Grounds.

From Central Park. The Vale of Athole are a heavy well-balanced lot of gentlemen, smart and active on the ball, but do not play the passing game with any degree of combination.
Their goalkeeper was the pick of the team, getting the ball away very cleverly sometimes when pressed hard by the whole front rank of the Orion.
The stripes as a rule revel in heavy going, and on Saturday they surprised their supporters by spanking along in grand style, the pace they set the Pitlochry lads in the closing scene evoking the enthusiasm of the onlookers.
Richard was himself between the sticks, the backs played well, and the halves were in excellent form, suiting their play to the condition of the ground by lifting the ball well into the goalmouth in a manner that always spelt danger.
Forsyth and Fraser were absent from the front lank, Black (late of the Aberdeen) and Duncan filling the vacancies.
The ex-Aberdeen-Bon-Accordian was poor, his tries for goal being weak, but Duncan played a clever game at inside left.
Macfarlane and Leggat were the best of the line, playing very finely indeed.
Gloag was only sometimes good. What has come over you, Willie?
The stripes have a knack of "busting" balls, but on Saturday when the sphere dissolved itself a "reserve" was quickly in its place, and the Ellon fiasco was not repeated.

Source: Bon-Accord, 21st January 1893

Orion Teamsheet:  Edwards; Foote, McKay; Wight, Low, Baird; Black, MacFarlane, Gloag, Duncan, Leggat


Vale of Athole Teamsheet:  Seaton; Ferguson, Scott; D. Grieve, McPherson, Scotland; McLeod, McIntosh, J. Robertson, W. Robertson, P. Grieve



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