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match report 1892-93 fixture list
Orion 6 - 4 Edinburgh University
Kick Off:  3:30 PM   ?, Gloag, Leggat, Duncan, Duncan, Fraser       Williams, Duckworth, Williams, Hutchison  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Central Park, Aberdeen
At Central Park, before a large attendance. Both clubs were strongly represented. Although the Orion became at once dangerous, the strangers had the most of the play. After a hard tussle at goal mouth, Williams notched the first goal for his team. From the kick-off the Orion equalised. Play from this point became spirited, both teams working hard to gain the ascendancy. Still nothing was done until a few minutes from half-time when Gloag headed the ball through. The 'Varsity once more made themŽselves felt, and Duckworth put the teams on equal terms.
On resuming, Williams, who was in a position suspiciously like offside, took up a smart pass and shot a goal, which, although challenged by the home team, was allowed. The Orion assumed the aggressive, but the defence was too strong. The punting of the Edinburgh backs was grand, and their tackling most effective. However, Leggat placed his team one point up. Within two minutes of each other Duncan kicked a couple of goals, and shortly afterwards Rees was beaten for the sixth time by Eraser. Orion had all the best of the play until near the close, when Hutchison raised the total of the University to 4. The game ended: Orion, 6 goals; University, 4 goals.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 20th February 1893

N.B. Johstone was a Queen's Park player, whilst Clark and Stuart were St Bernards men.

From Central Park.

A Tussle of the Right Sort.

For once in a way spectators got value for their money at Central Park on Saturday, the consensus of opinion being that the match was one of the most interesting witnessed in the city this season. The visitors were the Edinburgh University eleven, and a sturdy well-knit lot of young gentlemen they are, completely dwarfing the wee stripped laddies. They can play football too - the good old-fashioned robust game, without the least particle of ungentlemanly play, and though defeated by 6 goals to 4, they made a splendid fight of it. As to the players, Edwards, though he did some remarkably clever things, didn't exercise the best of judgment. Mackay exhibited a daring in his tactics that we were certainly not prepared for, and Foote tackled brilliantly time and again. The three halves played a capital game, young Wight excelling. His tackling was very good, and his kicking beautifully placed, while his feeding of the forwards was above criticism. Baird was in his happiest vein, his kicking into goal being always on the spot. Low in centre tackled, kicked, and placed with his accustomed dash, and like Baird shot straight for Rees. Leggat created great merriment by his tricky and brilliant runs, Gloag was finished and cool, and Macfarlane quite up to his best. Young Duncan was long in beginning, but when he did gather confidence, he showed that he understood what he was about, passing and shooting with praiseworthy promptitude. Fraser, like Duncan, was also long in coming, but when he did awake, he came with a vengeance, and in the latter stage put in some capital runs, and shot beautifully. Of the visitors the custodian was fair, and the backs both finished defenders, White-Jones' long punting captivating the spectators. Johnston, McEwan, and Stewart are a capital trio of halves, the latter being a veritable glutton for work, and the best man in the team. The forwards all worked hard, but neither of them were brilliant, if we except Hutchison. The game was a regular scorcher, brimful of interest, and most gentlemanly though energetically contested, and the crowd showered their blessings on-the respective teams with delightful impartiality. We only wish the generality of southern teams visiting us played the same game as the Edinburgh students. They have left a fine impression on all who saw them. Good luck to them, and many wins. The Orion were without Macfarlane during the last 15 minutes, Mac. being accidentally injured. Mr Peter Harper held the whistle, but we can't say he was a success.

Source: Bon-Accord, 25th February 1893

Orion Teamsheet: 


Edinburgh University Teamsheet:  Rees; White-Jones, Brookes; Johnstone. McGowan, Stuart; Hutchison, Clark, Duckworth, McWilliams, Ballantyne


Referee: Mr. Peter Harper

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