These teams met at Chanonry in a Northern League match. The weather was splendid, the turf in tip-top order, and the attendance of spectators, despite counter attractions, was very large. The teams were: Athletics: Muckersie; Scott, Cramond, A. Shepherd, Taylor, Mann; Anderson, Scrimgeour, Ramsay, Milne, Shepherd. Aberdeen: Ramsay; Ketchen, Singleton; Ross, Cobban, Ewan; Murray, White, Toman, Brown, Whitehead. Referee, Mr McLean, Ayr. The Athletics team was by no means representative. Both the backs, Stormonth and Cable being absent. The Athletics appeared at a quarter to five - half-an-hour late - and immediately, the signal was given for the commencement of hostilities.
The strangers won the toss and decided to play towards the east goal. The Athletics went off with a rush, but a foul pulled them up half a minute from the start, and Aberdeen went westwards, where they pressed severely for a time. Relief soon came, however, and the Athletics retaliated. It was only for a short time, and aided by several fouls the locals went back again, when they gave Muckersie some trouble. However, the venue was soon changed. A. Shepherd, from half-field, beat Ramsay for the first time with a long shot. For a time the strangers had the best of the game, and Ramsay and his backs had plenty to do. Luck favoured them, too, and they managed to clear just in time. Sending the leather spinning down the wing, it was well taken up to the Athletics goal by Brown and Whitehead, and sent across to Toman, who sent in a good shot. Unfortunately for the Whites it rebounded into play just when everyone thought it had got through. Toman, however, was lying handy and equalised amid a scene of great enthusiasm. For a long time after this play was fast and furious, but neither team could be said to have the advantage. Both goal a were visited in turn, and some grand combination was shown on both sides. The game continued at this rate right up to the end of the half, which came with the scores unaltered: Aberdeen 1, Forfar Athletic 1.
On restarting play for a time was confined to mid-field, but Aberdeen soon went eastwards and gave the Forfar defence some trouble. The siege was soon raised, however, and away went the Athletics forwards in the direction of Ramsay, where, after the ball had bobbed about for a few minutes, a second goal was registered for the strangers. Aberdeen early began to show a falling off, both in their play in the open and at the goal mouth. Brown had a good chance to equalise, but failed, as also did Whyte a few minutes later. Aberdeen, however, soon pulled themselves together, and, cheered on by the extraordinary enthusiasm on the part of the spectators, piled on other four goals, Brown, Toman, and Whyte doing the needful. The game resulted: Forfar Athletic 2, Aberdeen 6.
Source: Aberdeen Journal, 3rd April 1893