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match report 1893-94 fixture list
Aberdeenshire Cup First Round 
The Aberdeen 1 - 5 Orion
Kick Off:    Whyte       Gloag, Gloag, Gloag, Thom, ?  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
The Orion Upholds its Prestige.
These two clubs met at Chanonry in order to play off their tie in the first round of the Aberdeenshire cup ties. An enormous; crowd lined the railings. The teams were: Aberdeen: Ramsay; John Davidson, Wood; Cobban, Davidson, Singleton; Reith, Whyte, Macfarlane, Cotterill (late of the Corinthians), Fred Whitehead. Orion: Edwards; Ross, Mackay; Wight, Dawson, Currie; Fraser, Thom, Gloag, Flaws, and Leggatt. The referee was Mr R. Allison, Renfrewshire.

The Aberdeen kicked off, and soon the ball was spinning down the field towards the Orion's goal. Cotterill was leading well, but two good opportunities of scoring were lost by McFarlane and Whitehead respectively. For a considerable time the Whites persisted in storming the Orion's citadel, but Edwards was in capital form, and fisted out splendidly. At length Flaws got the ball at his toe, and running along the wing he passed to Gloag, who, before he could be intercepted, scored the first goal. This success brought forth rounds of applause from the Stripes' supporters. The Aberdeen shortly after equalised. The wind was favouring the Chanonry eleven, and the forwards managed to carry the leather well down the field, when Whyte sent it through. Even play followed for a considerable time, until the Aberdeen wakened up, and were rewarded with several corners. At half-time the scores stood: Aberdeen 1, Orion 1.

In the second half the Orion had the advantage of playing with the wind at their backs. Aberdeen commenced well, but the magnificent defence of Edwards was too much for them. Gloag came down the field with the ball, and passing to Flaws, the latter took it along the wing for a considerable distance and centred it, when Gloag scored. The Aberdeen then had an opportunity of gaining a point, but through rash shooting lost their chance. Gloag got away with a rush and put his aide one up by a high shot, which Ramsay could not reach. A minute later Thorn, by a neat side kick, scored a fourth. Aberdeen got dispirited and careless, and again and again failed to take advantage of their opportunities. The Orion were in capital form, and just before the whistle blew put on a fifth point. The game thus ended: Orion 5, Aberdeen 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 30th October 1893

The weather of Saturday was not of the pleasantest. It was dry, but freezingly cold, the strong, biting wind almost taking one's breath away. This did not affect the gate at Chanonry, however, the attendance being quite in accordance with the importance of the occasion. The Aberdeen won the toss, and played with a strong wind at their backs, but instead of taking advantage of the breeze, the backs and halves kicked far too strongly, time after time landing the sphere behind, when, had a little judgment been exercised, and the ball passed to the forwards, the score might have been considerably augmented. With the game equal (1 each) at half-time, the result was voted a good thing for the Stripes, who played much superior football, and won hands down by 5 goals to 1. The play was not so one-sided as the score would indicate, as the Whites on several occasions had splendid chances, but tame shooting invariably spoiled their efforts. The game was keenly and energetically fought out, and we congratulate both teams on their avoidance of that dirty and ungentlemanly style of play which in quarters where better is expected we hear of from week to week. Mr Alison, Paisley, is not an ideal referee, as we observed several dangerous mistakes he made. Mistakes indeed which ought to have been notice by the veriest novice at the game.

Short Kicks.

The game between the Orlon and Aberdeen, though somewhat one-sided as far as the scoring was concerned, was very interesting throughout.
On the play the Stripes were infinitely superior, but all the same they had not so much of it as the score would indicate.
The Aberdeen forwards played a fairly good game, and would have done more execution had the backs and halves played into their hands.
As it was, in the first half Davidson and Wood and Cobban and Singleton punted too strongly, the ball time and again getting behind before the men could get down.
In Cotteril they have got a man - a giant we say - thoroughly conversant with all the best points of the game.
The persistent and clever tackling of Wight irritated him greatly, but he kept his temper like an English gentleman, and stalked off the field with a smile on his face.
From the artistic and strikingly unselfish passes we observed him give, it strikes us centre is his place.
Macfarlane will never make a centre. He is too selfish, and toyies [sic.] too much by himself in front of goal.
With Cotteril in centre we are sure the front line would present a more formidable aspect if the Englishman could only impress upon the whole line that every man must do his duty in consort if success is to be achieved.
There is a conspicuous absence of combined effort apparent among the Whites from stem to stern.
Every one seems to do as he likes, with the result that nothing tangible is done.
As to the victorious eleven, we couldn't say there was a weak spot in the team.
Cannon's desertion, like Forsyth's, was not felt. Edwards was in prime fettle, and looked intensely happy behind his old pals.
To eulogise any single individual would be an injustice, seeing the whole combination worked so well and unselfishly.
Suffice it to say - Honours were equal all round. Never in our experience have we seen eleven players so near each other in point of play.
Edwards not being available to-day (Saturday), Ramsay of the Aberdeen plays for the Orion, and Dick goes to Chanonry.
This is handsome of the Whites - very handsome indeed - and proves that they are the proper sort.
The London Caledonians drew with Oxford University (1 goal each), and our old friend, Arthur Whitehead, scored the Scotchmen's goal, besides holding his own right through the piece with his distinguished opponents.
Mr J. Morren, jun., has resigned the secretaryship of the Aberdeen Reserves and representative to the Junior Association. We hear be is to play for the Vics. as an amateur.
The Vics. hopped round the Buchan Wanderers at Fraserburgh to the tune of 13 to 1, and to-day the Fraserburgh heroes are weeping.
The Wanderers, however, are not without explanations. The suspended members constituted a great loss.

Source: Bon-Accord, 4th November 1893

The Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Ramsay; John Davidson, Wood; Cobban, Davidson, Singleton; Reith, Whyte, Macfarlane, Cotterill (late of the Corinthians), Fred Whitehead


Orion Teamsheet:  Edwards; Ross, Mackay; Wight, Dawson, Currie; Fraser, Thom, Gloag, Flaws, and Leggatt


Referee: Mr. R. Allison, Paisley, Renfrewshire

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