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match report 1893-94 fixture list
Aberdeenshire Cup Final 
Orion 3 - 6 Victoria United
Kick Off:    Gloag, Toman, Gloag       Smith, Smith, ?, ?, ?, ?  
Attendance: 0
Venue: Chanonry, Aberdeen
Terrible Facer to the Orion
The "glorious uncertainty" of football was strikingly exemplified on Saturday in the final tie for the Aberdeenshire Cup. Before the match, probably nine out of every ten people, not partisans of either side, would have confidently backed the Orion to have an easy victory. This was not to be wondered at, for not only had Orion twice this season overcome their Saturday's opponents, but they had shown a consistency of form which warranted their supporters' confidence in regard to the final tie. As it proved, however, the Reds again failed at the crucial point of the competition. A better day for Saturday's match could not have been desired; the weather was bright, clear, and mild; there was little wind, and the ground was in excellent condition. The interest in the game was exceedingly keen and widespread, as was shown by the fact that about 5000 spectators lined the ropes.

Punctually at three o'clock Orion started the ball. They lost no time in making their way to the west goal, and within five minutes Gloag's foot had piloted the ball through the goal. They held the upper band for a few minutes longer, and then had to retire to defend their own citadel, which, however, after a long siege, fell before a capital shot from Smith. The Victorians pressed for some time longer, but the Reds again began to assert themselves, and at length, to the great delight of their supporters, they I added two goals in quick succession. Before half-time arrived, however, their majority had been reduced by one.

At the interval the chances seemed to be in favour of Orion. When play was started, however, the Vics, soon put a different complexion on matters, and by scoring two points within a few minutes of each other, they concerted their minority into a majority. Then came the tug of war. Cheered on by their respective admirers each side struggled might and main. Excitement ran high every kick was applauded. The feeling had begun to subside a little when the Vics, quietly slipped through a fifth point. Two goals behind, and with only fifteen minutes to play, Orion seemed to recognise that their chances were gone. They collapsed, and the United had matters pretty much their own way. They added another goal, and thus won easily. Scores: Victoria United 6, Orion 3.

It should be added that Orion were considerably handicapped owing to Currie (half-back) twisting his leg early in the game, and being thereby rendered practically useless. For the winners Ririe played a magnificent game. Gloag in the front line, and Edwards between the uprights were most prominent for the losers. It may be mentioned that Orion have figured five times in the final, and only once held the cup.

In the evening the association entertained the teams at supper in the Waverley Hotel. Mr James Phillip, the president, occupied the chair, and was supported by Messrs McLaughlin (Celtic), J. A. Burnett, Henderson, Coutts, Crowe, and Russell. The chairman formally handed the cup and eleven gold badges to the members of the Victoria United and eleven gold badges to the members of the Orion. Mr Fyfe accepted the cup on behalf of the United, and Mr Anderson replied for the members of the Orion. A number of toasts were proposed, and with the services of musical members present an enjoyable evening was spent.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 22nd January 1894

This fixture was looked forward to with much interest in Aberdeen football circles. The finalists were known to be a couple of strong teams, and it was not unnatural, therefore, to see a "gate" of over 4000 at Chanonry on Saturday afternoon when they met in very pleasant weather to play for the Aberdeenshire trophy of the season. The Orion gave promise of doing well at the start, opening the fair with a neat goal from the foot of Gloag shortly after the start. It put an extraordinary amount of "go" into the other side, however, who put on such a pressure that, notwithstanding the good defence of the Orion, ended in the game being equalised by Smith. It still went hard with the Orion for some time, but a bit of neat passing on the part of Gloag and Leggat culminated in Toman notching a second point for the Orion. Almost immediately afterwards play centred round the Victorian goalposts, and Gloag was again fortunate in having another goal recorded in favour of his team. Shortly before half-time, however, Smith for the "Vics" scored with a swift shot, the whistle announcing half-time with the game: Orion, 3; Victoria United, 2. With great dash the "Vics" resumed play, and soon the game was equal. Still another for the same team sent up the spirits of their supporters to fever heat. Towards the close of the game a fifth goal scored by the "Vics" settled without doubt the destination of the cup, and when a sixth goal was added just before the whistle announced "time" it was seen that the United had won handsomely, the game being: Victoria United, 6; Orion, 3.
The teams were: Victoria United: Gannon; Anderson, Ririe; Maurice, Stewart, Annand; Turner, Smith, Sutherland, Forsyth, Ferrier. Orion: Edwards; Ross, Mackay; Wight, Low, Currie; Toman, Thom, Gloag, McBain, Leggat, Mr. McLaughlin, Celtic, was referee.

Source: Dundee Courier, 22nd January 1894


The Vics. Retain the Trophy.

The Game.
The Orion has a knack of doing erratic things, and during its existence has given its supporters more sore hearts than any combination we know, but the cropper they came to on Saturday before the Victoria United in presence of one of the largest crowds that have ever assembled in classic Chanonry is perhaps the bitterest pill their followers have been called upon to swallow. The game opened auspiciously for the Stripes, and their supporters were soon busy keeping their hands warm by slapping each other familiarly on the shoulder, and the smile that o'erspread their features in the early stages of the contest would have done justice to Kool Kennedy in one of his most hilarious moments. However, when Donald Currie twisted himself badly - (as we thought; others say he was kicked) - a pang of fear shot through the inner recesses of the hearts of the wearers of the pink and white rosettes, but as their men managed to hold their own and something more (3-2) at the end of the first 45, they were not without hope that the Cup might be wrested from the lads in blue. This hope was soon dispelled, as the Iron Dukes, setting to work in that energetic, carry-everything-before-me way so peculiar to them when they get the upperhand, rattled on point after point to the utter consternation of the Orlon part of the assembly, and the evident and loudly-expressed satisfaction of the Wellingtonlans. It was indeed a case of "He laughs beet who laughs last." The Orion didn't play a bad game in the open, and had about as many chances of scoring as their opponents, but their forwards didn't shoot often enough, and failed to follow up their work, their slackness and evident nervousness in the close being at times quite painful to look at. This is specially applicable to Thom and McBain, and had they behaved in goal-month as well as in the open Cannon would have been much busier than he was. Currie being rendered hors de combat was the main cause of the defeat, and it is a pity he did not retire to allow McBain to take his place, as both Low and Wight, in coming out of their places to help him, often gave the opposition openings they otherwise would not have had. As we have indicated, when once the Vics. got the lead they played a winning game, and though they were helped to victory by Currie's accident, no one will say they did not deserve to win. They saw their opportunity and made good use of it, while the other side gave way under their bad luck.

The Players.M.b>

There was not much to choose between the goalkeepers. Both had a busy time of it, and performed quite up to their best. Dick was a trifle bumptious and somewhat short-tempered, at one point giving a dangerous foul. He would improve his already good reputation as a custodian were he to keep cool and pay more attention to the sphere, as in looking after Ferris he allowed a soft point to be registered against him. Anderson and Ririe were superior to McKay and Ross, the first-named causing great surprise by the sound defence he exhibited. If he can keep it up, Ned Foote will not be missed, good man though he be. Ririe's star has been very dim of late, but it shone out brilliantly on Saturday. He was Ririe at his best, and that means a good deal. Coming to the halves, Donald Currie was the best as long as he lasted, but then that wasn't long - more's the pity for the Stripes. Stewart as usual took the honours among the Vic's trio, though both Annand and Morrice offered a strong though less finished defence. We don't require to extol Stewart's abilities - they are known to all - and it is a distasteful task to refer to his faults, but we can't depart from him without condemning in the severest terms the unfair tactics he infused into the play, and for which he was repeatedly penalised. Under the circumstances Wight and Low played very well, but were handicapped by having to travel abroad. Smith was seen to great advantage after Currie was disabled, his individual runs and shooting being very prettily executed, but we can't say he gave Rab much chance of shining. However, the latter did some of the smartest things with the few chances he got, and is still a tough Cup tie fighter. Forsyth's exposition was most creditable, and showed that he has lost none of his cunning over the sphere, while he was ably supported by Ferris. Sutherland was slow, though not altogether successful, but suffered in comparison with Gloag, whose artistic play raised him inthe estimation of all. Toman made a fine show, and Leggat was good, but Thom and McBain failed at the pinch.

The Presentation.

In the Waverley Hotel in the evening the and badges were presented by Mr James Philip. The winning badges are the handsomest we have seen in these parts, and the medals given to runners up are also pretty little prizes. During the evening several songs were sung and a few toasts pledged, including "The Health of Referee McLoughlin," who in responding said his position was rendered pleasant by the gentlemanly way the players fell in with his judgments.

Source: Bon-Accord, 27th Januaty 1894

Orion Teamsheet:  Edwards; Mackay, Ross; Wight, Low, Currie; Toman, Thom, Gloag, McBain, Leggat


Victoria United Teamsheet:  Cannon; Anderson, Ririe; Morrice, Stewart, Annand; Turner, Smith, Sutherland, Forsyth, Ferries


Referee: Mr. McLaughlin, Celtic

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