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match report 1893-94 fixture list
Victoria United 5 - 2 Brechin
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Wellington Bridge Grounds, Aberdeen
The Blues Again on Top.
The Aberdeen football public had a very limited programme presented to them on Saturday, the only first eleven match being that which took place at Wellington Grounds between the Victoria United and Brechin. Notwithstanding the raw and gusty weather there was an attendance of spectators which must have made an agreeable addition to the coffers of both clubs. In the game itself there was little noteworthy. Play from start to finish was vigorous, bordering occasionally on the forcible, but of real scientific work there were only a few brief specimens. The villagers started well, and before the game was many minutes old they had scored a goal. They seemed to have shot their bolt, however, for by half time the ground men were two goals ahead. Brechin signalised the opening of the second period by a spurt which yielded them their second, and, as it proved, their last point. Victoria added two more goals, and the game closed Victoria United 5. Brechin 2.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 29th January 1894

The Brechin team has been here rather often this season, and hence the crowd at Wellington Grounds was not so large as it would otherwise have been, seeing there was no opposition at either Chanonry or Central Park. However, the gate was a fair one, and the followers of the Iron Dukes had the pleasure of seeing their pets revenge themselves on the lads from the wee Cathedral City. The win was a highly creditable one, as the locale were without their three usual half-backs - Morrice, Stewart, and Annand. Cannon and the backs offered an excellent defence, Anderson making a still further advance in his play. The Ritchies and Sim were not brilliant, but they were certainly very useful now and again - Sim for choice - and the Iron Dukes are fortunate in possessing a reserve line of such promising ability. Smith played beautiful football. He was very smart on the ball, dribbled trickily, and passed neatly, while every. thing he did was thoroughly fair. Between them, Forsyth and Ferris did excellent work, and Turner and Sutherland, though not so prominent, worked very willingly and with some success. There is still a want of all-round understanding among the forwards, however, which should be at once remedied. Single-handed runs are pretty and evoke applause, but concerted action is the keynote of success. A feature of the game was the "show" giveen by the left-back of the visitors, whose comical extremities not only evoked sympathy, but excited great fun.

Source: Bon-Accord, 3rd February 1894

N. B. Bon-Accord gave the final score as Victoria United 6 Brechin 2
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