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14/09/1895
 
Victoria United 0 - 0 Kilmarnock Athletic
Kick Off:           
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
A Clean Yet Dirty Sheet
In splendid weather, before a large turnout of spectators, these teams met at Victoria Bridge Grounds in a friendly encounter. Teams: Victoria United - Gillespie; Thomson, Ririe ; Morrice, Gordon, Annand; Maconnochie, Forsyth, Caie, Burnett, Ritchie. Athletics - Cunningham; Taylor, Mullholland; Broadhurst, Trodden, Adams; Smith, Culpatriok, Ramsay, Richardson, Walker. Referee - Mr Beaton, Aberdeen.

The game throughout was one of the fastest, and most exciting ever witnessed in the city. During the first period play was pretty equal, although the Victoria United were slightly the superior eleven. The strangers' defence was the strongest that has been witnessed in Aberdeen for some time. The back division seemed almost impregnable. Had the Athletics' forwards been equal to the ground team's front division, the Victoria United would unquestionably have sustained a severe defeat, but the Blues were really the superior team, and made frequent visits to their opponents' goalmouth. The Athletics' defence proved too much for them, however, and they were compelled to retire pointless. The Blues were going in fine style, Maconnochie's play being especially smart. Half-time was sounded with no scoring on either side.

The excitement was intense in the second half. Both elevens now worked hard to notch a point, and for some time it almost seemed as if the United's efforts were to prove successful, but the left wing were practically of little use, and threw away chance after chance of scoring. Unfortunately roughness began to show itself in a marked degree, and fights became a frequent occurrence. At one stage the referee was thrown to the ground, while at another, one of the Athletics becoming wroth at one of Mr Beaton's decisions, flung the ball at him. Matters were assuming a threatening aspect when the whistle sounded, neither team having been able to obtain a goal.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 16th September 1895

 
Disgusting open outbreaks of temper, accompanied by fisticuffs, are, thank goodness, seldom indulged in in or about Aberdeen, but on Saturday it would appear the sultry character of the weather had a firing-up effect on at least a few players in the match Victoria United v. Kilmarnock Athletic. The game resulted in no goals being scored by either side, and it would appear as if the players, -finding they couldn't beat the respective goalkeepers, turned to and beat one another in vexation of spirit, finishing up by topsy-turveying the innocent and kind Mr Beaton. Now, we don't know for certain who inaugurated the rowdyism, but this we know, the referee failed in his duty by allowing the would-be Corbetts and Jacksons to remain on the field, and until such time as these fiery spirits are bundled off, will these periodical caddish outbursts occur. As to the play, the defence prevailed on both sides, the halves, backs, and goalkeeper of the Killies shinning; indeed, had their forwards been half as good, there would have been some marks chalked up. As usual, Ririe and Anderson played a strong, steady, and at times dashing defence, the halving were not in their best form, and of the front line Forsyth and Maconnachie were smart, if somewhat inclined to play to the gallery. With such a team as the Killies it is go for goal, and no fancy figure cutting.

Source: Bon-Accord, 19th September 1895

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Gillespie; Thomson, Ririe ; Morrice, Gordon, Annand; Maconnochie, Forsyth, Caie, Burnett, Ritchie

Bookings:

Kilmarnock Athletic Teamsheet:  Cunningham; Taylor, Mullholland; Broadhurst, Trodden, Adams; Smith, Culpatriok, Ramsay, Richardson, Walker

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Referee: Mr. Beaton, Aberdeen

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