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match report 1898-99 fixture list
Orion 5 - 1 Raith Rovers
Kick Off:    Webster, ?, ?, ?, ?        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Cattofield, Aberdeen
Record Broken at Cattofield.
Having had what is now a somewhat rare event in the football calendar - a day off in respect of cup ties and League championship matches - the Orion arranged a friendly fixture at Cattofield with the Raith Rovers, a Fifeshire team who have invariably given a good account of themselves on the occasion of their visits to Aberdeen, for they have never been defeated. There was a remarkably good attendance of spectators, and the weather was about all that could be desired. Orion were without Thom, who was possibly reserving himself for the League match with the Victoria United next week. The players were: Raith Rovers: Cairns; Key, Flanders; Moodie, Stocks, Sinclair; George Ramsay, Fisher, D. Walker, Andrew Ramsay, Eckford. Orion: Watson; Ross, Scott; Currie, Low, Wilson; MacPherson, Grant, Barron, Webster, Hogg. Referee: Mr James Philip. Linesmen: Rovers, Mr A. W. Lumsden; Orion, Mr James Eden.

Orion, losing the toss, played uphill, Barron kicking off, and in less than fifteen seconds the homesters scored. Webster heading in from a fine pass by Hogg. Seldom, probably, has a goal been scored so soon after the start of a match, and the spectators could hardly realise at first that Orion had taken the lead, but when it did dawn upon them they cheered loudly, for it was a brilliant run. In the first half the Rovers equalised, the score being one all, but in the second period the Orion held the upper hand throughout, and won by 5 goals to 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 24th October 1898

The match of the day, and the one which attracted by far the largest crowd, was that between the famous Raith Rovers and Orion at Cattofield. Jim Thom stopped out of the team, as his leg was not feeling exactly up to the mark, Barron occupied his position. McKerron might have got a place in the front line, but he has not been well.
The Orion opened in a sensational manner. No sooner was the ball kicked off than it was headed through by Webster, after a brilliant run by Hogg. It was some considerable time ere Rovers managed to square matters. Watson, who was greatly handicapped by the strong sun, allowed one to slip through his fingers, and the scoring finished for the first half. The opening period was brimful of good things A better contested forty-five minutes could not have been desired. Both sides played with dash and the ball travelled from end to end with great rapidity. Webster injured himself and retired for some time, but was able to resume after the interval.

Playing downhill Orion's supporters were confident of victory and were not disappointed, for the stripes scored other four goals and ran out easy winners by 5-1. The forward play of Orion was a perfect treat to witness, one and all of them giving a really grand exhibition. McPherson, when he went inside, played if anything better than in his old position, Webster although slightly lame rendered valuable assistance. Barron did no end of work. If he had a little more weight he would be a grand centre. Grant gave Hogg good support but is still inclined to pass in, no doubt owing to having played on the right wing so long.
Rumours are afloat that Hogg wishes to leave and is playing for his lines. His play on Saturday gives the lie direct as far as his playing is concerned. Wilson is the best half in town at present. His play against Rovers still further raises him in the eyes of the Stripes' supporters. John Low and Currie are also in grand fettle. Since Hugh Ross returned to his old form the one weak spot in the team has been filled. Along with Allan Scott who is a consistently good player, the last line is quite on a par with the others. Watson has seldom appeared to such advantage. Repeatedly he cleared when goals seemed certain. In him Orion have a gem of a goalkeeper.
Orion and Aberdeen meet at Central in a League fixture on Saturday first. There should be some excitement and some good play.

Source: Bon-Accord, 27th October 1898

Orion Teamsheet:  Watson; Ross, Scott; Currie, Low, Wilson; MacPherson, Grant, Barron, Webster, Hogg


Raith Rovers Teamsheet:  Cairns; Key, Flanders; Moodie, Stocks, Sinclair; George Ramsay, Fisher, D. Walker, Andrew Ramsay, Eckford


Referee: Mr. James Philip, Aberdeen

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