Dundee 7
Dunfermline Athletic 1
League (Division Two)

7 - 1

League (Division Two)
Saturday, April 1st, 1939
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,800
3:00 PM Kick-off

Johnston Melville (1)
Archie Coats (3)
George Stewart (33)
Archie Coats (50)
Charlie McGillivray (pen.) (52)
Charlie McGillivray (67)
Archie Coats (76)
Black (31)

Team Managers
Andy Cunningham

Starting Eleven
1. Johnny Lynch
2. Bobby Rennie
3. Norman Kirby
4. Jim Dougal
5. Bill Morgan
6. Harry Sneddon
7. Johnston Melville
8. George Stewart
9. Archie Coats
10. Charlie McGillivray
11. Willie Cook
Kelly (Camelon Juniors)


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

J. R. Boyd (Denny) (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee's display against Dunfermline at Dens Park was one of the best things of the season, and if the Fifers never struck an effective challenge, at least they were fine fighters.

The only criticism possible - if one could he applied to the winners by a 7-1 margin - was that not more of the changes were accepted from the clever constructive play.

Some criticism against finishing was justified against Dunfermline, however, even if their attacks were comparatively few. Their misfortune was to find Dundee in such inspired form.

In a sorely tried Fifers defence the palm went to Hoggs for his persistence. The elusive Cook must have given him a headache but Hogg stuck to the job, and undoubtedly prevented his side's deficit from assuming larger proportions.

The visiting forwards had a lean time, but occasional lashes suggested they might have starred with better oportunities, Johnston, on the left, was their best performer. Kelly. Camelon Juniors trialist, also impressed. Once he was baulked of a goal by a fine save by Lynch.

Half-back was the Fifers weakness. This division rarely ever looked like holding the irrepressible Dundee forwards. Stevenson's fine goalkeeping, despite the score, and Hogg's dogged performance were the defence features of a harassed side.

Not a mediocre Dundee display - though there were outstanding players in all departments. Grand shows were put up by Kirby and Morgan. Morgan, absent since September, when he had his leg broken, made a fine come back.

The trialist right-half was Dougal, of Larkhall Thistle, junior internationalist. He played a skilful game, and needs only a shade more forcefulness to develop more than usual promise.

Dundee's star forward was Archie Coats. The centre collected a "hat-trick" which included two scored in his finest vein. Stewart, playing at inside-right, and McGillivray gave a rare point to the inside play.

M'cGillivray's shooting powers were in evidence, and twice Hart was temporarily knocked out in blocking his "expresses."

Cook again entertained with his dazzle work and the line, and a pleasing feature was the incisive touch shown by Melville on the right.

Dundee had the game in hand inside three minutes, Melville having scored in 20 seconds and Coats in three minutes.

Dunfermline's one period of serious challenge expired after Black had headed home a Johnston cross, but Stewart's goal to restore Dundee's lead of two at the interval finished the competition.

In the second half, largey "one way traffic gave Costs two more and McGillivray two, one of the latter's being from a penalty.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at April 1st, 1939)

1938-39 All Time
Johnny Lynch (GK) - 32 - 75 -
Jim Dougal - 1 - 1 -
Bobby Rennie - 30 - 1262
Harry Sneddon - 284404
Johnston Melville - 153153
Bill Morgan - 6 - 25 -
George Stewart - 277277
Archie Coats27 3325195128
Willie Cook36 19114526
Norman Kirby30 18116125
Charlie McGillivray - 25282528

League Table (as at April 1st, 1939)

No league table has been added for this season.