Dundee 2
Aberdeen 0
League (A Division)

2 - 0

League (A Division)
Saturday, September 23rd, 1950
Dens Park
Attendance: 34,000
3:00 PM Kick-off

Billy Steel (72)
Jimmy Toner (84)

Team Managers
George Anderson
Dave Halliday

Starting Eleven
1. Bill Brown
2. Gerry Follon
3. Jack Cowan
4. Tommy Gallacher
5. Doug Cowie
6. Alfie Boyd
7. Ally Gunn
8. Jimmy Toner
9. Stan Williams
10. Billy Steel
11. Jimmy Andrews
Fred Martin
Pat McKenna
Davie Shaw
Johnny Bruce
Kenny Thomson
Eric Backie
Allan Boyd
Harry Yorston
George Hamilton
Archie Baird
Jack Hather


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

W. G. Livingstone (Glasgow( (Referee)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Sunday Post.

Dundee's big Steel investment paid off first dividends yesterday.

The return was more than a couple of league points. It took the form of a freshly-inspired for ward line in a team with a will to win.

The great crowd had had more than their money's worth by half time. Dundee had hammered this varied, but unweakened, Aberdeen team. Hemmed them in their own half and stormed their goal. But they had not collected that necessary counter.

They tried. They persevered. But the goal wouldn't come. They played harder and peched. They tried again and became trauchled!

There was that tremendous 30th minute, when six shots in staccato succession rained on the Aberdeen goal. Martin was diving the wrong way in absolute desperation.

Then came Toner's shot that slid past Martin and scraped the post.

But the tide was turning We saw Hamilton, Boyd, and Hather threater to snatch the point on which the game might pivot.

In the 72nd minute Gunn flicked across and forward to Steel.

Billy took the pass, touched it round Thomson with his right foot, collected with his left, and shot. It was a goal with the Steel hallmark. The only team mate who didn't rush to congratulate Billy was 'keeper Billy Brown. The rest hugged and slapped their new comrade in unbounded joy. The pressure was off.

After that Billy, who was obviously feeling the strain of his first game, retired and allowed the game to ebb and flow round him.

From the first minute Billy had proved his worth to Dundee and Scotland. He has lost nothing of his ability, artfulness and great strength. There was the slightest rim of rust on his polished football. A few more games will polish it bright.

Aberdeen played gallantly against the first half onslaught. Their defence did not let up and their composure was more than commendable. Granite is poor stuff compared with their grit.

Pat McKenna played as if he had never been out of the side. Ken Thomson was immaculate and cool. And the young wing halves were strong and willing, even if they had little opportunity to be constructive.

Johnny Bruce's first-half task compared with that of name sake Robert. And he tackled it with no less determination.

Hather missed a golden opportunity, but atoned by nearly netting an impossible chance.

Hamilton and Baird were inclined to be cumbersome compared with the diminutive but dynamic Dens forwards. Yorston was more likely to score.

Toner was the perfect partner for Steel in Dundee's other inside position. His goal came after a corner kick clearance which he hit in a hurry on the turn. A minute later he ruffled the rigging as another went just over.

The Dundee defence has not warmed up by half-time and played themselves in during the Dons desperate fight-back. The real power in the mid-line was Alfie Boyd.

Their was another interim dividend from Dundee's outlay - a cash return. The attendance was more than 30 percent up on any home game this season.

Squad Statistics (as at September 23rd, 1950)

1950-51 All Time
Bill Brown (GK)18 2 - 12 -
Doug Cowie24 8 - 881
Jack Cowan - 8 - 31 -
Gerry Follon - 711482
Alfie Boyd - 8113311
Ally Gunn - 3112730
Tommy Gallacher - 8 - 961
Billy Steel27 1111
Stan Williams - 4 - 4 -
Jimmy Andrews - 4 - 373
Jimmy Toner - 31155

League Table (as at September 23rd, 1950)

No league table has been added for this season.