Dundee 4
St Mirren 6
League (Division One)

4 - 6
St Mirren 

League (Division One)
Saturday, February 21st, 1959
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,500
3:00 PM Kick-off

Albert Henderson 
Jimmy Bonthrone (18)
Doug Cowie (pen.) (56)
Jimmy Bonthrone (70)
Gerry Baker (10)
Gerry Baker (17)
Gerry Baker (27)
Doug Cowie (o.g) (36)
Gerry Baker (49)
Bryceland (69)

Team Managers
Willie Thornton

Starting Eleven
1. Bill Brown
2. Alex Hamilton
3. Bobby Cox
4. Albert Henderson
5. Jimmy Gabriel
6. Doug Cowie
7. Andy Penman
8. Jimmy Bonthrone
9. Frank Crossan
10. Dave Sneddon
11. Hugh Robertson
Gerry Baker
Tommy Gemmell


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Match Report

The Dundee manager Willie Thornton approached that game with goals very much on his mind. No Dundee centre forward had scored in the previous 16 matches.

For the St. Mirren match the position was entrusted to 19-year-old Frank Crossan playing only his second game for the Dark Blues. Just to prove psychology is nothing new in football, it's interesting to note that young Crossan had been the last centre forward to break the scoring hoodoo the previous October...Against none other that St. Mirren.

Another youngster called Andy Penman was making his home debut for Dundee and had just turned 16. The teams were:

DUNDEE: Brown, Hamilton, Cox, Henderson, Gabriel, Cowie, Penman, Bonthrone, Crossan, Sneddon, Robertson.

ST. MIRREN: Walker, Lapsley, Wilson, Neilson, McGuigan, Leishman, Rodger, Bryceland, Baker, Gemmell, Kerrigan.

The 6500 crowd saw both sides open well. The visiting forwards in particular looked fast. They proved just how pacey they were when they opend the scoring in 10 minutes.

The inside forward with a name familiar to present day Dundee fans, Tommy Gemmell, did well near goal before slipping the ball to Gerry Baker on his left. The centre forward left Bill Brown stranded with his shot. Shortly afterwards Brown threw himself at the feet of Baker to save the home side from going 2-0 down.

The Saints didn't have long to wait however. In 17 minutes, Bryceland nutmegged Gabriel in the centre circle. The No 8 then despatched an excellent pass to Baker who looked to have lost his chance but managed to force the ball home at Brown's right hand post from an acute angle.

Dundee replied a minute later and their goal was a shade fortunate. A Penman throw was backheaded by an opponent into the path of Jimmy Bonthrone who headed home to make it 2-1. This seemed to encourage the homesters and Henderson and Bonthrone put the St. Mirren goal under pressure.

In 27 minutes Saints' Neilson was taken off for a short time with a head injury. This didn't seem to deter the ever alert Baker though. He eluded a Henderson tackle, took the ball past Gabriel and hammered it into the net for his hat-trick.

Dundee were still fighting hard though and enjoyed their most dangerous moments of the game, causing the visitors to concede a number of corners. One of which saw a Crossan header hitting the inside of the post.

Then tragedy struck for Dundee in 36 minutes, just when it looked like they would reduce the leeway. A Kerrigan cross was headed into his own goal by Doug Cowie to make it 4-1 for St. Mirren. To Dundee's credit they kept pushing forward until half time.

The second period was only four minutes old when the Paisley side further increase their lead. Rodger looked offside but got his cross in and that man Baker made no mistake from six yards to score his own fourth and Saints fifth.

The Dark Blues kept plugging away and in 56 minutes a Penman shot was handled on the line by Wilson. Cowie scored from the resultant penalty kick and completed the unenviable distinction of scoring for both sides.

Once again Dundee went forward. Bo throne wasn't far away with a header and Penman had a similar penalty claim refused this time by referee Bissett of Edinburgh. Once more St. Mirren's main escape route was through conceding corners.

At the other end a Baker shot was well saved by Brown and the four goal man joined in the applause.

In 69 minutes, however, he turned goal maker by going on a run and slipping the ball to Bryceland who made it 6-2. Dundee replied immediately with a power-packed Bonthrone shot which flew past Walker before the knew anything about it.

The scoring was completed when Albert Henderson evaded the St. Mirren defence before walking the ball in to give the score line the more respectable look of 6-4.

Despite losing six goals Bill Brown had served notice of the form shich was to make him one of Scotland's most capped goal keepers. Young Andy Penman also had a fine gam? but St. Mirren's forwards always looked faster and more penetrating than their Dundee counterparts.

Man-of-the-Match was four goal Gerry Baker who had almost missed the game through tonsilitis and had felt unwell again at half-time. Twenty year-old Baker had often been overshadowed by his younger brother Joe of Hibs.

Season 1958-59 had seen Gerry prove his worth as a goalscorer. He had signed from Motherwell in November for the bargain price of £2000, and his performance at Dens was by no means an isolated one.

At the end of that season Dundee finished. fourth and St. Mirren seventh in the league which in an 18-club divison was not a considerable gap. The fortunes of the two clubs in the Scottish Cup that season were in complete contrast however.

Dundee made one of their most infamous exits from the competition when Highland League Fraserburgh beaf them in the first round, a few weeks previous to the St. Mirren game.

Saints on the other hand went on to win the Cup in 1959 beating Aberdeen 3-1 in the final with the help of a Gerry Baker goal.

Match report written by David Quinn (Matchday Programme)

Squad Statistics (as at February 21st, 1959)

1958-59 All Time
Bill Brown (GK)27 29 - 267 -
Doug Cowie32 30438917
Alex Hamilton20 13 - 34 -
Bobby Cox25 32 - 104 -
Andy Penman16 2 - 2 -
Jimmy Gabriel18 31 - 31 -
Jimmy Bonthrone - 114187
Hugh Robertson19 2985412
Frank Crossan - 2222
Dave Sneddon22 3276214
Albert Henderson - 32223143

League Table (as at February 21st, 1959)

No league table has been added for this season.