2 - 4
2 - 4
League (Division One)
Charlie Cooke (31)
Kenny Cameron (74)
Örjan Persson (5)
Dennis Gillespie (46)
Finn Døssing (79)
Örjan Persson (89)
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Alex Hamilton
3. Bobby Cox
4. Alan Cousin
5. Jim Easton
6. Alex Stuart
7. Steve Murray
8. Andy Penman
9. Kenny Cameron
10. Charlie Cooke
11. Hugh Robertson
J. P. Barclay (Kirkcaldy) (Referee)
In the middle to late 1960s, Dundee went through a difficult time when it came to beating United at home. In turning the focus on one of the games in this era it is also interesting to note that it was a match which saw the first appearance in a Dundee derby of United's Scandinavian contingent who did so much to revive their ailing fortunes in the 1960s.
The date to be exact was Wednesday, March 24, 1965 and the original game due at Dens Park on January 2 had been postponed. The teams lined up as follows:
DUNDEE: Donaldson, Hamilton, Cox, Cousin, Easton, Stuart, Murray, Penman, Cameron, Cooke, Robertson.
DUNDEE UNITED: McKay, Millar, Briggs, Gordon, Smith, Wing, Berg. Munro, Dossing, Gillespie, Persson.
REFEREE: J. P. Barclay (Kirkcaldy). CROWD: 18,000.
The weather was still rather inclement as the teams kicked off with snow and sleet coming down. United had little trouble adapting however and went ahead in five minutes. Murray fouled Gillespie outside his own box and Jimmy Briggs took the kick, he lobbed the ball into the danger area and Orjan Persson rose above the static home defence to put United one up. Two minutes later and another of the visitors imports almost made it two when Finn Dossing had a tremendous shot from 15 yards.
Both teams were settling down well now despite the pools of water gathering in key areas such as the centre circle and penalty areas. Dundee were coming more and more into the match. In 16 minutes a swerving shot from Alan Cousin went past. Five minutes later, future Dundee Manager Donald McKay made a brave save at the feet of Alan Penman.
In thirty-one minutes the pressure paid off for Dundee. It started with a good run on the left from Robertson who released the ball to Penman, he in turn cut it across for Cooke to sidefoot it home from 12 yards.
Dundee continued to dominate for a time but United came back and right on the half time whistle a Cousin tackle prevented Persson scoring his second. The first half had been a real ding dong battle, a great game for the fans.
The second period was but a minute old when a Briggs shot rebounded off a defender. Dennis Gillespie wasted no time in hammering home the loose ball to make it 2-1. For a while the game settled down to become and end to end battle. However, once again the Dark Blues started to take control as they hunted for the equaliser.
A tremendous Penman shot was blocked on the goal line. Kenny Cameron hit the side net. In 68 minutes a Cooke header came off Donald MacKay's foot without him knowing much about it. Six minutes later Dundee got their just reward. Hamilton struck a long ball through the middle. Doug Smith who had been in immaculate form so far attempted a back pass. His future team-mate Kenny Cameron intercep the short ball to carry on and make it 2-2.
Not long afterwards Robertson hit the post for Dundee but was given offside in any case.
However, it was the Tannadice side who were to score again and it was remarkably similar to their first. This time it was a Millar free from just outside the area which was met with the head of Dossing after Cooke had charged Munro off the ball.
Dundee went hell for leather in an attempt to equalise for the third time but in the last minute United made it 4-2. Persson collected the ball, took a few strides forward and unleashed a 30 yard drive high into the net. This ended a fine game with the home side feeling perhaps a little aggreived that they hadn't got a draw. They had approached the match in form only losing twice in their previous 19 league matches. Indeed interim Manager Sammy Kean had until the United match not seen his side defeated.
Jerry Kerr's team had also had a fine record coming up to that match with only two points dropped in ten League outings. After a disastrous start to that particular season there was no doubt whatsoever what had been the turning point for the Tannadice team, the Scandinavian invasion.
Wing, Berg, Dossing and Persson had become instant per sonalities in the Scottish game. Although Persson scored twice in the Dundee match it was Finn Dossing who had made the greatest impact. His goal that night was amazingly enough his 20th in 14 League and Cup games.
As mentioned before this game was part of a frustrating sequence for Dundee in matches against United at Dens. They had not won in that fixture since 1961-62 and would not do so again until 1971-72. A frustrating aspect of all this for Dundee supporters is that in these days when they were considered the more successful side in the city, United had the Indian sign on them.
Match report written by David Quinn (Matchday Programme)
|Ally Donaldson (GK)
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