Dundee 3
Aberdeen 2
League (Premier Division)

3 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 30th, 1975
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,067
3:00 PM Kick-off

Bobby Ford (2)
Tommy Gemmell (pen.) (80)
Wilson Hoggan (87)

Team Managers
David White

Starting Eleven
1. Thomson Allan
2. Bobby Wilson
3. Dave Johnston
4. Bobby Ford
5. George Stewart
6. Iain Phillip
7. Wilson Hoggan
8. John Martin
9. Alan Gordon
10. Ian Anderson
11. Ian Purdie

12. Tommy Gemmell
14. Eric Sinclair

Tommy Gemmell for George Stewart (26)
Eric Sinclair for Dave Johnston (46)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

J. W. Paterson (Bothwell) (Referee)

Match Report

Most people if asked 'when did Dundee top the Premier League' would probably answer 'never'. However, that is not the case. On August 30, 1975 the very first set of Premier League results were Dundee 3, Aberdeen 2; Hibs 1, Hearts 0; Motherwell 1, Dundee United 0.

As we see, three single goal victories but by virtue of scoring more goals than anyone else, strictly speaking, Dundee were top the League. Six thousand fans watched this opening Premier match between Dundee and Aberdeen at Dens.

The fans didn't have long to wait for a goal. A Hoggan free kick in the second minute, near the right corner flag (Dundee were plying to the Provost Road end) was headed home by Bobby Ford. It was the first ever Premier League goal.

However, Aberdeen replied in kind, straight from the kick off. A ball in the Dundee box found its way out to Smith who beat the unsighted Allan with his 22-yard shot.

An extremely attacking game with both side involved developed from this point. For example a Purdie shot from well out went over the bar with Clark fully stretched. At the other end Bobby Wilson cleared a Robb header off the line.

In 26 minutes Gemmell replaced the injured Stewart. On the half hour McMaster missed a golden opportunity when he put the ball over from a few yards.

Ford, Dundee's captain for the day, was proving a real inspiration and he almost scored again when a cross of his hit the underside of the bar and came out.

In the 38th minute Aberdeen went in front, when a Jocky Scott pass put Williamson in the clear to score. Jocky and Ian Purdie had been involved in a swap deal only a couple of weeks earlier.

Just before the break Allan made a double save from Graham and Smith to prevent Aberdeen going further ahead.

On the resumption, Sinclair had replaced the injured Johnston for Dundee with Ford going into defence and Gordon into midfield.

The second half continued as the first half had with end to end football.

Robb and Williamson had shots blocked by Wilson while Allan made saves from Graham and Robb.

At the other end a Hoggan shot hit off Clark's knee and Dundee had a couple of good penalty claims turned down, in particular one where Wilson was obstructed in the box. Instead a free kick was given inside the area.

Gradually Dundee began to get the upper hand with Wilson prominent in attack as well as defence. In addition Clark failed to hold a Martin shot and an Anderson goal was disallowed.

However, Dundee kept fighting and in eighty minutes they got the equaliser. Ironically it was from a penalty that looked softer than their earlier claims. Purdie was sandwiched in the box and Gemmell stepped up to slot it home.

With three minutes remaining Dundee got the winner when Sinclair headed a Purdie cross into the path of Hoggan who scored from 14 yards.

What a wonderful advertisement for Premier League football this opening game was. Entertaining from first to last and both teams committed to attacking football.

It was Dundee's determination and will to win that tipped the scales in their favour.

No-one tipified this attitude more than Bobby Ford who had a marvellous match and managed to get his name into the record books thanks to his goal.

Match report written by David Quinn (Matchday Programme)

Squad Statistics (as at August 30th, 1975)

1975-76 All Time
Thomson Allan (GK)28 9 - 154 -
Ian Anderson - 2 - 486
Dave Johnston27 8 - 20113
John Martin - 7 - 7 -
Iain Phillip24 5 - 1561
George Stewart - 4 - 26810
Bobby Wilson32 4139517
Bobby Ford25 911596
Wilson Hoggan27 92396
Ian Purdie22 5 - 5 -
Alan Gordon31 82278
Tommy Gemmell (sub)31 73985
Eric Sinclair (sub)21 2 - 3 -

League Table (as at August 30th, 1975)

No league table has been added for this season.