Dundee 1
Motherwell 0
League (Premier Division)

1 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, May 1st, 1976
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,661
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eric Sinclair (55)

Team Managers
David White

Starting Eleven
1. Thomson Allan
2. Bobby Wilson
3. Dave Johnston
4. John McPhail
5. Iain Phillip
6. Tommy Gemmell
7. Wilson Hoggan
8. Bobby Ford
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Bobby Hutchinson
11. Ian Purdie
R. Watson

12. John Martin
14. Mitch Bavidge

None. Marinello for McManus
McAdam for McLaren

None. Miller

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

E. H. Pringle (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee are unchanged for their do-or die battle for Premier League survival against Motherwell at Dens Park.

Manager Davie White says his pool is the only 13 fully fit players available.

Motherwell spring a surprise by leaving out Peter Marinello and fielding youngster Mick McManus, who is playing his first full game. Millor replaces Colin MacAdam,

Dundee storm into action, their moves cheered by the crowd. But it's Motherwell who threaten with a couple of corners taken by Graham.

From the first, Steven side foots the ball over the bar and, following the second, Pettigrew shoots straight at "keeper Allan,

It takes the Motherwell defence a long time to get the ball away after a Hoggan corner, but when they do, Pettigrew races the Dundee goal from the right hand sends a low shot streaking past the far post,


A long clearance by Gemmell finds Purdie all alone and the winger's cross is headed away by Wark. The crowd are ready to cheer everything worth while that Dundee attempt and the team is working hard to keep them roaring.

Motherwell are by no means failing to claim their share of the play and good approach work by Davidson and McManus forces Phillip to head anywhere to keep the ball from the ever watchful Pettigrew.

Johnston, operating in midfield, is keeping Purdie well supplied and the winger's high crosses are keeping McVie and his men busy, Johnston does some of the left-wing work himself.

After a good run his cross is cleared almost off Hoggan's toe-cap by Wark


Dundee are within a whisker of scoring in 26 minutes. A McPhail cross is pushed away by the diving Rennie, and Ford just fails to get the vital touch as the ball is scrambled clear.

Allan has come out of the penalty box to get to the ball before Pettigrew. He controls the ball coolly before sending it sideways to Phillip.

It's a full-blooded game and Gemmell is the fourth player to be spoken to by the referee after he fouls McManus.


Another of Purdie's crosses lands in Rennie's arms with Sinclair and Hoggan racing in to challenge. Dundee are packing their defence in face of Motherwell's attacks which means their front runners must cover a lot of ground. Hoggan races down his wing and crosses to the far post where Rennie grabs the ball off Ford's forehead.

Half-time Dundee 0, Motherwell 0.

Reflections - Dundee are battling grimly against an accomplished Motherwell. Defences have offered few chance. Purdie is a bright performer for the Dens Parkers.


Ford's lob into the penalty area is just too far in front of the speedy Hutchinson. Rennie grabs the ball safely. Watson is ordered to re take a throw-in because he has stolen a few yards then is spoken to by the referee for taking the second throw from exactly the same spot.

Finally Davidson takes the throw from just the place Watson had twice taken it. Hoggan is fractionally off side as he moves to a Johnston pass and Motherwell defender Miller is booked for grabbing the ball over his head as Johnston takes throw-in.


From Purdie's free-kick in 55 minutes SINCLAIR at the far post heads a good goal and the Dundee fans go wild. This brings both Motherwell subs. on to the track to warm up and in Dundee's next attack Purdie hits a 25 yard shot over the bar when a pass to Johnston on his left looks a more profitable prospect.

Marinello goes on for McManus and 'Well start a big offensive.

Dundee hit back and Purdie miscue's completely when he gets a sharp-shoot ing chance just inside the box.

Sinclair is right on target as he hammers in a powerful shot and Rennie does well to hold the ball.


Sinclair breaks through and his shot goes narrowly wide. There are claims for a penalty as the centre is sent crashing to the ground. A Wilson free kick goes straight through the packed penalty box and Purdie's cross is grabbed by Rennie as Ford and Hutchinson prepare to pounce.

Dundee are gradually getting a grip on things and Motherwell defence decide to send on McAdam for McLaren. Just before he comes off McLaren is booked for a foul on Wilson.

With the crowd solidly behind them, Dundee nearly go further in front as McPhail returns a ball across goal and Sinclair foots it wide.

Pettigrew pops up in the middle and gives the Dens fans a fright as he heads a Graham cross narrowly over the bar.


Rennie makes a wonder full save to rob Dundee of a goal from a great move. Purdie gives a good pass to Wilson, whose cross is perfect for Hoggan, The 'keeper dives to knock the ball off the winger's head and gather it.

In a late Motherwell push Stephen hits a 22-yard shot a couple of feet wide.

In the last minutes Allan makes what is probably his save of the season as he dives to push away Graham header from Marinello a free-kick.

In the last seconds McVie is booked.

Final-Dundee 1, Motherwell 0.

Summing-Up - A great performance by Dundee, who gave everything they had for the full 90 minutes to deserve their narrow win. It was a magnificent team effort based on the solidity of Gemmell and McPhail at the back and the willingness of every man to work and run from start to finish.

Motherwell never gave up and took Dundee all the way. The last minutes were amongst the most tense of the season. Now Dundee wait and hope.

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at May 1st, 1976)

1975-76 All Time
Thomson Allan (GK)29 45 - 190 -
John McPhail20 6 - 6 -
Bobby Wilson32 20141117
Dave Johnston28 39223215
Iain Phillip25 32 - 1831
Tommy Gemmell32 2551167
Ian Purdie23 30 - 30 -
Bobby Ford26 3921897
Wilson Hoggan27 2965910
Bobby Hutchinson22 2255715
Eric Sinclair22 132142

League Table (as at May 1st, 1976)

No league table has been added for this season.