Dundee 1
St Johnstone 0
League (First Division)

1 - 0
St Johnstone 

League (First Division)
Saturday, October 30th, 1976
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,329
3:00 PM Kick-off

Billy Pirie (17)

Team Managers
David White

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. John Martin
3. Alec Caldwell
4. Bobby Ford
5. John McPhail
6. Tommy Gemmell
7. Wilson Hoggan
8. Eric Sinclair
9. Billy Pirie
10. Gordon Strachan
11. Bobby Hutchinson

12. Bobby Robinson
14. Ian Purdie

Bobby Robinson for Gordon Strachan (70)
Ian Purdie for Billy Pirie (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Match Report

While Dundee had recovered from a bad start and were well in the promotion race, Saints were languishing in fourth bottom spot after struggling to cop with the different demands of the lower league.

However, games between the two rivals were always hard fought, and nobody expected it to be a walkover for the homesters.

Dundee fielded the team which notched six against Montrose the previous week, including the enigmatic Tommy Gemmell, Billie Pirie, Eric "Sinky" Sinclair and the brilliant Gordon Strachan. Saints included former Dundee men lan Anderson and Duncan Lambie in their squad.

The game started with both sides battling for early supremacy. St Johnstone keeper Derek Robertson was forced into a lively save when big Eric Sinclair turned his man from a throw-in and whipped in a low cross.

The big keeper was in action again a couple of minutes later with a flying leap to touch a great left-foot shot from Hoggan wide of the goal. Dundee were pushed back a minute later when McBean moved into a huge space on the right and crashed in a 20 yarder which Donaldson was happy to see whistle past his far post.

Taylor then ran on to a loose ball on the edge of the box and fired a shot just wide of the other post with Donaldson a spectator.

Dundee broke the deaclock in 17 minutes when ace striker Billy Pirie took advantage after McPhail had headed Hoggan's cross from the right at the goal. Robertson made a fine save but could only palm the ball out to Pirie who smacked it home from all of a yard.

The Dundee fans, remembering last week's rout against Montrose, started to chant we want six, but Saints soon put a stop to that. Vic Robertson raced up the park to send in a 25-yard effort which flew past Ally Donaldson and smacked against the bar and behind for a goal kick.

It was end to end stuff though and Robertson covered himself in glory a minute later when he somehow leapt to claw a Hutchison header out from the postage stamp corner.

Both defences lived dangerously as both sets of fans roared on their teams. Gemmell was in typically cavalier mood, setting up most of Dundee's attacks.

But despite a lot of pressure in the last ten minutes of the half, Saints held out to turn around only one goal down. St Johnstone almost levelled things three minutes after the break when Taylor shot over the bar with Donaldson lying helplessly on his goal line. Big Ally then made a great save from Robertson as Saints sniffed an equaliser.

A Hutchison-Pirie-Hoggan move opened up the Saints rearguard a few minutes later, but Pirie's header was straight at the keeper. Ex-Dundee man Duncan Lambie then sent McBean through on a defence-spitting pass but Donaldson brilliantly blocked his six-yard effort.

Dundee then almost sealed the game when first Hutchison looked to be fouled in the box and the referee waved play on, then the Dens Men had a goal disallowed in 74 minutes. Robertson made a fantastic save from a Bobby Robinson piledriver, but the ball spun up for wee Bobby Ford who headed it home at the far post. As Fordie celebrated in front of the Dens Road enclosure, eight Perth players had surrounded the referee and pointed out the linesman had his flag up.

After a long parley, the referee pointed to a free kick in the box for Saints.

Dundee then almost snatched it in the last minute when Hutchison smacked in a shot which Robertson touched onto the bar and over with the fans screaming "goal".

That was the last chance of a great game and both teams were applauded off the park by their respective fans after a good effort.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at October 30th, 1976)

1976-77 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)32 4 - 260 -
Alec Caldwell22 20 - 873
Tommy Gemmell33 6 - 1227
John Martin - 14 - 302
John McPhail20 15 - 21 -
Bobby Ford26 1712068
Wilson Hoggan28 1817711
Bobby Hutchinson23 1987623
Gordon Strachan19 132488
Billy Pirie27 19221922
Eric Sinclair22 156298
Bobby Robinson (sub)26 17119618
Ian Purdie (sub)23 194494

League Table (as at October 30th, 1976)

No league table has been added for this season.