Dundee 4
Montrose 1
League (First Division)

4 - 1

League (First Division)
Saturday, December 10th, 1977
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,108
3:00 PM Kick-off

Billy Pirie (17)
Eric Sinclair (36)
Billy Pirie (40)
Billy Williamson (68)
Barr (pen.) (64)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell

Starting Eleven
1. Thomson Allan
2. Dave MacKinnon
3. Erich Schaedler
4. Jim Shirra
5. John McPhail
6. Bobby Ford
7. Ian McDougall
8. Eric Sinclair
9. Billy Pirie
10. Billy Williamson
11. Jocky Scott
D' Arey
Bobby Livingstone

12. Ian Redford
14. George McGeachie
Jim Mclntosh

Ian Redford for Eric Sinclair (73)
Jim Mclntosh for Bobby Livingstone (56)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. S. Downie (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee defender Davie Johnston hurt his back in training yesterday and is out of the side to meet Montrose. His place is taken by the versatile Bobby Ford.

Montrose make changes to increase their goal scoring potential, Bobby Street loads the attack, with Malcolm Love at his side.

Montrose start smartly and a good cross from the left by Markland is headed back to keeper Allan by Sinclair.

Jocký Scott is robbed by Cameron, who races down the left wing. Scott makes up for his lapse by overtaking the full-back and winning the ball back just outside the penalty area. MacPhail takes a painful knock and after treatment he is still limping.

A Scott corner from the right is headed out to Shirra, whose shot from the edge of the penalty area goes straight to the well-placed Moffat.

Another Scott cross causes danger until Hair outjumps Sinclair to head the ball over the bar Williamson has the ball in the net in eight minutes, but a lineaman flags for an Infringement and there is no score. It happens after a McKinnon free kick down the wing is headed on to Scott by Pirie.

The cross is headed in by Sinclair and keeper Moffat can only push the ball into the air and let it drop be hind him. It is when he is turning to pick it up Williamson arrives to force the ball into the net and presumably impedes the keeper. McKinnon is prominent on Dundee's right.

He sends an other ball forward to Shirra, who turns quickly to cross with his left foot. Pirie tries to flick the ball on to Sinclair, but D'Arcy reads the move well and intercepts.


The clearance goes only to MeDougall and PIRIE looks surprised when the ball comes back to him with his back to goal 12 yards out. He turns quickly to hit a low shot which Moffat manages to touch as it goes into the not just laside the keeper's left-hand post.

A Cameron froe kick falls Into the Dundee goal area, where Robb gets his head to the ball, but his direction is all wrong and Allan is not troubled.

Dundee are calling the time for long spells and Moffat has to race out of his penalty area to beat Pirle by a yard to a hall from Schaedler.

A mistake by Robb gives the ball to Sinclair. From his pass Scott races through, but touches the ball too far in front and Moffat grabs it. Then Scott sends a defence-splitting pass to Pirie, who races in from the left to hit a right-foot shot a which beats the keeper but scrapes past the wrong side of the post.


Dundee are two up in 36 minutes. Out on the left Scott sends the ball to McDougall at the near post. McDougall lifts it across the goal to the far post, where SINCLAIR is perfectly positioned to head into the net. giving Moffat no chance, Dundee are rampant now and Sinclair gives the left side of the Montrose defence a roasting before crossing hard for Moffat to make a spectacular save.

Scott takes over on the right. He doesn't so much rob Barr as accept a gift from the full-back to cross to PIRIE, who hammers the third goal low into the net in 40 minutes.

There are thrills galore in the minutes before half-time as Dundee threaten to run riot.

Half-time Dundee 3. Montrose 0.

Reflections: The Dens Parkers are giving Montrose little chance to shine. The determined, speedy and often clever play by the home side makes them.well worth their lead.


Pirle takes the ball rather easily from Barr, who is having an unhappy after noon, and sends it on to Williamson, whose shot is deflected for a corner.

Dundee are still turning on the style and Scott is just offside when a ball from Schaedler is touched on to him by Pirie.

Bobby Ford strides forward to lift the ball over the defence for Pirie to run on to it. The striker tries to lift it over Moffat, but the big keeper isn't to be beaten that way and his long reach enables him to keep his goal intact.

The ball comes back to Pirie, who tries to steer it over the line, but Cameron clears at the post.

Montrose work hard in midfield in a bid to get back into the game and in 56 minutes send on Jim Mclntosh for Bobby Livingstone.

The fresh man plays on the right, with Robb switching to the left.

A lob on goal by Barr is missed by Allan, who tries to punch it out, but it bounces harmlessly past the goal.

Dundee race upfield and a powerful shot by Scott is blocked by the advancing Moffat.

There is something of a stalemate for a spell, but this is broken in 64 minutes when Montrose score from a penalty.


BARR is brought down by the combined efforts of Schaedler and McKinnon, taken the kick himself and has Allan going the wrong way as the ball enters the net.

This is a shot in the arm for the struggling Montrose side. They look sharper as Markland hits a low shot which is just wide of the near post.

The Dandee manager is out on the track cheering again in 68 minutes as WILLIAMSON gets possession and takes a few steps before cracking a 20-yard shot into the net.

Things have certainly brightened up again. Jocky Scott is working hard to get his first goal since returning to Dens. It looks a near-certainty he goes through on his own and takes the ball past Moffat. But the big 'keeper reaches back to knock the ball off Scott's toe.

It is not cleared and when it reaches Scott again, he is offside.

With 17 minutes left, Dundee send on Redford for Sinclair and with his first touch, the newcomer steers the ball past Moffat, only to see Cameron pop up to clear, practically on the line.

Scott goes off on the right while Montrose look for an offside decision. The far post cross looks great for Pirie till Hair steps in to intercept. There's no let-up to the end and a Robb header rebounds from the bar then is sent over.

Final-Dundee 4, Montrose 1. Dundee

Summing-Up-This was all-out effort from Dun dee. A couple of their goals came easily, but their high work-rate and their all-out attack earned them this result.

Montrose never gave up, but were rarely a match for the home lot.

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at December 10th, 1977)

1977-78 All Time
Thomson Allan (GK)31 15 - 221 -
Dave MacKinnon21 151241
John McPhail22 20 - 61 -
Erich Schaedler18 4 - 4 -
Bobby Ford27 15 - 25110
Ian McDougall23 262262
Jim Shirra27 6161
Billy Williamson25 258258
Billy Pirie28 26207064
Jocky Scott29 3 - 405150
Eric Sinclair23 21117827
Ian Redford (sub)17 241251

League Table (as at December 10th, 1977)

No league table has been added for this season.