Dundee 4
St Mirren 1
League (Premier Division)

4 - 1
St Mirren 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 18th, 1979
Dens Park
Attendance: 8,350
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ian Redford (pen.) (10)
Ian Redford (23)
Ian Redford (59)
Ian Redford (68)
Bobby Torrance (46)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell
Jim Clunie

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Les Barr
3. Stuart Turnbull
4. Billy Williamson
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Stewart MacLaren
7. John Fletcher
8. Jim Shirra
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Ian Redford
11. Jimmy Murphy
Billy Thomson .1
Alex Beckett .2
Iain Munro .3
Lex Richardson .4
Andy Dunlop .5
Jacky Copland .6
Bobby Torrance .7
Billy Stark .8
Doug Somner .9
Billy Abercrombie .10
Frank McDougal .11

12. Alec McGhee
14. Alec Caldwell
Doherty .12
John Young .14

Alec McGhee for John Fletcher

None. Iain Munro
Lex Richardson
Alex Beckett

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. Ramsey (Edinburgh) (Referee)
G. Black (Dingwall) & A. C. Davie (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

What a marvelous show for the return of Premier League football to Dens Park. Not only because the home lads put it all together so well, but the fact that they showed great character in doing it.

For 90 minutes, Dundee dazzled, and Saints succumbed. It was as simple as that.

Deservedly two up at the interval against a St Mirren defence that was slacker than an untuned fiddle, Tommy Gemmell's men got a nasty jolt when Torrance tucked away a ball from Richardson in nimble fashion.

Would the Dundee boys crumble? Not a bit of it. They came back in great style, and soon had the Buddies on the rack again.

Ian Redford put them right back in the driving seat with a splendid header from a Barr free on the right, completing a nifty hat-trick in the process. But he still wasn't finished.

What a game the youngster had, in fact.

Even Ian and his mates though must admit they were lucky with that first goal.

Not only was Sinclair off-side when the ball came through, but he had lost all chance of scoring when Richardson allegedly downed him.

Number two, however, was a beauty. Standing just out from the near post when Barr floated over a free kick, the striker ever so neatly flicked it past Thomson.

But the best of the bunch was the fourth, when a fast Sinclair cross from the bye-line just eluded Shirra and carried to the big number 10. He took aim and cracked a great shot past Thomson.

Apart from a few careless moments, Dundee looked solid and competent all round with Sinclair always menacing, Turnbull a classy back, and Shirra ever eager in midfield. But, of course, it was Redford's game.

Saints were a mere shadow of last year's team As the game wore on, the Buddies became more ragged and bad-tempered. Munro was booked for talking back, and he was later joined by team-mates Richardson and Beckett.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at August 18th, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)35 4 - 366 -
Les Barr26 4 - 301
Bobby Glennie21 4 - 592
Stewart MacLaren26 3 - 276
Stuart Turnbull17 4 - 6 -
John Fletcher26 4 - 4 -
Jimmy Murphy22 4 - 232
Jim Shirra29 41659
Billy Williamson26 3 - 7021
Ian Redford19 468732
Eric Sinclair25 4113445
Alec McGhee (sub)24 1 - 232

League Table (as at August 18th, 1979)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Premier League football returns to Dens Park today after a break of three years. It is an occasion everyone here has been looking forward to with relish. There is no way we have to be despondent about the result of our opening league game across the road at Tannadice Park last Saturday. Dundee United almost won the league championship last season so it is no disgrace to be beaten by them.

If a side gets anything away from home in the Premier League that is a good result. We are looking for good results at home to bolster our league position. We have three home matches in our next four league games, St. Mirren today followed by Partick Thistle then Morton. We look for good results from all these games. We have to do it here at Dens Park.

There are other sides in this league with the same thoughts. It is all about doing. well at home and trying your utmost to get something away from home. I did not think there was a three goals difference between the sides last Saturday. Consider United's record last year against our per formance on Saturday and there is not the great gap people tend to think there is..

We have had great support during the two years I have been manager here. The fans have been reasonably tolerant. There is to be a lot of pressure again this year. The last thing we want is panic if things seem to be going wrong. We will get good results and bad results this season the same as every other club.

If the players get the chance to settle down and gain confidence that will do Imore good than anything else. They will need half a dozen games to find their feet as far as pace and technique are concerned. Most sides apart from Rangers and Celtic will be delighted if they can take a point when they come here.

If the players or the fans become impatient we could find ourselves in some trouble. We must be patient and so must our supporters. We set out to return to the Premier League and now that we have made it we intend to stay there.