Dundee 2
Partick Thistle 2
League (Premier Division)

2 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 8th, 1979
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,400
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eric Sinclair (62)
Ian Redford (75)
Colin McAdam (48)
Colin McAdam (87)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell
Bertie Auld

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Les Barr
3. Stuart Turnbull
4. Stewart MacLaren
5. Bobby Glennie
6. George McGeachie
7. John Fletcher
8. Jim Shirra
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Ian Redford
11. Jimmy Murphy
Alan Rough .1
Dave McKinnon .2
Brian Whittaker .3
Jack Campbell .4
Colin McAdam .5
John Marr .6
Bobby Houston .7
Jamie Doyle .8
Alex O'Hara .9
Ian Gibson .10
Donald Park .11

12. Willie Watson
14. Billy Williamson
Alistair Love .12
Jim Melrose .14

Willie Watson for Stuart Turnbull
Billy Williamson for Stewart MacLaren
Alistair Love for Bobby Houston
Jim Melrose for Jamie Doyle

None. Donald Park (53)
Dave Mckinnon

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

E. H. Pringle (Edinburgh) (Referee)
H. Gould (Markinch) & R. G. Cheyne (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Source unknown.

What a tragedy for Dundee. After hauling them selves off the ropes for what would have been a deserved win for guts and determination, they received a killer left hook at the very end and had to settle for a split decision.

For what little attacking Thistle did, they were the luckiest team out to get a point.

At times they had more men behind the ball than the Allies had behind the lines at Dunkirk.

But the Premier League is a cruel place-and that's something Dundee will have to learn.

Thistle are old hands at the frustrating game. Once the Dark Blues fought themselves ahead, however, they should have closed the door.

Instead they got caught short at the back and Colin McAdam rose unchallenged to strongly head Park's cross past Donaldson in a rare breakaway three minutes from the end.

Considering what had gone before, Dundee had every reason to feel sick. If they learn to live with the law of the jungle fairly quickly though, there's no reason why they can't survive upstairs.

They certainly showed enough character after losing two players and an early second-half goal. That would have been enough to sicken most sides.

After Turnbull limped off before half-time, Dundee found themselves a goal down immediately, when they should have been ahead seconds earlier,

MacLaren was blatantly, hacked

tref. Eddie down in the box, but the ref Eddie Pringle - who had an absolute shocker incredibly - signalled a dive. Maclaren was so badly in jured he had to be carried off!

Before Dundee could reorganise. McAdam had headed home a Doyle corner. Dundee rose to the occasion, however. Forward planning paid off in a big way with two identical goals. Both followed Murphy left-wing corners which Williamson back headed the near post.

Theme Rough lost the ball to Redford's challenge and Sinclair blasted into the roof of the net. The second came from Redford's head following Williamson's flick.

As I said earlier, the ref had nightmare game and must shoulder the blame for this match taking so long to come alive.

Thistle committed foul after foul, yet it wasn't until the 53rd minute that the notebook finally, appeared and Park found himself in it following a foul on Barr.

Not long after, skipper McKinnon joined him after a bad one on Shirra. If Mr Pringle had taken action earlier most of the nastness would have been avoided. He also failed to award the homesters a blatant penalty for handball after another corner had Thistle in all kinds of trouble.

Obviously Dundee will have to tighten up at the back but their fighting spirit is always liable to get them cut of trouble.

They put Scotland's keeper Rough under tremendous pressure and although he'd a few notable saves from Fletcher. Watson, Murphy and Shirra in particular, he didn't look too clever at cross balls.

Dundee's best were McGeachie, Fletcher and Sinclair, with Billy Williamson a useful sub, especially when it came to corner kicks.

Thistle will continue to drive fans away playing like this. Don't be deceived by the 2-2 scoreline into thinking this was a great game of attacking foot ball. There was only one side wanting to attack and that wasn't Bertie Auld's team.

Squad Statistics (as at September 8th, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)35 9 - 371 -
Stuart Turnbull18 9 - 11 -
George McGeachie20 4 - 252
Stewart MacLaren26 8 - 326
Bobby Glennie21 9 - 642
Les Barr26 9 - 351
Jim Shirra29 947012
Jimmy Murphy22 9 - 282
John Fletcher26 8 - 8 -
Eric Sinclair25 9513949
Ian Redford19 899135
Willie Watson (sub)29 5 - 44 -
Billy Williamson (sub)26 817522

League Table (as at September 8th, 1979)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

We have had two weeks to forget about that reverse at Easter Road and have enjoyed the exhilarating experience of playing three cup ties, two of them away from home. Now it is back to the main competition, the Premier League, with the visit of Partick Thistle this afternoon.

We must look for a good result at home, just as every club must do in this league.

Obviously Partick will come to try to frustrate us, to try to slow things down. They will be out to do exactly what we would do at Firhill.

So it is the patience game again, for me, for the players and for the fans. We have let it be seen that at Dens Park we can go forward and score goals. We have to be very careful we do not do anything silly at the back which could cost us goals and points.

The cup-ties are over and done with for the moment. We won't think about the second leg of our Anglo-Scottish tie against Sheffield United until after today's game.

We must get down to the nitty gritty and looking at things as we must this afternoon's league game is what counts most with us.