Dundee 0
Aberdeen 4
League (Premier Division)

0 - 4

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 29th, 1979
Dens Park
Attendance: 11,800
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Drew Jarvie (9)
Drew Jarvie (10)
Joe Harper (77)
Steve Archibald (80)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Stuart Turnbull
3. Erich Schaedler
4. Willie Watson
5. Bobby Glennie
6. George McGeachie
7. Jimmy Murphy
8. Peter Millar
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Stewart MacLaren
11. Jim Shirra
Bobby Clark .1
Stewart Kennedy .2
Doug Considine .3
Doug Bell .4
Willie Garner .5
Alec McLeish .6
Dom Sullivan .7
Steve Archibald .8
Joe Harper .9
John McMaster .10
Drew Jarvie .11

12. John Fletcher
14. Gerry Davidson
Ian Scanlon .12
Doug Rougvie .14

John Fletcher for Willie Watson
Ian Scanlon for Doug Bell

Peter Millar
Stewart MacLaren

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

T. Kellock (East Kilbride) (Referee)
G. Maxwell (Glasgow) & J. D. Brown (Markinch) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Sunday Post.

The Dons don't board their Frankfurt-bound plane till Tuesday, but they're flying high already!

Drew Jarvie was the first to get the airborne habit before 10 minutes were on the clock when he brilliantly out jumped the home defence to put two headers past Donaldson from exactly the same position at the right hand post.

The Dark Blues never really recovered after that, although twice only quick thinking by the old head of Bobby Clark kept them out. First Sinclair, then Murphy found themselves clean through.

Sinclair actually got his shot in, but Clark deflected it past. Murphy's try was superbly blocked by the 'keeper, first with his foot, then his hand.

The game fell away a bit with Aberdeen seemingly satisfied their job was done and getting terribly careless in the process. They badly missed the poise of Gordon Strachan and Willie Miller.

Dundee huffed and puffed away, but rarely looked like getting the better of the big Aberdeen defence, in which Alex McLeish was a stand out, both on the ground and in the air.

The Dons made chances now and again, and even Harper had a couple of misses which, a few years back, he would have potted without any bother. The wee man wouldn't be denied, though, and when his goal came it was a beauty.

Sullivan sent over a fine cross, and Joe was in like a flash to flick it in with his head.

Archibald hit number four following a fine through pass from Jarvie, and so the Dons ended up in real style. Maybe it just wasn't Dundee's day. They did quite a lot of nice things, and in Sinclair and Murphy had two of the best players afield.

For Aberdeen, Considine and Kennedy were a dandy pair of backs and Clark and Garner were safe as houses.

Dundee had two players booked, Millar for a foul on Bell and McLaren for dissent.

Squad Statistics (as at September 29th, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)35 13 - 375 -
Willie Watson29 8 - 47 -
George McGeachie20 8 - 292
Stuart Turnbull18 13 - 15 -
Stewart MacLaren26 121367
Peter Millar28 4 - 20 -
Erich Schaedler20 2 - 492
Bobby Glennie21 14 - 692
Jimmy Murphy22 142334
Jim Shirra29 1247312
Eric Sinclair25 14714451
John Fletcher (sub)26 12 - 12 -

League Table (as at September 29th, 1979)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our opponents today are Aberdeen and our old rivals from the north will give us a good game. They have been going well, playing attractive and entertaining football and have some players with fine skills in their ranks.

The Dons are perhaps the only Premier League side apart from Rangers and Celtic who will be prepared to play open football and go for goals away from home. This gives this game all the appearance of fine fare for the fans.

We will be going flat out for a result today too. We must get results at home and our aim is to win today. That means going out for goals.

Our result at Ibrox last week was disappointing. We played it tight at the back as I said we would and seemed to be heading for the result we wanted when there were brief lapses and we lost a couple of own goals.

This was the best disciplined performance by a Dundee side since I took over as manager. That was gratifying and augurs well for the future.

I make no apologies for our tactics at Ibrox. In the present league set-up it is a question of survival. Our lads learned a lot from this game, their confidence grew and we really got something from this defeat which came so close to bringing us at least a point.