Dundee 1
Dundee United 0
League (Premier Division)

1 - 0
Dundee Utd 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 20th, 1979
Dens Park
Attendance: 16,300
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eric Sinclair (41)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell
Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Les Barr
3. Erich Schaedler
4. Peter Millar
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Alec Caldwell
7. John Fletcher
8. George McGeachie
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Ian Redford
11. Jimmy Murphy
Hamish McAlpine .1
Derek Stark .2
Frank Kopel .3
Iain Phillip .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Derek Addison .7
Paul Sturrock .8
Willie Pettigrew .9
George Fleming .10
Graeme Payne .11

12. Jim Shirra
14. Stuart Turnbull
Billy Kirkwood .12
Jim Docherty .14

Jim Shirra for Ian Redford (44)
Billy Kirkwood for Derek Addison (67)
Jim Docherty for Willie Pettigrew (83)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

C. J. White (Clarkston) (Referee)
W. W. Laidlaw (Edinburgh) & J. Russell (Grangemouth) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier.

It was a meeting of two classic styles. In the tangerine corner, United with all the neat touches. In the dark-blue corner, Dundee, with their hustling and bustling.

In the end, it was the latter method which triumphed.

Whilst United possibly deserved a point for their possession, Dundee never allowed their neighbours to show any of their undoubted skills.

Tommy Gemmell's runners didn't create nearly as many chances as Jim McLean's one-touch specialists, and that's where the real difference between the sides lay.

There's little point in playing around your opponents' goal all after noon if there's no one does the needful.

Erie Sinclair did just that for the homesters whilst everyone else impatiently awaited a fitting ending to one of United's many smooth build-ups.

And, typical of their style, Dundee's match winner was not so much the result of clever approach work as the reward for sheer perseverance.

Sinclair won a corner on the right when Hegarty blocked his shot. Murphy's flag-kick bobbed about tantalisingly in the United box before Redford tried a shot.

His effort was blocked, but Sinclair was on hand seven yards out to blast the ball home.

Unfortunately for their fans, United were not able to emulate their rivals, and although they kept plugging away, the more the game went on the more desperate their plight, and play, looked.

On several occasions they managed to get behind the resilient Dundee defence, but between them Sturrock and Pettigrew managed to squander several good chances.

None better, however, than the one which fell to George Fleming seven yards out when Glennie failed to play the ball, only to see Fleming make an even bigger hash of connecting.

Squad Statistics (as at October 20th, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)35 17 - 379 -
Les Barr26 15 - 411
Erich Schaedler20 6 - 532
Bobby Glennie22 18 - 732
Peter Millar28 8 - 24 -
Alec Caldwell24 3 - 1585
George McGeachie20 12 - 332
Jimmy Murphy23 182374
John Fletcher26 16 - 16 -
Ian Redford19 16119937
Eric Sinclair25 18814852
Jim Shirra (sub)29 1547612

League Table (as at October 20th, 1979)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

We were every bit as good as Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday for 55 minutes. That was until Stewart MacLaren was ordered off. After that although we made as many chances as they did you can't really expect to beat Celtic with only 10 men.

One thing for certain, is that our players will have to discipline themselves much better than they have been doing. If they can't do it themselves then we will have to do it for them. Too many players have been falling foul of referees and our results have suffered in consequence. The MacLaren ordering off was the turning point of the game at Parkhead just as I feel that the goal he had chalked off in our game against Dundee United at Tannadice earlier this season when we were behind 2-0 could have been another turning point. United are our visitors today at Dens and this is another game for us when the players require no motivation from me to do well. It will be a hard game. It always is against United. But we have the advantage of being at home this time and with a bigger support behind us this should be in our favour.

Form is never a guide to the outcome of our matches against United and I don't really expect today's game to be any different. Very often it is a question of which team gets the right break at the right time. We haven't been too lucky in that department lately and are due a change. But it is our job to make things happen on the park, and that is what we will be endeavouring to do this afternoon with two points at home our immediate objective.