Dundee 3
Kilmarnock 1
League (Premier Division)

3 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 15th, 1979
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,016
3:00 PM Kick-off

Peter Mackie (2)
Iain Ferguson (48)
Billy Pirie (89)
Bobby Glennie (o.g) (27)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell
Dave Sneddon

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. George McGeachie
3. Erich Schaedler
4. Peter Mackie
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Stewart MacLaren
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Eric Sinclair
9. Billy Pirie
10. Jim Shirra
11. Jimmy Murphy
Ian McCulloch .1
Frank Welsh .2
Alan Robertson .3
Jim Clark .4
Paul Clarke .5
Ken Armstrong .6
Bobby Houston .7
George Maxwell .8
Ian Gibson .9
Alistair Mauchlen .10
Joe Cairney .11

12. Les Barr
14. John Fletcher
Bobby Street .12
Robert Docherty .14

John Fletcher for Iain Ferguson
Bobby Street for Joe Cairney
Docherty for Ian Gibson

None. George Maxwell
Paul Clarke
Alistair Mauchlen

Red Cards
None. Alan Robertson
Match Officials

I. M. D. Foote (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Sunday Post.

The Christmas season was very much in evidence at Dens. The first three goals could all be classed as "gifts" from defenders.

Take Dundee's first goal, for instance. Full-back Schaedler flew down the right wing before sending over a cross which struck defender Robertson in the chest and rebounded to Mackie.

The former Celtic youngster scored his first league goal for Dundee with a low grounder.

Kilmarnock's equaliser was an even greater moment of tragedy. Jim Clark's effort looked as though it was heading straight to Donaldson when pivot Bobby Glennie decided to head for a safety corner, only to hang his head in despair when the ball flew past Donaldson into the net.

Dundee went ahead almost immediately after the interval. A Schaedler free found Murphy, whose cross was pushed out to newcomer Ferguson by Paul Clarke. The youngster, who had earlier shown his striking prowess, sent an unstoppable shot high into the net.

Down to 10 men after the expulsion of Robertson for remarks to a linesman, Kilmarnock turned in their best spell, and gave Dundee a few moments of concern before Billy Pirie put the issue beyond doubt when he met a Murphy cross and headed home.

In a hectic second half, Maxwell, Paul Clarke, and Mauchlen, of Killie, were all booked. Joe Cairney, who had looked Kilmarnock's most likely goalscoring player, was stretchered off with a leg injury.

Squad Statistics (as at December 15th, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)36 25 - 387 -
George McGeachie20 201413
Bobby Glennie22 26 - 812
Stewart MacLaren26 212458
Erich Schaedler20 13 - 602
Peter Mackie21 2121
Jim Shirra29 2158213
Jimmy Murphy23 263455
Eric Sinclair25 261115655
Billy Pirie30 74132104
Iain Ferguson17 1111
John Fletcher (sub)26 211211

League Table (as at December 15th, 1979)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

No one was more disappointed than club officials when last week's big game against Celtic was called off three hours before the kick-off. Our ground staff men were working on the bottom goal area when the match referee turned up un expectedly shortly before mid-day. In his opinion at that time the ground was un playable. The referee's opinion is final and we accept it.

We apologise to the fans for the late announcement. If we had thought on Friday there might be doubts about the match going on we would have arranged an early inspection on Saturday and announced that we were doing this. We did not think even on Saturday morning the pitch would not pass inspection. We have to go by what the referee says.

I hope our enforced two-week lay-off from league games has not affected the momentum of the side just when we were starting to string things together. We arranged a midweek match with Raith Rovers at Starks Park to keep things going.

Today it is vital we get a result against Kilmarnock because we can then leap frog the Ayrshire club in the league. Killie are a good side and it will not be easy but I am confident we can get the result we want.

If we approach all our games as we approached our last game against Rangers I have no doubt we will stay in the Premier League. That result was good for our supporters and fanned their enthusiasm. We got lots of encouragement from the terracings.

We have won four of our last six games and were playing well before this two week break.

I feel players need 10 games to find their feet in the Premier League. They must learn quickly. I think our lads have now found their feet and will be a better side in the league games ahead.