Dundee 1
Greenock Morton 0
League (Premier Division)

1 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, January 12th, 1980
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,922
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ian Redford (28)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell
Benny Rooney

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Les Barr
3. Erich Schaedler
4. Stewart MacLaren
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Jim Shirra
7. Peter Mackie
8. Ian Redford
9. Billy Pirie
10. Eric Sinclair
11. Jimmy Murphy
Roy Baines .1
Bill McLaren .2
Jim Holmes .3
George Anderson .4
Joe McLaughlin .5
Neil Orr .6
Jim Tomlie .7
Jim Craig .8
Bobby Thomson .9
Roddy Hutchison .10
Andy Ritchie .11

12. John Fletcher
14. Billy Williamson
Ally Scott .12
David Hayes .14

John Fletcher for Ian Redford
Billy Williamson for Erich Schaedler
Ally Scott for Jim Craig

None. Jim Craig

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. Ramsay (Edinburgh) (Referee)
M. McCann (Glasgow) & T. T. Gray (Glasgow) (Assistants)

Match Report

An absolute gem of a game with 24-carat performances from all 25 players. Dundee and Morton attacked at every opportunity and served up a non-stop thriller with countless goalmouth incidents.

How only one goal was scored will remain a mystery for Sherlock Holmes to solve. Both sides could have notched double figures.

Ian Redford, of Dundee, in particular, had more gilt edged chances than he has had hot dinners. He rattled a post, whacked the crossbar, and bruised Roy Baines' ribs with a dozen thunderbolts.

But it was the same Redford who eventually broke the deadlock when he stopped a Mackie cross, beat a defender, and crashed an angular drive into the net.

Morton were not out of it by any means. The slumbering giant, Andy Ritchie, was roused into two magnificent runs, and laid on super chances for Thomson and Hutchison-but both were missed. Tolmle, too, was a persistent thorn in the Dundee defence, and his razor-sharp attacks almost bore fruit with a second-half rocket that rattled off the Dundee crossbar.

Still, Dundee's catalogue of misses continued. Murphy Intercepted a Holmes' pass, closed in on Baines, squared the ball along the six-yard line, and the chance was lost.

Dundee kept control by getting more men up In attack just that bit faster than Morton. The visitors depended on the skill of Ritchie to produce the goods, and for once his wizardry was not rewarded.

The only black mark in this epic was John Cralg being booked for fouling Schaedler. Dundee's all-stars were all heroes. Morton had outstanding players In Baines, McLaughlin, Ritchle and Tolmle.

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at January 12th, 1980)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)36 28 - 390 -
Bobby Glennie22 29 - 842
Stewart MacLaren26 242488
Erich Schaedler20 15 - 622
Les Barr27 24 - 501
Peter Mackie21 5151
Jimmy Murphy23 293485
Jim Shirra29 2458513
Billy Pirie30 105135105
Eric Sinclair25 291115955
Ian Redford19 191210238
John Fletcher (sub)26 221221
Billy Williamson (sub)27 1217922

League Table (as at January 12th, 1980)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

The loss of two league games over the New Year period because of the freeze-up was a blow. The lay-off did not help the side at all. They played a lot of good stuff against Partick Thistle last Saturday and thoroughly deserved both points. This was the best football have seen the lads play for a long time.

The players are beginning to get a lot of confidence in themselves. Our supporters are first rate and have given the side lots of encouragement which helps a great deal.

Just a few weeks ago we were looking forward to a run of five home games out of seven. We have lost some of that advantage because of the weather and now we face a string of tough contests. But we have our four postponed games to play, two home and two away.

If we keep our home record at its present high standard and try to pick up more points away from Dens Park there is no danger that we will not stay in the Premier League. This is our season of consolidation. When we are through it successfully we hope to go on to better things.

We have suffered set-backs. Twice Thistle have visited us and "stolen" points they hardly deserved. I am first to admit conditions were against good finishing last week and in better conditions we would have slotted away two or three.

Today we have Morton who are challenging at the top as our visitors and there is every promise of a close, enter taining contest to give the fans excite ment and satisfaction. We will be looking, for all-out support and hope to give our supporters the result they want.