Dundee 1
Aberdeen 3
League (Premier Division)

1 - 3

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, February 2nd, 1980
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,661
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ian Redford (19)
Drew Jarvie (2)
Drew Jarvie (69)
Drew Jarvie (84)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Les Barr
3. Erich Schaedler
4. Peter Millar
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Jim Shirra
7. John Fletcher
8. Peter Mackie
9. Billy Pirie
10. Ian Redford
11. Jimmy Murphy
Bobby Clark .1
Stuart Kennedy .2
Doug Rougvie .3
Alex McLeish .4
Willie Garner .4
Willie Miller .6
Gordon Strachan .7
Drew Jarvie .8
Deryck Hamilton .9
Doug Bell .10
Ian Scanlon .11

12. Billy Williamson
14. Iain Ferguson
John McMaster .12
John Hewitt .14

None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. F. T. Syme (Rutherglen) (Referee)
D. Gray (Kilmarnock) & R. M. Hopkins (Markinch) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee managed to beat the weather, thanks to a liberal covering of humble straw on the pitch. None of your expensive, high-faluting under soil heating for them. They simply had enough fore sight to turn the clock back and revert to a method used to save football years ago.

Nor was there anything pretentious about Dundee's play on a pitch with a slight snow covering. They played an economic, safety - first policy, and for a long time looked as if they would take a valuable point, after getting off to a dreadful start. However, in the end, the Dark Blues were forced to bow to Aberdeen's greater second-half power. The Dons had so much play the snow in front of Donaldson's goal almost melted under the red hot pressure.

Mind you, Aberdeen's old failing of poor finishing almost cost them a point.

Jarvie shot past the red and white striped posts after Strachan put him clear. Scanlon delayed his shot when a goal seemed certain, and Strachan shot rashly over.

Even when the Dons did get the ball on target, they found Donaldson in superb form. He had tremendous saves from Jarvie (twice) and Hamilton before Aberdeen finally broke him.

Earlier, the Dons got off to a great start. Scanlon crossed from the right. Barr took a mighty swipe, only to miss the ball. It landed at Jarvie's feet and he rounded Donaldson to score a gift goal.

Dundee settled after this and showed little sign of reaction following Wednesday's nightmare. Mackie and Shirra got to grips in the middle and they had a good looking penalty appeal rejected when Garner seemed to handle a Murphy shot.

Their equaliser followed another dreadful defensive blunder. Clark dropped Barr cross at the a talented feet of Redford-and it was 1-1.

In the second half Dundee appeared content to settle for a point and almost surrendered the midfield to the visitors. A fatal mistake, especially with class players like Strachan and Bell in the Dons midline.

Although Glennie was a tower of strength in front of Donaldson, something had to give. Donaldson made vet another fantastic save from Jarvie, but from the corner Hamilton glanced a header off the post and Jarvie tapped in.

Aberdeen increased their lead late on when Jarvie headed home at the far post after a fine through ball from Bell and a pinpoint cross from Scanlon. Following the worst week of the season. Dundee desperately needed something from this match. They probably could have had a point had they competed more in midfield after the break.

Only Donaldson, Barr, Glennie, Mackie and Murphy looked the part. Aberdeen were never going to lose this one and in the end won well. They had excellent service from Kennedy, Garner, Miller, Jarvie and Bell.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at February 2nd, 1980)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)36 30 - 392 -
Bobby Glennie22 31 - 862
Peter Millar28 172332
Les Barr27 26 - 521
Erich Schaedler20 17 - 642
John Fletcher26 231231
Peter Mackie22 7171
Jimmy Murphy23 313505
Jim Shirra29 2658713
Ian Redford19 211310439
Billy Pirie30 126137106

League Table (as at February 2nd, 1980)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

The interruptions to our league pro gramme caused by the weather conditions are not helping the side. We were reaching a peak before the first break and got over the interruption.

The team was peaking again and there has been another break. We hope it has not upset the rhythm of the side. If we re-start where we left off there should be no problems. This is my main concern.

Hopefully there will be no difficulty getting back into our stride. We have shown loads of promise in our home games, though we still have to improve on results away from home.

As the confidence of the players increases and the quality of our play improves the fans are getting more enter tainment and their confidence in the ability of the side is also increasing. We are getting fine support from the terracings.

The attractive Aberdeen side are our guests today and we have a score to settle with the Dons. They are the only Iside to leave Dens Park with two league points this season and we allowed them to do that rather easily back in September.

If we continue to approach our games as we have been doing we should be alright.