Dundee 1
Dundee United 1
League (Premier Division)

1 - 1
Dundee Utd 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, March 1st, 1980
Dens Park
Attendance: 15,110
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jim Shirra (38)
Paul Sturrock (17)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell
Jim McLean

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

12. John Fletcher
14. Iain Ferguson
Davie Dodds .12
Billy Kirkwood .14

None. None.

Ian Fleming (65)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. Ramsay (Edinburgh) (Referee)
R. J. A. Stewart (Morrayshire) & A. J. Nairn (Hardgate) (Assistants)

Match Report

March traditionally roars in like a lion before with fading out like a lamb. However, in keeping the pleasantly surprising summer-type weather, there was certainly nothing ferocious about this "derby." In view of the trouble at previous encounters this season, this can only be good for football in general.

Mind you, there was nothing meek about things either. It was a hard-fought, exciting game with some excellent touches of skill from both Dundee and United.

But what impressed me most was the spirit of true sportsmanship in which the game was played. There wasn't a nasty foul through out and lan Fleming can consider himself unlucky to be booked for an innocuous foul on Holt.

Considering the nastiness of January's cup-tie, this was a tremendous step forward.

So down to details. And straight off it must be said United deserved to, and should have won convincingly, with Paul Sturrock running riot. However, when you don't even hit the target from six yards. what chance have you?

After a very even first half, United dominated. With only Jim Shirra competing for Dundee in midfield, the home side were over-run. However, Payne. carelessly scooped the ball over from six yards after a Sturrock cut-back. He had no one near him, and must qualify for the miss of the season!

Seconds later it was Pettigrew's turn to shoot past from similar range. In fairness, he was under severe pressure from two Dundee defenders.

As United kept up their momentum, Schaedler just managed to keep out a Hegarty header. Then Sturrock shot inches over with great 20-yarder a sprint.

In fairness to Dundee, their defence closed ranks and fought hard for their point. Aberdeen remain the only side to have won at Dens, and the home side's spirit and some beating.

However, determination they take can't allow themselves to be outplayed for so long in future. First half they had every bit as much play as United. In fact, they created the better chances.

Sinclair and Fleming both missed good openings before United scored.

Dundee's defence were caught with lead in their boots as Addison crossed from the left.

No one moved, and Paul Sturrock, completely unmarked, dived full length to head a slow-motion goal In-off the far post.

Dundee didn't let this get them down, and deservedly equalised before the break. A Murphy cross from the left was only half-cleared. Jim Shirra clipped a low shot which McAlpine couldn't hold and Kopel couldn't keep out at the far post.

Dundee had no answer to Sturrock's pace and directness after this. Playing wide on the left, he turned Dundee's defence continually, only to find his mates had left their shooting boots across the road at Tannadice.

Finishing apart, this was more like the United team who lifted the League Cup on their last visit to Dens.

Phillip Addison, Hegarty. Sturrock and Payne were tremendous servants.

If Dundee can keep up their first-half form, they can survive in the Premier League. But they must guard against that second half fall-out.

Men who mattered most were Schaedler. McGeachie, Shirra, Fleming and Murphy.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at March 1st, 1980)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)36 33 - 395 -
Bobby Glennie22 34 - 892
George McGeachie21 231443
Les Barr27 29 - 551
Peter Millar28 202362
Erich Schaedler20 20 - 672
Jimmy Murphy23 344536
Jim Shirra29 2969014
Ian Fleming27 3131
Peter Mackie22 101101
Eric Sinclair26 331116355

League Table (as at March 1st, 1980)

No league table has been added for this season.