Dundee 5
Celtic 1
League (Premier Division)

5 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 19th, 1980
Dens Park
Attendance: 14,633
3:00 PM Kick-off

Iain Ferguson (16)
Iain Ferguson (pen.) (25)
Ian Fleming (44)
Eric Sinclair (59)
Peter Mackie (71)
Roy Aitken (7)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Les Barr
3. Erich Schaedler
4. Peter Millar
5. Bobby Glennie
6. George McGeachie
7. Peter Mackie
8. Eric Sinclair
9. Ian Fleming
10. Jim Shirra
11. Iain Ferguson
Peter Latchford .1
Alan Sneddon .2
Danny McGrain .3
Roy Aitken .4
Roddie MacDonald .5
Tom McAdam .6
Davie Provan .7
Bobbie Lennox .8
Frank McGarvey .9
Murdo MacLeod .10
Johnny Doyle .11

12. John Fletcher
14. Dennis Corrigan
George McCluskey .12
Tommy Burns .14

None. Tommy Burns for Alan Sneddon

Eric Sinclair (55)
Jim Shirra (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. Syme (Rutherglen) (Referee)
W. W. Laidlaw (Edinburgh) & R. Thomson (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Sporting Post.

Dundee bring back full-backs Les Barr and Erich Schaedler for the crunch game against Celtic. Stewart MacLaren is out through injury.

Jimmy Murphy drops out. Danny McGrain returns to the Celtic side after suspension. Murdo MacLeod moves forward to midfield and Tommy Burns drops out.

Dundee - Donaldson, Barr, Schaedler, Millar, Glennie, McGeachie, Mackie, Sinclair, Fleming, Shirra, Ferguson. Subs.- Fletcher, Corrigan.

Celtic - Latchford; Sneddon, McGrain, Aitken, Macdonald, McAdam, Provan, Lennox, McGarvey, MacLeod, Doyle. Subs. McCluskey, Burns.

Referee David Syme, Rutherglen.

A Lennox free is headed out of the Dundee penalty area to Provan whose quick return bounces around and produces a half-hearted Celtic claim for a penalty.

McGarvey does well to get the ball across goal from the by-line and unmarked MacDonald misses a great chance from a few yards.

It takes the champions only seven minutes to score, with as clean cut a goal as has been seen at Dens all season.

AITKEN wins the ball ten-yards outside the penalty box, gives it to Doyle, takes the return, in his stride and from 16 yards hits a low shot which gives Donaldson no chance.

It takes Dundee 10 minutes to bring Latchford into action, when Mackie sends over a high cross and Ferguson challenges the keeper in the air.

The Dundee man wins, but the ball breaks badly and is cleared. Latchford has plenty time to recover from a bad landing on the hard goal area.

He is in action again, knocking a Barr free from Fleming's head.

Doyle takes the play back to Donaldson's territory where Lennox places the ball in front of Doyle who miscues.

Dundee are level in 16 minutes, when they grab a half chance.

A long throw by Schaedler breaks off a couple of players to FERGUSON, who slams a first-time, right-foot shot high into the left hand corner.

Another of Schaedler's super throws is headed out by a defender to Millar, whose first-timed shot from just outside the box goes wide.

Celtic are pressing to get their noses in front again and a MacDonald header and a Provan shot are not far off target.

But Ferguson's goal has given Dundee lots of heart and in 25 minutes they take the lead.

A Fleming throw-in finds Millar and the Dundee man is sent flying by McGrain just inside the penalty box. Up steps teenager FERGUSON, Dundee's youngest player, to shoulder the tremendous responsibility and, with the calm of a veteran, he slams the ball into the net.

Now Celtic have a real fight on their hands.

McGrain crashes a shot against the bar and an Aitken shot is held by Donaldson.

Ferguson shows his courage. First he goes for a Mackie shot and crashes in a cloud of dust. Next he throws himself horizontal at almost the same spot to a Barr cross just wide.

Celtic are battling and a McGarvey header goes over the bar.

There is fury in the Dundee goal area as McGrain challenges Donaldson on the ground. Players swarm around as the 'keeper holds the ball grimly.

Just on half-time, Dundee strike a third time.

McGrain does not clear a Schaedler cross and Mackie sends the ball back across goal for FLEMING to head into the net in 44 minutes.

Half-time Dundee 3, Celtic 1.

Reflections - They're all talking about Ian Ferguson, who is playing the game of his young life. His two great goals in nine minutes shook the champs out of their stride and brought life to a struggling Dundee side.

Celtic put tremendous pressure on Dundee and when Shirra breaks out he is brought down crudely by MacDonald.

Donaldson stops a Provan shot and the rebound goes to McGrain, whose shot touches a defender and goes over.

Latchford punches out a Shirra corner which is curling in on the wind and Celtic play their way upfield to win a corner at the other end.

There's a wild scramble in front of the Dundee goal before Schaedler clears.

Ferguson needs watching and proves the point as he hammers a 20-yard shot just wide.

Celtic send on Burns for Sneddon, switching McGrain to right-back and put MacLeod back to the No. 3 spot.

In the mounting excitement Sinclair is booked for kicking the ball away after he is given offside.

Dundee produce another goal from almost nothing in 59 minutes.

The ball goes through to Ferguson and the youngster touches it neatly in front of SINCLAIR, who wallops it left-footed on the run from 15 yards. Latchford cannot possibly see the ball as it flashes into the net.

Now the Dens boys look like champs as they go for every ball and break with menace. McAdam gets a word from the referee after bringing down Sinclair near the edge of the penalty box.

Dundee are unstoppable and they score a fine fifth goal in 71 minutes.

In a dust storm a Latchford kick goes almost straight into the air and goes to Sinclair, who goes almost to the line before cutting back for MACKIE to knock the ball into the net off a defender and experience the thrill of scoring against his old club.

This is incredible!

Celtic's best scoring chance so far comes to nothing when Donaldson blocks Mc Garvey's shot.

With 10 minutes left Shirra is booked after punching a Provan shot over the bar with Donaldson else where.

But Donaldson saves McLeod's spot kick and the Celtic player puts the rebound over the bar.

Celtic keep up tremendous pressure, but Donaldson, the woodwork and a resolute defence defy them to the end.

Final - Dundee 5, Celtic 1.

Summing Up - The boy Ferguson rocked Celtic and his team mates joined in, not just to topple the champs, but send them crashing. This was a tremendous performance in giving Celts a lead then hammering them. And it was no fluke. Here was the Dens outfit full of fight, with lots of skill and with a new-found deadliness in front of goal.

Crowd 14,633.

Squad Statistics (as at April 19th, 1980)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)36 44 - 406 -
Les Barr27 37 - 631
Bobby Glennie22 44 - 992
George McGeachie21 341553
Peter Millar28 312472
Erich Schaedler20 28 - 752
Ian Fleming27 143143
Peter Mackie22 212212
Jim Shirra29 39710015
Iain Ferguson17 115115
Eric Sinclair26 441417458

League Table (as at April 19th, 1980)

No league table has been added for this season.