Dundee 1
Hibernian 2
League (First Division)

1 - 2

League (First Division)
Tuesday, September 9th, 1980
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,304
7:30 PM Kick-off

Brian Scrimgeour (30)
MacLeod (28)
Gordon Rae (79)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Willie Ormond

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Les Barr
3. Erich Schaedler
4. Brian Scrimgeour
5. Bobby Glennie
6. George McGeachie
7. Peter Mackie
8. Jocky Scott
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Iain Ferguson
11. Jim Shirra
Jim McArthur .1
Jim Brown .2
Arthur Duncan .3
Jackie McNamara .4
George Stewart .5
Ralph Callachan .6
Hugh Hamil .7
Gordon Rae .8
Ally MacLeod .9
John Connolly .10
George Best .11

12. Jimmy Murphy
14. Billy Williamson
Willie Jamieson .12
Paul McGlinchey .14

Jimmy Murphy for Iain Ferguson (70)
Billy Williamson for Jocky Scott (80)
Willie Jamieson for Hugh Hamil

Jim Shirra (44)
George Stewart (63)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

J. Duncan (Gorebridge) (Referee)
P. K. Moore (Carluke) & M. A. Rodger (Ellon) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier.

Dundee scored their first league goal last night at Dens but are still looking for their first win. And with Berwick gaining a point against St Johnstone, Dundee are now bottom of the First Division.

This was another bitterly disappointing result for the Dens Parkers who played with plenty of gusto but again failed to cash in on their pressure.

After Ally MacLeod had given. the visitors the lead, Jundee hit back through Brian Scrimgeour whose header was their first counter in 390 minutes of league football.

But you cannot keep that man George Best out of the limelight. The Irishman came out of a quiet return to Scottish football with a touch of the old magic allowing Gordon Rae to score the winner.

So Best finally paid his way, and many obviously paid to see him, for the attendance last night increased dramatically to 5304.

Dundee left out skipper MacLaren and Fletcher and recalled Ferguson and Barr. Shirra led the side.

It took 14 minutes for the first shot of the game and it was a good one from Shirra. McArthur did well to push the ball over the bar. The keeper also held a Sinclair header.

Dundee were now threatening. A tremendous 30-yard free kick from Barr missed narrowly.

Hibs' reply was a fierce Callachan shot which went over the top. Then Best popped up with a great left-wing dribble and a cross that went nowhere.

But Hibs were in front in 28 minutes with a goal that made the home defence blush. A simple corner kick from Callachan got past two of them, landed at MacLeod's feet six yards out and the centre could hardly miss this gift.

The home gloom was short lived, for two minutes later Scrimgeour scored the equaliser.

Shirra took a free kick on the left and a finely judged header from the recently promoted home player went in at the near post.

It was even going to the interval, MacLeod going close at one end and Mackie hooking the ball into the keeper's hands at the other. Shirra was booked for a foul on McNamara.

Sinclair made a brave attempt to give Dundee the lead soon after the restart. He battled through the middle before wheeling and shooting just wide.

Hibs broke away and taking a rebound off Glennie, MacLeod tried to lob over the keeper's head but was just too high. Another Scrimgeour header from a Barr cross flew past McArthur's post, as Dundee got back on the attack.

The homesters had bad luck when a Sinclair header from Shirra's cross hit the top of the bar and went over.

A tackle on Sinclair earned ex-Dens Parker George Stewart a booking in 63 minutes.

Dundee brought on Murphy for Ferguson and soon after Jamieson replaced the injured Hamil for Hibs.

Despite all their attacking Dundee fell behind again in 79 minutes to a fine goal.

Best laid it on with a perfect low pass from the left to Rae, who whipped the ball past Geddes.

Scott went off in favour of Williamson just afterwards but Hibs held on comfortably to earn two valuable points.

Squad Statistics (as at September 9th, 1980)

1980-81 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)20 8 - 9 -
Les Barr27 6 - 711
Bobby Glennie22 8 - 1092
George McGeachie21 8 - 653
Brian Scrimgeour21 2161
Erich Schaedler21 8 - 852
Peter Mackie22 8 - 312
Jim Shirra30 8 - 11015
Iain Ferguson18 4 - 175
Jocky Scott32 5 - 433154
Eric Sinclair26 6118259
Jimmy Murphy (sub)23 8 - 696
Billy Williamson (sub)27 1 - 8122

League Table (as at September 9th, 1980)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

During last week's home cup tie against Kilmarnock I saw many things that will help Dundee to re gain Premier League status. One was the effort shown by the players involved in the game and an other was the effort shown by the supporters in encouraging the team. It was the first time I could honestly say since I have returned to Scotland I really felt the supporters were behind the side.

The big disappointment about the game of course was that once again we failed to score. I felt the good thing was the consistency shown by the defence.

It was clear there are still many things we have to work at to make us a good First Division side, but I think the supporters must have noticed very little difference be tween the Premier League and the First Division that night.

There was great disappointment for me as well as the fans when we crashed 3-0 to Clydebank at Kilbowie Park on Saturday. That result has put us back to square one.

I have been to Denmark to try to find players to strengthen the team. I am still hopeful there is the possibility of getting new men which I am fully aware we need badly. The players at the club at present have given 100 per cent in effort and I cannot fault them on this score, but I think even they will admit there have been short comings and though every effort will be made to correct these in training new faces could make a very big difference.

I am not only looking to the continent to strengthen the squad. There are moves afoot to sign British players.

Hibs, our opponents to-night, came down to the First Division last season and, like ourselves, must be very determined to go back up. This sets the scene for a fine contest. Willie Ormond is a highly respected manager in Scot tish football, and there is no way we can expect anything other than a hard game, possibly both physically and competitively.

But we will still be looking for two points as we always do. As I said earlier, the support last Wednesday was tremendous. With that help I am sure we can get back on the rails.