Dundee 2
Motherwell 1
League (First Division)

2 - 1

League (First Division)
Saturday, November 8th, 1980
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,112
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jim Shirra (pen.) (53)
Iain Ferguson (pen.) (68)
Joe Carson (58)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Ally MacLeod

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Les Barr
3. Erich Schaedler
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Stewart MacLaren
7. John Fletcher
8. Ray Stephen
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Jim Shirra
11. Billy Williamson
Lawrie Williams .1
Joe Wark .2
Chic McLelland .3
Joe Smith .4
Joe Carson .5
Graeme Forbes .6
Brian McLaughlin .7
Albert Kidd .8
Willie Irvine .9
Ian McLeod .10
Ian Clinging .11

12. Iain Ferguson
14. Brian Scrimgeour
John Gahagan .12
John McKeever .14

Brian Scrimgeour for Jim Shirra (59)
Iain Ferguson for John Fletcher (66)

Cammy Fraser
Bobby Glennie (66)
Brian McLaughlin

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. Ramsay (Edinburgh) (Referee)
D. Doig (Kirkcaldy) & R. G. Cheyne (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee have now gone 13 games without tasting defeat-but this 13th game is not one they will recall with great relish. Except, perhaps, manager Donald Mackay.

For the second Saturday in succession the Dundee boss brought on a youngster as substitute late in the game, and within minutes the youngster notched the winning goal.

That apart, Dundee did little to raise enthusiasm, although, to be fair, they were forced to make several changes because of the effects of flu.

First 45 minutes saw a very mediocre performance from both sides. If the standard of play scarcely improved in the second period it was certainly not incident-free.

The game was brought to life when, soon after the resumption, Fraser put Sinclair through just on the 18-yard line.

The number nine outwitted the 'keeper only to be brought down by Williams. Shirra's spot-kick was a goal all the way.

Motherwell's reply was prompt. Joe Carson, who had all along been prominent in set-pieces, out jumped the Dundee defence at a free kick to give Geddes no chance with a fine header.

Soon after this manager Mackay Introduced his second substitute, youth internationalist Ian Ferguson.

Within minutes Sinclair was upended in the box once again. Up stepped young Ferguson to take the kick. He gave Williams no chance.

Dundee saw good service from the experience trio McLaren, Fraser, and Williamson.

Brian McLaughlin, who was booked for dissent, was the brains in the Motherwell eleven. Also booked for dissent was Dundee centre-half Glennie, while Cammy Fraser was shown the yellow card for kicking the ball away. All highly-debatable decisions.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at November 8th, 1980)

1980-81 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)20 23 - 24 -
Erich Schaedler21 20 - 972
Stewart MacLaren27 2118010
Les Barr27 21 - 861
Bobby Glennie23 23 - 1242
John Fletcher27 134375
Billy Williamson28 14 - 9422
Jim Shirra30 21412319
Cammy Fraser23 155155
Eric Sinclair26 21819766
Ray Stephen17 3131
Brian Scrimgeour (sub)21 81121
Iain Ferguson (sub)18 51186

League Table (as at November 8th, 1980)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After our satisfying success at Aberdeen we were brought back to earth with a bump by the Clydebank boys. I hope this has provided a lesson for our players who should realise that it is one thing to get good results against Premier League sides, but the important results for us are those against First Division teams on Saturday afternoons.

Our fans should also appreciate that no First Division side is likely to present easy opposition and I am sure Motherwell will try to demonstrate this to us this afternoon. They like ourselves have remained a full-time club in their attempt to get back to the top flight and they are capable of making things difficult for us.

It was a good thing last Saturday to see one of the youngsters going on and scoring a fine goal in his league debut.

We must be careful not to push our young players along too quickly, though. Ray Stephen and Stuart McKimmie have both shown they have the potential to play in the first team, as has young lain Ferguson. I can assure the fans I have not forgotten about lain.

I have worked with young players for many years and I know that at that age they can have their ups and downs so we must strive to get consistency from them. Both Stuart and lain will be going to Monaco with the Scotland Youth Squad and we recognise that it is a great honour for our young players to be chosen for the squad.

Our Reserve side did not have a game last week but we played a closed doors trial match with a Tayside region junior select side. I think this was good experience as I feel youngsters miss something nowadays by coming into the senior game direct without having experience in the junior ranks as youngsters usualy did in years gone by.

We wanted a good result in the 1st leg of the Bell's League Cup semi-final at Ayr and came out of a keenly contested tie with a 1-1 draw. There were question marks about the goal we lost near the end, but it was the first we had conceded in seven games in the competition. Jim Murphy. George McGeachie, Peter Mackie and Bobby Glennie were affected by a flu type virus and George and Peter had to come off. Now we have it all to do at Dens Park. One pleasing feature was that we stretched our unbeaten run to a dozen games.