East Stirlingshire 0
Dundee 1
League (First Division)

East Stirling 

0 - 1


League (First Division)
Saturday, May 2nd, 1981
Firs Park
Attendance: 5,762
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Eric Sinclair (32)

Team Managers
Bill Lamont Donald Mackay

Starting Eleven
1. Charlie Kelly
2. Ian Gourlay
3. Craig Renwick
4 . George Hunter
5. Jim Blair
6. David Watt
7. Dave McCaig
8. Bob McCulley
9. Kenny Ashwood
10. Paul Lamont
11. Ian Robertson
Alan Blair .1
Les Barr .2
Stewart McKimmie .3
Cammy Fraser .4
Bobby Glennie .5
Stewart MacLaren .6
Jimmy Murphy .7
Ray Stephen .8
Eric Sinclair .9
Brian Scrimgeour .10
Andy Geddes .11

12 Jackie Goodall
14. Rikki Sharp
Peter Mackie .12
George McGeachie .14

Dave McCaig for Rikki Sharp (17) Peter Mackie for Ray Stephen (74)
George McGeachie for Andy Geddes (82)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

H. Alexander (Irvine) (Referee)

Match Report

The biggest crowd in years assembles at Firs Park, Falkirk, for Dundee's promotion day of decision, and most of them are Dens Park fans. Stuart McKimmie is fit and Dundee are unchanged.

The pitch is dusty and bumpy, but weather conditions are perfect.

Charlie Kelly, the 'Shire 'keeper, is presented with the supporters' club Player of the Year award before the start. Both 'keepers wear tracksuit trousers as protection from the bare, hard ground in the goal areas.

Both teams start at break neck speeds and the first dangerous move comes from Dundee.

Murphy knocks the ball inside to McKimmie. The young defender hits a right- foot shot from 20 yards which Kelly touches over the bar.

A great ball from Barr to Murphy on the right wing produces a far post cross aimed for Stephen, but Kelly makes sure the cross does not get through.

Hesitancy in the Dundee defence allows pressure to build and Scrimgeour gives relief by thumping the ball for a corner.

The home side have six men back each time Dundee move forward, but there is a sharp chance for Murphy when Fraser hits a low ball into the penalty area. The winger swings and misses completely.

'Shire lose McCaig with a groin injury in 17 minutes. He is replaced by Sharp.

Sinclair heads down a long ball from MacLaren for Scrimgeour, whose powerful shot is held at the near post by the alert Kelly.

A defensive slip allows Stephen a shooting chance from 12 yards. The youngster is hasty and mishits the ball, giving Kelly no problems.

Scrimgeour is slow to cross when he has four men waiting for the ball. When he does despatch the ball it is cut out by Gourlay.

The ball is not cleared and Sinclair tries to introduce a surprise element with an overhead kick which floats wide.

A free kick by McCulley starts spell of 'Shire a pressure which makes the Dundee defence look suspect as the ball bounces unevenly.

Renwick is forced to concede a corner in 32 minutes and Murphy's kick is headed across goal by Glennie.

SINCLAIR, about four yards from goal, heads past Kelly and brings a roar from the host of Dundee fans. This is as much an expression of relief as celebration. Dundee look a more settled side now and produce a fine move which ends with a pass from Geddes to Stephen, whose shot is held by Kelly.

It is nearly all Dundee, who have gained confidence. Kelly, who is not a big lad, does well again when he grabs another corner kick to deny Sinclair another chance to use his head.

Half-time--East Stirling 0. Dundee 1.

Reflections - Sinclair settled Dundee with his neat piece of headwork. The Dens fans are chant ing his name along with choruses of "We're going up."


There's a fright for the visiting fans a minute into the second half when McCaig backheels neatly and Lamont hits a low shot which hits the base of the post.

McCulley hits a low crossbfrom the right and Blair dives to hold at the post. 'Shire realise they have nothing to lose and can make a name for themselves, so they are out to grab some glory.

In their all-out attack Lamont heads a Robertson cross past the near post and the Dens fans are silent.

Kelly does nice piece of work when he punches a Barr cross off Sinclair's head and follows up to hit the ball away from Fraser.

Dundee are struggling to hold the home side and they try to build something for themselves.

The cheers from their fans change to pleas for a clinching goal.

In a Dundee attack Scrimgeour makes the final ball almost a pass to Kelly instead of a goal for Geddes, who is rushing through the middle. Bobby Glennie tries to go it alone, but his left-foot shot from 25 yards goes yards wide.

There's a Dundee claim for a penalty when Sinclair falls over a defender who is lying on the ball.

A tremendous, 40-yard free kick is pushed away by Kelly and Stephen just fails to fire the ball in at the post before the 'keeper knocks it behind.

With 16 minutes left, Dundee send on Mackie for Stephen and the newcomer's name becomes the chant for the Dens fans, who are urging their side to the final push.

Goodall goes on for Hunter and 'Shire strive for the big upset. Dundee respond by replacing Geddes for McGeachie for the last eight minutes.

Kelly is defiant again when he dives to hold a low shot from Mackie. In the last minute a fantastic misheader by Gourlay trickles past his own goal.

Final-East Stirling 0, Dundee 1.

Summing-Up - 12 games in a row without defeat and that great late run means promotion for Dundee. They did enough today Just enough to earn their step-up, as Charlie Kelly and the home side did their best to rob Dundee of their celebrations.

Dundee did it with graft rather than style and they showed more relief than joy when they were mob bed by a thousand cheering fans.

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at May 2nd, 1981)

1980-81 All Time
Alan Blair (GK)30 14 - 14 -
Stewart McKimmie18 17 - 17 -
Brian Scrimgeour21 235275
Andy Geddes21 207207
Stewart MacLaren28 4019910
Les Barr28 38 - 1031
Bobby Glennie23 49 - 1502
Jimmy Murphy24 43510411
Cammy Fraser23 377377
Ray Stephen18 278278
Eric Sinclair27 462222280
George McGeachie (sub)22 382955
Peter Mackie (sub)23 445677

League Table (as at May 2nd, 1981)

No league table has been added for this season.