Dundee 1
Greenock Morton 2
League Cup (Group 2)

1 - 2

League Cup (Group 2)
Saturday, August 15th, 1981
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,710
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ian Fleming (15)
John McNeil (10)
Bobby Thomson (73)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Benny Rooney

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. George McGeachie
3. Stewart McKimmie
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Iain MacDonald
7. Davie Bell
8. Albert Kidd
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Ian Fleming
11. Ray Stephen
Roy Baines .1
Davie Hayes .2
Jim Holmes .3
Benny Rooney .4
Joe McLaughlin .5
Neil Orr .6
John McNeil .7
Bobby Thomson .8
Drew Busby .9
Roddie Hutchison .10
Andy Ritchie .11

12. Peter Mackie
14. Brian Scrimgeour

Peter Mackie for Cammy Fraser (60)
Brian Scrimgeour for Albert Kidd (80)

George McGeachie (50)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)
L. G. Russell (Carnoustie) & R. G. Cheyne (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Skipper Bobby Thomson's head did the trick for Morton, but Dundee could reckon they did enough to keep one point.

In a hard, bruising, untidy game with more bumps than a stock car race, there certainly wasn't much for the football purists to enthuse about.

Even the winning goal was a bit scrappy. Andy Ritchie's corner on the left was aimed for the near. post, but didn't reach it. Somehow the ball was pushed into the goal mouth where it floated agonisingly before Thomson raced in to head it down and just over the line.

For Morton's opener, John McNeil took a Ritchie lob in his stride, cleverly drew Geddes and floated the ball past him with his right foot. Ian Fleming's equaliser for Dundee was just as neatly taken. Sinclair collected a long clearance from Geddes on the left and nodded It Into the centre. The ex Dons striker controlled it nicely, veered right, and hit It past Baines.

It wasn't a dirty game, but McGeachle had his name taken for a foul on McNell.

No one player was worthy of a Man of the Match ticket. So, for a change, It goes to referee ALAN FERGUSON, who made few mistakes and Impressed with his calmness of approach and fairness of decision.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at August 15th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)21 3 - 34 -
George McGeachie22 3 - 995
Bobby Glennie23 3 - 1542
Stewart McKimmie18 3 - 21 -
Ian Fleming28 33317
Cammy Fraser24 2 - 407
Iain MacDonald27 3 - 3 -
Davie Bell - 1 - 1 -
Albert Kidd19 3 - 3 -
Eric Sinclair27 3 - 22680
Ray Stephen18 3 - 308
Brian Scrimgeour (sub)22 3 - 315
Peter Mackie (sub)23 2 - 707

League Table (as at August 15th, 1981)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Today we welcome Morton Football Club to Dens Park and as they are the first Premier League side to visit Dens this season our welcome is a warm one.

After our disappointing result against Raith Rovers last Saturday there was more disappointment at Ibrox on Wednesday evening and we have still to win our first point as a Premier League side.

I feel that in the Raith Rovers game we allowed ourselves to be hustled out of our rhythm and this should not happen. As the local Press was quick to point out, this is a lesson that must not go unheeded and will not go unheeded by the staff. But the players. are the people who matter and they must realise that when teams come to Dens Park they will be very keen to knock us out of our stride. q

I am not a great believer in physical football but it is a part of the game and we must learn to stand up for ourselves and take the rough with the smooth.

A pleasing factor from the first games has been the way our new signings have fitted in and we know they will be great assets to Dundee Football Club.

Back to today's visitors who have a reputation as a good Premier League zir to and side who can cause us many problems this afternoon which we must overcome. They have characters in their side such as Andy Ritchie; Neil Orr, who has been a good servant, and Roy Baines, a goalkeeper who is among the best in the business. All this means we will get a very good test.