Dundee 3
St Mirren 0
League (Premier Division)

3 - 0
St Mirren 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 19th, 1981
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,257
3:00 PM Kick-off

Iain Ferguson (24)
Eric Sinclair (34)
Iain Ferguson (pen.) (46)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Rikki McFarlane

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Les Barr
3. Danny Cameron
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Ian MacDonald
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Davie Bell
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Ian Fleming
11. George McGeachie
Billy Thomson .1
Alex Beckett .2
Billy Abercromby .3
Tony Fitzpatrick .4
John McCormack .5
Jackie Copland .6
Alan Logan .7
Billy Stark .8
Jimmy Bone .9
Frank McAvennie .10
Ian Scanlon .11

12. Albert Kidd
14. Peter Mackie
Frank McDougall .12

Albert Kidd for George McGeachie (63)
Frank McDougall for Alan Logan

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. F. T. Syme (Rutherglen) (Referee)
J. Robertson (Bonnyrigg) & R. Harrison (Bearsden) (Assistants)

Match Report

They deserved their convincing win. They had more spirit and commitment than the Paisley side, which just couldn't get itself organised. Yet there was a time in the first half when Saints looked much the slicker team with their quick one-touch stuff and over all they had a lot of the play.

Dundee, in comparison, looked a bit too sedate and studied early on, but once they got into the lead they never looked back.

It's tempting to think how things might have developed if Billy Stark's header in the 10th minute had gone inside instead of just outside the post.

After that slight let-off, the home defence gave precious little away. In fact, the two defences on view looked worlds apart-Dundee's was solidarity itself, with Bobby Glennie outstanding, while St Mirren's made terrible mistakes for which they paid dearly.

For example Abercromby made an awful hash of a pass-back to leave Iain Ferguson in the clear. The striker almost took too much time and, finally struck his shot home off 'keeper Thomson's body.

If that was a slightly lucky one the second goal was all quality. A gorgeous Fraser pass put Ferguson clear on the right. A flashing run, a perfect cross and an equally perfect finish from the head of the diving Sinclair. Thomson hadn't a ghost.

Fatal slip number two by the Saints defence came a mere 30 seconds after the interval when McCormack needlessly armed the ball in the box. To be fair, he was the victim of a bad bounce, but a penalty it had to be, and Ferguson did the needful.

Three up, Dundee began to dominate the proceedings. Occasionally Stark and young McAvennie produced fine individual touches, but Geddes was never really troubled in goal.

McDougall did get the ball in the net once, but obviously fouled a defender in the process.

At the other end, Sinclair was only just beaten to a through bail by a brave Thomson dive, and Ferguson should have made it four when allowed to go on by a linesman when he looked offside.

Man of the Match Match- IAIN FERGUSON'S scoring touch gives him that accolade.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at September 19th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)21 8 - 39 -
Les Barr28 6 - 1091
Danny Cameron27 5151
Bobby Glennie23 10 - 1602
George McGeachie22 8 - 1035
Davie Bell - 8 - 8 -
Ian Fleming28 104388
Cammy Fraser24 81458
Ian MacDonald28 102102
Iain Ferguson19 643110
Eric Sinclair27 9123181
Albert Kidd (sub)19 8 - 8 -

League Table (as at September 19th, 1981)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Since our last programme was printed we have played two matches and been involved in 13 goals which, as someone has pointed out, kills the idea that defensive football is played in the Premier League. The unfortunate thing is we were on the receiving end of seven of these goals, which is a worrying aspect for all at Dens Park.

The game against Partick Thistle produced a good result for us and lifted everyone but unfortunately our rivals down the road put us in our place last Saturday. But now that the dust has settled we look back on the game at Tannadice and feel that we were at fault defensively for at least three of the goals, perhaps four. So maybe United are not quite the team they are cracked up to be.

I was very pleased with the attitude and determination shown by the majority of our team at Tannadice, but we must work very much harder to block the gaps that are showing in defence. Many cynics have written us off already this season but after only three games I feel they are in for a shock.

I am not advocating we go defensive but I do feel that we must be made more aware of our jobs in defence.

Today we welcome St Mirren who are in second position in the league and who have always been renowned for their attractive football. So we are looking forward to a very interesting afternoon with hopefully a result similar to that in our last home game.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters for their support at Tannadice last Saturday. I thought it was tremendous and after the hard times the club has gone through in past years it speaks volumes for the support of Dundee Football Club that we can give Dundee United possibly one of their best home gates of the season.

It is very easy to support a team when things are going well but very difficult when things are not going so well and I feel that you, the Dundee supporters, deserve a pat on the back for the way you have stood by the club. We, on the playing side, have got to give you some thing in return for your loyal support and that means winning, nothing else.