Dundee 2
Rangers 3
League (Premier Division)

2 - 3

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 17th, 1981
Dens Park
Attendance: 11,956
3:00 PM Kick-off

Iain Ferguson (26)
Danny Cameron (85)
Bobby Russell (27)
John MacDonald (62)
John MacDonald (64)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
John Greig

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Danny Cameron
3. Stewart McKimmie
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Jim Smith
6. Iain MacDonald
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Davie Bell
9. Peter Mackie
10. Albert Kidd
11. George McGeachie
Jim Stewart .1
Sandy Jardine .2
Ally Dawson .3
Gregor Stevens .4
Tom Forsyth .5
Jim Bett .6
Davie Cooper .7
Bobby Russell .8
Colin McAdam .9
John MacDonald .10
Willie Johnston .11

12. Les Barr
14. Ray Stephen
Derek Johnstone .12
Ian Redford .14

Ray Stephen for George McGeachie (70)
Ian Redford for Willie Johnston

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

K. J. Hope (Clarkston) (Referee)
P. Watson (Aberdeen) & R. G. Cheyne (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Rangera turned back the clock a couple of decades at Dens Park and ran Dundee ragged with an exhilarating display of wing play.

Davie Cooper and Willie Johnston twisted the home defence inside out and eventually left them with their tongues hanging out.

Admittedly, Dundee didn't help themselves. Full-backs Cameron and McKimmie never got close enough to the two Ibrox fliers to put in one telling tackle.

It's as well 'keeper Geddes and debutant centre-half Jim Smith produced sterling displays, otherwise Dundee would have suffered a real humiliation.

Incredibly, the opening 25 minutes gave no in dictation of the excitement to follow. There were so many players in the middle of the park early on, it resembled a mass meeting at Longbridge. Then Rangers switched Cooper to the left and Johnston to the right, and, hey presto. What was shaping into a game to forget suddenly became one to remember for Rangers anyway.

After Dundee opened the scoring against the run of play, red-shirted Rangers took over with a vengeance.

Geddes managed to stop a Cooper rocket but couldn't hold it. Robert Russell was on it in a flash and slammed the rebound high into the net. After that, it was a case of how many.

Geddes made a fine tip over from McAdam before half-time. Immediately after the break the 'keeper produced another excellent stop from MacDonald, Then Cameron blocked another MacDonald effort on the line.

As Cooper and Johnston continually beat their men, hitting the line, cutting the ball back, another Rangers goal was avoided only temporarily. So it proved with a John MacDonald brace in two minutes, both following in-swinging, right-wing corners from Johnston.

The first was headed down by McAdam and MacDonald swept the ball into the roof of the net. The second was all his own work, Jumping unattended to head the ball firmly home.

But where, oh, where, was Dundee's marking? The home side were at sixes and sevens around this time. No one seemed to know who was marking who. They had no answer to Rangers' power and pace.

Yet Rangers almost paid dearly for not ramming home their undoubted advantage. Five minutes from the end Cameron played a 1-2 with Mackie, and, as Stewart left his line, Danny cooly chipped him from 15 yards.

Rangers then had to hang on for grim death as Dundee drew everyone forward. But there was to be no fairy-tale ending for this rather disjointed home side. Much earlier they had taken a surprise lead with another fine goal. Geddes threw to Fraser, who released to Mackie on the right lain Ferguson had time to turn on the cross before burying it behind Stewart.

But Dundee shouldn't be kidded by the closeness of this result. They were second to nearly everything. Only Geddes, Smith and McGeachie surprisingly substituted-looked Premier League material,

Rangers had tremendous service from Cooper and Johnston, as I've said Bett, Russell and MacDonald were their other stars. But they'll have to be on their toes more to guard against too much complacency.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at October 17th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)21 12 - 43 -
George McGeachie22 1211086
Danny Cameron27 9292
Jim Smith20 1 - 1 -
Stewart McKimmie18 5 - 23 -
Iain MacDonald28 142142
Cammy Fraser24 111498
Peter Mackie23 81768
Davie Bell - 12 - 12 -
Iain Ferguson19 1073613
Albert Kidd19 11 - 11 -
Ray Stephen (sub)18 91369

League Table (as at October 17th, 1981)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

To say our last three results have been disappointing is putting it mildly. It has been said that last time Dundee were in the Premier League our start to the season was the cause of the club being relegated again. I am not pessimistic enough to say anything like that this early, but I do know of something that will get us relegated this season and that is the attitude of the players. If that is not right all the time then an unhappy end to the season is inevitable.

You, our supporters, have put up with a tremendous amount over the last few years and I get numerous letters from fans who only want to see Dundee doing well. I am one of the supporters who wants the club to do well.

Judging from the tone of some of the letters, there are supporters who do not really believe that I want success for Dundee. I can assure you success for the club is the ultimate aim in my life at present.

Our displays against Celtic and Airdrie sometimes bordered on the suicidal and everyone at the club is aware of how much more work and effort we must put in to enable us to survive in the Premier League. Nothing is achieved in foot ball without a lot of hard work and that hard work must come from everyone in the club.

Today we welcome Rangers who will always be one of the big clubs in Scot land. So today could be a great day for us to start to put things right. I am fully aware that Rangers are desperate for success but they can be no more desperate than we are for survival.

Many supporters have expressed points of view to me about refereeing standards this year. The sooner we, as professionals, accept referees' decisions and get on with our jobs, the better the game will become. Although we will never always agree with the man in the middle it must be remembered that we are biassed towards our own interests and he is trying to be impartial. So let's stop knocking the refs and give them a bit more support.