Dundee 3
Airdrieonians (1878) 1
League (Premier Division)

3 - 1
Airdrie (1878) 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 12th, 1981
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,988
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ian MacDonald 
Eric Sinclair 
Cammy Fraser 
Jim Rodger (89)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Bobby Watson

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Blair
2. Les Barr
3. Chic McLelland
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Ian MacDonald
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Albert Kidd
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Peter Mackie
11. Danny Cameron
John Martin .1
Joe Cairney .2
Jim Rodger .3
Tommy Walker .4
Jim March .5
Norrie Anderson .6
Brian McKeown .7
Sandy Clark .8
John Flood .9
Ian Gordon .10
Willie McGuire .11

12. Jimmy Murphy
14. Brian Scrimgeour
Dave Thompson .12
Steele .14

None. Dave Thompson for Tommy Walker
Steele for Willie McGuire

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

K. J. Hope (Clarkston) (Referee)
A. J. Lyon (Aberdeen) & J. Hughes (Leslie) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee may have fallen behind their more illustrious neighbours United in the finer points of the game, but no way can the Dark Blues' endeavour be faulted, especially here.

On a ground like cast iron, they adopted similar tactics in this relegation tussle. They tackled quickly and solidly, then played the long ball to keep Airdrie on the turn.

Even Robin Cousins would have found it difficult to swivel out there.

Airdrie were outplayed and can have no complaints at losing. They couldn't even blame the pitch. It was difficult, but definitely playable.

Apart from anything else, this result is a great psycho logical boost for Dundee. It eases them out of the two relegation spots, albeit on goal difference, with Airdrie slipping below them.

Dundee's heartening efforts brought some warmth to their fans on a day as cold as charity. The small, but noisy crowd were quick to acknowledge their efforts.

Kidd, Fraser and Cameron had a stranglehold on midfield, Glennie and MacDonald kept the potentially dangerous Clark quiet, while the off-the-ball movement of their front three had Airdrie's defence worried all afternoon. How glad Dundee must be the city survived the threatened snow all week to allow them to cash in.

Yet it looked at the start as if it might all go wrong for them. Little Willie McGuire stole in behind the defence and carefully lobbed the ball against and over Blair. A little too carefully as it turned out because Glennie managed to sprint back and head to safety.

As things transpired, that was Dundee's last moment of worry. By the time Airdrie did score, there was time to only re-centre the ball.

Dundee went ahead when skipper Cameron swung over a left-wing free-kick. Ferguson touched it on and Iain MacDonald swept the ball into the bottom corner.

Before the interval, Dundee manufactured a fine move between Ferguson and Sinclair, which allowed Mackie through. Peter chipped two defenders, but shot inches over. What a goal that would have been!

Even a desperate dual substitution - Thompson and Steele for Walker and McGuire-failed to force Airdrie back into this four-pointer.

Instead, it was Dundee who went further ahead with a magnificent second goal. Mackie sent Ferguson clear on the right. He measured a strong accurate cross and Eric Sinclair bulleted home the classic header.

Cammy Fraser rounded off an excellent afternoon's work by blasting in a spectacular third. He caught the ball while on the run and leathered it past the bemused Martin from 25 yards.

Airdrie's crumb of comfort came with the fans drifting away for the warmth of the nearest pub. Left-back Jim Rodger headed in a right-wing corner off the underside of the bar.

On this occasion, Dundee were without an obvious weakness. It may suit them to hurry and play all their games while conditions are like this. They certainly adapted like natives from the North Pole.

Airdrie went through a nightmare 90 minutes. Their normal fire and fury seemed to be frozen like the conditions. Only Anderson and Clark caught the eye.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at December 12th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Alan Blair (GK)30 5 - 19 -
Bobby Glennie24 21 - 1712
Les Barr29 17 - 1201
Chic McLelland27 5 - 5 -
Danny Cameron28 172172
Peter Mackie23 1648311
Ian MacDonald28 213213
Cammy Fraser24 172549
Albert Kidd20 17 - 17 -
Eric Sinclair27 15423784
Iain Ferguson19 1894315

League Table (as at December 12th, 1981)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Since our last programme we have won one game and lost one. The win was a very pleasing result against Morton. Any team scoring four goals must have something to offer and I feel our attitude and fine play against Morton augers well for the future.

Unfortunately we could not capitalise on this result at Parkhead last Saturday where Celtic proved just too strong for us. But again a lot of good things came out of the game with Pat Bonner the Celtic keeper, having three outstanding saves at vital stages of the match. But that is what he is there for and we have to keep our sleeves rolled up and keep battling away so results will start to come.

As I said, a lot of good things came out of the game with Celtic and we hope to continue on the same way today against Airdrie who like ourselves are fighting for survival. They have a year's Premier League experience under their belts and know how difficult it can be. I am sure Bobby Watson's men will be doing us no favours today. Everything we get we will have to work very hard for.

What we need is a run of good results and this is made more difficult by the way the fixtures have been arranged for us this season. We beat Morton and were away to Celtic; we play Airdrie then are away to Rangers followed by a visit from Aberdeen. To try to get a consistent run is very difficult. A run of good results can be a tremendous morale boost for everyone and lift confidence within the club.

There has been a lot of speculation about the new coach at Dens Park. This decision will not be rushed into as I feel that we must get the right man for Dundee Football Club. Every avenue will be explored.