Dundee 0
Aberdeen 5
League (Premier Division)

0 - 5

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, May 1st, 1982
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,415
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Alex McLeish (21)
Andy Harrow (27)
Bobby Glennie (o.g) (48)
Eric Bell (50)
Walker McCall (58)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Les Barr
3. Stewart McKimmie
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Jim Smith
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Ray Stephen
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Albert Kidd
11. George McGeachie
Jim Leighton .1
Stuart Kennedy .2
Doug Rougvie .3
John McMaster .4
Alex McLeish .5
Willie Miller .6
Eric Black .7
Neil Simpson .8
Andy Harrow
Doug Bell .10
Peter Weir .11

12. Peter Mackie
14. Brian Scrimgeour
Andy Watson .12
Walker McCall .14

Peter Mackie for Iain Ferguson (62)
Walker McCall for Neil Simpson (55)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

E. H. Pringle (Edinburgh) (Referee)
M. McCann (Glasgow) & I. Given (Stirling) (Assistants)

Match Report

On the evidence of this game, Dundee wouldn't survive in the First Division,Nlet alone the Premier League. Yes, they were that bad.

They showed no appetite for the game. It was hard to believe they were playing for their livelihood.

No wonder their fans started streaming out of Dens with 40 minutes remaining. Perhaps the worst aspect of Dundee's display is I've seen Aberdeen play far better this season. However, they didn't have to be the class side we all know they are to triumph here.

It simply required application and effort to steamroller the poorest Dundee side I've seen in years.

Dundee's tactics don't bear too close examination either. They won the toss and elected to play with the strong wind and slope. But they kept four men back to mark two Dons and didn't push anyone forward to help their strikers. Their midfield never got to grips and they ended in co plete disarray.

Leighton didn't have a worthwhile shot to deal with when Dundee had every first-half advantage.

Instead, it was Aberdeen who scored twice, and had another couple of very close things.

Bobby Geddes, who had a nightmare in the home goal, could be blamed for both goals.

He dropped a Weir corner at the feet of Alec McLeish and that was 1-0.

Six minutes later he elected not to be tempted off his line for another Weir corner. It left McLeish a free header which Geddes could not hold and Andy Harrow knocked in the rebound.

The second half was only five minutes old when Aberdeen doubled their score.

Geddes failed to hold yet another Weir corner. It struck his skipper Bobby Glennie and slipped over the line. Then a Weir try was charged down and Dougie Bell fired in the rebound low and true.

The Dons looked as if they could score at will.

Walker McCall, three minutes on in place of Simpson, gleefully snapped up No. 5 following a careless pass from Barr. With the Cup Final getting closer by the day, Aberdeen's morale is sky high.

Manager Alex Ferguson could afford the luxury of playing a couple of fringe players, giving both subs a lengthy run and makingna few positional changes late on.

Kennedy, McLeish, Miller, Bell and Weir were a class ahead of anything Dundee had to offer. I'm not going to mention a Dundee player. That's how bad they were.

The closest they came to scoring was two minutes from the end when a wild McLeish pass-back meant Leighton had to barge into the post to stop it. From the resultant corner Glennie hit the bar.

Dundee look like they are going to win our Crime Count easily.

Without wishing to advocate foul play, it's obvious a little more devilment wouldn't go amiss in their play.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at May 1st, 1982)

1981-82 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)21 33 - 64 -
Bobby Glennie24 42 - 1932
George McGeachie23 3531318
Stewart McKimmie19 20 - 38 -
Les Barr29 26 - 1291
Jim Smith20 172172
Cammy Fraser24 3567313
Eric Sinclair28 29725287
Iain Ferguson19 37136319
Ray Stephen19 2965614
Albert Kidd20 372372
Peter Mackie (sub)24 37510512

League Table (as at May 1st, 1982)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Aberdeen, the Scottish Cup finalists, are our visitors to Dens Park today. Derby games with the Dons are always intriguing matches, although the last meeting between the clubs was something of a disaster for us in many ways. Aberdeen have very good players and when they rise to the occasion they can be among the best in Britain, as they showed with their results in the U.E.F.A. Cup this season.

So our task today is no easy one, but as we are still desperate for points to achieve survival in the Premier League, we must go at them with determination and resolve to ensure the points remain at Dens Park.

When a side is desperate to win points for survival, it is some times difficult to play league games against teams which have an outside chance of achieving something. The opposition can be more relaxed and enjoy their game whereas we may be tense and make mistakes we would not make normally.

This was shown last Sunday against Morton when, although we got the points, we made many basic mistakes I am sure would not have been made in different circumstances. The attitude of the side against Morton was highly commendable and with the same resolve today, and the ability we can display, I am sure we can send Aberdeen home empty handed.

It has been a very long season and I congratulate you, our supporters, on the way you have stood by the team. I think we all have the same target in view, that Dundee should become a good side. As I have said before, this will take time.

The injury list at Dens has been formidable at times this season and things have been difficult for some of our players - lan Fleming, lain MacDonald, Andy Geddes who have had long spells of injury. Other players have had injuries not so serious but enough to keep them out of vital matches. Football is a hard game and we have to learn to take these things in our stride.

Again, I would like to thank you for your continued support and I hope we see an entertaining game this afternoon with the points remaining at Dens.