Dundee 1
Aberdeen 5
League Cup (Group 2)

1 - 5

League Cup (Group 2)
Saturday, August 28th, 1982
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,977
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ray Stephen (68)
Gordon Strachan (21)
Mark McGhee (27)
Gordon Strachan (51)
Gordon Strachan (53)
Gordon Strachan (Pen.) (62)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Stewart McKimmie
3. Chic McLelland
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Bobby Glennie
6. George McGeachie
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Andy Geddes
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Peter Mackie
11. Ray Stephen
Jim Leighton .1
Stuart Kennedy .2
John McMaster .3
Neale Cooper .4
Doug Rougvie .5
Willie Miller .6
Gordon Strachan .7
Neil Simpson .8
Mark McGhee .9
Doug Bell .10
John Hewitt .11

12. Albert Kidd
14. Gerry Davidson
Eric Black .12
Ian Angus .14

Albert Kidd for Andy Geddes (48)
Gerry Davidson for Eric Sinclair (65)
Eric Black for Doug Rougvie
Ian Angus for Eric Black

Chic McLelland
Bobby Glennie

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. M. Galloway (Pitlessie) (Referee)
S. Dyas (Glenrothes) & J. Cambridge (Edinburgh) (Assistants)

Match Report

I know you'll find this difficult to believe, but for the opening 20 minutes Dundee had 100 per cent. of this game. Aberdeen didn't manage one shot at goal.

Things looked really black for the Dons when Doug Rougvie was stretchered off. They had to hurriedly regroup drawing Cooper back to central defence and Strachan to midfield to accommodate sub Black up front.

Instead, everything came up roses for the men in red. Strachan being pulled slightly deeper afforded him the opportunity yet again to illustrate he's the most exciting player in Scotland, if not Britain.

Gordon dictated the destination of this tie with a breath taking performance. He scored four times and instigated Aberdeen's other goal.

He also had a rare headed goal disallowed for offside although that decision was a travesty. No wonder Scotland manager Jock Stein looked relaxed and happy in the directors' box. I

f Strachan continues to show this sparkling form, Scotland must have decent prospects in their difficult European Championship section. Certainly Dundee's naive defending contributed to Strachan having a field day. They really do have quite the worse defence in the Premier League.

But don't take anything away from Gordon, who, to make matters worse, was allowed to leave Dens for a song not all that long ago.

He produced a highly entertaining performance full of skill with the odd touch of arrogant impudence. Just the job to lure the fans back.

Really though, serious questions must be asked of Dundee. After conceding a soft opening goal, they went to pieces. They stopped challenging and fighting-the very qualities which allowed them to monopolise the opening spell.

Their heads went down Immediately they went behind against the run of play. No wonder the home fans ended up mocking them.

Now it's time for the Gordon Strachan Cavalcade, however, Goal No. 1-Strachan pinged a great crossfield pass which held up in the wind for Hewitt. McKimmie should have cleared, but allowed the winger in behind him. Strachan made great ground to fire the cross into the roof of the net.

No. 2-Strachan clipped a clever pass with the outside of his foot to release Kennedy. Bell headed the cross back to McGhee who scoredbdespite the despairing efforts of Glennie to punch the ball out.

No. 3-Hewitt crossed, McGhee backheaded and Strachan was un marked to fire home.

No. 4-Another slack piece of defending by Dundee presented Strachan with the ball 22 yards out.. He spotted Geddes off his line and chipped the 'keeper quite magnificently.

No.5-Fraser handled a Black header following Kennedy's cross. There was no way Strachan was going to miss from the spot.

Dundee's crumb of comfort was Stephen's goal from Ferguson's cross.

It really was a token resistance. Their pride was further hurt with bookings for McLelland and Glennie for fouls on McGhee. Dons hadn't a weakness. Dundee hadn't even a glimmer of hope.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at August 28th, 1982)

1982-83 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)22 2 - 67 -
Andy Geddes22 2 - 227
Bobby Glennie24 5 - 1992
George McGeachie23 5 - 1378
Chic McLelland28 5 - 24 -
Stewart McKimmie19 5 - 44 -
Cammy Fraser25 5 - 7913
Peter Mackie24 5111013
Ray Stephen19 536317
Iain Ferguson20 556925
Eric Sinclair28 5125888
Albert Kidd (sub)20 1 - 402
Gerry Davidson (sub)21 41171

League Table (as at August 28th, 1982)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After our first four games in this year's League Cup campaign we have already shown a vast improvement on last year's form in the same competition in a section that is very similar.

Hence the game today against Aberdeen takes on the double significance of a derby game and a very crucial League Cup tie.

Our performance against Aberdeen at Pittodrie was very satisf ing from the end result and today, we must look to try and capitalise on that performance.

But I feel Aberdeen will have a lot to say on that matter. The one worrying aspect have had in all our games is the amount of goals We are giving away and this is something we are all working very hard to rectify.

However, it is easier said than done. We have played four games now and been involved in 21 goals - everyone tells me that this is what football is all about but I sincerely feel that a tightening up in defence is essential.

It is always a pleasure to welcome teams like Aberdeen to Dens Park, they have so many class players in their side and a manager in Alex Ferguson who is always determined to achieve the best.

We have got to set our sights I even higher than theirs and look achieve the same success at Dens Park as they have enjoyed at Pittodrie.

Derby games are always difficult games to predict the atmosphere and the whole occasion usually leads to an exciting encounter and we hope you see a first class game this afternoon.

It was good to see us bouncing back with the result at Dumbarton on Wednesday after our disappointing performance at Cappielow. As I said in the Press, Greenock is one of the most difficult grounds to go to and get a result and although we played some good football in stages, we were severely punished by a very workmanlike Morton team.

This added more to the result at Boghead on Wednesday which is another difficult ground to get a result from and the work and effort put in to achieving that result speaks volumes for the team spirit.

It was a strange coincidence that the four goals we conceded to Dumbarton were all from penalty kicks.

This is a trend that we must put a stop to very quickly. I'm. quite sure that after two games against Dumbarton they will upset a few teams in the First Division this season.

On our playing side it is good to see lain Ferguson hitting the net so regularly. Being a superstitious person I hope that by saying this I will not invoke some evil upon him and that he continues scoring regularly.

A lot of the credit must go to the players supporting him as well and I'm quite sure that given this type of support all season, we will upset a few teams, Hopefully, starting with Aberdeen today.