Dundee 4
Montrose 1
League Cup (2nd Round 2nd Leg)

4 - 1

League Cup (2nd Round 2nd Leg)
Saturday, August 27th, 1983
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,516
3:00 PM Kick-off

Iain MacDonald (55)
Walker McCall (60)
Iain Ferguson (pen.) (74)
Iain MacDonald (78)
Charlie Barbour (84)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Dennis D'Arcy

Starting Eleven
1. Colin Kelly
2. George McGeachie
3. Stewart McKimmie
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Iain MacDonald
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Ray Stephen
9. Walker McCall
10. Peter Mackie
11. Albert Kidd
Ray Charles
Less Barr
Tony Duffy
Chic McLelland
Dave Neil
Gary Loch
Martin Allan
Neil Forbes
Charlie Barbour
Jim Bennet
Eddie Copeland

12. Eric Sinclair
14. Tosh McKinlay
George Middleton
Mike Franklin

Tosh McKinlay for Cammy Fraser (78)
George Middleton for Chic McLelland
Mike Franklin for Gary Loch

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

G. Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)
T. Doyle (Dunfermline) & L. Deas (Glenrothes) (Assistants)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at August 27th, 1983)

1983-84 All Time
Colin Kelly (GK) - 3 - 41 -
Stewart McKimmie - 3 - 81 -
Bobby Glennie - 3 - 2302
George McGeachie24 3 - 1658
Iain MacDonald - 23626
Peter Mackie - 3 - 15119
Cammy Fraser - 3 - 11918
Walker McCall - 1111
Iain Ferguson - 2210338
Albert Kidd - 31638
Ray Stephen - 3 - 9822
Tosh McKinlay (sub)18 2 - 3 -

League Table (as at August 27th, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Here we are again at the outset of another season and it is my sincere wish that we give you value for money here at Dens Park in Season 1983-84.

We appreciate the terrific vocal support we get at Dens and everyone connected with this club is extremely keen to repay this backing where it matters...on the field of play.

It is only fair to you that I endeavour to outline our hopes and ambitions for the campaign that lies ahead and if I can utilise one word that you've all heard from me before to sum up what we're about a Dens I'm sure you'll forgive me.

That word is PROGRESS. We all know what it means but a check for the dictionary definition explains this further... 'a going forward; to advance to improve; to develop.'

Progress is what we have made at Dens since the club's last drop to the First Division and everything we do in training, at team talks, and behind the scenes - generally is geared to ensuring that this process continues. in our first Premier League season since my arrival at Dens our aim was to finish third bottom and avoid relegation, which we did.

Then last season our target was to improve on that showing and by any standards our sixth position in 82-83 did just that and I'm told that this was the club's best League position for almost 10 years. So what sort of progress am I searching for at this stage of our third consecutive campaign in the Top Ten?

The answer to that is quite simple... we want to do even better, finish higher in the League and qualify for a place in Europe.

If we are to achieve that then even our most severe critics could not say that we are not at least some way to bringing back the great and not too distant days when Dundee were a force not just in Scotland but across the English channel too.

I believe sincerly that if we play to our strengths in the months ahead, then this is not too stiff a target to reach. And I am sure that if our players continue to work hard at the things they are good at, they will become better performers and as a result Dundee will become a better team.

I am fully aware that I am saying all this against a back ground of last Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Pittodrie. While we had a good travelling support in Aberdeen many of you will only have read about the match...and feared the worst.

It is not only my opinion that Dundee played reasonably well against the Dons and let's not forget that Alex Ferguson's men are without doubt one of the top teams in Europe today. We lost to a penalty, an own goal and one other goal but that does not tell the whole story.

The truth of the matter is that we caused Aberdeen a problem or two but unfortunately reasonably easy chances were missed. In short, Dundee played not al all badly in certain departments and I believe that more of the same, with at degree of tightening up here and there will bring us richer rewards in most games we play. I am unable, because of the printer's deadline for this programme, to refer in any way to our League Cup tie at Montrose on Tuesday night. Whatever happened then I hope we all see a good game at Dens today when Montrose pay the return visit.

And in concluding this, my first offering of the new season, I would wish to include in my earlier welcome, all the Montrose players and officials and of course their supporters.