Dundee 2
St Johnstone 1
League Cup (3rd Round, Group 3)

2 - 1
St Johnstone 

League Cup (3rd Round, Group 3)
Wednesday, August 31st, 1983
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,534
7:30 PM Kick-off

Walker McCall (49)
Peter Mackie (84)
Jim Morton (12)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Alex Rennie

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
Mike McDonald
Rab Kilgour
Don McVicar
Derek Addison
Alex Caldwell
Drew Rutherford
Ian Gibson
John Brogan
Raymond Blair
Jim Morton
Doug Barron

12. Eric Sinclair
14. Tosh McKinlay
Andy Brannigan

Tosh McKinlay for Ray Stephen
Andy Brannigan for John Brogan

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

K. Hope (Clarkston) (Referee)
L. G. Russell (Carnoustie) & J. P. Varndell (Rosyth) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from Aberdeen Press and Journal.

Dundee kept pace with Aberdeen in their League Cup section, but for long spells it looked like the tie would end in stalemate.

Premier Division newcomers St Johnstone were unfortunate to lose in controversial circumstances

With the game locked at 1-1 six minutes from time, former Aberdeen defender Glennie forced his way through a succession of tackles and the ball broke to Mackle, who looked a couple of yards offside.

Substitute referee Lenny Russell, who replaced the injured Kenny Hope at half-time, glanced to the far side linesman before allowIng MACKIE to continue and stroke in the winner.

St Johnstone's heated protests went unanswered

Blair's pace took him past Glennie in 12 minutes and his cross found MORTON, who headed home to give Saints the lead.

There was nothing between the teams in a first half which became more and more physical.

McCall came close with a lofted volley in 37 minutes.

Referee Hope, who pulled a muscle early in the match, stayed in the dressing room at the interval.

Dundee's 49th minute equaliser proved to be McCall's second goal in two games for his new club.

Mackie won a tussle for the ball with full back Kilgour and McCALL stroked in his cutback from close range.

Dundee enjoyed the bulk of the second half þut still found St Johnstone dangerous on the break. Barron, Gibson and Addison were all unfortunate with long range efforts.

Glennie produced a spectacular effort in the 78th minute when he flicked the ball-over the outrushing Saints defense before lofting his finishing effort just too high, but the big defender had the last laugh when he forced that dramatic late winner.

Squad Statistics (as at August 31st, 1983)

1983-84 All Time
Colin Kelly (GK) - 4 - 42 -
Stewart McKimmie - 4 - 82 -
Bobby Glennie - 4 - 2312
George McGeachie24 4 - 1668
Peter Mackie - 4115220
Cammy Fraser - 4 - 12018
Iain MacDonald - 33636
Walker McCall - 2222
Iain Ferguson - 3210438
Albert Kidd - 41648
Ray Stephen - 4 - 9922
Tosh McKinlay (sub) - 3 - 4 -

League Table (as at August 31st, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It's always nice to get a win in the first competitive home match of the season and after a fair amount of huffing and puffing that was the way it turned out for us against Montrose on Saturday.

Fortunately, we had succeeded in doing most of the hard work in the away leg on the previous Tuesday, but there was still enough incentive for us to do well at Dens, not the least to entertain our fans.

I was reasonably pleased with the way things went and once again we found ourselves up against a very competent goalkeeper who was supported by a hard-working defence.

It was pleasing to see Walker McCall settle in so well and I'm sure he'll take a trick with our fans if he can build on Saturday's performance.

And it was nice too, to see lain MacDonald hitting the net twice to add to the goal he scored against the same opponent at Links Park on the Tuesday, There has been a lot of criticism of the way the League Cup has worked out and there is little point in my adding to the arguments at this stage.

Suffice to say that we now all know what lies between us and the final stages of the competition and there can be no complaints about the groupings that have fallen in our direction.

The two games against Aberdeen will be most people's idea of the acid test in this tourney but just as vital will be the matches against tonight's visitors St. Johnstone and the underdogs of our section, Meadowbank Thistle.

These games are being spun out until the end of November so it is also vital that we stay in contention, giving our opponents a real run for their money and keeping the interest alive in our loyal supporters.

It is a special pleasure for me to have St Johnstone to Dens tonight because, although I am Glasgow born, I grew up in Perth and therefore would wish to offer a warm welcome to all our visitors from the Fair City.

I am fully aware of the special interest that clashes between Dundee and St. Johnstone hold with fans of both sides and I just hope that our lads do enough on the park to ensure that it is the fans wearing Dark Blue who go home happy.

Saints will be keen to do well and prove to their supporters that they can play sides like Dundee on equal terms and thus consolidate their new found Premier League status.

That apart, it's been a couple of years since Saints were last visitors here at Dens and previous games were always interesting to say the very least. I hope tonight's encounter proves to be no exception.