Dundee 1
Aberdeen 3
League (Premier Division)

1 - 3

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 29th, 1983
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,849
3:00 PM Kick-off

Bobby Glennie (27)
Gordon Strachan (pen.) (37)
Peter Weir (44)
Doug Bell (72)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Stewart McKimmie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Jim Smith
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Peter Mackie
8. Ray Stephen
9. Iain Ferguson
10. Lex Richardson
11. Andy Geddes
Jim Leighton .1
Doug Rougvie .2
Ian Angus .3
Neil Simpson .4
Alex McLeish .5
Joe Millar .6
Gordon Strachan .7
John Hewitt .8
Mark McGhee .9
Doug Bell .10
Peter Weir .11

12. Albert Kidd
14. George McGeachie
Willie Falconer .12
Ian Porteous .14

George McGeachie for Bobby Glennie (75)
Albert Kidd for Andy Geddes (85)
Ian Porteous for Neil Simpson (72)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tony Muirhead (Stenhousemuir) (Referee)
S. Dyas (Glenrothes) & A. Shearer (East Kilbride) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dens Park has long been Aberdeen's favourite hunting ground. In fact they've never lost to the Dark Blues there since Alec Ferguson became manager.

Although they were technically streets ahead of Dundee, they required every inch of their Dens good fortune to subdue the battling home side.

In fact, the outcome of this derby revolved around two of the most controversial refereeing decisions I've witnessed all season. And on both counts Dundee have every right to feel the world is against them just now.

They were a goal up and just beginning to get on top when Tommy Muirhead baffled everyone at Dens by awarding the visitors a penalty. It was so unexpected not one Aberdeen player even appealed.

Bell and Strachan indulged in a neat piece of ball-juggling inside the home box. It looked like they had overdone things and lost possession when, to everyone's amazement, the referee indicated Bobby Glennie had handled the ball. He was the only one in the ground who thinks so.

Gordon Strachan showed his former team no favours and scored easily from the spot.

The second half had just started when decision No. 2 went against the home side. Bell appeared to handle when back defending, but the referee didn't want to know despite Dundee's frantic appeals.

The home side just gave in after this, although to Aberdeen's credit they played some marvellous football in blustery conditions.

They had previously knocked much of the stuffing out of Dundee by going ahead seconds before the break against the run of play. Bell made a long surging run up the left and from his cross Peter Weir easily slipped the ball under Geddes.

As Dons went to town with wind and slope advantage in the second half, only some careless finishing prevented further goals, until Bell grabbed the reward he richly deserved.

Mark McGhee crossed from the right, Bell was left unmarked at the far post and scored easily.

All credit to Aberdeen. With so many regulars absent this was always going to be a difficult game. Then there is the spectre-hanging over them about their manager's future.

But they proved what a professional outfit they were. Although Strachan and McGhee looked far from fit, everyone got their head down and battled away.

Their organisation was superb. They know each other's play backwards. McLeish, Miller, Bell and Weir were outstanding.

Dundee must be of the opinion they will never beat Aberdeen at Dens.

They couldn't have got off to a better start here. Bobby Glennie scored a fantastic goal with an unsaveable shot from 40 yards. It followed a Fraser corner flicked on by Mackie. A clearance went only as far as Glennie who measured his long-distance shot to perfection.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at October 29th, 1983)

1983-84 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)23 7 - 75 -
Andy Geddes24 71298
Bobby Glennie26 1012383
Stewart McKimmie21 16 - 94 -
Tosh McKinlay18 15 - 16 -
Jim Smith22 10 - 683
Cammy Fraser26 15113119
Peter Mackie25 12216121
Lex Richardson24 6 - 6 -
Iain Ferguson21 15711643
Ray Stephen20 15 - 11122
George McGeachie (sub)24 15 - 1788
Albert Kidd (sub)22 111718

League Table (as at October 29th, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Last Saturday's visit to Easter Road was a source of great frustration to me as our performance over the 90 minutes was such a disappointment.

Having done so well over our previous four games I had reason o believe that we would go about the Hibs game in the correct way. That belief was underlined in the dressing room immediately before the players took the field as they appeared totally determined and committed to getting a good result.

But sadly something happened between then and kick-off and for the entire first-half all the old bad habits were back in evidence.

It is very difficult to play away from home and lose a goal in under a minute and that succeeded only in giving Hibs a real boost to their confidence.

Thereafter, we made the situation worse with some slack play of the very worst kind and it was only after the interval that we began to treat the game in the manner I always look for.

The result was that we gave Hibs a real hard time in that second 45 minutes and the fact that they were playing for time and their fans were whistling for an end to the proceedings surely tells its own story.

I'm in no doubt that had we gone about our business right from the word go with this determination then we would have come home with at least a point.

All our good results this season have come about through hard work and aggression and our players have to be reminded that this is the way to get points in the Premier League.

If ever that point was proved it was by watching the televised highlights of the Aberdeen - Celtic match at Pittodrie. We are all aware that Aberdeen are an extremely gifted side but still EVEN THEY have to work and graft for the rewards that this game can offer.

Against Celtic the Dons took the game by the scruff of the neck right from the word go and kept up the work rate until it was all over! Another reason why I was so disappointed on Satur

day was that we had a bigger than normal travelling support at Easter Road and I felt that we let these people down.

But once again I will say to the fans-Dundee will not become great again overnight there is still a lot of hard work to be done before that can happen.

But if then need any encouragement I would ask them to look only as far as the number of good young players coming through. If these youngsters develop as I know they can, then this club will be in good hands even if the process does take longer than some people might think.

Today, we welcome Aberdeen and they always provide us with a hard time here at Dens. I'm writing this prior to the mid week game against Meadowbank but I hope we did enough then to suggest that we can compete well with the Dons today.