Dundee 2
St Mirren 2
League (Premier Division)


Dundee
2 - 2
St Mirren 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 3rd, 1983
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,572
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Walker McCall (45)
Ray Stephen (49)
Ian Scanlon (pen.) (31)
Frank McAvennie (73)

Team Managers
Donald Mackay
Alex Miller

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Stewart McKimmie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Jim Smith
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Peter Mackie
8. Lex Richardson
9. Walker McCall
10. Albert Kidd
11. Ray Stephen
Billy Thomson .1
Steve Clark .2
Derek Hamilton .3
John McCormack .4
Mark Fulton .5
Billy Abercromby .6
Tony Fitzpatrick .7
Frank McAvennie .8
Frank McDougall .9
Neil Cooper .10
Ian Scanlon .11

Bench
12. Colin McGlashan
14. Andy Geddes
Rowan Alexander .12
Drew Jarvie .14

Substitutions
Andy Geddes for Albert Kidd
None.

Cautions
Stewart McKimmie (70)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike Delaney (Cleland) (Referee)
M. McGinlay (Clydebank) & R. Harrison (Bearsden) (Assistants)


Match Report


Dundee and St Mirren had their ups and downs at Dens Park on Saturday, before levelling off at two goals each. It was a result that seemed fair enough to most folk.

Of course both managers, Alex. Miller and Donald Mackay, could point to spells in the game when their teams might have sewn up both points.

St Mirren were at their best in the first half-more aggressive, far more accurate, and with men of class and menace, like Ian Scanlon. He meandered from wing to wing, creating all sorts of problems for both full backs in turn.

Dundee, in contrast, showed little of the drive and determination that characterised their performance against Aberdeen a few days earlier.

The home team went behind to their now usual penalty award-the total is five in the last six League fixtures! Bobby Glennie, on the goal-line at the post, had to handle a fierce, angled shot from Frank McDougall, who had rounded the keeper.

Scanlon sank the penalty, St Mirren hit the woodwork twice in their domination and the outlook looked dicy for the home club.

It was an unexpected boost when the equaliser came just on the interval, Walker McCall taking a pass from Tosh McKinlay to hit a fine shot past Billy Thomson.

Four minutes into the second half and it was 2-1 from a now rejuvenated Dundee. Ray Stephen headed in a Peter Mackie cross in great style and Saints threatened to be swamped.

Only a super Thomson save from a McCall header prevented the clinching goal, and soon after Dundee also had a reasonable penalty claim refused.

But the game took another twist, with the Dens side sagging a bit and the visitors coming back at them, a defensive mix-up allowed Frank McAvennie to shoot the equaliser.

A bit hard on Dundee for their showing during most of the second half, but let's not forget the first period belonged to Saints.

There's no doubt, though, that keeper Thomson was a much busier man than Bobby Geddes. He was St Mirren's rock in that second half spell when the home side were at their best.

It was a good game, between two teams committed to going forward, but in the end, as Donald Mackay pointed out, "This was a better point for St Mirren than us."

The days when Dundee accepted any points, with no questions asked, are gone. They have to win such home fixtures, if they are to climb to the higher reaches of the table.

Probably they missed the injured Ian Ferguson, Maybe they suffered a reaction from Wednesday's League Cup efforts. But they were slow to get going on Saturday, and too erratic when they did.

St Mirren, unbeaten now in seven league games, pleased their boss Alex. Miller with this result, though he wasn't happy at the way they lost the two goals.

But he had praise for scorer Walker McCall, a player he has always rated highly. Indeed, Alex. reminded us that, as man- ager of Hong Kong club South China, he had signed the Dundee striker.

When both came home, Alex. first tried to get McCall for Morton then St Mirren, when he took over there.

"I was just a couple of hours too late in making a move for him before he decided to sign a longer contract with Dundee," he revealed.

Well, it has turned out well for the Dens club. The big fellow has now scored 11 goals for them.

Match report written by The Courier



Squad Statistics (as at December 3rd, 1983)


1983-84 All Time
Age
Bobby Geddes (GK)23 14 - 82 -
Bobby Glennie26 1712453
Stewart McKimmie21 23 - 101 -
Tosh McKinlay19 221231
Jim Smith22 17 - 753
Cammy Fraser26 22313821
Peter Mackie25 19316822
Lex Richardson25 11 - 11 -
Albert Kidd22 141748
Walker McCall29 19111911
Ray Stephen20 22211824
Andy Geddes (sub)24 101328






League Table (as at December 3rd, 1983)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Our recent run of success away from home came to an unhappy halt at Parkhead on Saturday and if anyone thinks that the players of this club are in any way lacking in ambition then they should have been in the dressing room at time up.

I can assure you there was total disappointment at our failure to bring a point back from what was always going to be an extremely tough fixture.

But having said that, I believe we would have had something to show for our efforts if we had adopted a more positive attitude in the second half.

It was noticeable that we could have scored on more than one occasion in the first half and we were unlucky to have a goal disallowed for off-side.

It was noticeable, too, that we posed the Celtic defence a few problems after their penalty winner and I was puzzled as to why we left it so late to put their defence under real pressure.

But if these were the disappointing factors from Park head, then I must add that there were many positive aspects to our game.

For instance, it will not have escaped your notice that it took a penalty to beat Bobby Geddes.

I am having to write this column before Wednesday's big League Cup-tie with Aberdeen but I must say that the defence has been outstanding of late.

In particular I am very pleased at the way Stewart McKimmie and Tom McKinlay are playing. They are still very young men but are confirming our belief that they have a great future in the game.

FURTHER, I WOULD LIKE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR EVER-GROWING TRAVELLING SUPPORT.

They made quite a bit of noise against Celtic and were a great source encouragement to the players. I hope our results continue to improve and that more and more of our loyal fans do us the great honour of travelling to give us their vocal backing at difficult awaygrounds.

But back to today's game against St. Mirren. The men from Paisley come to Dens with an outstanding run behind them.

They have beaten the best in that spell and a new found enthusiasm and verve for the game has coincided more or less with the arrival of new manager Alex Miller.

Naturally, we'll be hoping to put an end to their revival this afternoon but nevertheless I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Alex in his first visit to Dens Park as a manager.

It goes without saying that the same message applies to the St. Mirren players and officials and of course their fans who are making the journed to Dundee for today's clash.