Dundee 0
St Johnstone 1
League (Premier Division)

0 - 1
St Johnstone 

League (Premier Division)
Tuesday, December 27th, 1983
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,650
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Ian Gibson (64)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Alexander Duncan Rennie

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Jim Smith
6. Iain MacDonald
7. Peter Mackie
8. Lex Richardson
9. Iain Ferguson
10. Walker McCall
11. Andy Geddes
Roy Baines
Rab Kilgour
Don McVicar
Derek Addison
Alex Caldwell
Drew Rutherford
Ian Gibson
Raymond Blair
Andy Brannigan
Alan Lyons
Stuart Beedie

12. Albert Kidd
14. Colin McGlashan
John Brogan
Gordon Scott

Albert Kidd for Peter Mackie (68)
Colin McGlashan for George McGeachie (73)

Iain MacDonald
Derek Addison
Don McVicar
Alan Lyons

Red Cards
None. Derek Addison
Match Officials

George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)
W. Machray (Dingwall) & W. Crichton (Banchory) (Assistants)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at December 27th, 1983)

1983-84 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK) - 17 - 85 -
Jim Smith - 20 - 783
George McGeachie24 16 - 1788
Andy Geddes - 122349
Tosh McKinlay19 251261
Cammy Fraser - 23313921
Peter Mackie - 22317022
Lex Richardson - 14 - 14 -
Iain MacDonald - 153756
Iain Ferguson - 24912545
Walker McCall - 22112211
Colin McGlashan (sub) - 5 - 7 -
Albert Kidd (sub) - 161768

League Table (as at December 27th, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

In this my first message, I would like to underline how pleased I am to have been offered the job of managing Dundee Football Club.

The reasons why I took up the challenge here at Dens Park have been well aired in the press at the time of my appointment and there is little need to go over them again.

But what I would like to say is that I am very grateful to Alex Ferguson and the Directors of Aberdeen for their co-operation in allowing me to take up this opportunity.

It means a great deal to me that when this job became vacant the Directors of Dundee wanted me to take on the responsibility of attempting to restore this club to its former high status in Scottish football.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Aberdeen but felt I was ready to be my own man and when this club first made the approach I knew that moment had arrived.

To you fans at Dens today, I would like to say right away that, alongside the players, you are the most important people at this club. I'm aware that is a well-worn cliche but I am extremely serious and I also want you to play your part as we go about getting this club alive again.

I will be insisting that my players give total effort through thick and thin and I would ask the fans to do likewise. I cannot make demands of the fans in the same way as I can make demands of my players.

But I would ask you to give the team your wholehearted support even when things aren't

going as well as you might hope. It is my intention to give you a team worthy of your support and you can help us along the way by giving us positive and passionate encouragement. I can promise you that if the players are getting this kind of back-up from the stands and terracing it has the effect of making them better at their job.

Fans exert a major influence and as we strive for better things you can help. So far as the playing side of things is concerned here at Dens, I have discovered they are all very keen to work, and the game against Rangers at Ibrox certainly confirmed this. The players certainly marked my card that day and I'm grateful to them for that.

Now I know exactly what they are capable of in terms of application and effort and there is no reason why they cannot show this same level in every single game. I now regard what I saw at Ibrox as a basic and anything short of that will not be tolerated.

We all have hard work in abundance in the days ahead but I am optimistic. Certainly, I wouldn't have given up the security I had at Pittodrie if I didn't think this club could go places.

Sure, there are restraints, but believe me, every club in Scotland is operating under some form of restraint with only a couple of notable exceptions. In that respect we're in the same boat as most others and the immediate aim is to get all the heads up-and that includes the fans - and get things buzzing here once again.

It is my pleasure to welcome St. Johnstone and their fans to Dens for today's match and I'm sure all connected with the Muirton club will be delighted at their recent upturn in form which has seen them win the last two games.

No matter the opponents, all games in the Premier League are difficult and we must apply ourselves totally to getting the better of the opposition.

Saints can perhaps see the light at the end of the tunnel but we'll try our best to cast a shadow over their recent revival...for the time being anyway.