Dundee 1
Hibernian 2
League (Premier Division)

1 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, March 31st, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,355
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jim McInally (41)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Pat Stanton

Starting Eleven
1. Colin Kelly
2. George McGeachie
3. Jim McInally
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Jim Smith
6. Ian MacDonald
7. Iain Ferguson
8. Albert Kidd
9. Walker McCall
10. Tosh McKinlay
11. Colin Harris
Alan Rough .1
Alan Sneddon .2
Erich Schaedler .3
Gordon Rae .4
John Blackley .5
Alan Brazil .6
Ralph Callachan .7
Willie Jamieson .8
Willie Irvine .9
Brian Rice .10
Arthur Duncan .11

12. Colin McGlashan
14. Lex Richardson
John McGhaie .12
Stuart Turnbull .14

Colin McGlashan for Colin Harris (61)
Lex Richardson for George McGeachie (70)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Young (Larkhill) (Referee)
H. Campbell (Lossiemouth) & C. White (Auchterader) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Sunday Post.

As they might say in police circles, Dundee goalie Colin Kelly was last night reported to be helping boss Archie Knox with his inquiries into the disappearance of two points.

Two moments of dither by the lanky Englishman gave Hibs a win they scarcely deserved.

Mind you, the other 'keeper, Alan Rough, might well be named as Kelly's accomplice. The ex-Scotland player had three great smothering efforts in the second half from Fraser, Ferguson and McCall which kept his side in the hunt.

But don't get the idea Dundee were in top gear. In one of the scrappiest games seen at Dens this season, the home team looked slack and jaded.

Their one real bright spot was Jim McInally's equalising goal.

The full back sprinted upfield from his own half, leaving defenders in his wake and thundered a right foot rocket which Rough never saw.

If anything, Hibs looked the more likely to score in the early exchanges, encouraged by the sight of Kelly's uncertainty between the sticks.

He was a spectator when Jamieson was allowed to get his head to a cross from Irvine on the left, but MacDonald headed clear on the line. That was in five minutes.

Three minutes later the 'keeper made an equally poor effort to beat Jamieson to a Callachan free-kick and the Hib's simple header sailed into the empty goal.

At the start of the second half Dundee were at the kami kaze stuff again. Kelly and MacDonald got in a terrible fankle trying to clear a cross from Rice on the left and Irvine had no trouble knocking it in.

Thereafter Dundee again had more of the game in the territorial sense without ever stringing more than a couple of passes together.

Harris hit the bar with a cross-shot, but their efforts got more and more frantic, with Rough equal to everything.

Hibs never looked a particularly good team. Blackley struggled in defence, and they were content to waste time and hold on to their slender lead.

Squad Statistics (as at March 31st, 1984)

1983-84 All Time
Colin Kelly (GK)22 16 - 54 -
George McGeachie25 25 - 1888
Tosh McKinlay19 372382
Jim Smith22 331914
Jim McInally20 2121
Cammy Fraser26 36415222
Ian MacDonald30 254857
Iain Ferguson21 371613852
Colin Harris23 8181
Albert Kidd22 2738710
Walker McCall30 32173217
Lex Richardson (sub)25 24 - 24 -
Colin McGlashan (sub)20 9 - 11 -

League Table (as at March 31st, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our League position has improved with good results against Celtic and Motherwell and today we start a run of four home games in a row which we must use to get ourselves clear from the lower reaches of the League table.

Since I last wrote this column we've beaten Celtic at Dens, played Norwich City in a challenge match and beaten Motherwell at Fir Park.

I was pleased with the way we went about our business in the second half against Celtic when we started doing the right things and got the result we deserved.

Similarly we approached the job the proper way ONLY after the interval at Motherwell and again reaped the dividends.

This is a pattern we'll have to work to improve but I'm certain that much of it is to do with the pressures of being involved in the fight to get away from the relegation zone.

The players have shown recently that they can play this game and the aim is for them to perform with a belief in their ability right from the very start instead of waiting for something to happen to act as a spur.

We played reasonably well down at Norwich but again this pattern was in evidence of a slightly hesitant start before becoming more confident and positive.

The aim here is to get a level of consistency which will ensure that the players do the right things over the full 90 minutes and show the right level of concentration and commitment.

I'm sure that winning can become a habit just as losing can become one - although there will be setbacks along the way.

If we can continue to gather vital League points I'm sure we'll see our players becoming a bit more relaxed as the pressure eases on them.

The trip to Norwich was a first class exercise as we don't get many opportunities to get the players away together. In this type of trip they can get to know each other that little bit better and build on the club spirit which is a vital ingredient.

On the subject of club spirit I am sure that we still have a bit of work to do in cementing the relationship between the Football Club, the Social Club and the various supporters clubs.

This is something I am determined to see through although I'm sure the fans would agree with my first priority which is to get things right on the field of play. Nevertheless, I will always be willing to meet these clubs and get the right spirit going amongst the supporters. Having said that, I'm sure this will improve as results improve.

Today's match is the first of four consecutive home games. We must aim to do enough in this spell to get ourselves moving up the table.