Dundee 0
Hibernian 1
League (Premier Division)

0 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 18th, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,290
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Pat Stanton

Starting Eleven
Derek McWilliams
1. Tom Carson
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Stuart Rafferty
5. John McCormack
6. John Brown
7. Albert Kidd
8. Ray Stephen
9. Walker McCall
11. Bobby Connor
Alan Rough .1
Kevin McKee .2
Erich Schaedler .3
Alan Sneddon .4
Gordon Rae .5
Jackie McNamara .6
Ralph Callachan .7
Willie Jamieson .8
Paul Kane .9
Brian Rice .10
Bobby Thomson .11

12. Colin Harris
14. Bobby Glennie
John McGachie .12
Brian Rice .14

Colin Harris for Albert Kidd (66)
Bobby Glennie for George McGeachie (72)
John McGachie for Gordon Rae
Alan Brazil for Brian Rice

Stuart Rafferty
Jackie McNamara
Brian Rice

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim Renton (Cowdenbeath) (Referee)
N. Carnegy (Larkhill) & J. Varndell (Rosyth) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from Sunday Mail.

Bobby Thomson paid full compensation to Hibs at Dens Park yesterday for last season's lengthy ban.

For soccer bad boy Thomson scored the goal that ended the Edinburgh side's famine in front of goal.

And that goal allowed Hibs to continue a sequence of success over Dundee in the Premier League - their fifth win in a row.

Hibs just deserved their victory over a new look Dens side and if Thomson's winner was no classic, it was nevertheless welcome.

It came in 62 minutes and just when it appeared Hibs might be about to struggle. For seconds earlier they had lost centre-half Gordon Rae.

But before Dundee could seize on that, Paul Kane, drafted into the side for the injured Willie Irvine, played the ball through the middle.

That created a race between Thomson and Tom Carson, which the new Dundee goalkeeper appeared to have won.

However, it hit Carson's body, rebounded off Thomson, and gently crawled over the goal-line.

Dundee fielded six new players from last season for the first time at Dens Park, and although they finished on the losing side there were some en- couraging signs.

Despite his unfortunate moment, Carson made a couple of splendid saves. There were also good performances from John Brown at the back and Stuart Rafferty in midfield.

In fact, most of the first-half action was confined to midfield with only couple of chances being created.

The outstanding Brian Rice fired an angled shot just over in 20 minutes and five minutes before half-time Ray Stephen was slow to take advantage after Derek McWilliams had a cross touched back by Albert. Kidd.

The second half was much brighter, starting with a fine shot on the turn by Kane which Carson held confidently. And in 47 minutes McWilliams almost counted for Dundee, glancing a header just wide from

Rafferty's cross. After Thomson's goal Dundee might have had a penalty when Bobby Connor seemed to be pushed by Alan Sneddon.

But Hibs also threatened to add to their lead, through Rice and substitute John McGachie.

There were three bookings-Jackie McNamara and Rice of Hibs, and Dundee's Connor.

Squad Statistics (as at August 18th, 1984)

1984-85 All Time
Tom Carson (GK)25 1 - 1 -
George McGeachie25 2 - 1988
John McCormack29 2 - 2 -
Tosh McKinlay19 2 - 503
Derek McWilliams24 2 - 2 -
John Brown - 1 - 1 -
Stuart Rafferty23 2121
Bobby Connor24 2 - 2 -
Ray Stephen21 2113127
Albert Kidd22 2 - 9910
Walker McCall30 2 - 4219
Bobby Glennie (sub)26 2 - 2674
Colin Harris (sub)23 2 - 192

League Table (as at August 18th, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

On this first home game of another brand new season it's my pleasure to welcome everyone to Dens Park for what I hope and believe can be a successful campaign.

A great deal has happened since the last ball was kicked in May not the least the arrival of several new players all of whom I am confident will make a significant contribution on the field of play.

We have, of course, enjoyed an excellent pre-season tour to Germany and I'm pleased to be able to report to you that our preparations for this season have been the best I've ever been associated with in football.

Team spirit is excellent and there is an atmosphere around the Park that this club is at last going in the right direction.

A lot of work was done during the close season in terms of getting fresh players to the club and I must say that I'm satisfied with the additions we've made.

The standard of player we have here at Dens is excellent and although the newcomers might require some time to settle in, I have every confidence that they will all prove that they are players of quality.

Having said that, I'm aware that the picture is not yet complete and I'm constantly on the look-out for the type of player I want here at Dens to add to our options and provide really keen competition for first-team places.

It appears to me that the feeling that there is about to be a change for the better as far as the club's fortunes are concerned has also got through to our supporters.

We had a terrific support at Pittodrie on Saturday and although, in the final reckoning, the result was a great disappointment to us all, we were thrilled at the vocal support we got.

I've said before that the fans have an important part to play and we'll need more backing like we got on Saturday in the months ahead.

The result Saturday was all the more disappoint ing because we had pulled ourselves back into the game and were in control at 2-1. But in all honesty I feel we ducked out a little after the interval and possibly we should have asked a bit more of ourselves.


Today, we welcome Hibs who enjoyed a 100 per cent record against us in last season's campaign. If we have any ambition at all we must do well here at Dens Park - that's a basic requirement- and in starting today we can do something about redressing the balance which was clearly tipped in Hibs favour last term.