Dundee 3
Hamilton Academical 0
League Cup (1st Round)

3 - 0

League Cup (1st Round)
Wednesday, August 22nd, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,916
7:30 PM Kick-off

Walker McCall (18)
Bobby Connor (67)
Ray Stephen (81)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
John Lambie

Starting Eleven
1. Tom Carson
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Stuart Rafferty
5. John McCormack
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Ray Stephen
8. John Brown
9. Walker McCall
10. Bobby Connor
11. Albert Kidd
Rikki Ferguson .1
Tony Gervaisse .2
Alex Hamill .3
John McNaught .4
Alan McDougall .5
Raymond Day .6
John Pelosi .7
Alex Forsyth .8
Gerry Phillips .9
Brian Wright .10
Pat McCurdy .11

12. Colin Harris
14. Lex Richardson
Bruce Coulston .12
Paul Hackett .14

Lex Richardson for Tosh McKinlay (66)
Colin Harris for Stuart Rafferty (83)
Bruce Coulston for Raymond Day
Paul Hackett for Pat McCurdy

Walker McCall (21)
Walker McCall (76)
Pat McCurdy (3)
Tony Gervaise (52)
John Pelosi
Brian Wright
Tony Gervaise (76)

Red Cards
Walker McCall (76)
Tony Gervaise (76)
Match Officials

David Syme (Rutherglen) (Referee)
D. Fleming (Buckhaven) & C. Senior (Dunblane) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from Don John - The Courier.

Two players sent off, five booked-it sounds like a Dens Park battlefield last night. It wasn't. I counted only one of the bookings as being worth the trouble.

However, there was no doubt that Walker McCall (Dundee) and Tony Gervaise (Hamilton) had to go off late in the game, when hands were raised in anger.

All this disciplinary stuff doesn't hide the fact that Dundee went comfortably into the third round of the Skol Cup, showing much improvement from sad Saturday in terms of confidence and build-up. McCall scored in the first half, Connor and Stephen in the second.

There could have been more goals. Albert Kidd, with a bit of luck, might have had a hat-trick. Sadly, as Archie Knox had forecast, the fans will have to be wooed back. Under 3000 looked on last night.

But, even allowing for the fact that Hamilton showed very little, this is a big step forward for the Dens Parkers. George McGeachie was voted Skol man of the match, well deserved, too.

Dundee showed one change in personnel from Saturday-Bobby Glennie for the injured Derek McWilliams.

It took only three minutes for a booking. McCurdy's name was noted for kicking the ball away.

Next minute Dundee went close as an attempted clearance from Day went to Kidd who headed narrowly over the top.

A confident clutch by Carson from a Gervaise free kick was Hamilton's only threat during the opening 15 minutes, in which Dundee put a lot of effort into attack without any clear cut chances. But, in 18 minutes, the home side went in front from a smartly taken goal by Walker McCall. The big fellow pounced on a ball which broke to him in a penalty box scramble and shot high into the net from 15 yards.

This was the tonic Dundee needed. McGeachie had the ball in the net again a minute later, only to be foiled by an offside decision.

Referee Syme was obviously determined to back the new clamp down on dissent. He booked McCall in 21 minutes for not retreating far enough at a free kick, Like the first booking, it seemed so trivial.

There was a real let-off for the visitors in 30 minutes when McCall headed in a Connor cross, and Perguson could only parry the ball. Stephen dashed in, but just failed to convert the rebound.

Carson was seldom in action, yet Accies could easily have equalised five minutes from half-time. McNaught headed on to Phillips who first-timed his shot over the bar from close range.

Dundee kept up their aggression after the interval and in 52 minutes, Gervaise brought down Kidd crudely, and became the third booking of the match.

A few minutes later Kidd, in full flight, was pulled down on the 18-yard line. Brown's tremendous free-kick was blocked, Connor's rebound suffered the same fate.

Hamilton substituted Hacket for McCurdy and had two more players booked in quick succession-Pelosi for a tackle on McGeachie, and Wright for dissent.

Dundee brought on Richardson for McKinlay in 66 minutes, and clinched the tie a minute later. Richardson and Rafferty worked a move on the right, and Connor, at the far post first-timed the cross into the net.

After McCall had miscued an excellent chance for Dundee, Accies brought on their second sub, Coulston replacing Day.

Then, sensation in 76 minutes. on penalties Gervaise and McCall were involved in angry confrontation, and as both had been booked previously, both had to go off-though remarkably, Mr Syme had to be reminded by a Dundee player that Gervaise had already been booked.

Dundee were in full command and brought on Harris for Rafferty with seven minutes left. Stephen collected the third goal in 81 minutes, heading in a Connor cross off a defender

Squad Statistics (as at August 22nd, 1984)

1984-85 All Time
Tom Carson (GK)25 2 - 2 -
George McGeachie25 3 - 1998
John McCormack29 3 - 3 -
Tosh McKinlay19 3 - 513
Bobby Glennie26 3 - 2684
John Brown - 2 - 2 -
Stuart Rafferty23 3131
Bobby Connor24 3131
Albert Kidd22 3 - 10010
Ray Stephen21 3213228
Walker McCall30 314320
Lex Richardson (sub)25 1 - 34 -
Colin Harris (sub)23 3 - 202

League Table (as at August 22nd, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Unfortunately Saturday's first game of the season here at Dens brought nothing but disappointment.

I was surprised and mystified to say the very least at the way we played against Hibs especially in light of the fact that we attracted a healthy crowd.

It's clear that there is a fresh upsurge in interest among our fans and after Saturday I'm obviously concerned that we haven't destroyed that renewed interest with this very bad performance. The showing of the players was all the more astounding when you consider that everything as regards preparation for the new campaign has been absolutely first class.

They have looked good in training, they were impressive during our German tour and the per formances at Arbroath and at Pittodrie suggested that the team had a lot to offer in terms of skill and determination.

But on Saturday they never got off the starting blocks and the outcome was a bitter disappointment for one and all.

It's understandable that the six new players who were taking part in their first game for us at Dens Park should be allowed time to settle and I hope that the supporters bear this in mind and continue to give us every encouragement

For despite, Saturday's setback I remain convinced that these are all good players with something to offer this club and given time to settle I'm sure they'll come up with the goods. There is nothing complicated about the problem we had on Saturday - it was just a case of good players failing to do themselves justice with the result that everyone – themselves included - felt let-down at time up.

I Believe that nerves had something to do with it as they were all anxious to please in the first home game and I can promise you that all the players are determined to get tonight's game underway so that they can atone for Saturday.

We can't of course expect any favours from Hamilton Accies as the new format of the League Cup offers Hamilton and many like them the opportunity to earn a reputation as giant killers.

I'm delighted that this competition now offers the excite ment of the sudden death tie and I believe it gives this club a great opportunity to do well. I'm sure John Lambie will have Accies well organised and while they will probably be content to frustrate us and do something on the break we must be professional enough to make sure that we go into tonight's draw.

Finally, in underlining our eagerness to make up for Satur day, I would ask the fans to continue to give us every backing, The support we've had so far this season has been terrific and everyone here at Dens Park is committed to living up to it and giving the fans the results they deserve.