Dundee 0
Heart of Midlothian 1
League Cup (Quarter Final)

0 - 1

League Cup (Quarter Final)
Wednesday, September 5th, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 8,818
7:30 PM Kick-off

None. Roddy MacDonald (40)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Alex MacDonald

Starting Eleven
1. Tam 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. Colin Harris
11. Albert Kidd
Henry Smith
Walter Kidd
George Cowie
Sandy Jardine
Roddy MacDonald
Craig Levein
Dave Bowman
Jimmy Bone
John Robertson
Alex MacDonald
Donald Park

12. Jim Smith
14. Derek McWilliams
Brian Whittaker
Willie Johnston

Derek McWilliams for Albert Kidd (62)
Brian Whittaker for Alex MacDonald (70)
Willie Johnston for Walter Kidd (75)

John McCormack
Roddy MacDonald
Dave Bowman

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Brian McGinlay (Balforn) (Referee)
G. Cowper (Perth) & K. Rice (Bearsden) (Assistants)

Match Report

The day before the game, Archie Knox said: "We must get forward and must have people taking the responsibility of getting into the penalty area. If the team commit themselves tonight the way they did in the Kilmarnock and Rangers games, I will have no complaints".

As it turned out, the game was a case of Jammy Jam Tarts. Dundee went out of the Skol Cup by a single goal to Hearts, when on pressure they should have won by a wide margin.

The supporters, though, left Archie's team in no doubt that they were solidly behind the Dark Blues. At the end of the match, the spectators stayed behind to applaud their team of the pitch.

And with good reason. Dundee attacked with enough eagerness to stretch any defence and they deserved a better result than to go out of the Cup at the Quarter-final stage.

The second half of the match proved that the defeat at the hands of the Jam Tarts was a travesty of justice, The period of play following the interval actually lasted 50 minutes, as referee Brian McGinlay added on extra minutes to punish Hearts for what he saw was time wasting.

About 45 minutes' play took place in the visitors' half as the Dens Parkers finished up losing what had been a one-sided game.

The nearest Dundee came to scoring was when John McCormack's header rebounded from the bar and a John Brown shot hit the post.

But that was just like the beginning of Dundee's season that year.

The woodwork took some punishment and was of considerable assistance to visiting goalkeepers.

But Dundee missed chance after chance to tie up this particular match. They created clear-cut opportunities but the players either missed the target or failed to beat the keeper.

Henry Smith, in fact, had just gained nationwide publicity when a disastrous blunder was shown and reshown on a Saturday midday football round-up. Jimmy Greaves - of course! - remarked that he couldn't believe there could be "a jock goalkeeper with a name like Henry Smith". The record was set straight by Hearts, who sent him a copy of the player's birth certificate showing he was certainly a native Scot.

That night, at the Hearts game, Henry Smith's parentage was remarked upon by the Dundee Fans, who also came to the conclusion that not only was he born a Scot, he was born under a very lucky star indeed!

Match report written by Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at September 5th, 1984)

1984-85 All Time
Tam Carson (GK)25 6 - 6 -
John McCormack - 7 - 7 -
Tosh McKinlay19 7 - 553
George McGeachie25 7 - 2028
Bobby Glennie - 7 - 2714
John Brown - 6161
Stuart Rafferty23 7171
Ray Stephen - 7313529
Colin Harris - 5 - 222
Walker McCall - 614620
Albert Kidd - 7 - 10410
Derek McWilliams (sub) - 5 - 5 -

League Table (as at September 5th, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Tonight's visit of Hearts gives this club a marvellous opportunity to qualify at this very early stage in the season for the final stages of one of Scotland's major competitions.

The players are keenly aware that the home and home semi-finals give us a golden chance of a Cup Final appearance and they know, too, what a great boost that would be to this club.

Hearts have had a couple of good results lately and we know we'll get a hard game from them. Last season's encounters were always good, open matches and I'm hoping that tonight's will be no exception.

Despite the disappointment of another point less League match on Saturday, I remain convinced that we're on the right lines. So we'll continue to play football and go forward.

No-one can say we've performed badly in our last two outings but unfortunately we've been punished by mistakes that shouldn't really happen.

And I believe that the supporters, who have given us great encouragement, recognise that we're working on the right lines. I've got every faith in the players to get results for this club but although there has been plenty of good football of late this has not been enough. So it's my job to get more out of the players until our luck changes for the better and I will be giving this my closest attention.

I'm still concerned about our problem in failing to put away the chances we're making but I'm a great believer that the breaks even out over the season providing you keep working at the game and don't lose faith.

In other words there's no point in looking for sympathy. Our turn will come so long as we keep applying ourselves and work hard at making our own breaks.

Saturday's game showed all present that the team has the right appetite for the game with a willingness to make passes and go forward at every opportunity.

Perhaps this has made the settling in period for our newcomers that bit more difficult because we're always trying to be positive and inventive and make things happen.

But all the players have shown the understanding and team work is beginning to fit into place and hopefully they'll be able to provide further evidence of that in tonight's match.