Dundee United 3
Dundee 4
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd 

3 - 4


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 8th, 1984
Tannadice Park
Attendance: 14,190
3:00 PM Kick-off

John Clark (19)
Paul Sturrock (51)
John Clark (73)
Derek McWilliams (10)
Tosh McKinlay (49)
Colin Harris (58)
John Brown (75)

Team Managers
Jim McLean Archie Knox

Starting Eleven
1. Billy Thomson
2. Dave Narey
3. Richard Gough
4. Maurice Malpas
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Ralph Milne
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. John Clark
9. Billy Kirkwood
10. Stuart Beedie
11. Paul Sturrock
Tom Carson .1
George McGeachie .2
Tosh McKinlay .3
Stuart Rafferty .4
John McCormack .5
Bobby Glennie .6
Ray Stephen .7
John Brown .8
Colin Harris .9
Bobby Connor .10
Derek McWilliams .11

12. Gary McGinnis
14. Davie Dodds
Albert Kidd .12
Lex Richardson .14

Gary McGinnis for Stuart Beedie (63)
Davie Dodds for Billy Kirkwood (71)
Albert Kidd for Derek McWilliams (78)

None. Stuart Rafferty (67)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bob Valentine (Dundee) (Referee)
W. Laidlaw & P. Samuel (Assistants)

Match Report

John Clark, United's league Cup scoring hero against Celtic in mid-week, is given the central striking position for the home side in preference to David Dodds who is on the subs bench.

Walker McCall fails a late fitness test and is excluded from the Dundee line-up although Albert Kidd, also struggling to find fitness, is on the subs bench.

Their places are taken by Connor and McWilliams.

Connor, Brown and Rafferty combine to release McGeachie down the right flank in the second minute. United are relieved when Milne uses his speed to thwart the danger.

The move sparks United into life as Sturrock splits the Dundee defence with a pass to Beedie, whose shot passed the slow to advance Carson seems goalbound, until McCormack races back to clear.

It's the United defences turn to look uncertain on the five minute mark when Thomson fumbles a left-wing cross creating an opening for Stephen whose shot is blocked by a home defender.

Then a Rafferty pile-driver cannons off a United defender but no Dundee forwards can react quickly enough to cash in.

Dundee follow up their promising opening spell by taking the lead in 10 minutes.

They win a corner on the right after Thomson fingertips over a dangerous McGeachie cross.

Connor takes the kick and the United defence are strangely static as McWILLIAMS weaves his way to the near post to head home his first competitive goal for the Dark Blues.

United try to hit back immediately with a Sturrock run in the Dundee box halted by a fine Glennie tackle. The ball breaks to Milne, who passes across the goalmouth to Clark, whose first-time drive is well off target.

Clark goes closer with his next effort, a 25-yard screamer which Carson has to watch carefully as it sails narrowly wide. Dundee are finding room behind the United defence and Brown gets Thomson in all sorts of bother with a well- flighted cross.

The visitors' good work becomes unstuck in unfortunate style in 19 minutes when United draw level.

Bannon's free kick by the left corner flag is touched on by Hegarty to CLARK whose first-time volley ricochets off Dundee defender McCormack and curls into the net, leaving keeper Carson helpless.

Thomson's judgment is in question when he lets McWilliams beat him to the ball and cross into the goalmouth where teammate Malpas saves his blushes.

Young McWilliams, who is having a fine match isn't too far off target with a flashing header from a McKinlay cross in 21 minutes.

United, always eager to break forward, have another chance when Malpas blasts a Milne pass just wide.

McKinlay plays a fine one-two with Stephen inside the United box in 32 minutes and Thomson is tested to push the full-back's resultant cross over the bar.

Paul Sturrock is the quickest of a pack of players to react to a Clark headflick and Carson has to move smartly off his line to save.

McGeachie, a Dundee stalwart, fights off two United challenges to start a fine move which ends with Brown beating one man but shooting weakly into a cluster of home defenders.

Clark has looked United's most dangerous forward and he surprises Carson with a blistering 25-yard drive in 42 minutes, an effort the keeper desperately prevents from bouncing over the line.

Sturrock is starting to use his pace to good effect as he races in to slide a tempting cross inches over the bar. The international striker twists clear of McCormack on the stroke of half-time and crosses into the goalmouth where Clark finishes wide.

Half-time-Dundee United 1, Dundee 1.

Reflections-An engrossing match with good football being played by both teams. United are always dangerous on the breakaway, but Dundee have surprised many of the large crowd by the space they have found in the home penalty box to create chances.

It's still anyone's match

McKinlay hooks a swirling cross clear of Milne as United restart the match in positive style.

It's Dundee fans who are singing in 49 minutes after the United defence clear a move involving McCormack and Connor.

The ball breaks to MCKINLAY who chests the ball down and crashes an unstoppable drive high into the United net from fully 25 yards.

This pulsating match takes another twist two minutes later when Paul STURROCK out-strips Glennie and the rest of the Dundee defence after latching on to a Clark pass and hammers the ball home past Carson for the equaliser.

Harris, who has had a quiet match, comes into the action by blasting a 40-yard drive inches past Thomson's right-hand post.

Dundee are clearly on instructions to shoot for goal at the earliest opportunity as Glennie tries his luck with a 30-yard pot-shot which drops inches over the bar.

It's all change again in 58 minutes when HARRIS gets his head to a Connor corner and sends the ball high into the net for Dundee's third goal.

McGinnis replaces Beedie for United as play resumes.

Dundee centre-half McCormack gets in on the act in 62 minutes when he crashes a volley straight at Thomson following a Bannon corner.

Rafferty is booked for a foul on Bannon as United strive to get back into contention.

Dodds replaces Kirkwood for United in 70 minutes and two minutes later the Tangerines are level again, CLARK diving low to head a Sturrock cross over the line.

Heggarty races clear on the right wing to fire a drive fractionally wide but there's an ugly, incident on the opposite flank as Sturrock in trying to break forward in support, is grounded in a clash with Rafferty.

The United bench are on their feet in uproar but referee Valentine, who did not see the

incident, waves play on. Dundee get their noses in front again when BROWN races in like an express train to head a Glennie flick from a

Rafferty corner into the

United net in 77 minutes.

Kidd replaces McWilliams

as the visitors try to hold out. Brown comes close to net- ting Dundee's fifth in 81: minutes but his rasping drive is cleared off the line by Hegarty.

Harris produces a fine save from Thomson following a useful burst by Kidd.

Brown, another Dundee hero, dribbles past three United players in a run for goal before being tripped by McGinnis, a foul for which the United sub. escapes with only a verbal warning.

Summing-up-An epic match in which Dundee for once got the result their display deserved-mainly because they played like their lives depended on it. They had no failures but midfield man Brown, who notched the winner, caught the eye for a faultless performance.

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at September 8th, 1984)

1984-85 All Time
Tom Carson (GK)25 7 - 7 -
George McGeachie25 8 - 2048
Bobby Glennie26 8 - 2734
John McCormack29 8 - 8 -
Tosh McKinlay19 81564
Derek McWilliams24 6161
John Brown - 7272
Stuart Rafferty23 8181
Bobby Connor24 7171
Ray Stephen21 8313729
Colin Harris23 61233
Albert Kidd (sub)22 8 - 10510

League Table (as at September 8th, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.