Dundee 2
St Mirren 0
League (Premier Division)

2 - 0
St Mirren 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 15th, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,913
3:00 PM Kick-off

John Brown (1)
Stuart Rafferty (7)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Alex Miller

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. Colin Harris
10. Bobby Connor
11. Derek McWilliams
Campbell Money .1
Tommy Wilson .2
David Winnie .3
Jim Rooney 4
Mark Fulton .5
Steve Clarke .6
Tony Fitzpatrick .7
Frank McAvennie .8
Brian Gallagher .9
Billy Abercromby .10
Peter Mackie .11

12. Walker McCall
14. Lex Richardson
Ian Cameron .12
Ian Scanlon .14

Walker McCall for Derek McWilliams (54)
Lex Richardson for Colin Harris (69)
Ian Scanlon for Mackie (55)
Ian Cameron for Brian Gallagher (75)

Stuart Rafferty (65)
Tommy Wilson
Billy Abercromby

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

A. Waddell (Edinburgh) (Referee)
D. Massie (Aberdeen) & R. Stuart (Urquhart) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from Don John | The Courier .

After that epic derby match at Tannadice the previous week Dundee's more routine league game against St Mirren on Saturday had to be a bit of an anti-climax.

Or so we thought. Yet seven opening minutes of sizzling action by Archie Knox's men produced two goals, and continued the euphoria on the terracings.

It was a marvellous start by Dundee, shattering to the Paisley club, who had chalked up three Premier wins in a row. St Mirren were caught cold, the home side still looked "heated up" from Tannadice.

Only 17.6 seconds had been recorded on referee Waddell's stop watch when John Brown took full advantage of an Abercromby mistake to put Dundee ahead. In seven minutes Stuart Rafferty stroked home a second.

But Dundee's positive play melted away. It was St Mirren who started to put their passes together with more accuracy. The home team's later play never matched that opening burst.

After the game Archie Knox tried hard to get the right balance from the performance, and the 2-0 result.

He had to be pleased with the win-any win in the Premier is satisfactory, but he was also disappointed at the way his players lost the way for much of the game.

Did they relax after these early goals, allowing Saints to get back into contention? Was it lack of concentration, so essential for all of the 90 minutes?

Said Archie, "I've told the players they can't expect to win all games in style. There will be occasions when we scrape the points. But that doesn't mean we have to play scrappily, as happened on Saturday.

"Having said that, it's another vital win for the club at a time when some of our players are still finding their feet in the Premier League and even on Dens Park itself. So I'm not going to complain too much."

Give St Mirren their due, their own fight-back played a part in Dundee's change of fortune on Saturday. The visitors recovered composure to put the home defence often under pressure, without ever looking likely to win this game. Dundee, all through, made the better chances.

But this was small consolation for visiting boss Alex. Miller, who was seething at his team's performance, particularly at the start.

"No professional team should be caught out so early in the game" he said.

"The goals were bad, it was a dreadful performance all round."

What a contrast this game was to the last corresponding fixture. On April 7 this year Saints beat Dundee 5-2 at Dens, scoring three times in the first 20 minutes. They certainly got a taste of a goal blitz themselves early on Saturday!

A welcome contrast, too, in crowd figures. Only 3582 watched the April game.

Squad Statistics (as at September 15th, 1984)

1984-85 All Time
Tom Carson (GK)25 8 - 8 -
Tosh McKinlay19 91574
George McGeachie25 9 - 2058
Bobby Glennie26 9 - 2744
John McCormack29 9 - 9 -
John Brown - 8383
Stuart Rafferty23 9292
Bobby Connor24 8181
Derek McWilliams24 7171
Colin Harris23 71243
Ray Stephen21 9313829
Lex Richardson (sub)25 3 - 36 -
Walker McCall (sub)30 714720

League Table (as at September 15th, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Naturally we were all delighted to get off the mark points wise at Tannadice last Saturday and the fact that it happened against our city rivals made the result all the more satisfactory.

But while I'm delighted to acknowledge that the team played extremely well and battled hard to earn the convincing victory against United that our supporters have waited so long to witness, one win doesn't make everything in the garden rosy.

It's now up to us to build on that performance and string together a few results that can force us up the League table.

I believe that Saturday's showing was, in a sense, a reward for the efforts over the previous four games when perhaps the team didn't take as much as they deserved from games.

And I am delighted for the supporters who have shown great faith in our efforts to give them the kind of team they deserve.

The players, too, recognise that they've been receiving terrific backing from our fans and I can't overstate the effect this can have on a team.

The difference between the kind of backing we've been getting lately and the more passive support is like night and day.

It really is quite incredible the positive effect this can have on players and I believe they have shown the fans that they are able to respond to support of the best kind.

One result doesn't suddenly make us a team.

Now that we've shown what we can do we must endeavour to give the same in terms of effort and commitment in all games. We must be prepared for the day when we're not playing as well as we know we can and look for this commitment to pull us through and get a positive result.

The players know that I'm looking for this level of endeavour as a guarantee to cover every game and it's now up to them to prove they can do it. The supporters recognise that our performances have not lacked effort and I'll be content if the players can show me this in every outing.

St. Mirren are welcome visitors today and they've indicated, with seven points out of 10, that they're going quite well just now.

Today's game gives us a chance to settle a score from last season when the Saints did well against us and the fact that one or two players will be against their former team should add some spice to the occasion.

It's an important match for us as I want to convince the fans that this club is on the move.

I want to see Dens Park alive again with the supporters anticipating every fixture with high hopes and the players breaking the door down to get on with their job.

We want to give people an incentive to come and see us and help us get this club back where it belongs.