Dundee 2
Heart of Midlothian 1
League (Premier Division)

2 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 24th, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,414
3:00 PM Kick-off

Lex Richardson (8)
Bobby Connor (69)
Davie Bowman (90)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Alex MacDonald

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Stuart Rafferty
5. John McCormack
6. Jim Smith
7. Ray Stephen
8. Lex Richardson
9. Walker McCall
10. Bobby Connor
11. Colin Harris
Henry Smith .1
Walter Kidd .2
Brian Whittaker .3
Sandy Jardine .4
Roddy MacDonald .5
Craig Levein .6
Davie Bowman .7
John Robertson .8
Sandy Clark .9
Jimmy Bone .10
Kenny Black .11

12. Stewart Forsyth
14. Derek McWilliams
Alex MacDonald .12
Donald Park .14

Derek McWilliams for Walker McCall (75)
Stewart Forsyth for Ray Stephen (87)
Roddy Park for Roddy MacDonald (75)
Alex MacDonald for Jimmy Bone (78)

Tosh McKinlay (60)
Walter Kidd

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kenny Hope (Clarkston) (Referee)
G. Milne (Inverurie) & A. Harper (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from Jack Adams | Newspaper Unknown.

Dundee can survive in Premier League if only they can believe it themselves.

On Saturday, they turned in the kind of performance that belied their position as Top Ten strugglers.

They continued their hoodoo run against Hearts with a 2-1 victory and thus ended an eight-game spell without a win.

After the game, Dens manager Archie Knox spoke about the fear factor that makes it so tough at the and the fear might disappear.

"But in our position, it is always there. You spend all week trying to get the players to play themselves out of trouble and hope a break will come.

"Then a minute after the game starts, your insides are screaming for them to just get rid of the ball and it's back to hitting it upfield and hoping something will happen.

"But for some players, such as Bobby Connor, the pressure just doesn't seem to have any effect."

Against Hearts, it didn't seem to have much effect on Lex Richardson or John McCormack, who were both superb especially against the strong, swirling wind.

Richardson, in eight minutes, and Connor, in 69, got the vital goals for Dundee.

Dave Bowman scored for Hearts in the last minute, and manager Alex MacDonald gave the final epitaph.

"We didn't really compete and we were second best at everything.

"Dundee must wish they played us every week-that way they could win the title."

He said: "Maybe if we could get a run of three or four games, the players would stop looking over their shoulders

Squad Statistics (as at November 24th, 1984)

1984-85 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)24 2 - 99 -
John McCormack29 191191
George McGeachie25 19 - 2158
Tosh McKinlay19 192675
Jim Smith23 611075
Bobby Connor24 173173
Lex Richardson26 81411
Stuart Rafferty23 192192
Colin Harris23 141313
Walker McCall30 1515520
Ray Stephen21 18514731
Stewart Forsyth (sub)23 8 - 8 -
Derek McWilliams (sub)24 122122

League Table (as at November 24th, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our present situation brought about by recent results obviously means that we can't be too bright about things.

Our latest disappointment at the hands of St. Mirren last week illustrated once again that there is no easy answer to our problems but you can rest assured that we are trying to put them to right from week to week.

However, we can only do so much on the training ground it's what happens on a Saturday afternoon that really matters and of late it's not been working.

That means that we must continue to apply our selves to eradicate the two major weaknesses that have been in evidence - losing too many goals at one end and not scoring as many as we should at the other. I would be the first to admit that we didn't perform at Love Street and once again we struggled to find our feet against the kind of competition we can expect from this League.


Players who come into our team just now are facing immediate challenges because of the overall loss of form. It almost goes without saying that everyone would be a lot happier - myself included - if we were able to make these changes in a team that was winning and playing well.

All our new players are now finding out about the pressures that this League can bring and I remain convinced that they'll come to terms with this and emerge better performers.

One man who certainly did everything we could ask of him against St. Mirren was goalkeeper Tom Carson. In the first half he gave us every chance to haul our selves back into the game - a lifeline that we were unable to get hold of.

But perhaps it was an indication of the way things have been going lately that we missed our best chance of the game a minute before Saints scored the winner. So instead of going ahead by 2-1 we found ourselves a goal behind.

Turning to today's visitors it's clear that some of our best performances since I came here have been against Hearts and I can only hope that today's will count amongst that number.

We're in the business of getting points and keeping our customers satisfied and we're all too aware that hasn't been happening for some time.

The supporters have given us every chance to get our act together but we know that if we don't produce the goods we'll all be in line for a hard time.

What makes our recent showings so disappointing is that for a spell earlier on in the season it appeared that we were going along quite nicely. If things have turned sour then the solution is in our own hands. And we'll continue to seek the answer today.