Dundee 2
Hibernian 0
League (Premier Division)

2 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 29th, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,941
3:00 PM Kick-off

Albert Kidd (44)
Ray Stephen (86)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
John Blackley

Starting Eleven
1. Tom Carson
2. George McGeachie
3. John Brown
4. John McCormack
5. Jim Smith
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Ray Stephen
8. Stuart Rafferty
9. Colin Harris
10. Bobby Connor
11. Albert Kidd
Alan Rough .1
Alan Sneddon .2
Eric Schaedler .3
Jackie McNamara .4
Gordon Rae .5
Gordon Hunter .6
Paul Kane .7
Gordon Durie .8
Willie Irvine .9
Tommy Craig .10
Brian Rice .11

12. Derek McWilliams
14. Lex Richardson
Robert Thomson .12
Ally Brazil .14

Lex Richardson for Albert Kidd
Thomson for Irvine (46)
Brazil for Craig (60)

None. Gordon Hunter

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tony Muirhead (Stenhousemuir) (Referee)
R. A. Bisset (Inverurie) & P. Samuel (MacDuff) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Sunday Post.

Fast, furious, frantic. Hardly a decent moment.

Too many fouls, all this in pouring rain-and not a soul! moved before the final whistle!

Maybe not the greatest of matches, but certainly one of the most enthralling! The pressure on both sides to get points from this one was terrific right from the start-and it showed.

There was scarcely a player afield who didn't make more mistakes in these 90 minutes than he would normally have got through in half a season.

Dundee deserved their win all right. Hibs started off with a bang and dominated the first quarter of an hour. Irvine had a couple of handy tries saved but there- after the first half belonged to the home team, apart from one scare when Kane miss kicked in a good position from a Rice cross.

The Dens lads had a couple of headers from Harris and then could have scored twice.

Stephen, after a Rae missheader, bore down on goal but hit his shot off Rough and past. Then big Colin Harris, looking well offside, also let Rough block his effort for a corner.

Dundee kept at it, though, and with the ref reaching for the half-time whistle the goal came. Willie Irvine, until then one of the visitors' more impressive players, was woefully short with a pass-back.

Albert Kidd gathered the ball with delight, drew drew the 'keeper, and almost hit it wide-but it slipped in at the post.

Coincidence maybe but Mr Irvine did not reappear after half- time when Bobby Thomson led the attack. Hibs rallied brilliantly and Durie should have done better than scoop past from four yards after Carson had only been able to palm down a cross. But then the home side took control again and Hibs wilted.

A toiling Tommy Craig was replaced by Brazil and once or twice Hibs managed to force themselves back into the game: Carson palmed over brilliantly from Durie, and, as if inspired by this, the Dens men surged back.

A great Rafferty pass put McCormack clean through, but he dallied too long and was lucky to have a penalty awarded in his favour. Desperate to make amends, he took the kick himself- and blasted it past!

Carson again saved Dundee, smothering a Thomson header right on the line, and it was always touch and go until Richardson crossed craftily for Stephen to head flick it past Rough.

Hunter, of Hibs, was booked for a foul on Stephen.

Man of the Match - It wasn't the sort of game for individual talent to shine but Dundee will think back with pleasure on TOM CARSON'S vital saves.

Squad Statistics (as at December 29th, 1984)

1984-85 All Time
Tom Carson (GK)25 19 - 19 -
Bobby Glennie27 21 - 2864
John McCormack29 211211
George McGeachie25 23 - 2198
Jim Smith23 1011115
John Brown22 214214
Bobby Connor24 215215
Stuart Rafferty23 232232
Colin Harris23 161333
Albert Kidd23 17311413
Ray Stephen22 22715133
Lex Richardson (sub)26 111441

League Table (as at December 29th, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

There is little doubt that before the game, we would all have accepted a point from a visit to Pittodrie. But as those of you who were there will readily appreciate that point should really have been two.

But we still regard our dividend as a good one and I'm sure it will give us all a boost for the games ahead. I've felt for some time that we've been needing a result like that and now we've got one, it's important we make the most of it.

It was certainly the right time to achieve it and what is just as important is the manner in which the draw was achieved. The defence did very well and there was an all-round steadiness about our performance which was very satisfactory indeed.

Certainly, a goal would have been welcome, but nevertheless I'm now looking to the players to attain the level of consistency I've always been looking for.

We did better than many teams do against the Dons and it was encouraging to see that we were able to manufacture a fair number of chances against such an accomplished team.

Since that game we've had a rest from Premier League action and I'm certain this will do everyone a bit of good, especially the former part-time players who are now beginning to show their worth to the team.

I can see signs now that players are beginning to settle in - Robert Connor has asserted himself and shown us all what he can do and Stuart Rafferty and John Brown have also indicated how much they have to offer.

There are signs of improvement too when we look at some of the more established players - Tosh McKinlay for instance had his best game for quite some time at Pittodrie.

Bobby Glennie and Jim Smith have had their setbacks at Dens in that they've learned there is no guarantee of first team football. But they've shown they're prepared to battle for their place and they now know the level of performance that's required to keep them there.

Another shining example is George McGeachie who has been consistent from the word go and I'm told that he's having his best season at Dens which tells its own story.

Yes, it's been a long year since I joined the club but the signs are encouraging. The players have been looking forward to today's game against Hibs with eager anticipation and they're keen to dispell the belief being put about that we can't get results against the Easter Road outfit.

Certainly, we'll be going into this game in a better frame of mind when you consider that on past occasions we've always been chasing them.

Now, we have the three-point cushion over them and this can be the difference in approach between night and day.

The boot is on the other foot today but that does not mean we will be giving them any less respect. The players know full well that a good result today can set us up nicely for the Ne'er Day trip to Dumbarton and the next match here at Dens, a week today against Rangers.

In closing I'm delighted to offer all our supporters my very best wishes for a much happier 1985. The staff and players are determined to make it happen that way.