Dundee 2
Rangers 2
League (Premier Division)

2 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, January 5th, 1985
Dens Park
Attendance: 11,911
3:00 PM Kick-off

John McCormack (24)
John McCormack (27)
Iain Ferguson (16)
Iain Ferguson (49)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Jock Wallace

Starting Eleven
1. Tom Carson
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. John McCormack
5. Jim Smith
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Stuart Rafferty
8. John Brown
9. Walker McCall
10. Bobby Connor
11. Graham Harvey
Peter McCloy .1
Hugh Burns .2
Ally Dawson .3
Dave McKinnon .4
Craig Paterson .5
Robert Prytz .6
Ted McMinn .7
Derek Ferguson .8
Dave Mitchell .9
Iain Ferguson .10
Davie Cooper .11

12. Ray Stephen
14. Lex Richardson
Dave McPherson .12
Ally McCoist .14

Ray Stephen for Jim Smith (71)
Lex Richardson for Graham Harvey (85)
Dave McPherson for Hugh Burns (44)
Ally McCoist for Dave Mitchell (70)

John McCormack (52)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Edgar Brolls (Bishopbriggs) (Referee)
A. Lyon (Aberdeen) & H. Bain (Dalkeith) (Assistants)

Match Report

Striker Graeme Harvey from Hibs goes straight into the Dundee side and Tosh McKinlay returns after suspension. Top scorer Ray Stephen is a substitute.

Rangers drop McPherson, Redford and Munro and bring back Paterson, Dawson and Mitchell.

Carson drops a swerving free kick from Cooper and is relieved to see McCall scram- ble the ball away.

Dundee have Brown at left back and McKinlay in midfield. McCall and Harvey are playing through the middle.

A Brown shot is cleared off the Rangers goal line by McKinnon. Connor's shot from the rebound hits Paterson.

Rafferty sends the ball along the edge of the penalty area to McCormack, whose first time shot is too high.

McMinn is presenting problems for the Dundee defenders. Carson dives to punch out one of his teasing crosses.

McCloy races out of his penalty area to kick clear from Harvey.

Rangers go ahead in 16 minutes with a great goal from Iain FERGUSON who holds off a couple of defenders as he races across goal and turns quickly to crack a 20-yard shot into the net.

The scorer is spoken to the by the referee for gesticulating to the Dundee fans after his goal.

Dundee miss their chance to equalise quickly. Connor puts McCall through but the big striker's shot is much too close to the keeper who palms the ball clear.

The home side battle on and the equaliser comes in 24 minutes.

Rafferty signals a far post free kick. When the ball arrives McCORMACK is there to head into the net off the post.

Two shots by Connor are blocked and a third from Rafferty hits Mitchell and goes wide

When the ball comes over, McCORMACK jumps to head his second goal in three minutes.

A high cross from Brown finds MeCall unmarked at at the far post. His volley flies wide.

Rangers battle for an equaliser, but it's Dundee who come close to increasing their lead as a Rafferty lob skims the outside of the post.

McCloy makes a good save on the line when Brown bullets in a header from a Connor corner.

At the other end Carson leaps most of the way across goal to grab the ball as lan Ferguson tries to chip in.

The Rangers man nips between Carson and Glennie at a free kick to grab the ball, then shoots wide.

The Dundee "keeper pushes a 30-yard shot from Dawson past the post.

Burns takes two knocks and is replaced by McPherson.

Half-time - Dundee 2, Rangers 1.

Reflections - A great battle between teams who are giving their all. Dundee are well worth their lead.

Iain Ferguson has a 25-yard shot in 50 minutes which Carson does well to punch over the bar.

The equaliser is only delayed. When the corner comes over, FERGUSON is at the far post to hit a low shot into the net.

McCormack is booked for a foul on Cooper.

There's nearly another for Rangers a couple of minutes later.

An Iain Ferguson shot is knocked out by Carson to Mitchell, whose effort goes over the bar.

Harvey goes up to a McCall cross but finds the ball a couple of inches too high.

Rangers send on McCoist for Mitchell in 70 minutes.

A couple of minutes later Dundee's Smith limps off and Stephen goes on. McCormack steps back to centre half.

The Dens Parkers have lost some of their sparkle.

McCormack obviously fan- cies a hat-trick and at every opportunity he's in or around the Rangers penalty area.

A McKinlay free kick is too close to McCloy, who grabs the high ball as McCormack jumps.

With eight minutes left,

Dundee send on Richardson for Harvey, who has had a quiet first game.

Final-Dundee 2, Rangers 2.

Summing-up-This was cup tie stuff and a draw is about right. Dundee must regret their first half misses.

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at January 5th, 1985)

1984-85 All Time
Tom Carson (GK)25 21 - 21 -
John McCormack29 233233
Tosh McKinlay20 232715
Jim Smith23 1211135
Bobby Glennie27 23 - 2884
George McGeachie25 25 - 2218
John Brown - 234234
Stuart Rafferty23 252252
Bobby Connor24 235235
Walker McCall30 1925921
Graham Harvey22 1 - 1 -
Lex Richardson (sub)26 131461
Ray Stephen (sub)22 24715333

League Table (as at January 5th, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

In welcoming you to Dens Park for another year's foot ball, may I take this oppor tunity of offering each and every one of you my very best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Rewarding 1985.

We could hardly have asked for a better game to set the ball rolling than a visit from Rangers.

Our games with them in the past have rarely been dull affairs and it is my sincere wish that you get good value from today's fixture.

It is games like this one that can bring the best out of players and I'm looking to our lads to get a return from their endeavours this afternoon.

Certainly, there are players on both sides with that little bit extra to prove and this should result in the spectators being the winners.

Unfortunately, the earlier-than normal deadlines for this issue prevent me from referring to our most recent games.

But in looking ahead to what promises to be an interesting and hopefully an entertaining and ex citing year for Dundee Football Club, I would wish to thank you for your support already this season and express the hope that it will be just as enthusiastic in the months ahead.