St Mirren 4
Dundee 2
League (Premier Division)

St Mirren 

4 - 2


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 6th, 1985
Love Street
Attendance: 3,500
3:00 PM Kick-off

David Winnie (6)
Gardner Speirs (59)
Brian Gallagher (61)
Gardner Speirs (78)
John McCormack (43)
John McCormack (81)

Team Managers
Alex Miller Archie Knox

Starting Eleven
1. Campbell Money
2. Tom Wilson
3. David Winnie
4. Mark Fulton
5. Peter Godfrey
6. Billy Abercromby
7. Tony Fitzpatrick
8. Frank McAvennie
9. Brian Gallagher
10. Kenny McDowall
11. Gardner Speirs
Tom Carson .1
Stewart Forsyth .2
Tosh McKinlay .3
John McCormack .4
Jim Smith .5
George McGeachie .6
Stuart Rafferty .7
John Brown .8
Walker McCall .9
Bobby Connor .10
Ray Stephen .11

None. Colin Hendry .12
Lex Richardson .14

None. Colin Hendry for Ray Stephen (73)
Lex Richardson for Stewart Forsyth (75)

Peter Godfrey Jim Smith
Tosh McKinlay

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

D. Yeats (Perth) (Referee)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier.

Dundee have had an up and down season and at the moment they are definitely down. Two defeats, with the loss of eight goals, in four days is disappointing and Archie Knox said after the 4-2 defeat by St Mirren his team are not good enough, and he knows the remedy.

"We have to strengthen a few positions," he said- which prompted the question, "Have you any particular players in mind?"

Yes, quite a few," he responded, then added, "If you have the money I can get them!"

That's the crux of the Dens Park problem. Shortage of cash plus shortage of players equals struggle!

Archie brought back keeper Tom Carson at Love Street but the move did not come off. Carson was surprisingly easily beaten by little Gardner Spiers with two shots from well outside the penalty box and he seemed not properly warmed up when Dave Winnie headed the first in seven minutes

After missing 11 first-team games over a couple of months, the big fella needs time to settle in again.

Dundee wasted chances and when Bobby Connor missed a penalty in 31 minutes it looked like a day of disasters. Connor. who has scored twice from the spot, sent his shot too close to Campbell Money who saved easily.

Dundee have now missed five times with seven penalty kicks this season.

Skipper 'Cowboy' McCormack headed an equal- iser just before half time from a Tosh McKinlay cross and there were hopes of better things in the second half.

But after some scrappy spar ring, Spiers hit his first goal and three minutes later Brian Gallagher headed another in a moment of goalmoutir confusion.

Spiers scored again and eight minutes later McCormack, who appeared to be restricted by an eve knock, headed his second, again from a McKinlay cross.

A John Brown long range shot scraped the wrong side of the post. If it had gone in Dundee would really have regretted earlier misses.

Archie Knox thought his side beat themselves and that goals were given away.

Referring to hopes of European action next season, he said, "If we had ambitions of doing anything at all we should have been able to beat St Mirren, Some players didn't do enough when the chips were down."

Squad Statistics (as at April 6th, 1985)

1984-85 All Time
Tom Carson (GK)25 23 - 23 -
George McGeachie26 3812349
Stewart Forsyth23 15 - 15 -
John McCormack29 376376
Tosh McKinlay20 362845
Jim Smith23 2511265
Bobby Connor24 368368
Stuart Rafferty24 393393
John Brown - 379379
Walker McCall31 2726721
Ray Stephen22 381016736
Lex Richardson (sub)26 231561
Colin Hendry (sub)19 3 - 7 -

League Table (as at April 6th, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.