Dundee 1
Dumbarton 0
League (Premier Division)

1 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 13th, 1985
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,366
3:00 PM Kick-off

Stuart Rafferty (62)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Davie Wilson

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. John Waddell
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. John McCormack
5. Jim Smith
6. George McGeachie
7. Stuart Rafferty
8. John Brown
9. Ray Stephen
10. Bobby Connor
11. Albert Kidd
Gordon Arthur .1
Steve McCahill .2
Don McNeil .3
Alan Kay .4
Tommy Coyle .5
James Simpson .6
Albert Craig .7
Joe Coyle .8
Stuart Robertson .9
Gerry Crawley .10
John Bourke .11

12. Walker McCall
14. Lex Richardson
Ray Montgomerie .12
Kenny Ashwood .14

Lex Richardson for John Brown (60)
Walker McCall for Albert Kidd (80)
Kenny Ashwood for John Bourke

None. Stuart Robertson
Kenny Ashwood

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

W. N. Crombie (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Sporting Post.

Dundee make three changes for the game against Dumbarton with John Waddell, Bobby Geddes and Albert Kidd in the side. Dumbarton also shake up their team.

Waddell, the tallest man on the field, gives the Dundee defence additional height.

He is also keen to go forward. After starting a move on the right, he gets into the Dumbarton penalty area, but Rafferty's cross is cut out.

Crawley chips a cross over the Dundee defence for Joe Coyle, but Geddes moves smartly to grab the ball.

Arthur goes down at the corner of his area to take a ball from the feet of Brown.

Kidd touches a crossfield ball in front of Conner, whose first-time shot is well wide.

McKinlay races past a defender to send over a waist-thigh cross. Stephen and Rafferty hurl themselves at the ball and miss. Waddell is at the far side of the penalty area and his shot dips past.

When the ball is knocked back to Brown, his left-foot shot is only inches wide.

In 15 minutes Crawley has bags of room to cross from the right and Albert Craig bursts through at the far post to sweep the ball wide.

After a couple of Dundee players find themselves crowded out, the ball goes back to Smith, who picks his spot in the postage stamp corner from 16 yards. Bourke pops up to head over.

McKinlay sends a crossfield pass to Waddell, who strikes the ball forward to Rafferty, who is crowded out.

Kidd is brought down in the box by Kay and a penalty seems a certainty but, to everyone's surprise, the referee waves play on and indicates that Kidd dived.

The referee is equally unim pressed when Rafferty is floored just outside the box.

Burke takes a painful back knock and is replaced by Ashwood.

Brown goes down with a knee injury but his mobility returns after treatment.

Dumbarton are lucky when a McCormack shots hits Rafferty and spins into Arthur's arms.

Half-time-Dundee 0, Dumbarton 0.

Reflections - Dundee are the smoother side but have not converted any of the many chances. Their prospects have not been improved by a string of strange refereeing decisions.

A good run and cross by Connor makes a chance for three Dundee men in the middle. The dummy by Kidd confuses his team-mates more than the defenders and the ball is cleared.

Geddes has to race from his penalty area to kick clear from Simpson, and at the other end Brown chests down a Rafferty corner then misses his kick. Brown tries to surprise Arthur with a 25-yard shot which is a couple of feet too high.

Dumbarton's reply is an Ashwood shot which scrapes the outside of the post.

Dundee have a remarkable escape following a Joe Coyle corner from the right. Geddes races out for the ball, stumbles and falls, and the ball bounces over the unguarded goal.

The home defence is indecisive and Tom Coyle is given a chance to hit a 12-yard shot which Geddes is well positioned to hold.

In 60 minutes Dundee send on Richardson for Brown.

Dundee go in front a couple of minutes later. Connor sends McCormack clear on the right and RAFFERTY races through the middle to hit the cross low into the net from close range.

Connor cracks in a left foot shot from 20 yards and Arthur does well to hold. Robertson is booked for a foul on Richardson.

Waddell catches the eye again with a great run and fierce shot. Arthur cannot hold it and the ball bounces off him for a corner.

Ashwood is booked following a foul on Smith.

The Sons come close to equalising when a McNeill header from a Kay free kick goes over.

Waddell fires another low cross in front of goal and McCahill almost turns it into his own net.

In a hectic moment Dundee defenders claim a free kick for hands and Geddes has to stop one fierce shot and Waddell stops another on the line.

With 10 minutes left Dundee replace Kidd with McCall.

Arthur has great saves to punch shots from McCormack and Rafferty over.

Final-Dundee 1, Dumbarton 0.

Reflections - Dundee struggled to their only win over Dumbarton this season, but the crowd liked the running and shooting of the lanky Waddell.

Squad Statistics (as at April 13th, 1985)

1984-85 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)24 17 - 114 -
John McCormack29 386386
Tosh McKinlay20 372855
Jim Smith23 2611275
George McGeachie26 3912359
Bobby Connor24 378378
John Waddell19 1 - 1 -
Stuart Rafferty24 404404
John Brown - 389389
Albert Kidd23 26312313
Ray Stephen22 391016836
Lex Richardson (sub)26 241571
Walker McCall (sub)31 2826821

League Table (as at April 13th, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.