Dundee 3
Heart of Midlothian 0
League (Premier Division)

3 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 20th, 1985
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,421
3:00 PM Kick-off

John McCormack (23)
John Brown (35)
Tosh McKinlay (85)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Alex MacDonald

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. John McCormack
5. Jim Smith
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Stuart Rafferty
8. John Brown
9. Lex Richardson
10. Bobby Connor
11. Ray Stephen
Henry Smith .1
Walter Kidd .2
Brian Whittaker .3
Sandy Jardine .4
Roddy McDonald .5
Craig Levein. .6
Andy Watson .7
Gary Mackay .8
Sandy Clark .9
John Robertson .10
Kenny Black .11

12. John Waddell
14. Graham Harvey
Donald Park .12
Alex MacDonald .14

John Waddell for Jim Smith (88)
Donald Park for Sandy Jardine (64)
Alex MacDonald for Andy Watson (65)

John McCormack
Roddy McDonald
Alex MacDonald

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bill Knowles (Inverurie) (Referee)
I. W. Skene (Aberdeen) & W. Hutchinson (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier.

Dundee have unlocked the door to Europe. They aren't over the threshold yet but, as manager Archie Knox said after the 3-0 demolition of Hearts at Dens Park on Saturday, "The situation is now back in our own hands."

Unless fourth-top Rangers fall apart at the seams, fifth-top spot is the Dundee aim when, in three games time, the figure 36 goes up under the games-played heading.

They are fifth right now, of course, on goal difference over St Mirren (Hibs away, Dumbarton at home and Hearts at home to play) and a point ahead of Hearts (Rangers away, Aberdeen at home and St Mirren away).

Morton at home, Celtic away and Dundee United at home is the Dundee programme. "Three difficult games," opined manager Knox, "but so are those for the others."

It could be said that relegated Morton at home and two cup finalists just before they meet at Hampden-even if one is a local derby isn't the most difficult programme in the world. But when you are chasing an objective like Europe, especially after a long, long time out of it, every game is a tough hurdle.

If Dundee approach them all as they did the Hearts joust, however, the city will have two teams in Europe next season.

First, they hustled and bustled their way into control of the game, aided and abetted by a Hearts defence which looked totally bemused by the whole affair and several players about whom manager Alex. MacDonald was to say later, "wouldn't have been out there if I'd had any alternatives."

John McCormack netted a first goal of classic simplicity. A perfect Connor corner from the rignt met equally perfectly with the McCormack forehead 12 yards out and that was it.

While Bobby Glennie was off having attention to a split upper lip (five stitches), John Brown got No. 2. Again fumbling Hearts defensive work, again a touch from Connor and Brown was free to left foot the ball home.

In between times, keeper Smith of Hearts perpetrated a "foot up" foul on Ray Stephen outside the box and had his name taken. He was very, very fortunate not to go off... which maybe wouldn't have made all that difference the way he performed!

It should have been a minimum of 4-0 at half-time because of a McCormack flick which beat Smith but bounced agonisingly wide off the keeper's heel and Bobby Connor inexplicably turning back with the ball when he could have picked his spot.

His explanation was that the ball bobbed up as he was about hit it, but his manager's comments at the end were probably nearer the mark.

"If so, he could have chipped the ball over the keeper, but then some people are natural goalscorers, others have to be worked on."

After a wisely cautious start to the second half, as they were now facing a stiff breeze, Dundee took over again and, though it was late in arriving, goal number 3 was inevitable and worth waiting for.

In the 86th minute, McCormack raced from defence after a Hearts corner and combined with Connor-yes, three out of three "assists" to tee the ball up for Tosh McKinlay's superb left foot, Smith nearly caught pneumonia from the slipstream! Whittaker was absent with a knee injury at the time and Hearts had used their subs, but 20 defenders wouldn't have stopped this one.

An early shock for the Dundee portion of the rather disappointing 7421 crowd was to see Lex Richardson in the No. 9 shirt-and actually playing in the middle, up front.

I rate the move an unqualified success, with Richardson holding the ball instead of it ricocheting around and allowing his team- mates to get into attacking positions before releasing it.

Four players were booked-McCormack of Dundee and Smith, Roddie and Alex. MacDonald of Hearts-in what was a hard but never over-physical game.

Squad Statistics (as at April 20th, 1985)

1984-85 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)24 18 - 115 -
Bobby Glennie27 34 - 2994
John McCormack29 397397
George McGeachie26 4012369
Tosh McKinlay20 383866
Jim Smith23 2711285
John Brown - 39103910
Bobby Connor24 388388
Stuart Rafferty24 414414
Lex Richardson26 251581
Ray Stephen22 401016936
John Waddell (sub)19 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at April 20th, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It's been a pleasure looking forward to this match as everyone knows there is a strong chance that the winner today will be competing in European football next season.

The race between ourselves, Hearts and St. Mirren could go all the way to the last kick of the season and we did our chances a big favour by getting the points against Dumbarton last Saturday.

Yes, it's good to be back in the hunt and there's no doubt that our hopes for the rest of the season will depend on what happens in today's game. That means there will be a bit of pressure on the players today but it will be a lot easier to handle than the pressure we experienced this time last year when we were fighting to maintain our Premier League status.

The ingredients are all there for a first class match this afternoon. Since I arrived at the this club I can't remember a Dundee - Hearts clash failing to entertain the supporters and I'm sure today's will be no exception.

Certainly, we can't complain about there being nothing at stake and I'm sure that will be reflected by the effort put into the match by both sides.

Our record against Hearts is good with two wins and a draw so far in the Premier League this term. The only blemish was Hearts' Skol Cup victory here in September but even though we lost that night we still played very well and it was a terrific match.

This of course is the second in our three successive home matches which will have a vital bearing on the final League positions.

Last week's game against Dumbarton was never the best of matches but lets face it - we haven't played a good game against Dumbartaon all season.

Saturday gave us our first victory against them and because of the importance of the match for both clubs, the result was always going to be the main thing.

That has set us up for the closing weeks of the campaign and it is in our own hands to keep the momentum going... and if a Europe prize awaits us come May then no-one will be more delighted than myself.

The opportunity to play in next season's UEFA Cup is presenting itself and we'll do everything we can to claim it. I'm sure Hearts and St. Mirren will say the same and I'm certain that whichever club qualifies will give a good account of themselves.

Players respond to the European arena and that's why we're all desperate to get there and show what we can do.