Dundee 0
Dundee United 2
League (Premier Division)

0 - 2
Dundee Utd 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 10th, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 14,423
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Richard Gough (19)
Tommy Coyne (33)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Tom Carson
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Stuart Rafferty
5. John McCormack
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Stewart Forsyth
8. John Brown
9. Ray Stephen
10. Bobby Connor
11. Albert Kidd
Hamish McAlpine .1
John Holt .2
Maurice Malpas .3
Paul Hegarty .4
Dave Narey .5
Richard Gough .6
Alex Taylor .7
Eamonn Bannon .8
Stuart Beedie .9
Tommy Coyne .10
Paul Sturrock .11

12. Walker McCall
14. Colin Harris
Gary McGinnis .12
Davie Dodds .14

Walker McCall for Stewart Forsyth (46)
Colin Harris for Albert Kidd (61)

Bobby Connor (66)
Colin Harris (78)
Alex Taylor (66)

Red Cards
Bobby Connor (71)
Match Officials

Alan Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)
M. Gechonis (Hamilton) & W. Crichton (Banchory) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from Bill McFarlane | The Sunday Post.

With the whole city pulsating at the thought of Manchester United coming to Dundee, the Tangerines picked the ideal match to produce their best form of the season.

United's first-half showing, in particular, was as good as I've seen this season-home or abroad.

For 35 minutes they ran Dundee ragged with some outstanding one-touch, almost exhibition-style football.

Poor Dundee couldn't get a kick. And it was their ball!

In fairness to the home side, they kept plugging away. Dundee started the game well and had a good spell immediately after half-time. They certainly should have pulled a goal back.

In general, it was a great advert for the game, and it proved local derbies don't have to be blood and thunder affairs.

OK, there were three bookings and Dundee had Robert Connor sent off in the 71st minute, but it was never a nasty game.

Connor had previously been booked along with Alex. Taylor following a silly skirmish. When he went in rashly on Coyne, referee Ferguson ordered him to the bath.

Even before Dundee were reduced to ten men, there was only going to be one winner. United exposed Dundee's rather one-paced square-lying defence time and again.

Paul Sturrock was in excellent form, and Dundee never subdued him all all afternoon. Any time United were in trouble they simply got the the ball ball up to Sturrock, and Dundee couldn't take it from him.

After Sturrock, Malpas, and Bannon all passed up good opportunities, the inevitable happened United went ahead.

Sturrock and Bannon worked a fine move down the left and Richard Gough dived full length to head home Bannon's cross.

Gough was was another constant thorn in Dundee's flesh ith his strong surges forward. But when United increased their lead, keeper McAlpine was the man behind the goal. He hoisted a long clearance which Sturrock angled on to Tommy Coyne. The young striker ran through confidently, and scored with a well placed shot into the bottom corner.

Dundee had more of the game when they brought on their two big strikers, McCall and Harris, but United's midfield three of Taylor, Malpas and Beedie still kept up a good supply of ammo for their front men.

Only keeper Carson can look back on this match with any real satisfaction in the home ranks.

From the other side of the street. United hadn't a weakness, Malpas, Holt, Gough, Hegarty, Narey and Sturrock were particularly outstanding.

Squad Statistics (as at November 10th, 1984)

1984-85 All Time
Tom Carson (GK)25 16 - 16 -
Bobby Glennie27 16 - 2814
John McCormack29 171171
Tosh McKinlay19 172655
Stewart Forsyth23 6 - 6 -
George McGeachie25 17 - 2138
Bobby Connor24 162162
John Brown - 164164
Stuart Rafferty23 172172
Ray Stephen21 16414530
Albert Kidd23 15 - 11210
Walker McCall (sub)30 1315320
Colin Harris (sub)23 121293

League Table (as at November 10th, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Today's game is one for which no motivation is required - just like last Saturday's visit to Ibrox in fact and I'm looking for the players to put in another good performance.

We'll be going into today's tussle with our neighbours with a little more confidence than we've had of late thanks to our showing against Rangers when we played some really good football.

Derby clashes like today's game are important for everybody connected with the club and the players all know that we've got everything to play for.

The result in the last game against United will also give us a bit of confidence for today's taks but in all honesty at the end of the day no such boosts should be needed.

After all every player wants to win a local derby and our players will take the field today with the intention of giving it everything they've got.

We showed again at Ibrox that when we settle down to play football we can perform as well as any team although we definitely need more penetration up front.

We need to get more shots in on goal - everyone is aware of that but this aspect of the game is the hardest to get right. But our overall performance was certainly satisfactory and it's had the effect of perking up the place again. The signs are there that we've got that vital spring in the step again and it certainly showed against Rangers when the sharpness and alertness was spread throughout the team.

It's games like that against Rangers and today's match with United which seems to bring the best out of us. Our fans apart, people don't expect us to get anything from these matches and this takes a lot of pressure off us.

Our main problems seem to occur in the other games against so-called lesser teams when we're expected to win and thus the pressure is on us.

But this is just another hurdle in our development as a team and once we've been over them we'll learn how to handle them.

So long as we keep playing good football we'll learn to overcome the difficulties that can face us in games and as I've said before a very important aspect of the game is to get the players into the habit of winning.

I gather that United have a far better record against us here at Dens than at Tannadice and that's something else we'll have to try and put right this afternoon.

But this game is not all about records and there's no reason why we shouldn't be out there fighting and expecting to get something from the match.