Dundee 1
Aberdeen 3
League (Premier Division)

1 - 3

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 31st, 1985
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,592
3:00 PM Kick-off

Russell Black 

Team Managers
Archie Knox

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Rab Shannon
3. Bobby Glennie
4. John McCormack
5. Jim Smith
6. Jim Duffy
7. Ray Stephen
8. John Brown
9. Russell Black
10. Bobby Connor
11. Ross Jack

12. Derek McWilliams
14. John Waddell

Derek McWilliams for Ray Stephen
John Waddell for Ross Jack

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

W. N. M. Crombie (Edinburgh) (Referee)
L. M. Deas (Glenrothes) & W. J. Johnston (Inverness) (Assistants)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at August 31st, 1985)

1985-86 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)25 6 - 124 -
John McCormack30 6 - 487
Jim Smith24 611346
Rab Shannon19 6 - 16 -
Jim Duffy26 6 - 6 -
Bobby Glennie27 6 - 3084
Bobby Connor25 624711
John Brown - 5 - 4711
Russell Black - 1111
Ross Jack26 5 - 5 -
Ray Stephen22 6217838
John Waddell (sub)19 1 - 4 -
Derek McWilliams (sub)25 1 - 193

League Table (as at August 31st, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

In our last three matches the team's form has been disappointing and overall we have not played well in these games. Our form is a culmination of things, firstly one or two players have not got started yet and we can only hope that they lift their game soon. There has also been three changes in the important area of defence, out are McGeachie and McKinlay. Jim Duffy is still new to the side and will need time to settle in, as will what amounts to a new back four. In football there are no easy answers and what is required of the team at present is for them to keep plugging away and hope that things come right.

We have introduced Rab Shannon this season and he has come in and done well and I see this as a bonus. Where we could benefit further is if we could get a forward who would regularly score goals as this is an area where we are still short.

Last Saturday we only began to play in the last twenty minutes and this is possibly the best we have played so far this season. I am looking for consistency and can assure you that we are working hard to rectify the faults. We began last season by losing our first four games so in terms of this season we have made a better start. With all the work that is going on behind the scenes I am hopeful that we will continue to improve.

It is recognised that today's visitors Aberdeen will be the team that everyone is chasing this season but they too have found their start tougher than they would have imagined. It is unusual for them to have dropped two points at this stage of the season and they will be intent on keeping up their recent record at Dens. I feel we have done better in recent matches against Aberdeen without always getting the credit we deserved. Our games with Aberdeen have always been games to look forward to and today's is no different. We are in for a hard game but it is up to us to get ourselves going and make Aberdeen worry about us.

These notes were written before our Skol Cup match against Hamilton. With a home draw against either Forfar or Rangers both teams had a good incentive for reaching the next round.

The team have noticed the backing from the terracing in recent weeks and although recent results are nothing to shout about we would ask for your continued backing. Aberdeen will bring a good sized backing with them today so this is your opportunity to get behind the team and make your support heard.