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Dundee Utd 

League (Premier Division)
Tuesday, March 10th, 1987
Dens Park
Attendance: 11,615
3:00 PM Kick-off

John Brown (42)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Jim Mclean

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Stuart Rafferty
5. Jim Smith
6. Jim Duffy
7. Stewart Forsyth
8. John Brown
9. Tommy Coyne
10. Graham Harvey
11. Ross Jack
Billy Thomson
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Ian Redford
Jim McInally
John Clark
Eamonn Bannon
Iain Ferguson
Paul Sturrock
Kevin Gallacher

12. Keith Wright
14. Steve Campbell
John Holt
Paul Kinnaird

Keith Wright for George McGeachie (87)
John Holt for Ian Redford (46)

Tosh McKinlay (50)
Stuart Rafferty (57)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

David Syme (Glasgow) (Referee)
R. Nicholl (Montrose) & H. Wilson (Roslin) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier.

This game started 66 days late, mostly because of weather postponements, and for the first 35 minutes was a long way short of the thriller you expect from local derbies.

Then it took off-over some thing that didn't happen. Paul Sturrock, for me the most dangerous player on the park yet again, went down in the box when George McGeachie tackled.

Amid howls of protest from the United following, referee David Syme said "no penalty." I thought he was wrong but whatever else it did it raised the game into the "one to remember" category.

Within minutes John Brown had put Dundee ahead with a typical left foot rocket and the whole place went up several notches.

United piled in and Dundee took most of what was going to mount attacks built on breaks from defence.

It was fitting that Sturrock set up the equaliser for Gallacher and fitting that the youngster scored because, yet again, there was always a threat in his thrusts.

Recently Dundee were in the doldrums against such as East Fife and Meadowbank.

That's all behind them now, with that magnificent result against Celtic being followed by victory over St Mirren and now a point from what ended as a wonderful local derby.

When United got themselves together second half they were more like their real selves than at any time during that worrying (for them) draw against Clydebank on Saturday.

Playing the three centre halves in the back four still doesn't look quite right for United but it looked better, and with McInally battling in midfield and Sturrock stirring it up front, the loss of a point might be damaging to their title hopes but they are definitely back on song.

Geddes was an outstanding keeper for Dundee, with the defence in front of him often stretched but seldom cracking.

John Brown had spells of his best form and Stuart Rafferty was always in the thick of things.

They, like United, have the Cup to go for and their supporters must be feeling a lot more optimistic than they were not so long ago!

Squad Statistics (as at March 10th, 1987)

1986-87 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)26 41 - 201 -
Tosh McKinlay22 2811437
Jim Smith25 3812037
Stewart Forsyth25 271552
George McGeachie28 22 - 2639
Jim Duffy27 392812
John Brown - 26810031
Stuart Rafferty26 31210910
Ross Jack27 316396
Tommy Coyne24 156156
Graham Harvey24 36168227
Keith Wright (sub)21 133133

League Table (as at March 10th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

At last we turned in a good home performance in beating Celtic well, by 4-1!

At half time, though, things were not exactly going our way, as the Glasgow side led 1-0. We got off to a great start with an equaliser by Vince Mennie in the first minute, following good play on the left by Ross Jack. We then settled down to play our best football for some time, and this was rewarded with two quick goals.

First, Forsyth cut inside to lay the ball on for Shannon to score a good goal, and straight from the kick-off we attacked again, and a Mennie cross was headed strongly home by Brown. Having gone 3-1 up, the players, cheered on by the supporters, were able to relax and turn on a little bit of style. It was icing on the cake when we scored a fourth through Ross Jack after another Shannon shot had come back off the bar.

This win left us in a confident frame of mind for the second replay against Meadowbank, and, although they made it difficult for us early on, we took control after the interval and two goals by Tommy Coyne - the second a penalty-saw us comfortably through to play Clydebank in the quarter-finals.

Tonight we play neighbours United, and it's important that we put in another evening's hard work. A result here would further boost the player's confidence for our Cup visit to Kilbowie on Saturday, and build on our good win achieved at Love Street against St. Mirren.


It's quite amazing just how popular Tommy Coyne has become at Dens since trading his Tangerine jersey for one in a deep shade of blue. That move in itself would be good news for Dens fans, but more especially when the player concerned is a proven goalscorer. Since joining Dundee, Coyne has scored 6 goals, including the two which eventually beat Meadowbank in the Cup, and is already the Club's joint second-top scorer. Graham Harvey watch out!