Dundee 1
Aberdeen 1
League (Premier Division)

1 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 4th, 1987
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,346
3:00 PM Kick-off

John Brown (44)
Simpson (53)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Stewart Forsyth
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. George McGeachie
5. Jim Smith
6. Jim Duffy
7. Stuart Rafferty
8. John Brown
9. Ross Jack
10. Tommy Coyne
11. Keith Wright

12. Ian Angus
14. Bobby Glennie

None. None.

John Brown
Stewart Forsyth
David Robertson

Red Cards
None. Weir (77)
Match Officials

G. D. Cumming (Carluke) (Referee)
J. D. Frater (Labert) & J. D. Brown (Methil) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Sporting Post.

George McGeachie and Jim Smith are back in the Dundee team against Aberdeen replacing Bobby Glennie and Rab Shannon. The Dons recast their side and in come David Robertson, Steve Gray, Brian Grant, Neil Simpson and John Hewitt.

Dundee - Geddes; Forsyth, McKinlay. McGeachie, Smith, Duffy, Rafferty, Brown, Jack, Coyne, Wright Subs - Glennie, Angus

Aberdeen - Leighton: Robertson, D. Robertson, Gray, McLeish, Irvine, Grant, Simpson, Hewitt, Connor, Weir. Subs - Stark, Falconer.

Referee- G. D. Cumming. Carluke.

Hewitt and Dave Robertson put pressure on Dundee's right and Brown does well to hook a Hewitt cross for a corner. There is real threat to the home goal as Irvine homes in on Hewitt's cross. The big defender's header is powerful, but too high.

Dundee also make their opening move down the left and Wright finds the massive frame of Irvine too great an obstacle.

Coyne is hurt in a clash with Simpson and needs attention. A Duffy free is headed deep into the Dens penalty area by Brown. Leighton gets to the ball before Wright.

A dangerous cross by Weir is headed away by McKinlay and the Dundee defenders have more work to do to clear the danger.

Coyne is prevented with a fine chance when a long clearance is missed by McLeish.The Dundee man steadies well and is thwarted when Leighton dashes from his wing to stop the shot with his legs.

Connor tries to catch out Geddes with a 25-yard shot through a crowded penalty box, but the keeper is well positioned

Dundee are battling their way into the game and a flow of crosses are supplied by their overlapping full-backs. A defence-splitting pass by Coyne puts Jack through and Irvine performs a last gasp rescue act eight yards out. The big defender stars again when he stops Wright in almost the same spot.

Dundee have a wonderful chance in 18 minute when a Duffy cross from the right catches Leighton off his line. Jack heads the ball for an open goal and sends it against the post to be scrambled clear.

Weir gets a hand knock in his own penalty area and needs a lot of work from the physio before he can carry on.

The referee goes to the Dundee dug-out to have a word with Jocky Scott after a penalty box incident between Wright and Leighton which produces a free kick for the Dons.

Just afterwards Brown is booked for something said to a linesman. Forsyth is booked for twice moving yards in front of the position indicated by the referee for a throw-in.

Brown tries to beat Leighton from 30 yards. The keeper has only to watch the ball going past.

The Dons dominate for a spell until Wright beats Irvine and Simpson is booked for fouling the Dundee man. A minute before the break Dundee go in front with a classic goal.

Rafferty breaks on the right and crosses perfectly for BROWN to race in to head into the net at the near post.

Half-time-Dundee 1, Aberdeen 0.

Reflections - An action packed derby with Dundee worth their lead. They have made all the best chances.

Brown is in attacking action right away and lays the ball back to McKinlay, who is upended by Ian Robertson. The full-back's free kick is headed wide by Brown.

Coyne streaks past McLeish on the right touchline and races into the penalty area. Target men are waiting but he miss hits his cross.

Aberdeen are level in 53 minutes. Weir sends over an inswin-ing corner from the left and as Geddes and SIMPSON go for the high ball, the Don gets a head touch to glance the ball into the net.

Duffy races across the field to whip the ball away from Weir who is racing clear on a long wind-assisted clearance. A minute later Geddes gets to a clearance from Leighton just before Grant.

David Robertson is booked for a foul on Coyne and from the free Forsyth cuts a way defenders and gives the ball to Rafferty whose cross is gathered on the ground by Leighton.

Coyne whips past David Robertson to hit an outswinging cross which Leighton does very well to grab before Wright can make contact.

The Dark Blues come close when Coyne heads down a cross and Wright's effort to hook the ball goalwards is swept away by Irvine,

The Aberdeen big men go up for another corner and when Weir's cross comes over it is their wee man Grant who turns the ball against the post. Geddes grabs the rebound.

In 77 minutes Weir crosses and Irvine forces the ball into the net but the referee indicates a free to Dundee. The incident ends sensation ally when Weir is sent off, apparently for dissent.

A couple of minutes later a tremendous 20-yard free kick by Hewitt hits the bar and goes over. A ball into the penalty area by Brown falls well for Coyne who mishits his shot from 12 yards.

Final-Dundee 1, Aberdeen 1.

Summing up - Dundee disappeared as an attacking outfit when their prospects looked rosy and in the later stages the Dons were the more likely side. Duffy and Hewitt win the men of the match awards.


Squad Statistics (as at April 4th, 1987)

1986-87 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)26 47 - 207 -
Stewart Forsyth25 321602
Tosh McKinlay22 3411497
Jim Smith25 4212077
Jim Duffy27 442862
George McGeachie28 26 - 2689
John Brown - 321210635
Stuart Rafferty26 37311511
Keith Wright21 185185
Ross Jack28 357437
Tommy Coyne24 208208

League Table (as at April 4th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Having taken the opportunity to rest a number of our regulars, our match against Dave Clarke's Falkirk proved to be a reasonably entertaining one for our fans.

After former Dark Blue Albert Kidd had given us an early scare, we were always in command. We played some very good football, and I was pleased that new signing Alan Lawrence got off to such a good start in his home debut, scoring our first goal. He is going to prove a valuable asset to the Club, and he certainly gives us width in attack.

The goals against Falkirk were well shared out, with Ross Jack, Keith Wright, and John Brown adding to Lawrence's opener, and this aspect is something which is quite encouraging. Defenders can generally tie down a side with one: recognised scorer, by marking him closely, but where a team, like ourselves at present, are sharing the goals around, they are much more difficult to stop.

Last Saturday, we played United at Tannadice, and this is a game which we should have won, but due to an awful defensive mistake when under no pressure, we had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

I was not pleased, therefore with either the result or the manner of United's equaliser. We were the better team in the first half, and went ahead before half time with a good goal by Stuart Rafferty, and we might have been further ahead had Tommy Coyne placed rather than blasted a shot when in a good position.

Into the second period, United came into the game, and were awarded a penalty. Rab Geddes dived to his right to make a good save from Ferguson's spot kick, and at this stage we looked as though we would take the points, but then United attacked, and a cross came into the box with no attackers near. Bobby Glennie turned the ball back to where he thought Geddes was only, to see the ball in the back of his own net. This sort of mistake, especially under no pressure, we cannot afford. We cannot give goals away and still expect to win matches. We must have more. communication between defenders, as in this instance there was no need for Glennie to touch the ball. It should have. been left for the keeper to collect.

The game proved, though, that we're perfectly capable of giving United a very hard afternoon, and after today's match has been played, we'll be planning something even harder for them next week.

I'm sorry to say that despite agreement between ourselves and Dundee United that our Cup semi-final should be played in Dundee, the SFA have refused our joint request, and consequently supporters must travel to Tynecastle to see the game. Those who travel can be assured that every player in Dark Blue next Saturday will be doing his utmost to see this Club through to the Scottish Cup Final.