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League (Premier Division)
Tommy Coyne (30)
||Iain Ferguson (8)|
1. Bobby Geddes
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Bobby Glennie
5. Jim Smith
6. Gordon Chisholm
7. Rab Shannon
8. John Brown
9. Keith Wright
10. Tommy Coyne
11. Alan Lawrence
J Alan Irvine
12. Ian Angus
14. Graham Harvey
Ian Angus for Tosh McKinlay (24)
Graham Harvey for George McGeachie (38)
Ian Redford for Dave Beaumont (46)
Joe McLeod for Alan Irvine (81)
John Brown (41)
Alan Lawrence (78)
|Gordon McLeod (29)|
J. Duncan (Gorebridge) (Referee)
This wasn't the best Tayside derby of all time. But it contained more than enough incident and controversy to retain the crowd's interest right to the very last second of injury-time.
An incredible first half saw both physio therapists, Eric Ferguson and Jim Joyce, in action more often than some of the players! There were five lengthy injury stoppages in that torrid first 45 minutes, with Dundee playing with 10 men for 13 minutes, and actually equalising when they could muster just 9 and a half fit players!
After that there was no way the second half could be as thrilling although you always sensed this game had a sting in the tail. Eventually it petered out as a draw-just about right.
There was no warning of the first-half drama until Dave Bowman caught Tosh McKinlay low. After five minutes of treatment on the bench it was obvious McKinlay was in no fit state to continue and lain Angus came on.
Then, an lain Ferguson tackle left McGeachie hobbling, and before Dundee could make up their minds whether to commit their second substitute, Glennie clashed with Thomson.
Poor Bobby was laid off with blood streaming from a head gash, and although Thomson continued after treatment he appeared distinctly groggy.
Amazingly, in the middle of Dundee's disarray they equalised with as clever a goal as you will ever come across. Lawrence played the ball through to Coyne, 14 yards out. Cute as you like, Tommy flicked the ball first time with the outside of his left foot over the advancing Thomson and just under the bar.
Glennie then re-appeared allowing Harvey to replace McGeachie. Something like normality returned.
United had earlier taken the lead when McGeachie was short with a headed pass back and Ferguson had the ball in the net before you could blink.
However, United rarely displayed the fluency for which they are famed. Their's was a real stop-go performance. They finished strongly and looked far better once Redford replaced the ineffective
Beaumont. Malpas, Clark, Gordon McLeod and Red ford were their best.
Considering Dundee's problems they will probably be happier with a point than United. They played some neat football although rarely looked like adding to Coyne's goal.
Despite all the injuries this could never be termed a dirty game, although Referee Duncan booked three names - Gordon MacLeod for a foul on Shannon, Brown for a challenge on Malpas and Lawrence for barging Redford off the ball.
Man of the match-JIM SMITH. He re peatedly grabs the headlines but on this occasion he really did hold Dundee's defence together.
|Bobby Geddes (GK)||27||14||-||228||-|
|Ian Angus (sub)||-||13||2||49||8|
|Graham Harvey (sub)||25||9||2||96||30|
No league table has been added for this season.
Our victory at Motherwell brought to an end a dismal run of results for us. To be perfectly honest I can not claim that it was one of our best performances, but any team putting in a serious challenge for honours must feel that collecting full points in an away match, without hitting your best form, constitutes a satisfactory and important result.
Our new signing, Glasgow born Gordon Chisholm, from Hibs was introduced to the team virtually only hours before playing alongside them, and in his debut gave a competent display. His ability and experience will, I feel sure, be a real asset to us.
It may seem a strange thing for me to say but I felt our performance in the Skol Cup semi-final against Aberdeen was better than that at Motherwell.
However, after conceding such an early goal to a team of Aberdeen's calibre it was always going to be an uphill battle. After this shaky start the players could not be faulted for their efforts and the encouragement given throughout the game by yourselves, the supporters, was absolutely terrific.
We have seen in the quarter final and semi-final ties that if we as a team can pro duce successful results the attendances will definitely increase and the punters will feel they have had value for their money.
With one or two first team men nursing minor knocks the opportunity was taken in the Forfarshire Cup game against Arbroath on Monday to intro duce one or two of our 'fringe' players. How well they acquitted themselves can be seen from the 6-2 winning score. Gordon Chisholm scored his first goal for us, in what was a very entertaining game.
Today we welcome our neighbours from Tannadice, who come fresh from another great UEFA cup night. Their record in Europe in recent years is second to none in Britain and for that they must be congratulated.
Let's hope that today's game is as exciting as the last derby and that wee Jim is not flashing his famous smile at the end of the match.