Dundee 0
Airdrieonians 1
League (First Division)

0 - 1

League (First Division)
Saturday, September 7th, 1996
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,756
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. John Davies (16)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Alex MacDonald

Starting Eleven
1. Billy Thomson
2. Barry Smith
3. Robbie Raeside
4. David Winnie
5. Paul Tosh
6. Dariusz Adamczuck
7. Gary McKeown
8. Chic Charnley
9. Kevin Magee
10. Iain Ferguson
11. Jim Hamilton

12. Ray Farningham
14. Iain Anderson
15. Gavin Rae

Ray Farningham for Gary McKeown
Iain Anderson for Kevin Magee
Gavin Rae for Barry Smith

Dariusz Adamczuck

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

J. D. K. Smith (Troon) (Referee)
E. Martindale (Newlands) & I. R. Brines (Erskine) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee boss Jim Duffy was fizzing mad with his midweek Coca-Cola Cup heroes.

The Dens Parkers should have been flying after knocking out city rivals Dundee United on Tuesday.

But after seeing pint-sized John Davies heading Airdrie's winner after 16 minutes he blasted: "We've got no excuses about being tired.

"It's all in their heads, not in their legs, and anyone who tells you any different is talking garbage. We were very, very poor and must be the worst club in the world for building ourselves up and then letting people down.

"Barry Smith was outstanding and if only the rest of the players gave the same kind of performance, then we would have done a lot better."

But Airdrie gaffer Alex MacDonald beamed: "It was a very different first half show from the one we gave against Partick Thistle during the week and I'm very happy with our attitude."

MacDonald praised striker Brian McPhee, playing his first full 90 minutes for the club.

"He's still only learning the game but he's a very good listener. I'm sure he will score goals for us," he said.

Airdrie's winner came after some terrible defending. John Davies, one of the smallest men on the park, was left unmarked to head Sandy Stewart's free kick past Billy Thomson.

Dundee's frustration grew and Dariuz Adamczuk was booked for a foul on Tony Smith. They looked a different side after the interval and Jim Hamilton's shot was agonisingly close.

John Martin had to pull off a top save to deny Kevin Magee and minutes later Hamilton shot inches wide.

MOM: Davies (Airdrie)

Squad Statistics (as at September 7th, 1996)

1996-97 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK) - 7 - 7 -
David Winnie29 4 - 4 -
Gary McKeown - 6 - 673
Barry Smith22 8 - 29 -
Robbie Raeside - 8181
Chic Charnley - 71194
Dariusz Adamczuck - 8 - 321
Paul Tosh22 6310823
Kevin Magee - 6161
Jim Hamilton20 738335
Iain Ferguson - 4 - 15358
Iain Anderson (sub) - 6 - 444
Ray Farningham (sub) - 4 - 909
Gavin Rae (sub)18 1 - 7 -

League Table (as at September 7th, 1996)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It has been a good couple of weeks for us recently.

After a great result against Morton in our last home match, we showed great tenacity in beating Airdrie in the B&Q Cup and again in securing a draw at Forthbank last Saturday.

All this was capped by Tuesday evening's quite magnificent performance against Dundee United at Tannadice!

I was proud of every one of the players in what was a quite fabulous game, made, of course, all the more sweeter, by us going through.

But given the circumstances, I would I have had no criticism of the players for their performance even had we not gone through.

I thought it also showed that we are a very difficult side to beat, coming back so well after going behind.

In my opinion, the players demonstrated on Tuesday, not only to me, but also to the fans, that they want to play for the jersey.

And in addition to patting the players on the back, can I also pay tribute to you, the fans. Your backing was fantastic and you perhaps don't appreciate just how much it can lift the players. If you didn't the evidence was there for all to see against Dundee United on Tuesday

Today we face an entirely different kind of game.

After that terrific display, we'll be expected to win, but that just doesn't happen as a matter of course against Airdrie.

You have to grind our results by matching their commitment and determination.

Bur hopefully, and with your backing, we can continue the good work of the season so far.