Dundee 1
St Mirren 0
League (First Division)

1 - 0
St Mirren 

League (First Division)
Saturday, August 23rd, 1997
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,571
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eddie Annand 

Team Managers
John McCormack
Tony Fitzpatrick

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
3. Brian Irvine
4. Dave Rogers
5. Dariusz Adamczuk
6. Jim McInally
7. Darren Magee
8. Lee Maddison
9. Iain Anderson
10. James Grady
11. Eddie Annand
Alan Combe
Barry McLaughlin
David Winnie
Norman McWhirter
Paul Fenwick
Paul Archdeacon
Hugh Murray
Tommy Turner
Tom Brown
Junior Mendes
Russell Kelly

12. Jerry O'Driscoll
14. John Elliot
15. Craig Tully
Mark Yardley

Jerry O'Driscoll for Eddie Annand (73)
John Elliot for Iain Anderson (89)
Mark Yardley for Hugh Murray (46)
Watson for Paul Archdeacon (68)

Iain Anderson
Brian Irvine
Lee Maddison
Hugh Murray
Alan Combe
Norman McWhirter
David Winnie
Russell Kelly

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Martin Clark (Edinburgh) (Referee)
George Clyde (Bearsden) & Stuart Logan (Elgin) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dark Blues new star striker Eddie Annand maintained his goal-a-game run in the league this season.

But the strike, which kept Dundee top of the pile with a 100% record, owed much to not-so-saintly Alan Combe.

The unfortunate Paisley keeper tried to find ex-Dundee defender Winnie with a pass after Fenwick had played the ball back to him.

But he directed it straight into the path of the eager Annand, who seized his chance and drove it into Combe's right-hand corner.

The only consolation the keeper might have found came from the fact that he had done exceptionally well to defy an earlier attempt by the Dens men.
After less than a minute, Grady got in a header from Annand's cross which looked home all the way. But Combe somehow got a boot to it and sent it over his bar.

After their storming start, any notion that Dundee would coast to another emphatic win after getting their noses in front was quickly removed.

Saints pepped up their ideas after bringing on Yardley at the interval. In truth, the Paisley men did not create too many clear chances, but did enough to make it an uncomfortable experience for the league leaders.

There were plenty of bookings in a hard-fought game. The Saints who saw yellow were Murray, Combe, McWhirter, Winnie and Kelly, along with Dundee's Anderson, Irvine and Maddison.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at August 23rd, 1997)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)25 6 - 6 -
Barry Smith23 6 - 71 -
Brian Irvine32 6 - 6 -
Dave Rogers21 6 - 6 -
Lee Maddison24 5151
Darren Magee20 6 - 8 -
Dariusz Adamczuk27 6 - 692
Jim McInally33 6 - 172
Iain Anderson20 6 - 8611
Eddie Annand24 63115
James Grady26 6161
John Elliot (sub)17 51101
Jerry O'Driscoll (sub)19 623614

League Table (as at August 23rd, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Despite our elimination from the Coca-Cola Cup by Aberdeen on Tuesday evening, as you know,I always try to be positive even in defeat.

And there was no doubt that it let the players and myself know the kind of standard that will be required if we realise our ambition of Premier Division football next season.

It was all part of the learning process and can only stand us in good stead.

But for the time being we are in the First Division and getting out of this League is our number one priority.

The season may only be two league games old, but we already know that all the games ahead will be hard.

So far, I can only be happy with our progress. Two matches have brought us two wins, and in both, we have looked solid at the back as well as finding the net regularly.

St Mirren, our visitors this afternoon, are another side with promotion ambitions and are a good footballing side.

However, I hope that we can again grab the initiative to dictate play and go on anb bag full points.