Dundee 1
Airdrieonians (1878) 0
League (First Division)

1 - 0
Airdrie (1878) 

League (First Division)
Saturday, October 4th, 1997
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,086
3:00 PM Kick-off

Dave Rogers (83)

Team Managers
John McCormack
Alex MacDonald

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
3. Brian Irvine
4. Dave Rogers
5. Dariusz Adamczuk
6. Jim McInally
7. Russell Kelly
8. Derek Fleming
9. Iain Anderson
10. James Grady
11. Eddie Annand
Myles Hogarth
Sandy Stewart
Forbes Johnston
Jimmy Sandison
Sean Sweeney
Kenny Black
Paddy Connelly
Maryvn Wilson
Steve Cooper
Billy Davies
Tony Smith

12. Jerry O'Driscoll
14. Darren Magee
15. John Elliot
Austin McCann
Alan Lawrence
Gary Mackay

Jerry O'Driscoll for Eddie Annand (77)
Darren Magee for Russell Kelly (79)
John Elliot for Dave Rogers (88)
Alan Lawrence for Paddy Connelly (62)
Gary Mackay for Maryvn Wilson (84)

Eddie Annand
Russell Kelly
Jim McInally
Sean Sweeney
Tony Smith

Red Cards
None. Tony Smith (62)
Match Officials

A. Freeland (Aberdeen) (Referee)
Mike Ritchie (MacDuff) & Stuart Logan (Elgin) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee stayed on course for promotion thanks to a hotly-disputed penalty.

Airdrie, reduced to 10 men in 62 minutes when Tony Smith was sent off. had looked like surviving reasonably comfortably.

But, with seven minutes left, James Grady tumbled in the box under a challenge by Jimmy Sandison.

Much to Airdrie's disgust, referee Alan Freeland pointed to the spot, and Dundee's Liverpudlian defender David Rogers stepped up to score confidently from the spot.

It was a hard way for Airdrie to go down, after a performance in which they proved they will be pushovers for no-one in this league.

In fact, Dundee looked as though they might well have lost their chance when they failed to take advantage of the strong wind at their backs in the first balt

Jim Mcinally should have put them in front in 15 minutes. Grady played through a short Iain Anderson corner but the former Dundee United star wars robbed by Sandy Stewart on the point of shooting

Rogers had a fine effort saved by Myles Hogarth a minute later and in 37 minutes. Grady sent a diving header just wide from Derek Fleming's free-kick.

Airdrie's on-loan goalkeeper redeemed his own mistake just before half-time. His clearance was blocked by the alert Grady, but Hogarth saved brilliantly when the little striker tried to take advantage

Airdrie began to show more of a threat when it was their turn to have advantage of the elements after the interval.

Six minutes into the second half. Stewart set up Kenny Black, whose fierce effort was brilliantly saved by Robert Douglas.

Billy Davies was the next Airdrie player to pose a threat to Dundee, with a shot which flew over.

But, a couple of minutes later, Alex McDonald's men were reduced to 10. Smith, who had been booked in the first half, was shown a second yellow card after a foul on Grady.

There was also bookings for Annand, Kelly and McInally for Dundee along with Airdrie's Sweeney.

Crowd – 3086.

Dundee - Douglas; Smith, Fleming, Adamczuk, Irvine, Rogers (Elliot 88), Anderson, Kelly (Magee 79), Annand (O'Driscoll 77), Grady, McInally.

Airdrie - Hogarth; Stewart, Johnston, Sandison, Sweeney, Black, Connelly (Lawrence 62), Wilson (Mackay 84), Cooper, Davies, Smith. Sub not used - McCann.

Referee - A. Freeland. Aberdeen.

Squad Statistics (as at October 4th, 1997)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)25 11 - 11 -
Brian Irvine32 11 - 11 -
Barry Smith23 11 - 76 -
Russell Kelly21 3131
Dave Rogers22 111111
Derek Fleming23 3 - 3 -
Jim McInally33 11 - 222
Iain Anderson20 1129113
Dariusz Adamczuk27 11 - 742
James Grady26 112112
Eddie Annand24 115167
Darren Magee (sub)20 10 - 12 -
Jerry O'Driscoll (sub)19 923914
John Elliot (sub)17 81131

League Table (as at October 4th, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Can I first of all pay my own personal tribute to John Leddie who sadly passed away recently after giving so many years of great service as the club kit man.

I'll remember him as a such a happy wee guy who always had the ability to smile no matter the circumstances and cheer up the boys which is an important asset in any dressing room.

He'll be missed and I would like to send my condolences to his family.

Before our last home game I did say that Hamilton were a very good side and perhaps we gave them just a shade too much respect. As you can imagine I, like you, was very disappointed with the way we played. You could sense it wasn't going to be our day the way their goalkeeper made save after save.

Importantly, we dusted ourselves down from that defeat to turn in a completely professional performance at Cappielow last week and thoroughly merited the victory which keeps us level with Hamilton on points at the top of the table.

Having already been beaten by Airdrie in the League Challenge Cup this season, we fully realise they will be tough opponents this afternoon which is why we must pull out all the stops to ensure that we collect another three valuable points.