Dundee 2
Stirling Albion 0
League (First Division)

2 - 0
Stirling Albion 

League (First Division)
Saturday, March 28th, 1998
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,142
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eddie Annand (10)
Eddie Annand (36)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
3. Brian Irvine
4. Robbie Raeside
5. Dariusz Adamczuk
6. Jim McInally
7. Darren Magee
8. Dave Rogers
9. Iain Anderson
10. James Grady
11. Eddie Annand
A. Paterson
G. Paterson
Nilsen (Hgartarsson 62)
Pryce (McLaren 70)

12. Brian Grant
14. John McGlashan
15. Craig Tully

Brian Grant for Iain Anderson (86)
Hgartarsson for Nilsen (62)
McLaren for Pryce (70)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stuart Dougal (Burnside) (Referee)
Gordon Middleton (Aberdeen) & Craig Marshall (Glenrothes) (Assistants)

Match Report

The Dens Park title bandwagon rolls on - courtesy this time of come back striker Eddie Annand.

The former Clyde marksman stepped back into the main front running role after John Robertson's departure back to Hearts last week.

And how he made yesterday's visitors Albion suffer for his weeks on the sidelines.

His double more or less clinched the points for the title-seekers inside the opening 36 minutes, leaving the remainder of the vital clash to be fought out at a relaxed pace.

Stirling's determination forced the issue in the second period, but even their positive approach found little encouragement in the face of Dundee's rock-solid rearguard.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Jocky Scott's side boast the best defensive record in the country.

They were allowed to relax somewhat after Dariusz Adamczuk's long throw found match-winner Annand, whose hook-shot on the turn fairly flew into the net from eight yards.

Dundee survived a couple of scares. until Annand repeated his solo demolition job of the relegation threatened visitors.

Man-of-the-match Dariusz Adamczuk again provided the ammunition which allowed steady Eddie the time and space on the edge of the box.

And, as Albion keeper Mark McGeown advanced from his line, Annand cutely lofted the ball over the top and in under the crossbar.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at March 28th, 1998)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)25 38 - 38 -
Robbie Raeside25 91536
Barry Smith24 3811031
Brian Irvine32 381381
Dave Rogers22 381381
Darren Magee20 20 - 22 -
Iain Anderson20 38611817
Jim McInally34 351463
Dariusz Adamczuk28 361993
Eddie Annand25 37124214
James Grady27 38173817
Brian Grant (sub)33 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at March 28th, 1998)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

First of all can I say what a tremendous sight it was to come out of the tunnel prior to the Rangers game to see so many people in the ground. It is a long time since Dens Park has been that full and hopefully it will not be too long before it is filled to that extent on a more regular basis.

As for the game against Rangers, I think the players responded to the great atmosphere generated on the terracings and gave a good account of themselves. against one of the country's top teams. In the first half, especially, we put Rangers under a lot of pressure. Unfortunately having gone ahead we allowed them

back into the game too quickly, losing a bad goal. But looking at the two games with Rangers overall, the efforts of the players was magnificent and if they can maintain that form in the home games then hopefully, more people will come to Dens and watch us every week.

Unfortunately, last Saturday, although we have no complaints about the result, the performance was not of the best.

However, given the contrasting atmosphere of a near full house at Dens Park and the open spaces of Cliftonville, this was understandable. In addition there were definite signs of fatigue from that replay with Rangers against Hamilton, but we defended very well and battled to get the result we required. And when you are at the top that is sometimes necessary.

Hopefully, after a less hectic week, we can look forward to an improved performance this afternoon against Stirling Albion.

All I would ask in return is the same level of vocal support as we have had in the last couple of home outings because, as I have said before, you have no idea how much it is appreciated by the players.