Dundee 0
Partick Thistle 3
League (First Division)

0 - 3

League (First Division)
Saturday, May 2nd, 1998
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,609
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Evans (12)
Stirling (pen.) (18)
Evans (32)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Craig Tully
3. Brian Irvine
4. Robbie Raeside
5. Dariusz Adamczuck
6. Jim McInally
7. Lee Maddison
8. Brian Grant
9. Iain Anderson
10. James Grady
11. Eddie Annand

12. Steve McCormick
14. John McGlashan
15. Gavin Rae

Steve McCormick for Robbie Raeside (46)
John McGlashan for Brian Grant (57)
Gavin Rae for Lee Maddison (75)
McKenzie for Lauchlan (67)
Martin for Lawrence (70)
Nicolson for McDonald (80)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Rowbotham (Kirkcaldy) (Referee)
Martin Johnston (Dufftown) & Scott Robertson (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Partick Thistle lived to fight another day thanks to a superb performance and result at Dens Park.

Only the great unpredictables of Scottish football could have come to the home of the champions and triumphed like this with so much at stake.

Thistle faced the grimmest day in their history, knowing they could have been relegated to the Second Division if they had lost to Dundee and the other crucial result at Stirling had gone against them.

But, right from the start, it was a case of every Thistle player giving his all in an effort to save the Jags.

They led 3-0 at half-time and it could easily have been more as they carved huge gaps in Dundee's defence.

Thistle didn't have long to wait to reap their first reward.

Boyle forced his way to the byline on the right and clipped the ball back for Evans to force the ball home at the near post.

Then Tully clashed with Evans in the box and John Rowbotham awarded a penalty, which Stirling converted easily.

Evans, who had managed to score only twice earlier in the season, made it a double on the day when he headed in Stirling's corner.

Jocky Scott had wanted the Dark Blues fans to go away happy from their last home game of the season.

He probably finished up wishing. they had stayed away and not been subjected to this rock-bottom: performance.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at May 2nd, 1998)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)26 43 - 43 -
Craig Tully22 18 - 48 -
Lee Maddison25 282282
Robbie Raeside - 141586
Brian Irvine - 431431
Jim McInally - 401513
Iain Anderson - 43612317
Brian Grant - 8 - 8 -
Dariusz Adamczuck - 4111043
Eddie Annand - 42144716
James Grady27 43184318
John McGlashan (sub) - 102102
Gavin Rae (sub)20 5 - 332
Steve McCormick (sub)28 186186

League Table (as at May 2nd, 1998)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

The curtain comes down on another season at Dens Park with the visit of Partick Thistle this afternoon.

It has been a mighty satisfactory campaign with the stated ambition of everyone connected with the club having been achieved and the club once again back where it belongs in the top flight of Scottish football.

With the Championship clinched at Kirkcaldy three weeks ago, there was something of a party atmosphere when we entertained Ayr before being presented with the First Division trophy.

We were expected to put on a show, but although we didn't cap the gala day with a win, we took something from the game and importantly, I think the fans went home happy.

Unfortunately, we came away from Brockville empty-handed and we are all very disappointed at forfeiting our unbeaten away record, but if the truth be told, we got what we deserved.

The players didn't compete and only showed any urgency after we fell behind.

Whilst I appreciate that only pride is at stake in our two remains fixtures I want to see us take our leave of the division on a high note.

That will not be easy this afternoon against a Partick Thistle side still battling for their First Division lives. However, in addition to the three points, we also want to maintain our defensive record which is currently the best in Britain through to the end of the season.

Finally, a thank you to all the fans how turned out in their thousands

for the match against Ayr United. It was heartening to see Dens so full and hopefully that is the way it will be every week next season when we resume life in the Premier Division.

Until then enjoy the close season and I look forward to seeing you all back here again next August.