Dundee 6
Dundee United 4
League (Division One)

6 - 4
Dundee Utd 

League (Division One)
Saturday, September 11th, 1971
Dens Park
Attendance: 16,500
3:00 PM Kick-off

Gordon Wallace (35)
Alex Bryce (44)
Jocky Scott (56)
Alex Bryce (58)
Jocky Scott (pen.) (65)
Gordon Wallace (70)
Andy Rolland (14)
Alan Gordon (68)
Doug Smith (pen.) (75)
Andy Rolland (89)

Team Managers
John Prentice
Jerry Kerr

Starting Eleven
1. Mike Hewitt
2. Bobby Wilson
3. Dave Johnston
4. Jim Steele
5. Doug Houston
6. Iain Phillip
7. Alex Kinninmonth
8. Alex Bryce
9. Gordon Wallace
10. Jocky Scott
11. Jimmy Wilson
Hamish McAlpine
Jim Cameron
Andy Rolland
Stuart Markland
Walter Smith
Doug Smith
Alec Reid
Joe Watson
Billy Gray
Davie Wilson
Alan Gordon

John Duncan
Kenny Cameron

None. Kenny Cameron for Davie Wilson (56)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alistair Mackenzie (Larbert) (Referee)
R. G. Cheyne (Aberdeen) & J. McKeeman (High Valleyfield) (Assistants)

Match Report

It's a long time since Dundee's fans have devoured the pleasure of a win over near-neighbours United at Dens.

Every year for the past nine the Tannadice men have either Triumphed or drawn with the Dens Park team.

Will Stuart Markland, playing his first game in the big team since the end of the year, be the ace in the United pack this time?

Rolland continues in the attack, with Kenny Cameron as substitute.

Dundee have Kinninmonth and Jimmy Wilson on the wings, with Bryce at inside right and Duncan as substitute.

Dundee - Hewitt; R. Wilson, Johnston; Steele, Philip, Houston; Kinninmonth, Bryce, Wallace, Scott, J. Wilson. Sub.-Duncan.

Dundee United - McAlpine; Gray, J. Cameron; W. Smith, D. Smith, Markland; Watson, A. Reid, Gordon, Rolland, Wilson. Sub - K. Cameron.

Referee - A. McKenzie, Larbert.

There are a few gaps in the terracing as United kick off towards the Tannadice end.

Almost immediately they force a corner. Reid wins the ball in midfield, and his pass goes to Gordon. The ball is cleared, but only as far as Watson, who forces another corner. This gives little difficulty to the Dens defence.

A crossfield move looks more dangerous, and ends with Markland shooting just over.

It's almost four minutes before McAlpine comes into the game when he deals with a Philip free kick.

That's what's needed to give the home side confindence. Bryce ends a promising move by shooting over when well placed, and Johnston, up with the attack, hammers a piledriver against a defender.

Wallace's tenacity wins a corner which causes a bit of trouble to the Tangerine defence. Both sides are slow to settle, and there's a lot of scrappy play

In the 14th minute comes the best move of the game. A Steele pass leaves Bryce in the clear. The Dundee man is on his own, but dallies enough to let McAlpine get down to the shot.

United's reply is to swarmbupfield. Watson slides a pass into the Dundee box. It's left by the defence, but not by ROLLAND, who pokes the ball home. Time - 14 and a half minutes.

The goal stings Dundee. They set up a series of attacks which lack nothing in build-up but fall down miserably in front of goal.

A Wilson shot from a corner gives no trouble to McAlpine. Then Wallace has a hand. He draws Doug Smith before passing to Kinninmonth. Wilson and McAlpine get to the ball at the same time and it spins off the goal keeper for a corner.

Bryce makes contact with another Kinninmonth cross and scissor-kicks the ball high over the bar.

United attack in spurts mainly through Davie Wilson and Watson. But it's Dundee who are doing all the running. Joe Watson is the United danger man. His lively darts cause all sorts of bother to the Dens defenders.

Houston makes ground on the left. His cross seems to be too far out to cause trouble but Wallace tries a shot which brings McAlpine to his knees.

Dundee pass up a chance in the 34th minute. The linesman flags for offside as Bryce breaks through the Tannadice iron wall. Referee McKenzie lets play go on This time Bryce takes the ball right to the goalkeeper before parting to Scott. Somehow Hamish gets round to smother the shot.

Sixty seconds later the scores are level. Bryce chips the ball forward over the Tannadice defence for WALLACE to despatch a flashing header into the net.

Watson is fouled just on the edge of the Dundee box. Markland is ready for the cross and tips it over the defenders but just past the post.

Dundee take the lead in the 44th minute with a great goal. Scott makes a space in the Tannadice defence before passing to Bryce. And from just outside the box BRYCE sends a low shot past McAlpine into the net. Half-time Dundee 2, Dundee United 1.

Reflections - A traditional start to this derby game. Dundee paid the penalty for slack marking when the ball should have been cleared.

From then on, apart from a few darts down the wing, United were pushed into defence. For a long time their iron wall stemmed the tide. But against intelligent probings by Scott and Bryce cracks had to appear.

The second half is barely a minute old when McAlpine is in action again. Bryce and full-back Bobby Wilson fox their opponents with some clever ball play. Bryce sets off for goal, but is halted by Rolland on the edge of the box. Wallace connects with the free kick, but McAlpine is right in line.

United's never-stop wingers force a corner. Hewitt seems to have Watson's cross covered but drops it. Johnston boots the ball to safety.

Some clever stuff from Dundee now, but at times the Dens Parkers are a wee bit casual in the way they stroke about the ball. A Johnston header from a Scott cross goes well over.

Then United hit back quickly and directly. Davie Wilson slips to Reid, whose cross is plucked out of the air by Hewitt.

A Bryce pass to Wallace carves open defence the United The centre beats the goal keeper and passes to SCOTT who seems to take an age before crashing the ball home. Time 56 minutes.

Manager Kerr substitutes Kenny Cameron for Davie Wilson.

Two minutes later Dundee strike again. A long-ranger from BRYCE spins out of McAlpine's arms into the net.

Jim Cameron hits a throw-in as it drops and brings a good save out of Hewitt. In the 65th minute a through-the-middle ball puts Bryce away. His cross strikes Doug Smith on the arm. It's a penalty and SCOTT nets from the spot.

A minute later Reid is fouled on the edge of the Dundee box. GORDON rises for the cross and heads it home. Brilliant stuff from Dundee now. Scott sets off from deep in his own half, crosses and WALLACE shoots in an other.

United are entirely out of it. Kenny Cameron cuts it. back to Reid, whose shot from 20 yards is brilliantly parried by Hewitt. There's a slackness now about Dundee, and United shock with another goal in the 75th minute. Steele handles a Gordon header and Doug SMITH nets from the spot.

Both Cameron and Gordon go for a chip from Alec Reid. The ball breaks across goal. Watson returns it and Hewitt puts the ball over with Gordon in attendance.

United may be three goals down, but there's still plenty of vigour about their play. With a minute to go, Kinninmonth just fails to reach a Scott cross.

Just on time ROLLAND nets from close in. Final - Dundee 6, Dundee United 4.

Summing Up - Dundee well and truly laid their nine-year hoodoo over Dundee United. They shocked their near-neighbours with a brand of brilliant, exciting, attacking football which had United reeling.

Dundee United had only one thing to offer and that was courage in abundance. They never faltered as Dundee piled them on and in the end, managed to make the score respectable.

But this was Dundee's day, and their deadly front of Wallace, Scott and Bryce must take the honours.

Crowd - 14,000

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at September 11th, 1971)

1971-72 All Time
Mike Hewitt (GK)27 8 - 13 -
Dave Johnston23 81505
Iain Phillip20 8 - 42 -
Jim Steele21 8 - 835
Bobby Wilson28 812069
Doug Houston28 8125715
Jimmy Wilson29 5 - 351
Alex Kinninmonth - 7 - 14923
Alex Bryce27 4314625
Jocky Scott23 8421580
Gordon Wallace28 858843

League Table (as at September 11th, 1971)

No league table has been added for this season.