Heart of Midlothian 2
Dundee 2
League (First Division)


2 - 2


League (First Division)
Saturday, January 7th, 1978
Tynecastle Park
Attendance: 19,720
3:00 PM Kick-off

Willie Gibson (9)
Alec Caldwell (o.g.) (62)
Billy Pirie (52)
Ian McDougall (72)

Team Managers
Unknown. Tommy Gemmell

Starting Eleven
Ray Dunlop
Walter Kidd
Cammy Fraser
Dave McNicoll
Jim Jefferies
Lawrie Tierney
Graham Shaw
Eamonn Bannon
Willie Gibson
Drew Busby
Bobby Prentice
Ally Donaldson .1
Stuart Turnbull .2
Erich Schaedler .3
Jim Shirra .4
John McPhail .5
Alec Caldwell .6
Ian McDougall .7
Eric Sinclair .8
Billy Pirie .9
Billy Williamson .10
Jocky Scott .11

Gordon Brown
Paul Rodger
Ian Redford .12
Dave MacKinnon .14

None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Match Report

Dundee had made three changes, Ally Donaldson, Stuart Turnbull and Alex Caldwell, replacing Thomson Allan, Dave McKinnon and Dave Johnston respectively.

Johnston had been enjoying a new lease of life as sweeper. McPhail took over this role with Caldwell playing centre-half.

The crowd of nearly 20,000; approximately 5,000 from Dundee, is a record for a 'new' First Division match and the fans didn't have long to wait for a goal.

From the right Rab Prentice took the first corner and Willie Gibson had a free header at the near post to put the home side into the lead in nine minutes.

Hearts had the best of the first half exchanges, with Cammy Fraser taking time off from his unusual defensive duties to un leash his shooting power several times. His first effort went inches from 20 yards. The second, from the edge of the box rolled beyond Donaldon's right hand post while the third, a volley pro duced a great diving save from "big Ally.

Seven minutes after the restart Dundee equalised.

Sinclair headed a ball across the Hearts box to Billy Pirie who scored as Dunlop came out. Ten minutes later Hearts regained the lead. Prentice ran after a ball on the left, looked to have lost control, but managed a hard, low cross which entered the net off Caldwell's boot.

Dundee scored again, in 72 minutes Pirie well out, and with his back to the Hearts goal slipped the ball to Jocky Scott on the right who made ground before crossing to Ian McDougall in the box. The latter seemed to have lost his chance but controlled the ball before shooting under Dunlop.

Dundee could've gone on to win. Led by Jocky Scott their mid-field and forwards drew the Hearts defence well forward then lobbed balls over the top and caused problems with their pace.

On one occasion Jeffries held a high ball in the centre circle to prevent Pirie going clean through. Booked for this, the Hearts skipper was perhaps for tunate to remain on the field as twice in the first half he had been warned by referee McGinlay for over robust tackling.

Disappointing for the home side was the refusal of a penalty claim for hand ball after Dundee's sec ond equaliser.

In a game which was memo rable for its excitement, McPhail and Scott were best for Dundee while Eamonn Bannon and Rab Prentice were the Hearts stars. Despite the latter's fine game his direct opponent, 16 year-old Stuart Turnbull, making his debut for Dundee didn't let any one down in difficult circum stances.

Dundee manager, Tommy Gemmell had few worries about fielding Turnbull. In two reserve games earlier that season, Stuart had faced Prentice and contain ed the tricky winger well.

Being the visitors, a point was more acceptable to Dundee. De fensive changes and a switch in tactics, with midfield men McDougall, Williamson and Scott, lying further back, plugged some of the gaps which cost four goals against St. Johnstone in the pre vious match.

Yet with hindsight the lack of a victory that day cost Dundee pro motion. The table finished with Morton and Hearts on 58 points and Dundee one behind.

Match report written by David Quinn (Matchday Programme)

Squad Statistics (as at January 7th, 1978)

1977-78 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)34 12 - 303 -
Alec Caldwell23 17 - 1304
John McPhail22 24 - 65 -
Erich Schaedler18 9 - 9 -
Stuart Turnbull16 1 - 1 -
Ian McDougall23 313313
Jim Shirra27 111111
Billy Williamson25 30113011
Billy Pirie28 31267570
Jocky Scott29 82410152
Eric Sinclair23 26128328

League Table (as at January 7th, 1978)

No league table has been added for this season.