Dundee 2
East Fife 0
League (First Division)

2 - 0
East Fife 

League (First Division)
Saturday, February 25th, 1978
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,765
3:00 PM Kick-off

Billy Pirie (10)
Ian Redford (26)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Bobby Ford
3. Dave MacKinnon
4. Jim Shirra
5. John McPhail
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Ian McDougall
8. Ian Redford
9. Billy Pirie
10. Billy Williamson
11. Jocky Scott

12. Dave Johnston
14. Eric Sinclair

Eric Sinclair for Jocky Scott (60)
Dave Johnston for Ian McDougall (75)
Smith for Huskie (50)
Marie with Morris

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

M. Delaney (Airdrie) (Referee)

Match Report

The match referee makes a thorough check before deciding fog over Dens Park is not too thick to allow the Dundee-East Fife game to go on. He asks for floodlighting and goes to the back of the terracing for a spectators' view before nodding approval.

lan Redford keeps his place in the Dundee side and Eric Sinclair is on the subs' bench.

The bottom-of-the-league Fifers make five changes from their last outing.

Mackie beats a Dundee defender neatly and sends the ball to the unmarked MacIvor on the left. MacIvor, usually a defender, is slow in getting the ball across goal, and his cross is blocked by MacPhail.

Dundee begin to show some style and Blair holds a slamming shot from Scott on the wing. Shirra sends over a far post cross from the left, but Pirie has just moved to the near post and Blair chases the ball to collect and clear.

Pirie picks up a clearance in his own half, opens the way for a Scott run, then is in position to menace Blair, but the big "keeper cuts out Scott's cross.

Dundee strike in 10 minutes. A poor pass-back eludes Blair and Scott's corner to the near post is headed by a Fife defender. Behind them, PIRIE is waiting to send a header into the net, well out of the 'keeper's reach.

The Fifers are showing enterprise in midfield against the Dundee side, who keep moving forward. Blair is caught on the hop by another of Scott's tricky crosses. The 'keeper gets to the ball then drops it and is lucky no Dens men are with in yards of him.

MacIvor does not get nearly enough beef into a 25-yard shot to trouble Donaldson and when the big forward gets under a Clarke lob he is given offside.


Dundee go further in front in 26 minutes when REDFORD gets his second goal for the club.

Most of the handshakes go to skipper Shirra, who starts the move in the centre circle. He goes left and is harried all the way by defenders, loses the ball, wins it back and wins the race for the bye-line.

His cut-back cross to the near post is perfect and Redford makes his great effort pay off with a fine header which gives Blair no chance.

There's nearly a third goal five minutes later with teenager Redford in the role of chance-maker. His cross from near the corner flag is met by Scott, whose near post header hits the angle of post and bar.

Shirra goes on another power-packed run and is up ended by Methven. The referee gives a free-kick on the line of the penalty area while the Dundee skipper, who picks himself up two yards inside the box, seeks to show a spot-kick is the more appropriate award.

A Pirie shot is stopped by Blair and cleared by Cooper, and a Williamson header is turned round the post by Moore as Dundee keep up their pressure.

A McDougall header from a Pirie cross is inches high.

Half-time-Dundee 2, East Fife 0.

Reflections-Dundee are in almost complete charge in the fog and the Fifers' backs are to the wall. Bobby Glennie is directing what has to be done in defence and keeping Ken Mackie very quiet.


A Clarke free-kick is well placed for MacIvor, whose header is grabbed under the bar by Donaldson.

In 50 minutes the Fifers send on Smith for Huskie. The Bayview boys have changed their tactics. They are making more use of the ball long and are running at the Dens defenders.

Williamson brings some cheer with a to flagging Dundee a 70-yard run to burst through the Fife defence. His shot from 18 yards is deflected just outside the post.

Dundee try to freshen up their forward line by send ing on Sinclair for Scott in 60 minutes. Redford moves out to the left-wing. No matter how hard the Fifers work, they are too slow to take advantage of Dundee's second-half slump.

With 15 minutes left, Gemmell sends on Johnston for McDougall. The fresh man plays at left-back with McKinnon in the midfield.

The visitors respond by replacing Markie with Morris.

A Williamson shot slips past the post and a brave hun by Shirra ends with an eight-yard shot blocked. being

Final-Dundee 2, East Fife 0.

Summing Up - Dundee's first-half shine faded in the fog and the Fifers had little of entertainment value to offer in its place. What happened to Dundee must be a mystery. Their touch disappeared and there was no one to provide inspiration.

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at February 25th, 1978)

1977-78 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)34 15 - 306 -
Bobby Glennie20 1 - 1 -
Dave MacKinnon21 201291
John McPhail22 27 - 68 -
Bobby Ford28 16 - 25210
Ian McDougall23 343343
Jim Shirra27 142142
Billy Williamson25 33113311
Billy Pirie28 34317875
Ian Redford17 292302
Jocky Scott30 113413153
Dave Johnston (sub)29 30 - 29015
Eric Sinclair (sub)24 29128628

League Table (as at February 25th, 1978)

No league table has been added for this season.