Dundee 2
Celtic 3
League (Premier Division)

2 - 3

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 29th, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 13,761
3:00 PM Kick-off

John McCormack (42)
Ray Stephen (59)
Peter Grant (21)
John Colquhoun (26)
Tommy Burns (81)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Davie Hay

Starting Eleven
1. Tom Carson
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Stuart Rafferty
5. John McCormack
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Ray Stephen
8. John Brown
9. Walker McCall
10. Bobby Connor
11. Colin Harris
Paddy Bonner .1
Danny McGrain .2
Mark Reid .3
Roy Aitken .4
Tom McAdam .5
Peter Grant .6
John Colquhoun .7
Paul McStay .8
Brian McClair .9
Tommy Burns .10
Frank McGarvey .11

12. Albert Kidd
14. Lex Richardson
Murdo MacLeod .12
Davie Provan .14

Albert Kidd for Walker McCall (46)
Lex Richardson for Colin Harris (69)
Murdo MacLeod for Mark Reid (71)

John Brown (2)
Ray Stephen (59)
Stuart Rafferty (81)
Paul McStay
Tom McAdam

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Alexander (Kilmarnock) (Referee)
R. A. Bisset (Inverurie) & D. Bell (Edinburgh) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from Tommy Gallagher | The Courier.

Dundee's run of wins in the Premier League came to an end at Dens Park on Saturday when they lost 3-2 to Celtic in a game that produced loads of excitement and controversy from first to last.

Referee Hugh Alexander, of Kilmarnock, has to take the credit for most of the controversy, awarding three penalties, two to Celtic and one to Dundee, all of them as weak as water, in my opinion.

He also allowed a Tommy Burns goal to stand nine minutes from the end when it was clear to all of the near 14,000 crowd that the red-headed midfield man had hauled George McGeachie off the ball before scoring what proved to be the winner.

Five goals, three penalties, and four bookings helped create the excitement in a match in which Dundee failed to reach the high standard of teamwork they demonstrated in games against Dundee United, St Mirren and Hearts.

Yet, despite this, they should still have taken something from the game.

Celtic were the better team in the first half. They were awarded two penalties early in the game, Mark Reid missing one and Peter Grant scoring the other to give his team the lead they were after.

Three minutes later John. Colquhoun, probably the visitors' most effective player throughout, put his side two up from a McGarvey cross.

Left foot shot

Brian McClair should have "sewn up" the game just after- wards but was thwarted by one of the many very good saves made by Tom Carson in Dundee goal.

John McCormack brought Dundee back into the game four minutes from half time with a goal he will cherish for many a long day. A left foot shot from 30 yards caught Pat Bonner off his line and helpless.

Fifteen minutes after the interval Ray Stephen beat the Celtic offside trap to level the game at 2-2 and it was then anybody's game.

John Brown should have put Dundee in front for the first time when they were awarded a penalty (again a cheap one, when Lex Richardson was brought down).

But Bonner made amends for his mistake at the first goal, saving Brown's spot kick at the right-hand post-although it was glaringly obvious the Irish- man must have first moved to get to the shot.

The Burns winner, as I have said, should never have been allowed to stand. But it sent Celtic away still unbeaten in the league and happy with two points from what Davie Hay described as a very difficult game.

The Parkhead outfit are off to Seamill tomorrow morning to make the final preparations for their second-leg Cup Winners Cup tie against Ghent with no fresh injuries from Saturday.

Dundee are left to ponder on a defeat that could have been avoided and which disappointed manager Archie Knox.

"I would not have minded if we had been outplayed and lost," he said afterwards, "but it was a case of anything but that.

"At 2-2 we had the chance to go on and win the game.

"But we didn't really play at all. Too many of my players just went through the motions and it isn't good enough."

Dundee keeper Tom Carson spent Saturday afternoon conceding three goals and making a considerable number of good saves in the match against Celtic.

But the big fellow hadn't an earthly of saving the damage to his car after the game when a few misguided Celtic supporters recognised him as he approached the vehicle and he could not do a thing about the brick which went through a window.

Squad Statistics (as at September 29th, 1984)

1984-85 All Time
Tom Carson (GK)25 10 - 10 -
John McCormack29 111111
Tosh McKinlay19 112595
Bobby Glennie26 11 - 2764
George McGeachie25 11 - 2078
Bobby Connor24 101101
John Brown - 104104
Stuart Rafferty23 112112
Colin Harris23 91263
Ray Stephen21 11414030
Walker McCall30 814820
Lex Richardson (sub)25 5 - 38 -
Albert Kidd (sub)22 10 - 10710

League Table (as at September 29th, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Three wins in a row has certainly made a difference to everyone connected with the club and we go into today's fixture against Celtic hoping to keep that winning sequence going.

Celtic might feel that they haven't as yet played as well as they can but nevertheless they remain unbeaten in the Premier League and that fact alone indicates they'll present another challenge to our ambitions this afternoon.

The Parkhead club always brings a big travelling support with them and that coupled with the increased interest we ourselves have been creating amongst our own fans should guarantee that there will be a healthy attendance.

The players here at Dens have proved that they can put their game together at home and certainly compared to last season when anxiety seemed to take its toll in home games and I'm sure the atmosphere generated by today's crowd can only have a beneficial effect on their showing.

I am delighted with the way the Dundee fans are responding to the team. Our last game here against St. Mirren was watched by a far bigger crowd than the corresponding game last season and there was further evidence of the good backing we're receiving with the size of the travelling support at Tynecastle on Saturday.

I was pleased with our performance against Hearts and if any criticism can be levelled it is that perhaps the result should have been more convincing.

But all in all a 2-0 victory away from home in this League is satisfactory.

Although things are going well on the park I have commented in the press that we could still be doing with more players.

This point of view is being realistic as opposed to pessimistic and although the team is playing well, we could be doing with a bigger squad in case we are hit by injuries which fortunately to date we've managed to avoid.

The spirit around the ground is absolutely first class and as I've said before the fans are playing their part in our improvement.

The supporters have shown that they appreciate what the players are doing and there is a feeling of determination within the dressing room to reward that support.

Winning can become a habit and the staff have shown over the last few weeks that they can get results.

It goes without saying that the players are keen to get on with today's game in the hope that they can keep up the good work.