Dundee 1
Dundee United 0
League (Premier Division)

1 - 0
Dundee Utd 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, May 11th, 1985
Dens Park
Attendance: 14,000
3:00 PM Kick-off

Bobby Connor (30)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. John McCormack
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Rab Shannon
7. Stuart Rafferty
8. John Brown
9. Walker McCall
10. Bobby Connor
11. Ray Stephen
Hamish McAlpine .1
Richard Gough .2
John Holt .3
Maurice Malpas .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Alex Taylor .7
Billy Kirkwood .8
Eamonn Bannon .9
Ralph Milne .10
Paul Sturrock .11

12. Albert Kidd
14. Derek McWilliams
Tommy Coyne .12
Stuart Beedie .14

Albert Kidd for John Brown
Derek McWilliams for Walker McCall
Tommy Coyne for Ralph Milne (45)
Stuart Beedie for John Holt (71)

Tosh McKinlay (20)
Bobby Connor (28)
Albert Kidd (70)
John Holt (17)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

David Syme (Rutherglen) (Referee)
C. McCullie (Falkirk) & M. Edwards (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier.

The future is looking bright for Dundee-brighter than it has done for a long time. That's the inescapable conclusion to be drawn from a season that has seen the Dark Blues turned from relegation strugglers into Euro candidates.

Disappointment at their narrow failure to secure the final U.E.F.A. Cup spot shouldn't overshadow the fact that progress has been made at Dens this term.

The Dark Blues are ten points better off than last season and finished within a single point of European football and fourth spot in the Premier League.

Manager Archie Knox will look for more consistency next term but yesterday he paid tribute to the Dundee players for Saturday's display.

"We haven't quite managed to get into Europe but progress has been made particularly in terms of commitment and attitude," he said.

"I couldn't have asked for more from the players, some of whom have played with injuries that should have been rested."

'The likes of John McCormack, George McGeachie and John Brown were carrying knocks against United and all credit to them for being prepared to do that."

Operating with such a small first team squad has been a handicap to Dundee, particularly with the injuries they've had to contend with during the campaign.

Knox still needs to strengthen his squad but that, in part, may be done from within the club.

"Rab Shannon has come in at the end of the season and acquitted himself well against the two Scottish Cup finalists and maybe deserves a chance," hinted the Dundee boss.

Tannadice supremo Jim McLean was somewhat less enamoured with his side's derby display, but believes the match has done United's Scottish Cup hopes a power of good.

"Dundee have given us a better chance of winning the Scottish Cup final" he claimed yesterday.

"With them scoring first our players had to play a competitive 90 minutes and that will benefited them."

McLean also revealed that Stuart Beedie was left out of the starting line-up after having a tooth removed on the morning of the game having spent Friday evening suffering from toothache.

United really ought to have taken a point from Saturday's derby. They had chances but a post, poor finishing and an inspired Bobby Geddes denied them.

Had Paul Sturrock's first half header found the net instead of the woodwork it might well have been a different story but as it was, Dundee strode up the park almost immediately and Bobby Connor sidefooted a perfect Rafferty cross low past Hamish McAlpine for the only goal of the game.

Kirkwood and Taylor both had opportunities they failed to capitalise on but the real miss came from the spot. Referee David Syme-dreadfully inconsistent throughout-decided to award United a penalty when George McGeachie hauled down Tommy Coyne a foot outside the area.

Morally it could be argued the award was correct as the United sub was homing in on goal, but justice was done when Geddes dived away to his right to hold Eamonn Bannon's spot kick.

Tannadice skipper Paul Hegarty looked in real need of the outing and will have benefited from the work-out, while John Holt looked short on fitness.

The penalty miss apart, Bannon put in a lot of good work for United along with Narey and Kirkwood.

Best for Dundee were Geddes, Rafferty, McKinlay and McGeachie.

Connor, McKinlay, Kidd and Holt were all booked while the likes of McGeachie and Hegarty would have joined them had referee Syme shown any semblance of consistency.

Squad Statistics (as at May 11th, 1985)

1984-85 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)24 21 - 118 -
Tosh McKinlay20 413896
George McGeachie26 4312399
Rab Shannon19 3 - 10 -
Bobby Glennie27 37 - 3024
John McCormack30 427427
John Brown - 42114211
Bobby Connor24 419419
Stuart Rafferty24 444444
Ray Stephen22 431017236
Walker McCall31 3027021
Derek McWilliams (sub)25 183183
Albert Kidd (sub)23 29312613

League Table (as at May 11th, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Today's game gives us the chance to end the season in the best possible way.

Derby games, of course, are always very special and everyone know that we have a chance to qualify for next season's UEFA Cup providing the results go our way this afternoon.

It's good still to be involved in the race for Europe and this is additionally welcome when you consider that this time last year we were involved in a struggle to retain our Premier League status.

There is pressure on the players to get a result today but they would certainly agree that this is a much better type of pressure than that which was experienced here last term.

Our target this afternoon is clearcut with no doubt about it. We must win - and that won't be easy, no matter what side United field as they surely proved against Rangers last week and we must also look to get a turn elsewhere.

But whatever happens today we can reflect on a fair bit of progress at the club during the season now coming to a close.

It's generally agreed that we were unlucky both in the Skol Cup and the Scottish Cup and after a very bad start to the League campaign we managed to hit a bit of form and our results since about the turn of the year have been a lot better.

Of course, I'll never be really satisfied what with what we're doing but even the harshest critic would have to agree that considerable progress has been made. It's vital that we end the season on a high note and continue making progress next season.

But first we have to deal with today's visit which in a sense will be Dundee's Cup Final with all to play for and the prospect of a major prize at the end of it all. This has been one of these instances when the players have been keenly anticipating the match all week and I always regard that as a very good sign.

Certainly, they can be proud of their performance on Saturday at Parkhead which gave us the points to keep the interest going to the season's end. I felt that the football we played in the first 25 minutes was on a par with anything we've played this season and although the pitches at this time of the year are always a bit tricky, I felt we equipped ourselves well and showed our battling qualities when we were pushed back a bit.

Certainly, it was nice to get a League win at Park head but all the satisfaction we took from that match will vanish if we are unable to follow it up today.

Although this is not quite the end of the season for us - we have Dundee United here again on Monday in the Forfarshire Cup - I would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone for their support over the past months which has been greatly appreciated by everyone at the club.