Dundee United 2
Dundee 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd 

2 - 0


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 24th, 1985
Tannadice Park
Attendance: 14,000
3:00 PM Kick-off

Stuart Beedie (27)
Paul Sturrock (52)

Team Managers
Jim McLean Archie Knox

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Dave Beaumont
3. Dave Narey
4. Maurice Malpas
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Richard Gough
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Ian Redford
9. Davie Dodds
10. Paul Sturrock
11. Stuart Beedie
Bobby Geddes .1
Rab Shannon .2
Bobby Glennie .3
Stuart Rafferty .4
Jim Smith .5
Jim Duffy .6
Ross Jack .7
John Brown .8
Graham Harvey .9
Bobby Connor .10
Ray Stephen .11

12. Gary McGinnis
14. Ralph Milne
John McCormack .12
Albert Kidd .14

Ralph Milne for Paul Sturrock (70) Albert Kidd for Ross Jack (59)
John McCormack for John Brown (65)

Richard Gough (28) Graham Harvey (55)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

George Smith (Referee)
G. Milne & P. Samuel (Assistants)

Match Report

Whether you believe Dundee United decided they'd done enough and could lie back or that Dundee at last hit form will undoubtedly be coloured by the favours you wear when it comes to discussing the last 20 minutes of Saturday's first Tayside Premier League derby of the season at Tannadice, ending in a 2-0 win for United.

This spell of the game is, in reality, the only one worthy of discussion, because the rest of it merely emphasised the current superiority of United in the inter-city stakes.

They smoothed into the lead in 28 minutes when a Redford/ Sturrock piece of magic let Bannon free.

Bannon's cross was headed down by Dodds in a challenge with Glennie, and Beedie's 18-yarder sliced through the Dundee defence to go in off keeper Geddes' right-hand post.

Six minutes into the second half, Redford sent a perfect pass into Beedie's path. He hared off into the penalty area and when he squared the ball Sturrock was on his own to plant it past Geddes.

In and around this we had action, but little real excitement- though I certainly wouldn't go as far as one spectator who described himself as having been "bored" at the end of the game.

Jim McLean's after-match chat was brief and to the point-"A great result, but I'm still disappointed in our performances."

Archie Knox was more forthcoming, though his real feelings maybe came through when he jokingly answered the question, "Want a drink?" with "Sure a double arsenic, please!

"They have the quality players," he said, "but though they always looked the more dangerous, Bobby Geddes didn't really have a save to make.

"Up until the last 20 minutes we simply didn't have enough players playing. But that last 20 was the best we have been up to now this season.

"Their goals came from us losing the ball in the middle of the park and not recovering. There's a long way to go and it's going to be hard-going. If you doubt that, consider that Motherwell drew at Pittodrie today," he added.

Archie provided a pre-match shock by relegating skipper John McCormack to the substitute's bench, where he was joined by Albert Kidd.

Bobby Glennie took over as centre-half and captain with Jim Duffy alongside him and Jim Smith and Rab Shannon at full-back.

After last Saturday's disaster at Clydebank, it certainly looked a better defensive set-up, with Shannon, in my view, the best Dundee player and Glennie showing yet again that no cause is ever lost as far as he is concerned.

Mind you, it didn't alter the fact of United's superiority for well

over an hour in the possession and skill stakes, or the disappointment of their manager at the loss of control in the last 20


Kidd had replaced Jack on the hour and McCormack took Brown's place six minutes later.

Gradually, Dundee came into the game and, all of a sudden, we might have had a result which belied the overall flow.

In the final ten minutes we had Smith shooting over from an acute angle; a great McAlpine save from a deflected Rafferty shot; a Harvey shot just wide; and a Connor "chip" safely gathered by McAlpine.

In addition, Shannon, in the sixteenth minute, had brought a marvellous save out of McAlpine.

So the first derby of the season ended with United's first league win and Dundee knowing they have to find the form of the last 20 minutes (or better) if they want to stay out of the relegation battle.

Ian Redford is generally acknowledged to have had a quiet game in his first derby in United's colours, but, significantly, he was in at the start of the moves for both United goals.

As far as Hamish McAlpine is concerned, he shames players half his age with not once a loss of concentration, all-through excellent handling and constant attempts to set up moves.

Paul Sturrock limped off in 69 minutes with a foot-knock which makes him doubtful for the Skol Cup tie against Clydebank on Wednesday, and Richard Gough had his name taken for a foul on Stephen.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at August 24th, 1985)

1985-86 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)25 4 - 122 -
Jim Duffy26 4 - 4 -
Bobby Glennie27 4 - 3064
Rab Shannon19 4 - 14 -
Jim Smith24 411326
John Brown23 4 - 4611
Bobby Connor25 424511
Stuart Rafferty24 4 - 484
Graham Harvey23 3 - 132
Ross Jack26 4 - 4 -
Ray Stephen22 4217638
John McCormack (sub)30 4 - 467
Albert Kidd (sub)23 1 - 12713

League Table (as at August 24th, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.