Dundee Utd 0
Rangers 0
League (Division One)

Dundee Utd
0 - 0

League (Division One)
Saturday, August 30th, 1969
Tannadice Park. Att. 20,221
7:30 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Jerry Kerr
Davie White

Starting Eleven
1. Don Mackay
2. Andy Rolland
3. Jim Cameron
4. Dennis Gillespie
5. Doug Smith
6. Stuart Markland
7. Davie Hogg
8. Alec Reid
9. Kenny Cameron
10. Ian Scott
11. Davie Wilson
Gerhardt Neef .1
Kai Johansen .2
Davie Provan .3
John Greig .4
Ron McKinnon .5
Jim Baxter .6
Willie Henderson .7
Iain McDonald .8
Colin Stein .9
Dave Smith .10
Willie Johnston .11

12. Alex Stuart
Andy Penman .12

Alex Stuart for Davie Hogg
Andy Penman for Jim Baxter (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

I. K. Bain (Bankhead) (Referee)

Match Report

Cricket would have been more appropriate for United's opening league game of the season as a packed shirt-sleeve crowd saw the Tangerines give almost as good as they got. Manager Jerry Kerr had to leave Ian Mitchell out of his forward line and Alex Stuart came in as the twelfth man. Former Tannadice favourite Orjan Persson missed the game for Rangers because of an ankle injury.

United kicked off shooting towards the Arklay Street end of the ground but it was Rangers who were first to make a forward move. Johnston strode forward causing disruption in the United defence but the raid was thwarted before any real danger was evident. Jim Baxter then probed around the edge of the box before Doug Smith came in to make a cool but vital interception. Colin Stein then made a weaving run into the United penalty area and stabbed a ground pass through the home defence but no-one in a light blue shirt could convert. Hogg then came close for United. He fired in a cracking shot from distance and with Neef rooted to the spot, the ball crashed off the bar. Colin Stein then had a great chance. He got an opening in the box but held onto the ball too long, before shooting straight at Mackay. There was a let off for United ten minutes from the interval when McDonald shoved the ball to Stein, sending him clear. However, the £100K centre knocked the ball too far ahead to round Mackay and his shot from a narrow angle struck the side netting.

Rangers started the second half briskly and Willie Henderson sped down the left before firing in a cross. Mackay had to dive full length to tip the ball clear. Henderson himself then forced Mackay into a great save as Rangers turned the screw. The away side then forced two corners and John Greig moved forward to support the attack. He got on the end of one of the corners but his header was well saved. United manager Kerr swapped Alec Stuart for Hogg, who appeared to take a knock on the thigh. Donald Mackay, who had brought off some superb saves, made another with a marvellous save from Colin Stein seven minutes from the end. None-the-less with a little bit more composure in front of goal United, from fewer chances, might have snatched victory with ex-lbrox winger Davie Wilson posing the greatest threat.

Squad Statistics (as at August 30th, 1969)

1969-70 All Time
Don Mackay (GK)29 7 - 181 -
Jim Cameron22 7 - 69 -
Andy Rolland26 718110
Stuart Markland21 5 - 14 -
Doug Smith32 7 - 3802
Davie Hogg23 3 - 407
Davie Wilson32 6 - 7415
Alec Reid22 71494
Kenny Cameron26 614937
Ian Scott23 514413
Dennis Gillespie33 7 - 408112
Alex Stuart (sub)29 3131

League Table (as at August 30th, 1969)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

This afternoon we welcome Rangers and what an excellent opening to the League programme. Our meetings with the Ibrox club are usually exciting affairs and I feel confident today's game will be no exception. Last season we scored a 2-1 win over Davie White's boys and we are after a repeat. After a disappointing League Cup series it is our intention to halt the bad run and start building up confidence for the tough games ahead. While I have been bitterly disappointed with some of our early displays I sincerely believe the boys have it in them to come back with a bang. Perhaps the demanding schedule in America is taking its toll and causing some players to look jaded. But it is our aim to start stringing together some useful results and I'm sure this will prove 10 be the correct cure for most of the players.

The League Cup offered the perfect chance to try out some ideas, and while most results went against us I was extremely pleased with the showings of young reserves Billy Bremner and lan Letford. No blame can be laid at their feet for the outcome of certain games. A lack of confidence ran through the whole side against Morton and the Greenock men took full advantage. While experienced men in the side failed to hit form in the two games against Hal Stewart's men, one must be fair to the young newcomers in the team. They did enough to suggest they could be competing hard for a regular spot in the side. And competition for places can only prompt more dedication and less complacency. A hard programme faces us before Newcastle United are due at Tannadioe for the first leg of the Fairs tie. We all know it is imperative to get back on the rails again and a good performance today could go a long way towards finding a settled line-up.