Dundee Utd 1
St Johnstone 0
League (Division One)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0
St Johnstone 

League (Division One)
Saturday, September 27th, 1969
Tannadice Park. Att. 11,847
3:00 PM Kick-off

Alan Gordon (22)

Team Managers
Jerry Kerr
Willie Ormond

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. Alan Gordon
10. Ian Scott
11. Ian Mitchell
Jim Donaldson .1
John Lambie .2
Willie Coburn .3
Alec Gordon .4
Benny Rooney .5
Ian McPhee .6
Kenny Aird .7
Henry Hall .8
Bill McCarry .9
John Connolly .10
Fred Aitken .11

12. Kenny Cameron
Gordon Whitelaw .12

Kenny Cameron for Ian Mitchell

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

A Currie (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

There was a large St Johnstone contingent at Tannadice for this one. A vocal section filled a quarter of the stand for this derby match. Briggs was left out the United side and Markland was brought in. Kenny Cameron was on the bench for United.

At kick off there were still a number of fans trying to find seats in the stand as the attendance topped 10,000. United had the edge early on and Mitchell went close after Hogg crossed from the right wing. McCary had a good chance soon after by Mackay was equal to it. Hogg was causing most problems for United and he almost let Rolland in to score. It was end to end stuff in the first half but just as it looked as though neither would break through, United snatched a vital lead. Hogg made another great run down the right wing and swung over a dangerous cross. As the St Johnstone defence claimed offside, Alan Gordon fired home. The goal came in 22 minutes. Reid took a pounding in the first half and as the interval approached he made a bee-line for the referee to point this out with McCarry the main offender.

St Johnstone made a powerful start to the second half but United always looked dangerous through Hogg and Reid. Mitchell latched onto a Hogg cross soon after the interval but Donaldson was out quick to block. St Johnstone had their best chance when Hall shook off Markland and hit an awkward angled shot at goal that Mackay did well to keep out. Mitchell had to go off after colliding with 'keeper Donaldson and Cameron came on to replace him. There were a spate of bookings as the game turned ugly in the closing minutes but United did enough to see the game out and claim full points. Alec Reid was United's top performer, he covered every blade of grass and must take a huge amount of credit. United's back line also done a great job holding onto the narrow lead.

Squad Statistics (as at September 27th, 1969)

1969-70 All Time
Don Mackay (GK)29 13 - 187 -
Andy Rolland26 1318710
Stuart Markland21 111201
Jim Cameron22 13 - 75 -
Doug Smith32 13 - 3862
Davie Hogg23 7 - 447
Alec Reid22 131554
Dennis Gillespie33 132414114
Alan Gordon25 5292
Ian Scott23 1034915
Ian Mitchell23 91241106
Kenny Cameron (sub)26 1135439

League Table (as at September 27th, 1969)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

This afternoon we face a side that has grabbed a fair share of the limelight this season . . . our friends from Perth, St. Johnstone. Willie Ormond has certainly done a fine job in reshaping the Saints and today's game promises to be an exciting affair indeed. From our own standpoint the game will be an excellent test in view of our return game with Newcastle United at St. James' Park next Wednesday. I consider we couldn't have asked for better than a derby game with the strong-going Saints. We all realise today's game will be a tough hurdle in the race for points. Saints have proved their worth in recent games and they will certainly go all out to maintain their fine run and gain revenge for the two defeats we inflicted on them last year. But with our Fairs Cup return set to follow, I feel our players wUl go out today in a determined mood in an effort to get in tune for Wednesday. And with one derby success at Dens Park last week they are keen to ring up a "double".

On Monday we set off for Tynemouth, just outside Newcastle, to prepare for the Fairs game. Although we failed to grab an advantage in the Tannadice game I em far from convinced we are out of the tournament. The fighting spirit that was displayed in the late stages of the first game could go a long way. towards winning the tie and the players are eager to get on with the job. After our bad start to the season I feel we are beginning to settle down and it's worth noting we have lost only one League game out of five. But while everything is looking brighter we are still continuing to look around for players who could strengthen the side. Our next home appearance will be against a club we have built up a close association with in the past few years . . . Dallas Tornado. The Texas side are about to start an extensive tour of Europe and we are delighted they have managed to include Scotland in their itinerary. During the close season, while representing Dallas in the International Cup, we met the Dallas club in practice games and in one friendly which we won 2-0. Our players will long remember the hospitality and kindness they were shown in Dallas and we are all looking forward to welcoming the Texas club on 8th October.