2 - 2
2 - 2
League (Division One)
Alan Gordon (32)
Alan Gordon (55)
Dixie Deans (51)
Davie Whiteford (pen) (67)
Bert Padden (Ardrossan) (Referee)
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||22||7||-||8||-|
No league table has been added for this season.
Over the past week a number of fans have asked us why we have not considered meeting a European club in a friendly game at Tannadice to keep the players active and to maintain interest. I have spoken to several supporters who have pointed to the efforts of Rangers and Aberdeen in arranging games against continental opposition and they feel we should follow suit.
Right away I will say we have had the chance to meet good clubs from Europe in friendly games at home as it is their practice to circulate every club telling them they are to visit Scotland.
But after such a disappointing response to our Fairs Cup games can you seriously imagine we would rush into friendly games. The figures speak for themselves. Against Grasshoppers and Sparta we played before a total of
17,000 spectators and when it is remembered the second round game was
finely balanced for the second leg and seemingly a good attraction, a paid attendance of 8,500 fans was shattering.
In friendly games against touring sides the guarantees sought by the visitors are far in excess of the normal First Division rate and, on the strength of the Fairs Cup returns, there is no doubt an extra game would be a financial disaster.
I may say the club, over the years, has endeavoured to bring attractive English sides to Dundee only to be emharassed by small turn-outs. Our game with Newcastle United was a good example of this at the start of the season. Less than 7,000 watched that game while the return at St. James' Park was
played before around 25,000.
Dundee United F. C. would be more than pleased to play hosts to visiting continental clubs in special games but, with past experiences in mind, games like this would not be economic.
Turning to today's game we welcome Motherwell, a club that has deservedly grabbed a good share of the headlines recently. Our meetings are usually interesting affairs and in recent seasons we have managed to hold our own. As points from home games are essential, we hope to carry on with a win today.