Dundee Utd 2
Dunfermline 1
League (Division Two)


Dundee Utd
2 - 1
Dunfermline 

League (Division Two)
Saturday, April 25th, 1931
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,000
7:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Denis McCallum (18)
Andy Haddow (70)
Bobby Lind (50)

Team Managers
Jimmy Brownlie
Willie Knight

Starting Eleven
Bill McCallum
Jimmy Milne
George Gardiner
Frank Penson
Bill Taylor
George Watson
Denis McCallum
Tim Williamson
Andy Haddow
Jacky Kay
Jock Bain
Couper
Dick Little
Tommy Frame
Jimmy Rarity
Cameron
George McAndrew
Bobby Lind
Hogg
Daniel McGarry
Archie Paterson
Thomson

Match Officials

G A Pool (Edinburgh) (Referee)




Photography by Evening Telegraph

Match Report


A pulsating, galloping, rushing and slashing display was the highlight of today's exhibition as United and Dunfermline battled it out in the final game of the Second Division campaign in search of promotion, and emerging victorious, United secured their place in Scottish football's upper circle for the second time with a 2-1 win.

Dunfermline's effort was a good one despite having to make six changes prior to the game, leaving United, the home team and the form team, with a distinct advantage. Just a quarter hour into the game Bill McCallum was tested and remained busy for a spell. Ultimately, the Fifers' forward line was lacking in weight and real penetration and before long United's superiority told. The prospect of an out and thriller was quashed on eighteen minutes when Denis McCallum did the necessary when he nodded a Kay cross through the outstretched fingers of Dunfermline 'keeper Coupar to make it 1-0. United could very well have added to their tally in the first half, but erratic finishing let them down.

The second half started with something of a shock as Athletic's Bobby Lind, a former rugby player, got away from United's back to reduce the leeway. The game looked set to seesaw for a time as Dunfermline played with renewed determination, however, a goal from Andy Haddow with twenty minutes remaining restored United's grasp on the game. With five minutes remaining, Dunfermline fans could be seen making their way for the exits as United looked firmly in control and upon full time, the home crowd rejoiced as their team had secured promotion, to join Third Lanark in the First Division.



Squad Statistics (as at April 25th, 1931)


1930-31 All Time
Age
Bill McCallum (GK) - 20 - 20 -
Frank Penson - 40 - 40 -
George Gardiner - 364764
Bill Taylor - 40 - 134 -
Jimmy Milne19 385385
Tim Williamson - 38223822
Denis McCallum - 26102610
George Watson - 16 - 24 -
Andy Haddow - 882418
Jacky Kay - 402615571
Jock Bain21 136136






League Table (as at April 25th, 1931)


Pld W D L G Av. Pts
1. Third Lanark 38 27 7 4 2.55 61
2. United 38 21 8 9 1.72 50
3. Dunfermline 38 20 7 11 1.66 47
4. Raith Rovers 38 20 6 12 1.29 46
5. St Johnstone 38 19 6 13 1.25 44
6. QOS 38 18 6 14 1.26 42
7. East Stirling 38 17 7 14 1.15 41
8. Montrose 38 19 3 16 0.83 41
9. Dumbarton 38 15 8 15 1.01 38
10. St Bernard's 38 14 9 15 1.29 37
11. Albion Rovers 37 13 11 13 0.96 37
12. Forfar Athletic 37 15 5 17 0.95 35
13. Alloa Athletic 38 15 5 18 0.75 35
14. King's Park 38 14 6 18 1.11 34
15. Arbroath 37 15 4 18 0.90 34
16. Brechin City 37 13 6 18 0.61 32
17. Stenhousemuir 38 12 6 20 0.74 30
18. Armadale 38 13 2 23 0.75 28
19. Clydebank 38 10 2 26 0.56 22
20. Bo'ness 38 9 4 25 0.54 22