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League (Premier Division)
John Clark (44)
||Walker McCall (65)|
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Iain Munro
4. John Holt
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Billy Kirkwood
9. John Reilly
10. John Clark
11. Davie Dodds
12. Gary McGinnis
14. Ralph Milne
Ralph Milne for John Clark (66)
||Peter Mackie for Jim Smith (46)|
Cammy Fraser (6)
|None.||Cammy Fraser (88)|
George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)
United's final match prior to the return leg with Roma turned out to be a torrid Derby encounter. Dundee escaped with a point after United failed to capitalise on their dominance, which was particularly in evidence in the first half.
After striking the woodwork on three occasions United finally took the lead on the stroke of half-time. John Clark quickly took a free-kick, picked up the return, sidestepped a Dundee defender and blasted home via the post.
Dundee got back on level terms in the 66th minute when Walker McCall ran on to a McKinlav through ball to beat McAlpine. In a hectic final three minutes, John Reilly and Bobby Glennie were booked, Cammy Fraser sent off, and Eamonn Bannon struck a post.
|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||36||48||-||627||3|
|Ralph Milne (sub)||22||46||12||204||60|
No league table has been added for this season.
At the time of penning these notes, not knowing the outcome of Wednesday's visit to Pittodrie, i can only hope that our League challenge is still alive, by having achieved a victory at Pittodrie. As far as the European scene is concerned, it would probably have been preferable not to have still been in the title race. With so small a First team squad a1 my disposal, it is always the same twelve who carry the burden and several of them would have benefited from at least one free date prior to the match in Rome. However, the importance of the game at Aberdeen makes it difficult to rest anybody. Today's game with Dundee makes it equally as difficult, with the importance of a Derby match. Although it is financially important to us for Dundee to be members of the Premier Division, we don't want to be accused of fielding a weakened side to give them a better chance of victory. Last week-end, I watched Roma play Juventus and I wish all Scottish supporters could have seen the game. The stage was perfect; the temperature was 70 deg.; the pitch lush and green; there was magnificent colour all round the stadium with balloons and coloured smoke bombs. Some 40 ball boys and a reputed £1,000,000 gate receipts paid to watch two teams with all the talent in the world—on paper. Yet, despite all that I could have been accused of being drugged as the tedious play almost sent me to sleep.
You must respect opposing teams but Roma took this to a ridiculous extreme. Juventus at no time had more than two players up front, yet Roma insisted on keeping at least four players back plus their goallceeper to combat them. Not unexpectedly the match finished goalless. It just strengthens my belief that there is no more physically demanding a League in Europe than our own top ten set-up. Today we extend a warm welcome to Archie Knox who is making his first visit to Tannadice in charge of Dundee. On their last visit we gifted them two points as the publicity concerning my possible departure to Ibrox clouded the more important issue of the match. Having said that, I do hope Dundee stay up, but not thanks to any points gained this afternoon.