Dundee 4 - 3 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, August 19th, 1989, 3:00 PM at Dens Park
Attendance: 13,623
Referee: Andrew Waddell (Edinburgh)
Dundee Dundee Utd

Keith Wright (30)
Keith Wright (36)
Keith Wright (58)
Joe McBride (75)
Maurice Malpas (22)
Michael O'Neill (24)
Mixu Paatelainen (57)

Team Managers
Gordon Wallace Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Bobby Geddes
Rab Shannon
Arthur Albiston
Mark Craib
Gordon Chisholm
Stewart Forsyth
Albert Craig
Stuart Beedie
Keith Wright
Graham Harvey
Joe McBride
Scott Thomson
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
Freddy van der Hoorn
John Clark
Michael O'Neill
Mixu Paatelainen
Jim McInally
Billy McKinlay
Kevin Gallacher

George McGeachie
Alan Campbell
Paddy Connolly
Hamish French

Alan Campbell for Graham Harvey (81) Hamish French for Billy McKinlay (46)
Paddy Connolly for Michael O'Neill (80)

Albert Craig (54)
Keith Wright (55)
Arthur Albiston (85)
Dave Narey (74)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Scott Thomson (GK) 7 apps -
Dave Narey 759 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 702 apps82 goals
Maurice Malpas 403 apps13 goals
Freddy van der Hoorn 3 apps -
John Clark 170 apps22 goals
Michael O'Neill 2 apps2 goals
Mixu Paatelainen 74 apps29 goals
Jim McInally 140 apps5 goals
Billy McKinlay 62 apps2 goals
Kevin Gallacher 166 apps38 goals
Hamish French (sub) 53 apps8 goals
Paddy Connolly (sub) 5 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Michael O'Neill (20 years 30 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (35 years 34 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 173 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Paddy Connolly (19 years 60 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (35 years 34 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 363 days
Domestic Players:10 (76.92 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


This was a Derby match in which the usual script went awry. Deservedly leading by two goals after less than twenty five minutes play, Dundee fought back to equalise before half-time and again came from behind after the interval to record their first home victory over us since 1985.

The day had all started so well - Maurice Malpas playing in a midfield role got our opening goal after 22 minutes play. Paul Hegarty's back header fell into the United skipper's path and he prodded the ball past Geddes. Two minutes later we went two up. Kevin Gallacher just failed to connect with a cross from Mixu Paatelainen but the ball dropped to Michael O'Neill, who steered the ball into the top corner. Keith Wright pulled one back on the half hour mark, and six minutes later Dundee were right back into contention with an equaliser from Keith Wright.

We regained the lead early in the second half when a header from Mixu Paatelainen was parried by Geddes, but Mixu rammed home the rebound. Our joy was short-lived, however, as Joe McBride worked his way clear on the left and his cross into the middle was swept home by Keith Wright. There were close things at both ends. Stuart Beedie was inches away from a Keith Wright cross and then Mixu Paatelainen broke clear but his parting shot was wide of the left hand post. With 15 minutes left Stuart Beedie was sent clear, but was fouled by Dave Narey on the edge of the box. From the resultant free-kick Joe McBride found the net via the far post. Before the end Geddes pulled off a fine save from a Dave Narey effort from the edge of the box and Arthur Albiston nodded a looping John Clark header off the line, but we failed to save a match which had looked to have been safely under our control.

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