The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
After opening the league campaign with two 1-1 draws, United were keen to table their first win, particularly with the opposition being local rivals Dundee.Dundee were quick off the mark in this Derby match and a typical Scott run carried him past four defenders and bearing down on goal. Just as he looked to pull the trigger, Smith nipped in to save the day for United. The home team began to take control of this match and a first chance fell their way when Fraser fouled Gordon on the edge of the box. Henry struck an excellent free-kick but Donaldson was equal to it. Wharton was flashing a few cards now with both Fraser and Henry both going into the book. In 23 minutes United took the lead. Traynor was the architect, running down the left touchline before firing in a low ball for Kenny Cameron to flick past the helpless keeper from close in. Dundee came close to equalising on half time when Duncan broke free but fired his shot narrowly past the post.Joe Gilroy replaced Duncan on the right side during the half time interval and it turned out to be a master stroke. Just four minutes into the second half Bryce played him in and the winger crashed the ball into the net from a tight angle. Midway through the second half there was a 10 minute goal blitz that was to settle this match. First, Alan Gordon put United into a 2-1 lead with a neat finish on 64 minutes. United however were unable to hold the lead and just three minutes later the ever dangerous Jocky Scott equalised. The with 74 minutes on the clock, United went back in front when Dennis Gillespie found space to clinch United's first win of the season.
It's quite some time since we started a season in such a consistent fashion. Seven draws out of eight games is really a most unusual record. While we are not finding the net as regularly as we would like, we are still undefeated after an extremely hard programme. At Perth last Saturday we shared the points once again and it was claimed we were fortunate to hold on to our record. While the result was a fair one, in my view, it was a game which we could have won. Soon after going ahead an Alan Gordon goal was ruled offside and this was a debatable decision. However, when one remembers we lost at Muirton 1-0 last season and by the same score to Hibs at home, we have now picked up two points on the same games this season.This afternoon we welcome our next door neighbours Dundee, who like ourselves will be having a hectic time in the next three weeks. Just 24 hours after our game with Grasshoppers the Dens club will entertain our old friends from Molyneux, Wolves. The following week Dundee meet Celtic twice and we face Rangers and the month comes to an end with the return games in Wolverhampton and Zurich. Last season we managed to keep up our good record by winning 2-1 at Dens Park and 4-1 at Tannadice. Another result like that would be the perfect boost for our game on Tuesday! Since the season opened Dundee have proved themselves to be a force with some strong displays in the League Cup. And although they dropped two points to Aberdeen last week and had a hard game in midweek, they will be keener than ever to do well today, and bring, our unbeaten run to an end. It all adds up to an entertaining clash for both sets of fans and we all hope the game matches others we have had at home this season. Over the week-end our players will be staying at Carnoustie as a build-up for the Grasshoppers game and, as I mentioned earlier, a victory this afternoon would be the perfect start to our preparations.