The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
This was one of the best games on record in the city series as United edged home 3-2 at Dens Park. United's early pressure finally paid off in 31 minutes when Ally Donaldson dived to push away a throw-in from, but only as far as Kenny Cameron who promptly lobbed the ball into the net from 15 yards. Dundee responded quickly and Jim Cameron had to clear a Wallace effort off the line, but with Dundee buzzing around the Hamish McAlpine's goal, United broke up the park to score again. Andy Rolland broke up the park and sent a great pass to Joe Watson and the winger's cross was knocked home by Alan Gordon. Dundee gained reward for their attacking efforts in the 59th minute when Steele's perfectly flighted cross was despatched into the corner of the end by Jocky Scott. There was no let up in the excitement as Joe Watson twice hit the woodwork, but before United deservedly bagged a third, Alec Reid scoring from ten yards with 24 minutes left. Game over? Not in this instance as Dundee set up siege round the United goal. United held on until four minutes from the end when Jim Steele picked up a Bobby Wilson cross to slam the ball home from close range. And one of the most enthralling derbies ever would have ended all-square, but for a marvellous save from Hamish McAlpine from Steele right on the whistle. In the picture Alex can be seen raising his hands in salute after beating keeper Ally Donaldson and Kenny Cameron and Davy Wilson dash in to congratulate him.