Dundee Utd 8 - 1 Raith Rovers

League - Division One
Saturday, October 27th, 1962, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,091
Referee: A Crossman (Edinburgh)
Dundee Utd  Raith Rovers

Dennis Gillespie (29)
Wattie Carlyle (pen.) (31)
Tommy Neilson (38)
Ian Mitchell (52)
Jim Irvine (62)
Wattie Carlyle (64)
Dennis Gillespie (70)
Dennis Gillespie (80)
Jim McFadzean (69)

Team Managers
Jerry Kerr
Hugh Shaw

Starting Eleven
Sandy Davie
Jimmy Briggs
Doug Smith
Tommy Millar
Tommy Neilson
Bert Howieson
Stewart Fraser
Wattie Carlyle
Dennis Gillespie
Ian Mitchell
Jim Irvine
Jim Thorburn
Jimmy Stevenson
Willie Wilson
Bobby Stein
Mike Clinton
Andy Leigh
Bobby Adamson
John Forsyth
Bobby Gilfillan
Jim McFadzean
Andy Aitken

Appearances & Goals To Date
Sandy Davie (GK) 6 apps -
Jimmy Briggs 157 apps7 goals
Doug Smith 63 apps -
Tommy Millar 20 apps -
Tommy Neilson 118 apps6 goals
Bert Howieson 27 apps1 goal
Stewart Fraser 134 apps6 goals
Wattie Carlyle 63 apps28 goals
Dennis Gillespie 123 apps54 goals
Ian Mitchell 4 apps1 goal
Jim Irvine 100 apps51 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ian Mitchell (16 years 175 days)
Oldest Player:Tommy Neilson (28 years 175 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 173 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ian Mitchell (16 years 175 days)
Oldest Player:Tommy Neilson (28 years 175 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 173 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Jim Irvine played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.
Ian Mitchell scored his first goal for the Club.

United recorded only their second win of the league campaign against a Raith Rovers side who looked all at sea for most of the game.

The game was approaching the half hour mark when United confirmed their superiority with a goal, and it came from Dennis Gillespie, as the United inside-right headed home an accurate cross from Ian Mitchell. Jimmy Stevenson handed United a chance for a second minutes later when he handled inside the box and Wattie Carlyle converted the resultant penalty to make it 2-0. A third followed six minutes before the break when Tommy Neilson outpaced the Raith back line to score.

Enjoying a comfortable lead, United took just six minutes to score a fourth in the second half, and it came from the sixteen year old Ian Mitchell, netting his first goal for the Club with a fierce drive. Making his 100th appearance for United, Jim Irvine deceived Jim Thorburn with a shot off the inside of the post to make it 5-0 ten minutes later and shortly after the restart, Carlyle scored his second from close range following a corner. Though it took no embarrassment away from the scoreline, Raith pulled a goal back through Jim McFadzean with twenty minutes left, however, any consolation was short lived as Gillespie sensationally scored direct from a corner just two minutes later. Rounding off the victory, Gillespie scored again on 80 minutes for his hat-trick, working his way through a dishevelled Rovers defence on the right wing to slot home.


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