Dundee Utd 5
Airdrie 2
League (Division One)

Dundee Utd
5 - 2

League (Division One)
Saturday, September 13th, 1969
Tannadice Park. Att. 4,489
3:00 PM Kick-off

Dennis Gillespie (pen.) (7)
Pat Delaney (o.g.) (14)
Kenny Cameron (17)
Davie Wilson (32)
Ian Scott (38)
Davie Marshall (40)
Derek Whiteford (63)

Team Managers
Jerry Kerr
Ralph Collins

Starting Eleven
1. Don Mackay
2. Andy Rolland
3. Jim Cameron
4. Dennis Gillespie
5. Doug Smith
6. Stuart Markland
7. Davie Wilson
8. Alec Reid
9. Kenny Cameron
10. Ian Scott
11. Ian Mitchell
Rodney McKenzie .1
Paul Jonquin .2
George Caldwell .3
Sam Goodwin .4
Pat Delaney .5
Derek Whiteford .6
Eric Bird .7
Drew Jarvie .8
Davie Marshall .9
John Whiteford .10
Jackie Stewart .11

12. Alan Gordon
Willie McPheat .12

Alan Gordon for Stuart Markland

Andy Rolland (65)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tommy Marshall (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

United arrived at Tannadice for this Division One match determined to make amends for their last outing when they lost 6-0 to Morton in Greenock. Hogg dropped out the side and Davie Wilson came in to replace him.

After just seven minutes the Broomfield men found themselves a goal down in front of just over 4000 at Tannadice Park. Goodwin fisted away a Markland header from a Wilson free-kick and a penalty was awarded. Dennis Gillespie scored the spot kick. Mackay then had to make two point blank saves from Airdrie attacks. Pat Delaney then hooked the ball into his own net for an own goal in 14 minutes. Then on 17 minutes it was all but over for Airdrie when Kenny Cameron side footed home a low cross from Mitchell. Davie Wilson then made it four when he first timed a Markland cross into the net on 32 minutes. An amazing first half from United was complete when on 38 minutes, Ian Scott played a one-two with Wilson and slotted home. Davie Marshall got one back for Airdrie in 40 minutes.

There was only going to be one winner in this match although Airdrie produced a much better second half display. In the end they won the second half by scoring the only goal in the second period. In 63 minutes, young John Whiteford, a sprightly performer all through, got Airdrie's second. He netted following a good pass form Marshall. Having lost 6-0 the previous week to Morton, United were mighty happy with this high scoring win and it set them up perfectly for their Fairs Cup tie with Newcastle just two days later. They won't, of course, find it so easy against Newcastle. Faced by rearguard which was fragile and easily torn apart, United scored almost at random in that thrill-a-minute match. The Broomflelders' marking was so lamentable that the gap which opened up in the middle soon became a corridor.

Squad Statistics (as at September 13th, 1969)

1969-70 All Time
Don Mackay (GK)29 10 - 184 -
Jim Cameron22 10 - 72 -
Andy Rolland26 1018410
Stuart Markland21 81171
Doug Smith32 10 - 3832
Davie Wilson32 917716
Alec Reid22 101524
Kenny Cameron26 935239
Ian Scott23 724614
Ian Mitchell23 61238106
Dennis Gillespie33 101411113
Alan Gordon (sub)25 3 - 7 -

League Table (as at September 13th, 1969)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Once again we extend a warm welcome to Airdrie and this afternoon they are our rivals in what can only be described as a vital game to us. It is our hope to hit form again as a build-up for our Fairs Cup engagement on Monday night. The players know what is ahead of them and they also realise a victory . . . and a good one at that . . . will be the perfect boost. On the subject of our heavy defeat at Greenock last Saturday, it would be senseless putting forward a string of excuses. Oddly enough, our first half display was, in my view, one of our best of the season. And although we were hit by a very doubtful penalty against Dennis Gillespie, I felt we were still in the game at half-time, a view that was shared by Morton officials. But everything went haywire in the second half and Morton found everything running their way.

In the past week I have been astonished by theories that have emerged following the Morton game. It has been suggested I was not worried in the slightest by losing six goals just before meeting Newcastle. It has also been suggested we are heading for Division II and we have also been told the burning of our tangerine strips is Dundee United's only way of salvation. I am distressed material of this nature has been passed for publication. In the first instance, certain remarks attributed to me after the Morton game were totally inaccurate. Let's be honest—after a six-goal defeat there must be problems and worries. To claim relegation is just around the corner is stupidity. Dundee United F.C. have maintained a respectable position in the First Division for 10 years and will continue to do so. On the subject of our new colours, it is considered the change is one reason for our run of bad luck. That's the view held by several critics, because of a reason far removed from football. The colours were selected because we found ourselves changing to avoid clashes almost every week. The change from white to tangerine was made for no other purpose. To get back to rational thinking, I am fully aware of weaknesses that have emerged in the side and in the past week I have attended three senior games in Scotland to check on several players who could be drafted into the United side. I would say this shatters the theory put forward this week in such a misinformed and unfair fashion.