0 - 2
0 - 2
Scottish Cup (3rd Round)
Tony Fitzpatrick (74)
Billy Stark (80)
Davie Dodds for Billy Kirkwood
John Holt for Frank Kopel
Tommy Muirhead (Stenhousemuir) (Referee)
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|Hamish McAlpine (GK)||31||25||-||351||3|
|John Holt (sub)||22||17||-||71||4|
|Davie Dodds (sub)||20||15||4||31||8|
While realising that the fourth week in February is a bit late for first-footing, I'm sure I speak for everyone here at Tannadice — and elsewhere in Scottish football — when commenting, 'It's great to be back!' Since the weather gripped us during late December we have at least managed two outings at Paisley and Ibrox and the disappointment of these Premier League reverses has hardly made for raising the temperature here at Tannadice. Throughout the big freeze-up things have become steadily more infuriating for everyone within the club with the series of on-off decisions increasingly ruling the lives of all concerned. While agreeing that every club is in the same boat, it makes things no less difficult to take, with the problems of training facilities, etc., becoming a daily headache. We have been reasonably fortunate in that facilities in the Tayside area have been sufficient to allow us to carry on with at least a part of our normal programme, although only a minor part. Gymnasiums are, I feel, a wonderful thing for any club lucky enough to have access to, but they are in my opinion only simply cannot be carried out in such an enclosed area.
Lucky enough to have access to, but they are in my opinion only an extra. The real work simply cannot be carried out in such an enclosed area. No, this latest close-down of the game has lasted just too long this time, with everyone, not least of all the players, bearing the brunt. Because like most other clubs the playing staff here at Tannadice rely heavily on their incentives, and in view of our reasonable successes in the period up to the halt, the opportunities of incentive simply have not been there. However, one aspect of the recent barren spell brightened the gloom — The naming of Paul Hegarty, Dave Narey and Raymond Stewart in the international squads once again. The enforced closedown because of the weather has been a blow, but there again we have been no more badly hit than any other club and must therefore work all the harder to get back into the winning form which prevailed prior to the break. Tonight's guests, St Mirren, will not as I have long said be an easy Cup task for us. The Love Street side have shown during the past month or so that they are now capable and determined fellow challengers for the Premier League title. However, as far as we are concerned both remaining competitions are highly important to everyone at Tannadice and I look to the side tonight to battle, through for a result we simply must get.