Dundee Utd 1
Celtic 0
League (Division One)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

League (Division One)
Saturday, September 19th, 1925
Tannadice Park. Att. 17,000
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jimmy Howieson (81)

Team Managers
Jimmy Brownlie
Willie Maley

Starting Eleven
Bill Paterson
Jock Kay
Hugh McBride
Tommy Simpson
Dave Walker
Jim Walker
Peter McMillan
Bobby Bauld
Willie Oswald
Jimmy Howieson
Jock McDonald
Peter Shevlin
Willie McStay
Hugh Hilley
Peter Wilson
Jimmy McStay
Jean McFarlane
Patrick Connolly
Alec Thomson
Jimmy McGrory
Tommy McInally
Adam McLean

Match Officials

Peter Craigmyle (Aberdeen) (Referee)

Match Report

From the Dundee Courier, Monday, September 21, 1925:

Are Dundee United now on the high road to a successful League season? To defeat Celtic was indeed a noteworthy performance, and the fact that it was not a victory wholly contrary to the run of the play, made it all the more palatable.

United are in truth a curious mixture. Falkirk and Queen's Park come to Tannadice and take away a pair of points each. Then there is a little shuffling. United go to Perth and beat St Johnstone, and come back home and give Celtic their first drubbing of the season - the famous young Celtic team of which we have heard so much. It would seem from the results of the last two Saturdays that the United will soon rise from their lowly position and be League "babes" to be feared. Certainly no team in the League will come to Tannadice in future confident that there is a "soft thing" on.

United won practically on the tape, and they had to fight, and fight hard all the time. The goal that did the damage came from the foot of James Howieson, and it was one that caused a lot of comment and speculation as to why Shevlin failed to keep it out of his net. It certainly was an extraordinary sort of goal.

Following a throw-in, Howieson got the ball to his left foot - just the very position in which he likes to get it. He must have been well over thirty yards from the goal, but the leather was beating Shevlin from the time it left Howieson's foot. The 'keeper got all twisted up in his effort to follow its flight, but the curl on it got him in the end, and it passed into the billet over his right shoulder.

That was the end so far as Celtic were concerned. They had but thirteen minutes left, and what they had failed to do prior to United's goal they looked much less like doing after it. They were desperate in their efforts to charge down the barrier put up by Paterson, Kay and McBride, but they might as well have pitted their strength against a stone wall.

What the backs failed to do, Paterson accomplished in brilliant style. He stuck to his job gamely and refused to be pushed, charged or scrambled over either the goal or the bye lines. The goalkeeper got through a lot of trying work in the closing minutes, and not once did he fail to come up smiling. It was not so much a case of saving deadly shore as emerging triumphant in a series of "scrums" with desperate Celts all round, nudging, charging and pushing. In this sphere of his work as in the other and more spectacular art of goalkeeping, Paterson is a master. He was the right man in the right place on Saturday.

The first half of the game was not nearly so interesting or so thrilling as the second. In the opening period, the Celts were more polished, more precise, and more methodical in their movements, and did a big share of attacking, but at no time were they masters of the Dundee defence.

United, on the other hand, were rather uninspiring in front. Willie McStay and Hilley got a lot of latitude, and they made the most of it, and cleared their lines with fine clean kicking. After the breather, United began to discover that there were ways to be found through the Celts' defence. Shevlin became busier and busier as the half wore on until his period of "biz" ended disastrously for the Celts.

Two men more than any others imbued the men of Tannadice with the will to go in and win. They were James Walker and "Jock" Kay. The ex-Third Lanark player was in a class by himself as a middleman. As a polished all-rounder he stood out pre-eminently throughout the entire course of the game. His defensive work had McInally and McLean "in a cocked hat" most of the time, and in attack he was the most prominent half on the field. Those high, inviting lobs which found their way towards Shevlin seemed to say to the forwards, "Here's a chance. Go for it and win."

Kay was also a star turn. He did the greater portion of his work in the first half, when he brought the United out of a nasty hole many a time. "Jock" was on his game and no mistake. He has never played better.

The United defence was very sound. Paterson's save from a point-blank drive from Thomson pretty early on was a masterpiece, and with Kay to inspire him, McBride played a steady and reliable game. In purely defensive play, David Walker was ever to the fore and Bauld was also a decidedly useful half. The United forwards are a strange company. In the first half they made little or no impression on the Celtic rear lines, but in the second period there was a decided change for the better. They seemed to strike something of a game.

Simpson and Oswald were the most noticeable performers. "Jock" McDonald did next to nothing, and Howieson suffered from his old weakness of putting too much work on the ball and trying to accomplish things to no player can expect or hope to do single-handed. McMillan was little seen, and on the day's showing could scarcely be said to have impressed. He certainly did not suffer from over-support, but there were times when he might have made more use of the ball.

Squad Statistics (as at September 19th, 1925)

1925-26 All Time
Bill Paterson (GK)24 7 - 7 -
Hugh McBride - 7 - 7 -
Jock Kay26 7 - 811
Tommy Simpson - 4 - 645
Dave Walker - 7 - 7 -
Willie Oswald - 623916
Bobby Bauld23 6 - 7217
Jim Walker - 6 - 6 -
Jock McDonald - 7 - 7 -
Jimmy Howieson25 7474
Peter McMillan - 2121

League Table (as at September 19th, 1925)

No league table has been added for this season.