Dundee Utd 2
St Johnstone 4
League (B Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 4
St Johnstone 

League (B Division)
Thursday, January 2nd, 1947
Tannadice. Att. 12,000
7:00 PM Kick-off

Alex Lister (38)
George D Grant (77)
Alf Boyd
David Brown
Peter Simpson (52)
Jack Connor

Team Managers
Willie MacFadyen
David Rutherford

Starting Eleven
Dave Clark
Ian Smart
Alex Jardine
Bobby Simpson
Tom Wyllie
Len Rae
Sammy Ross
Alex Lister
Piper MacKay
Emilio Pacione
George D Grant
Ally Watson
Jimmy Hiddleston
Jim Blyth
John Mathers
Alf Boyd
Sammy Forsyth
Eddie Taylor
Jack Connor
David Brown
Peter Simpson
Frank O'Hagen

Match Officials

J Calder (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

There was an unfamiliar look to the Tannadice men who were sporting red jerseys and immediately put Saints under pressure with Pacione, United's wee centre, twice going close. Lister's diving header, which flew over, was the closest we had gone to opening our account until we finally went ahead seven minutes from half-time. Grant sent a lob goalwards and Lister, on this occasion, timed his header perfectly to score from ten yards.

That lead, however, was short-lived dark conceded a corner at the other end when dealing with Brown's shot and from the corner, Taylor was downed, but the United players were under the impression that the Saints man was off-side. There was consternation in the Tannadice ranks when, despite United protests, referee Calder awarded a penalty. Boyd took the kick, giving dark no chance to level the scores. Clearly rattled by this, we fell behind just before the interval. O'Hagen struck the bar and a melee developed in front of Clark. Brown emerged with the ball to score from close in. Although United resumed strongly, Saints should have gone further ahead when O'Hagen missed an easy chance with only Clark to beat. But Saints did extend their lead after 52 minutes when Clark failed to hold Slmpson's angular shot.

The men from Perth continued to hold the upper hand and dark tipped a Brown shot on to the bar before scrambling the ball clear. United switched their forward line about. First, Pacione went out to the right wing with McKay moving to centre However, it was a further change in the front line fourteen minutes from time which reaped reward. McKay went to outside-teft with Smart taking over at centre. Success was almost immediate. Smart burst through the middle, but was halted by the oncoming Watson, but Grant collected the rebound and shot into the empty net. All-out attack was now United's motto but Saints survived, and following a frantic mix up in the home goalmouth, Connor restored the visitor's two goal lead and that was how it finished.

Weariness caused by two games in successive days was clearly evident and United, who were best served by Simpson, Ross, Grant and Smart, seemed to suffer most from their exertions the previous. Alt Boyd was rated Saints top performer, but Watson, Blyth, Brown and O'Hagen all made major contributions to Saints victory.

Squad Statistics (as at January 2nd, 1947)

1946-47 All Time
Dave Clark (GK) - 26 - 81 -
Alex Jardine20 23 - 29 -
Ian Smart25 185409
Bobby Simpson - 27 - 27 -
Len Rae - 5 - 8 -
Tom Wyllie - 1 - 1 -
Sammy Ross32 261261
Emilio Pacione26 1683321
Alex Lister22 13101310
Piper MacKay - 18510715
George D Grant - 6363

League Table (as at January 2nd, 1947)

No league table has been added for this season.