Dundee Utd 2
Dundee 1
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (SPL)
Saturday, July 31st, 1999
Tannadice Park. Att. 11,693
3:00 PM Kick-off

Magnus Sköldmark (14)
Joaquim Ferraz (85)
Willie Falconer (52)

Team Managers
Paul Sturrock
Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Combe
20. David Worrell
5. Jason de Vos
18. Jim Paterson
2. Bernard Pascual
8. Magnus Sköldmark
6. Siggi Jónsson
26. Hugh Davidson
4. David Hannah
19. Steven Thompson
14. Billy Dodds
Rab Douglas
Willie Miller
Barry Smith
Lee Maddison
Steven Tweed
Steven Boyack
Gavin Rae
James Grady
Willie Falconer
Shaun McSkimming
Lee Sharp

13. Paul Gallacher
3. Maurice Malpas
7. Craig Easton
10. Joaquim Ferraz
9. Alex Mathie
Jamie Langfield
Hugh Robertson
Tommy Coyne
Graham Bayne
Michael Yates

Joaquim Ferraz for Steven Thompson (66)
Craig Easton for Magnus Sköldmark (83)
Michael Yates for Lee Sharp (87)

None. James Grady (27)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim McCluskey (Referee)

Match Report

After no goals and no points from our two home meetings with our near neighbours last season, this was a very welcome way in which to open the new campaign. Over and above that, the manner in which the side brushed off the disappointment of being pegged back to go on and win was highly encouraging, and a quality not often in evidence last term. There were close to 12,000 fans packed in for a unique start to the league campaign with neighbours Dundee, our first visitors. United set up in a 4-4-2 formation with Dodds and Thompson leading the line.

Initially play was less frenetic than you would normally expect in a derby however the game burst into life after fourteen minutes. Hugh Davidson, making his debut, flighted over a corner which landed at the feet of Magnus Sköldmark who was afforded just too much time and space and he drilled a shot off the underside of the bar and over the line into the roof of the net. At that stage United dominated proceedings, some 25 minutes elapsing before Dundee created even a half chance. The tranquillity of an otherwise very fairly contested derby came to an end after 28 minutes when Grady was shown the only yellow card of the afternoon after an incident involving skipper Jason de Vos. Gradually Dundee forced their way into the game with Grady twice, and Tweed, both going close.

The visitors continued to come forward with menace after the break, Rae sending a dipping volley inches over within a minute of the restart. It was no surprise when Dundee equalised. Willie Miller's wayward shot was cutely controlled by Willie Falconer who spun to curl in the equaliser from 14 yards. Soon, however, we were back in control and the introduction of new Portuguese striker Joaquim Ferraz proved to be a master-stroke. The giant striker almost scored with his first kick, Douglas happy to parry his effort. From the ensuing corner a Magnus Skoldmark header was cleared off the line. The action continued to be very much centred around Douglas in the Dundee goal as he kept out efforts from Billy Dodds and Hugh Davidson before putting off a magnificent one-handed save from a Jason de Vos header. The near siege like conditions were maintained with Joaquim Ferraz hitting the outside of a post with a header. But Douglas was finally beaten five minutes from the end when Joaquim Ferraz rose above Maddison to powerfully direct a header on target which Douglas blocked, but couldn't prevent crossing the line, That goal meant the new season was off to the best possible of starts.

Squad Statistics (as at July 31st, 1999)

1999-00 All Time
Alan Combe (GK)25 1 - 11 -
Jim Paterson19 1 - 21 -
Magnus Sköldmark30 11592
David Worrell21 1 - 6 -
Bernard Pascual32 1 - 19 -
Siggi Jónsson32 1 - 361
Jason de Vos25 1 - 32 -
David Hannah25 1 - 9313
Hugh Davidson18 1 - 1 -
Billy Dodds30 1 - 3817
Steven Thompson20 1 - 333
Craig Easton (sub)20 1 - 753
Joaquim Ferraz (sub)25 1111

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at July 31st, 1999)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Hearts 1 1 0 0 +3 3
2. DUNDEE UTD 1 1 0 0 +1 3
3. Rangers 1 1 0 0 +1 3
4. Hibernian 1 0 1 0 0 1
5. Motherwell 1 0 1 0 0 1
6. Dundee 1 0 0 1 -1 0
7. Kilmarnock 1 0 0 1 -1 0
8. St Johnstone 1 0 0 1 -3 0

League results since United's last match
31st July 1999
Dundee Utd2-1Dundee
St Johnstone1-4Hearts