St. Johnstone – Preview

Dundee host St Johnstone in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Saturday and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info

FIXTURE: Dundee v St Johnstone

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership

DATE: Saturday 10th March 2018

KICK-OFF: 3.00pm

VENUE: Dens Park

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1884

STADIUM: McDiarmid Park

CAPACITY: 10,696

PITCH SIZE: 105m x 68m

MANAGER: Tommy Wright

CHAIRMAN: Steve Brown

NICKNAME: The Saints

MASCOTS: SuperSaint

CLUB COLOURS: Blue and White

HONOURS: Scottish Cup winners: 2013/14

Scottish League Division Two (second tier) winners: 1923/24,

1959/60, 1962/63

Scottish League First Division (second tier) winners: 1982/83,

1989/90, 1996/97, 2008/09

Scottish League Challenge Cup winners: 2007/08

Scottish League B Division Supplementary Cup winners: 1948/49

Scottish Consolation Cup winners: 1910/11, 1913/14

RECORD WIN: 13-0 v Tulloch, Perthshire Cup, 17/1/1887


Getting to the Ground

The full address of Dens Park for Sat-Nav is Dens Park, Sandeman Street, Dundee, DD3 7JY

The city centre of Dundee can be reached easily by both road & rail. From Dundee City Centre you can use the no. 1A or no. 24 National Express Dundee bus service, both of which can be boarded at the Albert Square. For a taxi to the ground, call Tay Taxis on 01382450450.

Head to Head v St Johnstone

LEAGUE: Won 57, Drawn 36, Lost 47

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 6, Drawn 2, Lost 1

LEAGUE CUP: Won 6, Drawn 2, Lost 3

CHALLENGE CUP: Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 1

TOTALS: Won 69, Drawn 40, Lost 52

Last Five Dundee v St Johnstone Games

30/12/2018 | Away | Premiership | Won 2-0 | 4,769 | Haber, Leitch-Smith

16/9/2017 | Home | Premiership | Won 3-2 | 6,001 | Leitch-Smith (2), Moussa

11/3/2017 | Away | Premiership | Lost 2-0 | 4,195

31/12/2016 | Home | Premiership | Won 3-0 | 6,492 | El Bahktaoui, Gadzhalov, Anderson (O.G.)

23/10/2016 | Away | Premiership | Lost 2-1 | 3646 | Loy

Match Officials

REFEREE: Craig Thomson



Last Meeting

For the second successive year Dundee gave the fans an early start to the Hogmanay celebrations with victory over local rivals St Johnstone. The Dee won 2-0 in Perth in a match bookended by the two goals. Marcus Haber scored the first after three minutes and A-Jay Leitch-Smith made it two in added time at the end. Saints had to play for 70 minutes with 10 men following Richard Foster’s red card and Dundee took advantage of their numerical superiority to dominate most of the match.

St Johnstone: Clark, Foster, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Tanser (Easton at half time), Wotherspoon, Davidson, Alston (MacLean 82), O’Halloran, Scougall
Johnstone (Gordon at half time)

Unused subs: Mannus (gk), Millar, McClean, Hendry.

Booked: Davidson (foul on Leitch-Smith), Johnstone (foul on Kamara), Easton (foul on Kerr), Gordon (foul on Etxabeguren).

Sent off: Foster (foul on McGowan).

Dundee FC: Parish, Kerr (c), Hendry, Waddell (Etxabeguren 60), Aurtenetxe, O’Hara,, Kamara, McGowan, Allan (El Bakhtaoui 70), Leitch-Smith (Henvey 90+2), Haber

Unused subs: Ferrie (gk), Holt, Curran, Lambert.

Goals: Haber (3), Leitch-Smith (90+1).

Booked: Waddell (foul on Alston), Leitch-Smith (goal celebration).

Attendance: 4,769 (1,784 Dees).

Referee: Willie Collum. Assistants: Graeme Stewart, Andrew McWilliam. Fourth official: David Lowe.

St Johnstone’s Season So Far

St Johnstone’s season started way back in June when they met Lithuania side FK Trakai in the first qualifying round of the Europa League and after a 2-1 defeat at home in the first leg and a 1-0 defeat in Vilnius, disappointingly exited the competition 3-1 on aggregate.

Qualification for Europe meant a bye to the knock out stages of the Betfred Cup but it was another early exit for The Saints when they crashed out 3-0 to Partick Thistle at McDiarmid Park.

The start to their Ladbrokes Premiership campaign has been superb and they come to Dens unbeaten in the first five games. Saints stormed to the top of the league by winning their first three games against Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Partick and followed that up with an excellent 1-1 draw at Celtic Park.

Tommy Wright won the August manager of the month while Michael O’Halloran, on loan from Rangers picked up the player of the month and he continued to be the key man after the international break when he was on target again in the 1-1 draw at home to Hibernian.

The following week Saints travelled to Dens and lost 3-2 for their first Premiership of the season but followed that up with 2-1 win over Hamilton at home.

However Saints didn’t win again for another seven matches until they defeated Hibs 2-1 at Easter Road in November.

December saw St Johnstone defeat Hamilton at the SuperSeal and Rangers at Ibrox and draw with Hearts and Ross County before the loss to Dundee at the end of the month.

Upon returning from the winter break, St Johnstone knocked Albion Rovers out of the Scottish Cup before losing away to Hearts in the next round.

In the Premiership The Saints also lost to the Jambos at Tynecastle as well as defeats to Partick and Motherwell. They got back on track with a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park, which caused Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers to question their desire before a 2-0 win over Ross County in Perth.

McDiarmid survived the ‘beast from the east’ snow blizzard to host Rangers but the Ibrox men headed back west with all three points after a 4-1 win.

In their rearranged fixture against Kilmarnock last Wednesday The Saints lost 2-0 at Rugby Park meaning The Dee can jump ahead of them in the table with victory at Dens on Saturday.

Top Scorers

DUNDEE: Moussa 10; O’Hara, Leitch-Smith 6; El Bahktaoui, 5; Waddell 3; McGowan, Haber, Murray 2

ST JOHNSTONE: Davidson, MacLean, O’Halloran 5; Craig 3; Johnstone 2

Ticketing Information

Tickets for the match against St Johnstone at Dens Park are on sale now online and from the Ticket office.

This match is a Category B match and prices are as follows:

Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand

Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows:

Adult and one child under 12 £26
Two adults and two children under 12 £50
With additional children under 12 at £2

Under 12 and Under 16 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group

Prices for all areas in Dens Park are priced at £24 for Adults, £16 for concessions and £10 for Under 18

Tickets are available from the ticket office, in person or by phone on 01382 889966 (Option 1) or online

There will be a cash turnstile in the Main Stand for home supporters.

The club would like to remind supporters that we will not be accepting paper £5 and £10 notes due to them being withdrawn from circulation on the 1st of March.

Matchday Programme

Dundee’s 2017/18 match programme The Dee will be available to buy at the St Johnstone game in and around the ground and in the club shop. It is a full, colour 52 page edition packed with news, views, features and exclusive interviews which this week include:

  • A message from manager Neil McCann
  • A message from managing-director John Nelms
  • This Week in History
  • The regular series of articles looking at the players who have worn the different squad numbers over the years featuring this week number 35
  • A profile of one of the DFC 2018 Hall of Fame inductees Eric Sinclair
  • Where are they now?
  • Profile on visitors St Johnstone
  • Junior Dees News
  • Classic Match
  • Dundee Supporters Association news

The Dee, produced by our partners Curtis Sports will be available on Saturday for just £3 and can also be ordered on the Curtis Sport website.

How To Watch

Fans from outside of the UK who are virtual season tickets will be able to watch the St Johnstone match live on DEETV or alternatively they can view it for just £5.

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to every subscriber of DEETV on Saturday while a shorter highlights package will be available to view during the weekend alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV from Thursday.

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button