Dundee Utd 2
Partick Th 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1
Partick Th 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 22nd, 1979
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,786
3:00 PM Kick-off

Willie Pettigrew (33)
Frank Kopel (45)
Alex O'Hara (47)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Bertie Auld

Starting Eleven
1. Peter Bonetti
2. Billy Kirkwood
3. Frank Kopel
4. George Fleming
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Ralph Milne
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Willie Pettigrew
10. Derek Addison
11. Graeme Payne
Alan Rough .1
Dave McKinnon .2
Brian Whittaker .3
Jackie Campbell .4
John Marr .5
Alex O'Hara .6
Bobby Houston .7
Ian Gibson .8
Jamie Doyle .9
Gordon McGregor .10
Donald Park .11

12. Derek Stark
14. Jim Kerr
Ally Love .12
Jim Melrose .14

Derek Stark for Derek Addison (57)
Ally Love for Ian Gibson (59)
Jim Melrose for Bobby Houston (67)

None. Jamie Doyle (7)
Dave McKinnon (50)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Eddie Pringle (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

Peter Bonetti returned to the team for match with Patrick Thistle. Otherwise the United team was unchanged from that which was held to a no-scoring draw by Anderlecht on Wednesday. Kirkwood and Sturrock passed late fitness tests. Reserve midfielder Jim Kerr, found a place on the bench.

Thistle were immediately pressed back to their own half by an eager United midfield. The visitors then hit back with a promising Houston run but it was stopped on the 18 yard line. With 7 minutes played, Doyle was booked for a tackle on Narey. Pettigre then turned Marr and crossed into the box. Fleming found himself in front of goal but completely missed his kick. Rough then had to be sharp to rush out and save at the feet of Pettigrew. After half an hour a corner from the right was headed into the path of Fleming by Hegarty and the midfielder hit a powerful low drive just inches wide. In 33 minutes, United got the goal they so richly deserved. Thistle's Jackie Campbell tried to clear danger in the box after a mix up between Marr and Rough. However, he smashed the ball off Willie Pettigrew and it trickled over the line. With one minute before the interval United doubled their lead. A Milne cross was kicked by McKinnon against Houston and the ball ran into the path of Frank Kopel who fired a shot into the back of the net.

However, Thistle replied through an Alex O'Hara header soon after half time to cut United's lead. Sturrock tried to hit back immediately as he sent an angled drive just inches wide. McKinnon was then booked for a foul on the forward. Kopel almost got his second when he hit an effort from the edge of the box that scraped just over the bar. Up the other end Park forced Bonetti to save. Then it was Rough's turn to make a spectacular save from a Kirkwood 25 yard effort. As the clock ran down, the game petered out into a scrappy midfield battle. The scoreline remained at 2-1 despite much United pressure.

Squad Statistics (as at September 22nd, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Peter Bonetti (GK)37 5 - 5 -
Paul Hegarty25 2 - 20037
Frank Kopel30 11230411
Dave Narey23 11 - 24419
Ralph Milne18 7272
Billy Kirkwood21 1019324
George Fleming31 8 - 30835
Derek Addison24 1019912
Willie Pettigrew25 9494
Paul Sturrock22 11418047
Graeme Payne23 11220713
Derek Stark (sub)20 91422

League Table (as at September 22nd, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 6 4 2 0 +9 10
2. Morton 6 4 0 2 +5 8
3. Rangers 6 3 1 2 +3 7
4. Aberdeen 6 3 0 3 +4 6
5. Partick Th 6 2 2 2 0 6
6. Kilmarnock 6 2 2 2 -5 6
7. DUNDEE UTD 6 2 1 3 0 5
8. Dundee 6 2 1 3 -4 5
9. St Mirren 6 2 1 3 -5 5
10. Hibernian 6 1 0 5 -7 2

League results since United's last match
22nd September 1979
Dundee Utd2-1Partick Th
Hibernian0-2St Mirren

Manager's Programme Notes

Our break away from the Premier League pressure pot now over, we get back to the domestic scene once again this afternoon by welcoming Bertie Auld's Partick Thistle side to Tannadice. Thistle have always proved to be one of our hardest nuts to crack at the top level and I do not see today's confrontation being any different judging by the respective results of late. However, we are beginning to realise that we have real fight on our hands to get back into a challenging position in the table, and the sooner we get underway the better for everyone connected with our Tannadice club. That brings me to the point of possible strengthening of the current side, although to be honest the likelihood of that in the current crazy transfer market is minimal. Nevertheless, we simply must keep our finger on the pulse of the game and take in the broader picture of Scottish football in general to ensure that nothing is allowed to pass through. Therefore I am hopeful that within the near future I will be able to appoint an ex-senior player to my scouting staff to take in nothing else but senior football throughout the country.

This appointment I hasten to add is in no way a criticism of our chief scout Doug Cowie or his staff who are continuing to do a marvellous job both on Tayside and throughout Scotland. Their jobs, however, have mainly been centred around the younger grades, a sphere in which our coverage is acknowledged as second to none. An occasional look at our reserve side in action confirms the fantastic number of top-class young players brought to Taanadice by our industrious staff. The mid-week stalemate against our UEFA Cup opponents Anderlecht was of course a disappointment in that we must now travel to Brussels minus that hoped-for lead. However, I stress that we are still far from out of it, despite what many people may feel. And anyway, the display, apart of course from the finishing, was one which delighted me in that we created chance after chance against a side who were clearly here seeking the result they managed to escape with. Naturally I expect them to change completely for the return, and that in itself helps form my opinion that the tie is far from decided at this time.