Dundee Utd 2
Dundee 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 22nd, 1979
Tannadice Park. Att. 15,431
3:00 PM Kick-off

John Holt (32)
Willie Pettigrew (41)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Tommy Gemmell

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Frank Kopel
4. George Fleming
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Willie Pettigrew
10. John Holt
11. Billy Kirkwood
Ally Donaldson .1
George McGeachie .2
Eric Schaedler .3
Peter Mackie .4
Bobby Glennie .5
Stewart MacLaren .6
Iain Ferguson .7
Eric Sinclair .8
Billy Pirie .9
Jim Shirra .10
Jim Murphy .11

12. Davie Dodds
14. Steve Murray
Les Barr .12
Paul Smith .14

Steve Murray for John Holt (48)
Les Barr for Iain Ferguson (75)

Frank Kopel (80)
George McGeachie (50)
Bobby Glennie (78)

Red Cards
None. Eric Schaedler (80)
Match Officials

Mike Delaney (Airdrie) (Referee)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at December 22nd, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 23 - 3903
Paul Hegarty25 22222039
Frank Kopel30 31432413
Dave Narey23 31 - 26419
Derek Stark21 301632
John Holt23 81947
George Fleming31 27232737
Billy Kirkwood21 25410827
Eamonn Bannon21 111111
Paul Sturrock23 311020053
Willie Pettigrew26 29132913
Steve Murray (sub)35 5 - 5 -

League Table (as at December 22nd, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 17 11 3 3 +21 25
2. Morton 17 10 3 4 +14 23
3. Rangers 19 8 3 8 +2 19
4. Aberdeen 15 7 3 5 +9 17
5. St Mirren 17 6 5 6 -5 17
6. DUNDEE UTD 17 6 4 7 +5 16
7. Partick Th 17 5 5 7 -7 15
8. Dundee 17 7 1 9 -12 15
9. Kilmarnock 16 5 4 7 -10 14
10. Hibernian 18 3 3 12 -17 9

League results since United's last match
22nd December 1979
Dundee Utd2-0Dundee

Manager's Programme Notes

After such a great boost to the club by virtue of our Cup final win ten days ago, no piece from the manager of any trophy winning club would be complete without the traditional congratulations to the men who made it all possible — the players. Therefore, against the trend of my reputation, I ta'ke especial pleasure in passing ' on my sincere thanks on 'their performance in winning the League Cup. I follow that on of course by hoping the players realise that by putting on a display such as theirs over at Dens Park in the final, they now realise such performances have been far too few and far between during my reign here at Tannadice. However, I feel certain that you amongst our support to have backed the club for years feel exactly as we do at this time — that it's a great relief to have at last broken our duck on the major trophy scene. The major part of our celebrations behind us by last weekend, I sat down and reflected on several aspects of the playing side to discover that of all clubs in Scotland we here at Tannadice have probably completed more games than any other so far. And in so saying I have little doubt that our Drybrough, European and of course extended Bell's League Cup runs have affected our League performances.

Our position in Premier League terms has suffered and now we simply must get down to producing results which will get us back into a spot in the table more in keeping with a club capable of winning .the League Cup. Needless to say I am absolutely over the moon concerning the marvellous feeling that our success must have given those dedicated four thousand odd of you on the terracings and in the stand who have stuck by the dub and myself during the build up period to that Cup win. I thank you most sincerely. Inconsistency has clearly been a long standing stumbling block of ours and that failing must be repaired — and soon! Today's local derby against city neighbours Dundee would provide the ideal springboard from which to launch a consistent run knowing full well that in so many houses in the city this festive season it simply will not be just the points which are at stake today. Finally, I pass on my best wishes to you all for the festive season ahead.