Dundee Utd 0
St Mirren 0
League (Premier Division)


Dundee Utd
0 - 0
St Mirren 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, March 29th, 1980
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,292
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jim Clunie

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Iain Phillip
4. George Fleming
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Billy Kirkwood
9. Willie Pettigrew
10. Derek Addison
11. Graeme Payne
Billy Thomson .1
John Young .2
Alex Beckett .3
Lex Richardson .4
Mark Fulton .5
Bobby Reid .6
Peter Weir .7
Billy Stark .8
Doug Somner .9
Alan Logan .10
Iain Munro .11

Bench
12. Davie Dodds
14. Ralph Milne
Jeff Curran .12
Jocky Dempster .14

Substitutions
Davie Dodds for George Fleming (71)
Ralph Milne for Graeme Payne (83)
Jocky Dempster for Alan Logan (72)

Cautions
Derek Addison (74)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

W Knowles (Inverurie) (Referee)


Match Report


This match has no report.



Squad Statistics (as at March 29th, 1980)


1979-80 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 35 - 4023
Derek Stark21 401732
Dave Narey23 42127520
Iain Phillip29 291401
Paul Hegarty25 34223239
Billy Kirkwood21 34511728
Eamonn Bannon21 231231
George Fleming31 37233737
Derek Addison24 22111112
Willie Pettigrew26 41184118
Graeme Payne24 33222913
Ralph Milne (sub)18 183183
Davie Dodds (sub)21 2336917


League Table (as at March 29th, 1980)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 27 14 10 3 +27 38
2. Aberdeen 26 12 7 7 +15 31
3. Morton 29 12 6 11 +7 30
4. St Mirren 27 10 10 7 0 30
5. Rangers 28 11 7 10 +4 29
6. Kilmarnock 27 8 11 8 -7 27
7. Partick Th 26 7 11 8 -7 25
8. DUNDEE UTD 27 7 10 10 +3 24
9. Dundee 29 9 6 14 -17 24
10. Hibernian 26 5 4 17 -25 14

League results since United's last match
22nd March 1980
Aberdeen1-0Morton
25th March 1980
Hibernian2-0Dundee
29th March 1980
Celtic4-0Hibernian
Dundee Utd0-0St Mirren
Kilmarnock0-1Partick Th
Morton1-1Dundee
Rangers2-2Aberdeen



Manager's Programme Notes


This afternoon heralds yet another in our sequence of vital league outings when a clearly confident St Mirren are our visitors to Tannadice. Their form of late has been highly impressive and that marvellous return from their first leg of the Anglo-Scottish Cup final at Bristol earlier this week will doubtless have sent the confidence of the side soaring even higher. I have long reckoned that the Love Street men are the best football-playing side in the country and therefore see their recent rise to a challenging position in the league as no great surprise. Considering their end to last term and their below-par start to this one, it really is remarkable the job that Jim Clunie has completed on the side, transforming it into its current potent mixture of youth and experience. Mind you, in so saying, today's occasion is probably more vital to ourselves than to our visitors and the fact remains that there are points available here which would undoubtedly aid our escape route from the trouble zone. Therefore the maximum rewards open to us this afternoon would prove invaluable in taking some of the pressure off the players — and that must be the sole aim of every tangerine-clad player afield.

Recent performances and results have not been as we would have wished and one of the most important messages I can get across to everyone at this present time is that we simply cannot bank on others to see us through this troublesome time. Away from the pressures of the Premier Division it was marvellous to see our own Dave Narey get the opportunity to fill his normal central defensive role in a Scotland international jersey against Portugal on Wednesday night. And congratulations are due too to our reserve squad who have eased their way through to the semi-final stages of both their League Cup and Scottish Cup — despite a drop in performance lately. I feel certain that on their own admission some of the regulars at that grade would not argue with the fact that their form has slumped in recent outings. Sadly, I feel that some of the young players appear to think that the season is drawing to a close even this early. I warn them that their ideas had better change — and quickly !