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Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 14th, 1981
Dens Park. Att. 15,578
3:00 PM Kick-off

Iain Ferguson (9) Ralph Milne (7)
Paul Sturrock (66)
Paul Sturrock (71)

Team Managers
Don Mackay Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Bobby Geddes
Les Barr
Danny Cameron
Cammy Fraser
Bobby Glennie
Ian MacDonald
Peter Mackie
David Bell
Iain Ferguson
George McGeachie
Jim Murphy
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Derek Murray
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds

Jim Smith
Brian Scrimgeour
Iain Phillip
Maurice Malpas

Brian Scrimgeour for Cammy Fraser Iain Phillip for Derek Murray

None. Richard Gough

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Tommy Muirhead (Stenhousemuir) (Referee)

Match Report

After a poor start to their league campaign, United had bounced back and were rapidly climbing the table. Jim McLean made one change from the midweek win over Rangers, with Derek Stark coming in for John Holt, who was out with a groin strain. 19 year-old Maurice Malpas was given his first introduction to the first team with a place on the bench for the Dundee Derby at Dens Park.

The match started off at breath-taking pace with United taking the lead after just seven minutes. Paul Sturrock out ran Bobby Glennie to latch onto a Paul Hegarty header, and cut the ball back for Ralph Milne to slot home from eight yards. A minute later Dundee's Danny Cameron hit the crossbar with a thundering 25 yard shot, and just moments later lain Ferguson headed in a David Bell cross for the equaliser. As the pace eased, it became clear that Dundee manager Don Mackay's tactics were to prevent United working as a collective unit, and the Dark Blues matched United for the rest of the first half.

However, as the second half bore on United began to flow, and twenty minutes after the restart they again took the lead. Derek Stark won the ball and rode a couple of challenges before Richard Gough passed to Milne on the wing, and Paul Sturrock met Milne's cross perfectly. Five minutes later Kirkwood was fouled outside the box, and Eamonn Bannon's free-kick to the far post was met by Paul Sturrock who angled a header down past Bobby Geddes. With high flying St Mirren losing heavily to Rangers, the 3-1 Derby victory lifted United up to 3rd place.

Squad Statistics (as at November 14th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 24 - 4913
Dave Narey25 24 - 36222
Richard Gough19 171211
Derek Stark22 14 - 1343
Paul Hegarty27 22131550
Derek Murray20 11 - 13 -
Ralph Milne20 2377720
Eamonn Bannon23 261111228
Billy Kirkwood23 22519245
Paul Sturrock25 221329891
Davie Dodds23 24814253
Iain Phillip (sub)30 21 - 1191

League Table (as at November 14th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 12 9 2 1 +15 20
2. Aberdeen 12 7 2 3 +6 16
3. United 12 5 4 3 +9 14
4. Rangers 12 5 4 3 +3 14
5. St Mirren 12 5 3 4 0 13
6. Hibernian 12 3 4 5 +1 10
7. Morton 12 4 2 6 -7 10
8. Airdrie 12 3 3 6 -11 9
9. Partick Th 12 2 3 7 -7 7
10. Dundee 12 3 1 8 -9 7