St Mirren 1
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premier Division)

St Mirren 

1 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, February 3rd, 1982
Love Street. Att. 5,198
3:00 PM Kick-off

Lex Richardson (82) None.

Team Managers
Rikki McFarlane Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
John McCormack
Alex Beckett
Tony Fitzpatrick
Mark Fulton
Jackie Copland
John McEachran
Frank McAvennie
Jimmy Bone
Billy Abercromby
Ian Scanlon
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Maurice Malpas
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds

Lex Richardson
Billy Stark
Derek Murray
Graeme Payne

Lex Richardson for John McEachran (64) None.

Mark Fulton (12)
Alex Beckett (63)
Davie Dodds (12)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kenny Hope (Clarkston) (Referee)

Match Report

The severe winter weather meant that this was only United's second league match since the end of November and the team looked a bit ring-rusty as they endeavoured to reduce the four point gap which existed between the sides who sat in third and fifth place. Hibs had jumped above United into fourth place, but United now had five games in hand over the Edniburgh club, who's under soil heating had helped them through the Arctic like conditions. United's only change from the Cup win over Brechin was Richard Gough in for Derek Murray, who was given a place on the bench.

Originally postponed back in mid-December, this was an intensely fought contest which produced few goalmouth incidents. Hamish McApline was the busier keeper in the early stages, cutting out a header from Frank McAvennie, then saving from a deflection off Maurice Malpas. Fulton was booked for a foul on Davie Dodds, and the striker was also booked for retaliation as the game became scappy. McAvennie missed a good chance for the home side and Alex Beckett cleared off the line following an Eamonn Bannon header at the other end.

Two minutes after the interval, Fulton presented Paul Sturrock with a chance when he failed to clear, but the Scotland striker shot straight at Billy Thomson. Beckett was booked for dissent on the hour mark as the chances decreased. The teams were deadlocked as the game entered the final minutes and a draw looked the likely outcome. But then Saints struck. John McCormack's free-kick caused confusion in the Tannadice defensive ranks and substitute Lex Richardson poked home what proved to be the winner with just eight minutes remaining.

St Mirren moved up to second place in the Premier League table, and United dropped to sixth with Aberdeen gaining a point at Firhill.

Squad Statistics (as at February 3rd, 1982)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 32 - 4993
Dave Narey25 32137023
Maurice Malpas19 5 - 5 -
Richard Gough19 201241
Derek Stark23 19 - 1393
Paul Hegarty27 30232351
Eamonn Bannon23 341412031
Ralph Milne20 31108523
Billy Kirkwood23 29619946
Paul Sturrock25 301730695
Davie Dodds23 321015055

League Table (as at February 3rd, 1982)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 18 12 4 2 +20 28
2. St Mirren 18 10 4 4 +10 24
3. Rangers 18 8 7 3 +7 23
4. Hibernian 20 6 8 6 +5 20
5. Aberdeen 17 7 5 5 +3 19
6. DUNDEE UTD 16 7 4 5 +11 18
7. Morton 17 5 4 8 -11 14
8. Dundee 19 5 1 13 -14 11
9. Airdrie 17 3 5 9 -18 11
10. Partick Th 18 2 6 10 -13 10

League results since United's last match
30th January 1982
Dundee0-2St Mirren
Morton0-0Partick Th
2nd February 1982
3rd February 1982
Partick Th0-0Aberdeen
St Mirren1-0Dundee Utd