Airdrie 2
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premier Division)


2 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Tuesday, February 9th, 1982
Broomfield. Att. 1,737
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jim McDonagh (1)
Sandy Clark (82)

Team Managers
Bill Munro Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
John Martin
Pat McCluskey
Jim Rodger
Tommy Walker
George Anderson
Norrie Anderson
Brian McKeown
Sandy Clark
Jim McDonagh
Ian Gordon
John Flood
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Iain Phillip
Maurice Malpas
Richard Gough
Dave Narey
Billy Kirkwood
Malcolm Robertson
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Davie Dodds

Colin Campbell
Willie McGuire
John Holt
Graeme Payne

Willie McGuire for John Flood (80) John Holt for Iain Phillip (45)
Graeme Payne for Malcolm Robertson (75)

George Anderson (65)
Sandy Clark (72)
Norrie Anderson (78)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

David Galloway (Pitlessie) (Referee)

Match Report

United's second rescheduled fixture from the enforced winter shutdown saw a midweek visit to Broomfield, as United looked to make ground on 3rd placed Rangers, 3 points above the Terrors. Manager Jim McLean made two changes, with Iain Phillip replacing Derek Murray, and new signing Malcolm Robertson swapping places with Graeme Payne on the bench.

After just two minutes bottom side Airdrie took the lead. Phillip failed to clear a long through ball, which then caught out keeper Hamish McAlpine. Airdrie's young striker Jim McDonagh reacted first to push the ball into the empty net. It took united along time to recover, but in the 24th minute Eamonn Bannon ran along the edge of the penalty area, wheeled and hit a tremendous drive that cannoned off the post. Jim Flood then missed an chance for Airdrie from six yards out before McAlpine saved a drive from McDonagh. Airdrie hustled United throughout a tough first half and probably deserved their lead at half-time.

United made a substitution at the interval with John Holt replacing Phillip, and the pattern of the game changed with United pinning Airdrie back for long spells. George Anderson was booked for a foul on Davie Dodds in the 65th minute, and seconds later Richard Gough was sent clear by Bannon, only to see his effort saved by Aridrie keeper John Martin. Clark was booked for dissent in 72 minutes, and Robertson made way for Payne as United pressed. Norrie Anderson became the third player to be booked, and Airdrie grabbed their all important second goal with seven minutes left. Brian McKeown met Willie McGuire's corner to bullet past McAlpine, and Airdrie lifted themselves off the bottom of the table.

Squad Statistics (as at February 9th, 1982)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 34 - 5013
Maurice Malpas19 7 - 7 -
Richard Gough19 221261
Iain Phillip30 27 - 1251
Paul Hegarty27 32232551
Dave Narey25 34137223
Eamonn Bannon23 361512232
Malcolm Robertson30 2 - 2 -
Ralph Milne20 33108723
Billy Kirkwood23 31620146
Davie Dodds23 341015255
John Holt (sub)25 31317614
Graeme Payne (sub)25 11227819

League Table (as at February 9th, 1982)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 19 13 4 2 +22 30
2. St Mirren 19 10 5 4 +10 25
3. Rangers 18 8 7 3 +7 23
4. DUNDEE UTD 18 8 4 6 +10 20
5. Hibernian 21 6 8 7 +4 20
6. Aberdeen 18 7 6 5 +3 20
7. Morton 18 5 5 8 -11 15
8. Airdrie 18 4 5 9 -16 13
9. Partick Th 19 2 7 10 -13 11
10. Dundee 20 5 1 14 -16 11

League results since United's last match
9th February 1982
Airdrie2-0Dundee Utd