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Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, May 15th, 1982
Firhill. Att. 2,680
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Donald Park (20) Paul Sturrock (7)
John Reilly (74)

Team Managers
Peter Cormack Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Alan Rough
Dave McKinnon
Brian Whittaker
Andy Anderson
Andy Dunlop
Alex O'Hara
Donald Park
Iain Jardine
Maurice Johnston
Jamie Doyle
Ian McDonald
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Richard Gough
Iain Phillip
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Ian Gibson
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds

Bench
George Clark
Gerry Docherty
John Reilly
Billy Kirkwood

Substitutions
Gerry Docherty for Alex O'Hara (80) John Reilly for Davie Dodds

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

C White (Clarkston) (Referee)



Match Report


After St Mirren's defeat to Aberdeen in midweek, United just needed a point in their final league game of the season at Firhill to clinch fourth place and the UEFA Cup qualification that came with it. Thistle on the other hand, needed a victory and goal difference to swing in their favour to avoid relegation. Former Thistle midfielder Ian Gibson came in for John Holt, the only change from the team that defeated Celtic.

Against a stiff breeze United soon went ahead with a great goal. A searching Gibson pass sent Ralph Milne clear on the right and his low cross was hammered past Alan Rough by the dangerous Paul Sturrock. Jags equalised when a looping McDonald cross was headed home by Donald Park, the smallest man on the park.

United resumed with Reilly on for Davie Dodds who had taken a knock and it was the young substitute got the winner. Gibson again supplied the ammo with a cute lob forward and John Reilly ran on to blast the ball past the helpless Scotland 'keeper.

With the Premier Division schedule now complete, United had finished three points above St Mirren to gain a UEFA Cup spot along with Rangers. Celtic won the title with victory over St Mirren, with Aberdeen finishing just two points behind. Partick Thistle joined Airdrie in the drop to the First Division.



Squad Statistics (as at May 15th, 1982)


1981-82 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 58 - 5253
Dave Narey25 58339625
Maurice Malpas19 25 - 25 -
Iain Phillip31 34 - 1321
Richard Gough20 452492
Paul Hegarty27 56434953
Ian Gibson25 8 - 222
Eamonn Bannon24 602214639
Ralph Milne21 551410827
Paul Sturrock25 5324329102
Davie Dodds23 572217567
John Reilly (sub)20 132152






League Table (as at May 15th, 1982)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 36 24 7 5 +46 55
2. Aberdeen 36 23 7 6 +42 53
3. Rangers 36 16 11 9 +12 43
4. United 36 15 10 11 +23 40
5. St Mirren 36 14 9 13 -3 37
6. Hibernian 36 11 14 11 -2 36
7. Morton 36 9 12 15 -23 30
8. Dundee 36 11 4 21 -26 26
9. Partick Th 36 6 10 20 -24 22
10. Airdrie 36 5 8 23 -45 18