Dundee Utd 1
Aberdeen 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 26th, 1978
Tannadice Park. Att. 10,092
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Hegarty (78)
Joe Harper (20)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Ray Stewart
4. George Fleming
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Paul Sturrock
8. Derek Addison
9. Derek Frye
10. John Holt
11. Graeme Payne
Jim Leighton .1
Stuart Kennedy .2
Chic McLelland .3
John McMaster .4
Willie Garner .5
Willie Miller .6
Dom Sullivan .7
Steve Archibald .8
Joe Harper .9
Drew Jarvie .10
Duncan Davidson .11

12. Frank Kopel
14. Billy Kirkwood
Ian Fleming .12
Ian Scanlon .14

Frank Kopel for Derek Stark (61)
Ian Scanlon for Duncan Davidson (60)
Ian Fleming for Steve Archibald (80)

John Holt (47)
Dom Sullivan (56)
Steve Archibald (77)
Drew Jarvie (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D Ramsay (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

United made two changes following their midweek Forfarshire Cup match with Forfar. Rennie and Robinson dropped out of the squad and were replaced in the team by Fleming and Stark.

The game got off to a very cagey start with neither teams threatening in the opening phase. When a chance was finally carved out, it came for the away team and they took full advantage. When Sullivan swept the ball right across the park from the right to the left, Archibald clipped it back smartly and accurately. Joe Harper picked it up and calmly nodded the ball beyond McAlpine and into the back of the net. After the opener, both sides looked quite good for a spell, putting the accent on attack and casting caution to the wind. In fact, United were distinctly unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the 26th minute when Miller looked to have tripped Addison just inside the box.

Once again in the second half, frustration crept into the play and the game reverted to a scrappy affair which was amazing considering the amount of talent on display. United, in their all white kits, looked like they would not be able to recover the deficit as the clock ran down. However, with just 12 minutes remaining, United got the equaliser the home fans craved. Frank Kopel, who had been substituted for Stark, swung in a curving free-kick. It was Paul Hegarty who rose highest to beautifully flight his header well away from the 'keeper. United with the extra man in midfield managed to keep the tide flowing towards Leighton but the nearest either side came to scoring was when Davidson had a close-in effort parried by McAlpine. Aberdeen had three players booked in Sullivan, Archibald and Jarvie. For United, only Holt was booked.

Squad Statistics (as at August 26th, 1978)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)30 3 - 3293
John Holt21 3 - 574
Derek Stark19 3 - 4 -
Ray Stewart18 3 - 121
Dave Narey22 3 - 19514
Paul Hegarty24 3116034
George Fleming29 2 - 26631
Derek Addison23 3 - 598
Derek Frye22 3131
Paul Sturrock21 3 - 13436
Graeme Payne22 3 - 1688
Frank Kopel (sub)29 1 - 2757

League Table (as at August 26th, 1978)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 3 3 0 0 +9 6
2. Aberdeen 3 2 1 0 +5 5
3. St Mirren 3 2 0 1 +2 4
4. Partick Th 3 1 2 0 +1 4
5. DUNDEE UTD 3 0 3 0 0 3
6. Hibernian 3 0 3 0 0 3
7. Rangers 3 0 2 1 -1 2
8. Motherwell 3 1 0 2 -4 2
9. Hearts 3 0 1 2 -7 1
10. Morton 3 0 0 3 -5 0

League results since United's last match
26th August 1978
Dundee Utd1-1Aberdeen
Morton1-3St Mirren
Rangers0-0Partick Th

Manager's Programme Notes

The Premier League gives way to the League Cup to-night when Billy McNeil's currently in form Celtic are visitors for our second round 1st leg tie. To say that any cup competition is important to us is in itself a gross understatement because to Dundee United to-night's clash is quite simply critical. Early exit from either of the domestic cup tournaments is something every provincial club dreads. The fact that it's Celtic we meet makes the tie resemble the final itself as far as we are concerned. Just imagine the confidence boosting opening few weeks of the season it will be if by next week-end we have managed to eliminate one of the major threats of the League Cup. Their record in the tournament over the last 14 years has been incredible but on the evidence of our own form of late we have nothing to fear. Against Aberdeen last Saturday I was really happy with the performance in general and rate us unlucky not to have taken the maximum reward for a dominating second half display.

In all three games so far, especially those against His and Patrick Thistle, that old failing in front of goal has cost us dearly. In fact I would go as far as to say that with a break or two we might well have been sitting with six Premier League points instead of half that amount. Neverless, we cant just keep using the missed chances excuse following every game - we must solve the problem ourselves. The chances are being contrived satisfactorily but at this standard of the game even the 'half chance' is of prime importance and therefore we must start cashing in on them. Percentages are what the game is all about in the opposition area - and up until now our rate is far from being adequate to compete with a view to honours. Still, the signs are there in all but the finishing department and I have high hopes that things will change for the better tonight against Celtic. They themselves, with twenty-five goals in seven competitive games so far, are obviously in fine form and this tends to suggest that tonights meeting should be crowd pleasing.