Dundee Utd 2
Hibernian 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 23rd, 1978
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,194
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jackie McNamara (o.g.) (14)
Graeme Payne (53)
Des Bremner (75)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Eddie Turnbull

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
John Holt
Ray Stewart
George Fleming
Billy Kirkwood
Derek Frye
Graeme Payne
Paul Sturrock
Mike McDonald
Rab Kilgour
Arthur Duncan
Des Bremner
George Stewart
Jackie McNamara
Isak Refvik
Ally MacLeod
Bobby Hutchison
Ralph Callachan
Tony Higgins

Derek Addison
Davie Dodds
Rikki Fleming
Svein Mathisen

Davie Dodds for Derek Frye

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

David Syme (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at December 23rd, 1978)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)30 22 - 3483
Derek Stark20 13 - 14 -
Paul Hegarty24 22217935
Ray Stewart19 201292
Dave Narey22 22421418
John Holt22 14 - 684
George Fleming30 19228333
Billy Kirkwood20 2066418
Paul Sturrock22 19115037
Graeme Payne22 21218610
Derek Frye22 111111
Davie Dodds (sub)20 124288

League Table (as at December 23rd, 1978)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 18 8 7 3 +9 23
2. Partick Th 18 8 5 5 +3 21
3. Aberdeen 18 6 8 4 +12 20
4. Rangers 18 6 8 4 +4 20
5. Celtic 18 7 5 6 +5 19
6. St Mirren 18 7 4 7 +3 18
7. Morton 18 6 6 6 -3 18
8. Hearts 18 5 5 8 -12 15
9. Hibernian 17 3 8 6 -5 14
10. Motherwell 17 3 4 10 -16 10

Manager's Programme Notes

As we await Hibs this afternoon for the opening game of the much-publicised "crisis" holiday period there is one aspect of our recent run which has somewhat dimmed the successes. Simply that of the reporting of these games and the publicity given by those journalists 'in the West of Scotland to our Premier League leadership. Like most managers, publicity for the club is an integral part of the provincial boss's package in assisting to instil interest in the club throughout the country. However, constructive criticism I will always accept, but criticism just for the sake of it I honestly cannot abide. And that's the basis for my compla'int after our visit to Parkhead last Saturday. We have long had to suffer such slights after games in the West over the years but nowadays I am beginning to 'liken such excursions there to our many sportsmen and women who travel to Italy — where decisions seldom do them justice!

For even after taking maximum points from Rangers' visit here two weeks ago and coming home from the Celtic game with a point when playing badly, the old, old story of our West of Scotland hoodoo was still being bandied about in newspapers. I only wish that such people as write these articles would do a bit more homework on our record there, for with only one defeat from six outings there this season, I for one fail to see that as being a bad record. I would guarantee that such as Aberdeen or Hibs would be absolutely delighted with such a return from such ventures into the West. However, in one respect even these reports were spot-on in their assessment of what was for us an abysmal first 45 minutes at Parkhead. Gone was the attitude which floored Rangers and in its place was a formation which creaked to an interval one goal deficit. And that's why I rated last Saturday's result as a point dropped by us, not gained, because Celtic were definitely there for the beating. Yes, it was a bad result for us. No side in this League can afford to play for only 45 minutes and the quicker we realise that the better it will be. But let's fofget about Rangers and Celtic to-day and get right onto the only thing that matters — the next game — and Hibs, despite their recent disappointments, will be no easy opponents. Only our best will do, and that's the aim.