Dundee Utd 2
Aberdeen 2
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, May 5th, 1979
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,822
3:00 PM Kick-off

Graeme Payne (37)
Ray Stewart (66)
Drew Jarvie (58)
Gordon Strachan (pen.) (83)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Ray Stewart
3. Derek Stark
4. George Fleming
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Derek Addison
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Davie Dodds
10. John Holt
11. Graeme Payne
Bobby Clark .1
Stuart Kennedy .2
Derek Hamilton .3
Alex McLeish .4
Willie Garner .5
Willie Miller .6
Mark McGhee .7
Steve Archibald .8
Gordon Strachan .9
Drew Jarvie .10
Ian Scanlon .11

12. Billy Kirkwood
14. Derek Frye
Dom Sullivan .12
Joe Harper .14

Billy Kirkwood for Derek Addison (70)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

C White (Clarkston) (Referee)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at May 5th, 1979)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 41 - 3673
Paul Hegarty24 41419837
John Holt22 322866
Derek Stark20 321331
Ray Stewart19 384475
Dave Narey22 41523319
Derek Addison23 3339111
George Fleming30 36430035
Paul Sturrock22 38716943
Graeme Payne23 31319611
Davie Dodds20 30104614
Billy Kirkwood (sub)20 39118323

League Table (as at May 5th, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 36 18 8 10 +19 44
2. Rangers 32 16 9 7 +17 41
3. Celtic 32 17 6 9 +18 40
4. Aberdeen 34 12 14 8 +24 38
5. St Mirren 35 15 6 14 +6 36
6. Hibernian 35 11 13 11 -5 35
7. Partick Th 33 13 8 12 +6 34
8. Morton 35 11 12 12 -2 34
9. Hearts 34 8 7 19 -30 23
10. Motherwell 36 5 7 24 -53 17

Manager's Programme Notes

I would like to be able to wish everyone a good afternoon to this our last Premier League game of the season, but frankly I have not been able to view anything as "good" following the events of the past week. I even find it difficult to express my sincere regret and disappointment that things should have turned out as they have during a period in which it could well have transpired to be this club's finest hour. Indeed, I have taken little comfort from the fact that all along I have stated that if we did not win the .title then whichever side beat us would not necessarily be better than us — because unfortunately that statement has been proved to be correct. However, as far as we are concerned it all came down to our failing to prove my point in the two matches that really mattered, against Rangers and Celtic. Defeats from both when the heat was on may well tempt some of you amongst our support to lay the blame on the inexperience of some of our youngsters to cope with such a tense situation this early in their careers. re been the case in a minor wav with situation this early in their careers.

This may well have been the case in a minor way with possibly our two least experienced men Derek Stark and Raymond Stewart finding the pressures just that bit harder to manage over the vital recent games. But when it came down to the bit it was a couple of the older and vastly more experienced team members who failed to act out their roles in keeping with their years in the game. But wherever the blame is apportioned, there is little doubt in my mind that the root cause of our failure to wrest the title away from the Old Firm, comes from the lack of depth of our squad. I hasten to add that we suffer from no depth of talent but when one considers that for many positions in the side the cover in the reserves is aged around 17 year old, then therein lies our problem. Finally, can I just pass on my sincere thanks to you United fans who backed us all the way this season, and especially for the .tremendous encouragement given the side at Parkhead last Saturday. Today we have Aberdeen as our guests here at Tannadice in what is a clash which normally generates an extra portion of excitement. Let's hope this afternoon proves to be no exception.