Dundee Utd 2
Dundee 2 (4-5 on pens)
Forfarshire Cup (Semi Final)

Dundee Utd
2 - 2

Forfarshire Cup (Semi Final)
Monday, May 14th, 1979
Tannadice Park
7:00 PM Kick-off

Ian Ballantyne 
Ray Stewart 

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Tommy Gemmell

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Ray Stewart
John Holt
Dave Narey
Derek Stark
Paul Hegarty
Derek Addison
George Fleming
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Graeme Payne

Billy Kirkwood
Ian Ballantyne

Ian Ballantyne for Paul Sturrock (70)
Billy Kirkwood for Derek Addison (83)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

A C Harris (Liff) (Referee)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at May 14th, 1979)

1978-79 All Time

League Table (as at May 14th, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 35 20 6 9 +22 46
2. United 36 18 8 10 +19 44
3. Rangers 33 17 9 7 +19 43
4. Aberdeen 36 13 14 9 +23 40
5. St Mirren 36 15 6 15 +4 36
6. Morton 36 12 12 12 -1 36
7. Partick Th 35 13 8 14 +4 34
8. Hibernian 34 10 13 11 -6 33
9. Hearts 36 8 7 21 -32 23
10. Motherwell 35 5 7 23 -52 17

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome back to Tannadice for this our final game of the season, fittingly against our newly promoted Premier League neighbours', Dundee. First of all I would like to add my congratulations to the Dens Park club on their return to the top in Scottish football and look forward to a renewal of the keen city rivalry which has prevailed between our two camps for long enough. Naturally Premier League champions is a title I would love to have had bestowed on us by this time—but that was not to be in what I felt was latterly a complete anti-climax for everyone at Tannadice. However, I would really like to end my communications with you for the season by passing on my congratulations to several parties who all but made this term one to remember at the club. Firstly, I cannot praise too highly the efforts of the players themselves in finishing what will undoubtedly be a close third to the Old Firm pair. All season they maintained a high standard of performance to prove that they were good enough to win it — had they managed the same consistency as the top two. And to you the Tannadice .support I pass on my sincere thanks for your encouragements throughout what has been for the players a renewal in the belief that fans can help lift performances on the field.

I honestly cannot remember a season in which you the fans have been more behind the side although "as usual I would pass on my wish that sometimes you would show just that little bit more patience. Nevertheless, although we could always do with more of you — you were great! Since it became clear that we were not to end up as champions I have attempted to explain away why we failed. Of one thing I am absolutely certain, it was not lack of experience as several people have forwarded as an excuse. For as far as our youngsters are concerned the days of them being wet behind the ears at the Premier League grade are long past. In today's game it's relatively easy to be a good prospect not so easy to realise that potential at the top level. Strangely enough I sat here at my desk at exactly this time last year and pondered over how we were going to improve, and I find myself repeating the process today. Buying could undoubtedly be the answer, but today's transfer market is quite honestly not a place I care to do business.