Tottenham 2
Dundee Utd 0
Friendly (Japan Cup (Final))


2 - 0

Dundee Utd

Friendly (Japan Cup (Final))
Monday, June 4th, 1979
Tokyo, Japan. Att. 15,000
7:00 PM Kick-off

Gordon Smith (57)
Osvaldo Ardiles (83)

Team Managers
Keith Burkinshaw Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Milija Aleksic
Colin Lee
Gordon Smith
Don McAllister
John Lacy
Steve Perryman
John Pratt
Terry Naylor
Chris Jones
Ossie Ardiles
Ricky Villa
George Fleming
Andy Graham
Iain Phillip
Walter Smith
Derek Stark
John Holt
Frank Kopel
Derek Addison
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Graeme Payne

Mark Falco

None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

United were without five first team regulars in this game. Hamish McAlpine, Paul Hegarty, Dave Narey and Raymond Stewart were all at home, and centre-forward Davie Dodds was unable to play because of a leg injury and stomach upset. Derek Addison and Andy Graham both played, but were also suffering from similar sickness trouble to Dodds. John Holt also played despite still not 100% fit following an ankle injury.

A missed penalty - a jinx which haunted United throughout the season - proved the turning point of the game. The Spurs goalkeeper pulled Paul Sturrock down inside the box but Walter Smith saw his spot kick saved nine minutes before half time.Former St Johnstone defender Gordon Smith put the London club ahead in the 55th minute, and Argentinian Osvaldo Ardiles grabbed the second 10 minutes later.

Manager Jim McLean praised his players after the game. "I can't speak too highly of what they have achieved over here. Their performances have been out of this world. I really believed we would have beaten Spurs if we had scored from Walter Smith's first-half penalty. The Spurs keeper, who had watched our previous game on TV, knew where Walter was going to put it and was actually down waiting for the ball to make an easy save. At that time there was no scoring and a goal for us then would have set us up for a win. But the boys still played well and Spurs only got their second goal with four minutes left to play."

Squad Statistics (as at June 4th, 1979)

1978-79 All Time

League Table (as at June 4th, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 36 21 6 9 +24 48
2. Rangers 36 18 9 9 +17 45
3. United 36 18 8 10 +19 44
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. Hibernian 35 11 13 11 -5 35
8. Partick Th 36 13 8 15 +3 34
9. Hearts 36 8 7 21 -32 23
10. Motherwell 35 5 7 23 -52 17