Forfar Athletic 2
Dundee Utd 1
Friendly (Testimonial for Billy Bennett and John Clark)

Forfar Athletic 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd

Friendly (Testimonial for Billy Bennett and John Clark)
Sunday, May 15th, 1983
Station Park. Att. 1,200
3:00 PM Kick-off

Billy Gallacher (11)
John Clark (75)
John Holt (86)

Team Managers
Doug Houston Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Stewart Kennedy
Billy Bennett
Ray Lorimer
Ken Brown
Alex Brash
Ian McPhee
Gordon Leitch
Ray Farningham
John Clark
Billy Gallacher
Rob Cormack
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
John Holt
Derek Stark
Maurice Malpas
Richard Gough
Paul Hegarty
Billy Kirkwood
Alex Taylor
Ralph Milne
Davie Dodds

Kenny MacDonald
Rab Morris
Mike Turnbull
Archie Bell
Phil Smith
John Gardiner
Derek Murray
Iain Phillip
Dave Beaumont
Gary McGinnis
Ian Britton
John Reilly

Kenny MacDonald for Ray Lorimer (46)
Rab Morris for Ken Brown (46)
Mike Turnbull for Billy Gallacher (46)
Archie Bell for Rob Cormack (72)
Phil Smith for Billy Bennett (79)
John Reilly for Billy Kirkwood (46)
Derek Murray for Dave Narey (46)
Gary McGinnis for Paul Hegarty (46)
Dave Beaumont for Derek Stark (46)
John Gardiner for Hamish McAlpine (46)
Iain Phillip for Davie Dodds (50)
Ian Britton for Maurice Malpas (63)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

C. Sinclair (Forfar) (Referee)

Match Report

Just a day after United had won the League Championship for the first time in their history, a large number of the squad were asked to play another match in Forfar. With many players no doubt a little worse for wear after an evening of celebrations following their 2-1 win over rivals Dundee, United made an inauspicious start to their reign as Premier Division champions. The beneficiaries were Billy Bennett and John Clark of the Angus club. United's appearance at Forfar to honour a previous commitment was warmly welcomed by Forfar officials, players and fans.

At the start of the game the home team lined up to applaud United's players, who were also presented with travelling rugs. United took the field with nine of the league-winning team, but it was Forfar who took the lead when Billy Gallagher scored in the 14th minute from a Cormack lob.

It was John Clark who made it two in the 77th minute after McDonald hit the post. John Holt was the United man to get on the score-sheet. He got one back for United in the closing stages of the match. Only a Brash goal-line clearance, preceded by some fine 'keeping by Forfar's Stewart Kennedy, prevented United from equalising. At the end of the game, led by the Forfar chairman Sam Smith, the home crowd cheered United off the park, probably the first time this has ever happened to an opposing team at Forfar.

Squad Statistics (as at May 15th, 1983)

1982-83 All Time

League Table (as at May 15th, 1983)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 36 24 8 4 +55 56
2. Celtic 36 25 5 6 +54 55
3. Aberdeen 36 25 5 6 +52 55
4. Rangers 36 13 12 11 +11 38
5. St Mirren 36 11 12 13 -4 34
6. Dundee 36 9 11 16 -11 29
7. Hibernian 36 7 15 14 -16 29
8. Motherwell 36 11 5 20 -34 27
9. Morton 36 6 8 22 -44 20
10. Kilmarnock 36 3 11 22 -63 17

League results since United's last match