Dundee Utd 2
Celtic 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 8th, 1983
Tannadice Park. Att. 19,741
3:00 PM Kick-off

Billy Kirkwood (28)
Richard Gough (62)
Jim Melrose (84)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
David Hay

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Billy Kirkwood
3. Maurice Malpas
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Ralph Milne
9. John Reilly
10. John Holt
11. Davie Dodds
Pat Bonner
Danny McGrain
Brian Whittaker
Roy Aitken
Tom McAdam
Graeme Sinclair
Paul McStay
Jim Melrose
Frank McGarvey
Murdo MacLeod
Tommy Burns

12. Derek Stark
14. John Clark
Brian McClair
Jim Dobbin

Derek Stark for John Reilly (72)
Brian McClair for Brian Whittaker (65)

None. Brian Whittaker

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bob Cuthill (Winchburgh) (Referee)
G L S Cowper (Perth) & R M Hopkins (Markinch) (Assistants)

Match Report

Matches against Celtic are always exciting and this latest encounter was no exception even if it lacked some of the finer points. United breached the Celtic rearguard twice with both scores emanating from free kicks. The first award was for a foul on John Reilly. Eamonn Bannon touched the ball to Dave Narey whose square pass was hammered home, with the aid of a Tommy Burns deflection, by Billy Kirkwood.

John Reilly was also responsible for the free kick leading to the Second goal. Eamonn Bannon's well flighted cross was headed past Bonner by Richard Gough.

Jim Melrose headed Celtic's late goal but despite the visitors' rally in the dying minutes United held on to reclaim pole position in the Premier Division.

Squad Statistics (as at October 8th, 1983)

1983-84 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)35 14 - 5933
Richard Gough21 14611517
Maurice Malpas21 11 - 872
Dave Narey27 13 - 46434
Paul Hegarty29 14141859
John Holt26 14224822
Ralph Milne22 13517153
John Reilly21 864415
Eamonn Bannon25 14420356
Billy Kirkwood25 14628460
Davie Dodds25 148244103
Derek Stark (sub)24 1122167

League Table (as at October 8th, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Following our home defeat by Rangers, today's clash with Celtic assumes, if that were possible, even greater importance, as we cannot risk dropping further points, especially to the sides we hope to be challenging for the title. Any side fighting relegation regard it as essential they beat their fellow strugglers, and that same maxim applies to top of the table tussles. For us, these 4-pointers come with the meetings against Aberdeen, Celtic and Rangers. Our confrontations with Celtic always seem to produce highly attractive and exciting games. In their pool are some exceptionally skilled players and even though the loss of Charlie Nicholas will be a difficult gap to plug Celtic have acquired two quality players in Brian McClair and Jim Melrose. In ten days' time we embark on another European adventure and I think I can promise you a treat when Standard Liege visit us for the return leg. They have all the necessary qualities to be regarded as one of Europe's top sides, being highly experienced with, literally, internationals in every department. I anticipate an extremely difficult tie and nothing but our best over both legs will do. However, I believe it is within our capabilities to qualify for the last eight.

The next match at Tannadice is the Under 21 International. It is thanks to the increased support that we have received over the past two or three seasons that this match is being played here. If any matches of this type are to be played here in the future then much will depend on the size of the crowd and the atmosphere on Tuesday evening. It is essential, therefore, that as many as possible of you turn up to support the Under 21 team which, we hope, will include a number of players from our own ranks.