Dundee Utd 7
St Johnstone 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
7 - 0
St Johnstone 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 12th, 1983
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,937
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Hegarty (5)
Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (11)
Davie Dodds (21)
Davie Dodds (28)
Richard Gough (73)
Eamonn Bannon (80)
Billy Kirkwood (86)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Rennie

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Billy Kirkwood
Ralph Milne
Eamonn Bannon
Tommy Coyne
Davie Dodds
Roy Baines
John Mackay
Rab Kilgour
Alex Caldwell
John Kennedy
Drew Rutherford
Ian Gibson
John Brogan
Ray Blair
Jim Morton
Alan Lyons

John Reilly
Derek Johnstone
Don McVicar
John Pelosi

Derek Johnstone for Davie Dodds (63)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)
J E L McKinnon (South Queensferry) & W Hutchison (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Here is a run-down of the goals.

5 mins: Paul Hegarty netted a loose ball at the far post, to open the scoring.

12 mins: Davie Dodds was downed, and Eamonn Bannon scored from the spot.

22 mins: Ralph Milne latched onto Billy Kirkwood pass, raced to the bye-line and fired in a low cross which Davie Dodds turned in.

28 mins: A Billy Kirkwood header sent Eamonn Bannon away and his cut-back was headed in by Davie Dodds.

74 mins: Ralph Milne's pass let Richard Gough in to beat Baines.

80 mins: Eamonn Bannon's superb chip from the edge of the box gave Baines no chance.

85 mins: Sub Derek Johnstone's lay-off was cracked home by Billy Kirkwood from 20 yards.

Squad Statistics (as at November 12th, 1983)

1983-84 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)35 22 - 6013
Richard Gough21 22712318
Maurice Malpas21 19 - 952
Paul Hegarty29 22342661
Dave Narey27 21 - 47234
John Holt26 22225622
Eamonn Bannon25 22721159
Billy Kirkwood25 22729261
Ralph Milne22 21917957
Tommy Coyne20 3 - 3 -
Davie Dodds25 2215252110
Derek Johnstone (sub)30 5252

League Table (as at November 12th, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

As has been stated many times over in the media, the decision I had to make over last week-end was the most difficult I have had to make in my life so far. You will no doubt have read the pros and cons many times, but the response I received during my period of deliberation, from the players, directors and staff at Tannadice and the supporters, makes me feel that it made it easier for me to stay. When you have a £1 in your pocket you always say money isn't everything. At the time of writing I still have that £1, so I most certainly think there are many more important things in life than money. In the knowledge of how difficult it will be to improve what we already have here at Tannadice (how can you improve on winning the Premier title?), looking at the Championship trophy really brings home the magnificence of last season's achievement, especially when you consider a Club of Aberdeen's standing appears on the trophy only twice and Dundee, with their prominence in the past. just once. Obviously with only two players in our first team pool over 30. there appears no good reason why we cannot maintain our existing standards for the next 5 years or so, and perhaps even improve further. Here I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the supporters for their tremendous backing for me to stay. I don't want you to think that there is any lack of appreciation on my part when I don't acknowledge your support, merely an attack of self-consciousness.

On Wednesday at Alloa it was great to wrap up our League Cup section. We are now safely through to the semi-finals in February of that competition and the quarter finals in March of the European Cup, thus providing some breathing space to concentrate on our League challenge. Barring accident, newcomer Tommy Coyne will start today's match. He has good basic skills but onty by playing can he adapt to Premier standard. Whilst his arrival bolsters our pool of strikers, I still feel we badly need to add another new face in midfield, and hopefully before the turn of the year. Today, we welcome Atex Rennie's side for whom I have great respect. However, a win this afternoon is imperative after dropping three points we could ill afford to lose in our last two outings especially with the arduous fixtures that tie ahead.