Dundee Utd 0
Rangers 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
0 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 6th, 1979
Tannadice Park. Att. 19,464
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Greig

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Frank Kopel
4. Iain Phillip
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Billy Kirkwood
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Willie Pettigrew
10. George Fleming
11. Graeme Payne
Peter McCloy .1
Sandy Jardine .2
Ally Dawson .3
Gregor Stevens .4
Colin Jackson .5
Kenny Watson .6
Tommy McLean .7
Alex Macdonald .8
Derek Johnstone .9
Derek Parlane .10
Davie Cooper .11

12. Davie Dodds
14. Derek Addison
Alex Forsyth .12
John MacDonald .14

Davie Dodds for Paul Sturrock (85)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Douglas Downie (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

As expected, the off-form Derek Addison dropped out of the Dundee United line-up for the big match with Rangers. His place was taken by Billy Kirkwood. Otherwise the team was the same as that which recorded that fine result against Anderlecht in Brussels on Tuesday.

The match between two of Scotlands three successful sides in Europe in midweek, kicked off amid tumultuous roars from the packed crowd. United began cautiously, determined to give nothing away. However, there was a scare in two minutes when Cooper on the right, chased a pass and looked to get clear of Narey. But the big no.6 was able to slide in and nick the ball back to his 'keeper. The tangerines hit back when Pettigrew, unmarked in the Ranger box, screwed a shot over the bar after Dawson failed to clear a cross. Cooper almost produced a first goal for Rangers, he rounded Hegarty on the right and crossed to the waiting McDonald. His effort deflected off Fleming and onto the left hand post. Pettigrew then shook off Jackson outside the box and managed to get a shot away that whistled wide. McAlpine was then forced to bring down Parlane at the edge of the box after he failed to gather a Narey pass back. Cooper stepped up to flash a free-kick just inches past the post.

The second half resumed as the first finished, with both teams going for it in the attacking sense. Rangers threatened first when McLean forced a corner. The same player crossed from the corner only for Phillip and Stark to attempt a clearance. The ball broke to Jackson, who fired back into the middle the ruck of players in the United box. Parlane was only inches away from making contact. Payne then crossed into the centre and Kirkwood timed his run perfectly and his low header seemed destined for the back of the net before McCloy dived to fist clear. United had the ball in the net in 66 minutes but it was ruled off-side. Payne headed on to Sturrock, who, from six yards, flicked the ball over McCloy into the net, but the referee was too close to the action to be fooled. The visiting fans were ready to acclaim a goal in the 75th minute when Watson crossed into the United box from the left. Policed by three home defenders, Johnstone gathered the ball, pivoted and rifled a stinging drive past McAlpine. The ball cannoned off the underside of the bar and back into play. Despite protests by Johnstone and Cooper, the referee waved play on. There were a few more chances but neither side could make the breakthrough. It was yet another superb spectacle for the fans, a near-capacity Tannadice one, kept everyone happy. Certainly both Jim McLean and John Greig were delighted with tneir respective displays of their sides following tough midweek exertions in Europe. Peter McCloy saved the Ibrox side on numerous occasions but at the other end the woodwork kept out the 'Gers. In the end a fair result from a game which again showed that our Tannadice side are on the way back.

Squad Statistics (as at October 6th, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 6 - 3733
Paul Hegarty25 6 - 20437
Derek Stark20 131462
Frank Kopel30 14330712
Iain Phillip28 11 - 22 -
Dave Narey23 15 - 24819
Billy Kirkwood21 1419724
George Fleming31 12 - 31235
Graeme Payne23 15221113
Paul Sturrock22 15518448
Willie Pettigrew26 136136
Davie Dodds (sub)21 915515

League Table (as at October 6th, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 8 5 3 0 +11 13
2. Morton 8 5 1 2 +8 11
3. Kilmarnock 8 4 2 2 -2 10
4. Aberdeen 8 4 1 3 +8 9
5. Partick Th 8 3 3 2 +1 9
6. Rangers 8 3 2 3 +2 8
7. DUNDEE UTD 8 2 2 4 -3 6
8. St Mirren 8 2 2 4 -7 6
9. Dundee 8 2 1 5 -10 5
10. Hibernian 8 1 1 6 -8 3

League results since United's last match
6th October 1979
Dundee Utd0-0Rangers
Partick Th0-0Celtic
St Mirren2-2Aberdeen

Manager's Programme Notes

It is indeed a pleasure to welcome you back to Tannadice for today's clash with Rangers following a trio of consecutive games. The first two of them proved to be something of a disappointment when, despite gaining a League Cup first leg lead of 3-0 over second division Queen's Park, we did not play nearly as well as we might have hoped. Then last Saturday against Morton at Cappielow we came back to a semblance of form — and came away as losers to Morton by 4-1 — such is the Premier League. However, despite what I hope were temporary setbacks to the side, we returned from Belgium in midweek with a result which should provide a boost in confidence Against Anderlecht in Brussels on Tuesday night I got the very maximum of effort from every single member of the side — the hallmark of a team which most assuredly should not be languishing in the lower reaches of the Premier League. In fact it got to the stage that I introduced Dave Dodds late in the game, simply because Willie Pettigrew had completely run himself into the ground.

Our performance bore out my opinion titiat the earlier 0-0 share in the first leg at Tannadice meant little to the overall outcome. And so it proved with Frank Kopel's late equaliser for an away goals win merely underlining that fact. Mind you, Frank's was a goal worthy of winning any cup-tie, at home or abroad. Overall, the ties against Anderiecht proved not only that no game is ever settled until the final whistle, but also what can be achieved through sheer hard work. And at this time I would like to pass on the sincere thanks of the club and the players to those few hundred of you who spared no effort yourselves in following us to Brussels this week. We were absolutely staggered to find so many tangerine and black colours parading the terracings of the Parc Astrid Stadium on Tuesday, and obviously delighted that the side was able to repay you with a result which clearly pleased. Thanks again. But it's back to domestic competition today with the visit of Rangers, and I need not stress the importance of ithis one to the club.