Dundee Utd 0
Raith Rovers 0
League Cup (Quarter Final 1st Leg)

Dundee Utd
0 - 0
Raith Rovers 

League Cup (Quarter Final 1st Leg)
Wednesday, October 31st, 1979
Tannadice Park. Att. 7,426
7:30 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Gordon Wallace

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Frank Kopel
4. Iain Phillip
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Willie Pettigrew
10. George Fleming
11. Graeme Payne
Murray McDermott .1
Tom Houston .2
Chris Candlish .3
Bobby Ford .4
Allan Forsyth .5
Dave Thomson .6
Gordon Wallace .7
Don Urquhart .8
Andy Harrow .9
Pat Carroll .10
Bertie Miller .11

12. Davie Dodds
14. Billy Kirkwood
Tom McFarlane .12
Ronnie Duncan .14

Billy Kirkwood for Iain Phillip (70)
Davie Dodds for Frank Kopel (80)

Dave Narey (65)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tommy Muirhead (Stenhousemuir) (Referee)

Match Report

A game reminiscent of the previous Wednesday night's U.E.F.A. tie at Tannadice where, once again, despite constant pressure, United failed to find the net. The game was marked by the first appearance in a tangerine shirt of Eamonn Bannon, United's £165,000 buy from Chelsea, signed only the day before.

Squad Statistics (as at October 31st, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 12 - 3793
Derek Stark20 191522
Paul Hegarty25 12 - 21037
Frank Kopel30 20331312
Dave Narey23 20 - 25319
Iain Phillip28 17 - 28 -
Eamonn Bannon21 1 - 1 -
George Fleming31 18231837
Graeme Payne23 21221713
Paul Sturrock23 21619049
Willie Pettigrew26 198198
Billy Kirkwood (sub)21 19210225
Davie Dodds (sub)21 1325916

League Table (as at October 31st, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 11 7 3 1 +14 17
2. Morton 11 7 2 2 +12 16
3. Aberdeen 11 5 3 3 +10 13
4. Partick Th 11 4 4 3 -1 12
5. Rangers 11 4 3 4 +3 11
6. Kilmarnock 11 4 3 4 -8 11
7. DUNDEE UTD 11 4 2 5 +2 10
8. St Mirren 11 3 3 5 -6 9
9. Dundee 11 3 1 7 -14 7
10. Hibernian 11 1 2 8 -12 4

League results since United's last match

Manager's Programme Notes

Having finally got back into the swing of things at Premier League level at the weekend, we get back into Bell's League Cup business here tonight when First Division Raith Rovers are our quarter-final first leg opponents. Needless to say we take pleasure in welcoming back to Tannadice our former players Allan Forsyth and Gordon Wallace the latter being a regular here at the 'ground — until the p'a'st few days that is! As you have obviously noticed we have been finding things pretty difficult to achieve in the transfer market recently. In fact, as far as we have been concerned our bid for new faces is beginning to run into the saga category. You, the fan's, will doubtless be getting a bit fed up with all the excuses forwarded in explanation of our failures in the transfer market recently. However, once the telephone bill for all my player enquiries comes into the club, and I find myself in the dole queue, then you might be convinced of the authenticity of the search. As you may have already guessed concerning the Sullivan deal from which I backed down, there were other reason's for his failure to arrive at Tannadice.

And our latest interest in Chelsea's Eamonn Bannon has also found problem's, this time the difference in basic wages is the biggest hurdle. I just hope that these efforts to strengthen the staff, and the difficulties encountered, are understood fully by you, the fans, and that you also realise that new faces are required because of the fact that the age gap between those in the side at present and those challenging in the reserves is so great. Those youngsters undoubtedly have promise but it could be another couple of years before that potential is fulfilled to the standard required at Premier League level. Saturday's 4-0 win over Kilmamock brought to an end an unfortunate spell for the side — but even better is required. Inconsistency on the part of many individuals in the side was the root cau'se of our recent problems and although things changed for the better against Killie, I will not be convinced unless it i's maintained. Tonight we look to gaining a first leg lead over Raith which will enable us to travel to Kirkcaldy in a fortnight's time free of the pressures which so often play a major part at this stage of any competition.