Dundee Utd 1
Morton 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 23rd, 1980
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,339
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eamonn Bannon (28)
George Anderson (42)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Benny Rooney

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Billy Kirkwood
3. Derek Stark
4. Eamonn Bannon
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Ralph Milne
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Graeme Payne
10. Derek Addison
11. Joe Ward
Roy Baines .1
Jim Wilkie .2
Jim Holmes .3
George Anderson .4
Neil Orr .5
Billy McLaren .6
John McNeil .7
James Rooney .8
Bobby Thomson .9
Roddy Hutchison .10
Andy Ritchie .11

12. Iain Phillip
14. John Reilly
John Craig .12
Eddie McNab .14

John Reilly for Joe Ward (57)
Iain Phillip for Ralph Milne (76)

None. George Anderson

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D Murdoch (Bothwell) (Referee)

Match Report

After sharing the points in their opening two League matches, United were looking to take both points in their home match with Benny Rooney's Greenock Morton. The only change made by manager Jim McLean from the starting eleven that had defeated East Fife 4-0 in midweek was to bring in 19 year old winger Ralph Milne for defender Derek Murray.

United were the hungrier side in the first half an hour, but a solitary gem from Eamonn Bannon in the 28th minute was the only advantage that the home side had to show for all their skills and industry employed during that spell. Having limited the home side to the one goal, Morton grabbed an equaliser just before half-time, when George Anderson headed home in the 42nd minute.

That equaliser gave Morton confidence, and they were the side that caught the eye in the second 45 minutes, with a quality display that had United struggling to regain any foothold in the match. The match ended in yet another draw for United, but after three games they remained closer to the top of the table, with current leader Rangers up next on League duty at Tannadice.

Squad Statistics (as at August 23rd, 1980)

1980-81 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 5 - 4143
Paul Hegarty26 5224341
Derek Stark21 5 - 872
Dave Narey24 5128921
Derek Addison25 5 - 11812
Billy Kirkwood21 5 - 12928
Ralph Milne19 42255
Eamonn Bannon22 51365
Graeme Payne24 5223515
Paul Sturrock23 5222457
Joe Ward25 4343
Iain Phillip (sub)29 4 - 531
John Reilly (sub)18 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at August 23rd, 1980)

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

League results since United's last match
23rd August 1980
Dundee Utd1-1Morton
Partick Th0-1Kilmarnock
St Mirren1-3Hearts

Manager's Programme Notes

A warm welcome back to Tannadice for today's visit of Morton in the Premier League.
Benny Rooney's Greenock side have proved to be something of a thorn in our flesh in recent seasons and I am fervently hoping that the tide will turn in our favour today. Their indifferent start result-wise to this season will not make our task any easier as the Cappielow side always appear to manage to hoist their game when the name of Dundee United appears on the fixture list.

However, at the risk of ruining my reputation as a "moaner" I must admit to being happy at the way we ourselves have played over the past three first team games. It was vital to all of us connected with the club that the promise shown at both Methil and Aberdeen be maintained in front of you our own fans in Wednesday night's Bell's League Cup return against the Fifers. In my opinion the side succeeded in doing just that, especially in our second half performance. Earlier in the game I was also satisfied with the leading-up work, but not the finishing. But thereafter we were positive in much more of our actions to the extent that we might have ended up scoring off the vast majority of non-stop attacks we set up. Heartening yes? but we can certainly be even better, and must be the aim in the weeks and months ahead if we are to be true challengers for the major honours in game.