Dundee Utd 0
Celtic 3
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
0 - 3

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 29th, 1980
Tannadice Park. Att. 13,080
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Tom McAdam (58)
John Weir (78)
Paul Hegarty (o.g.) (89)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. John Holt
3. Frank Kopel
4. Iain Phillip
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Derek Addison
9. Willie Pettigrew
10. Paul Sturrock
11. Davie Dodds
Pat Bonner .1
Danny McGrain .2
Mark Reid .3
Roy Aitken .4
Roddie MacDonald .5
Tom McAdam .6
Dom Sullivan .7
John Weir .8
Frank McGarvey .9
Tommy Burns .10
George McCluskey .11

12. Billy Kirkwood
14. Graeme Payne
Jim Duffy .12
Charlie Nicholas .14

Graeme Payne for Derek Addison (64)
Billy Kirkwood for Willie Pettigrew (83)

Derek Addison (81)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

Only 10 days earlier United had defeated Celtic by 3-0 in the semi-final of the League Cup. With the final just a few days away, United were hoping to get a confidence boosting victory over the Glasgow side.

The first half was a very tight affair with neither side really threatening to break the deadlock. The pitch was not great and didn't help fluid football. The referee George Smith had ordered for the pitch to be cleared of snow prior to the game starting but even with the green grass showing the teams failed to put together any cohesive moves.

The second period came alive though and it was Celtic who found the half most fruitful. Celtic had been patiently building possession and pressure before breaking through in the 58th minute. First, Tom McAdam came racing in to meet a weak clearance and pilot a simple header into the net. Twenty minutes later teenager John Weir got his first goal for Celtic. He made a long run to get on the end of a Sullivan pass and after evading Narey, he fired home. In the final minute, United's Paul Hegarty scored an incredible own goal. His pass back from 30 yards managed to curl low and wide of McAlpine who made a half-hearted attempt to get to it before it rolled into the net.

Squad Statistics (as at November 29th, 1980)

1980-81 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 30 - 4393
Iain Phillip29 23 - 721
John Holt24 14112311
Frank Kopel31 23 - 36313
Dave Narey24 28131221
Paul Hegarty26 30726846
Eamonn Bannon22 2765810
Derek Addison25 11112413
Davie Dodds22 1769528
Paul Sturrock24 301324968
Willie Pettigrew27 1766728
Billy Kirkwood (sub)22 24214830
Graeme Payne (sub)24 27425717

League Table (as at November 29th, 1980)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 15 11 4 0 +24 26
2. Rangers 16 8 7 1 +22 23
3. Celtic 16 10 2 4 +16 22
4. DUNDEE UTD 16 5 6 5 -2 16
5. Partick Th 16 6 4 6 -5 16
6. Airdrie 16 4 7 5 -6 15
7. St Mirren 16 5 4 7 +2 14
8. Morton 16 4 5 7 -9 13
9. Hearts 15 2 4 9 -13 8
10. Kilmarnock 16 1 3 12 -29 5

League results since United's last match
29th November 1980
Airdrie0-0Partick Th
Dundee Utd0-3Celtic
St Mirren2-0Kilmarnock

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome back to a Tannadice Park, which has been a hive of activity since last I communicated with you through this column. Naturally our results sequence during that spell has been the main factor in inciting the intense interest here — all of which has led to things becoming a lot brighter than they were in the weeks before. While the main topic of conversation around these Tayside parts has centred around next weekend’s Bell’s League Cup final against our city neighbours, I hasten to
break that spell by mentioning the fact that vital Premier League points have to be won before we even get around to thinking about that occasion.

This afternoon Celtic are our visitors for what will be the third meeting between the clubs in just over a fortnight. And I am delighted to say that the previous couple of clashes have left us in the best of spirits for this afternoon's meeting. Mind you, in so saying I know only too well that Billy McNeill's Parkhead men will be absolutely desperate to gain full revenge for that League Cup semi-final success of ours in Glasgow ten days ago.

Celtic quite clearly have not been having the best of things recently, but I and many others know full well that they have too many good players in their ranks to allow that situation, to continue for much longer. Possibly the greatest pleasure I have got from our recent run of four wins in the west of the country, and the goals we 'have netted in getting those results, has come from forcing a particular Journalist from that area to start writing about his “old aunties and uncles” again — instead of accusing Dundee United of negative football!