St Mirren 3
Dundee Utd 3
League (Premier Division)

St Mirren 

3 - 3

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 20th, 1980
Love Street. Att. 5,405
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jimmy Bone (48)
Doug Somner (54)
Doug Somner (76)
Davie Dodds (15)
Ian Gibson (45)
Willie Pettigrew (74)

Team Managers
Rikki McFarlane Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
John Young
Alex Beckett
John McCormack
Mark Fulton
Jackie Copland
Jimmy Bone
Billy Stark
Doug Somner
Lex Richardson
Peter Weir
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
John Holt
Frank Kopel
Paul Hegarty
Ian Gibson
Eamonn Bannon
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Graeme Payne

Frank McDougall
Billy Abercrombie
Ralph Milne
Willie Pettigrew

None. Willie Pettigrew for Dave Narey (46)

Peter Weir Frank Kopel

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bob Cuthill (Winchburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

The inch of snow had been successfully cleared at a turbulent Love Street, where boardroom arguments and the sacking of Jim Clunie had not affected the playing staff as the Buddies had won all four of their previous League matches, with both clubs sitting in joint fourth place in the Premier Division. Midfielder Ian Gibson returned to the starting eleven, with Willie Pettigrew taking a place on the bench after being an injury doubt.

United started strongly, and in the 15th minute a Gibson effort had Saints keeper Billy Thomson turning the ball over the bar. From the resultant Eamonn Bannon corner, Davie Dodds rushed in to head the ball brilliantly into the net. Another Dodds header had Thomson saving again a few minutes later, and the keeper made another fine save from Gibson, touching the ball round the post. Five minutes from the interval St Mirren got their first real chance at goal, but Somner blasted over. Right on the stroke of half-time, Ian Gibson scored his first goal for the club, with a magnificent shot from 20 yards to give Thomson no chance.

Willie Pettigrew came on for the injured Dave Narey for the restart , but it was St Mirren that scored next, with Jimmy Bone slotting home from six yards out five minutes after the break. Five minutes later and it was remarkably all square, with Doug Somner equalising after Bone, Weir and Richardson had broken clear. Substitute Willie Pettigrew headed United back in front in the 74th minute from a Bannon cross, but Doug Somner grabbed his second of the day just minutes later. The draw meant there was still no daylight between the teams in the Premier Division table.

Squad Statistics (as at December 20th, 1980)

1980-81 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 33 - 4423
Iain Phillip29 26 - 751
Frank Kopel31 26 - 36613
Dave Narey24 31131521
John Holt24 17112611
Paul Hegarty26 33727146
Ian Gibson24 7171
Eamonn Bannon22 3066110
Paul Sturrock24 331525270
Graeme Payne24 30426017
Davie Dodds22 2099831
Willie Pettigrew (sub)27 2077029

League Table (as at December 20th, 1980)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 18 12 5 1 +25 29
2. Celtic 19 13 2 4 +19 28
3. Rangers 18 8 8 2 +20 24
4. St Mirren 19 7 5 7 +4 19
5. DUNDEE UTD 18 6 7 5 -1 19
6. Partick Th 19 6 5 8 -7 17
7. Morton 19 5 7 7 -8 17
8. Airdrie 19 4 7 8 -9 15
9. Hearts 18 3 5 10 -12 11
10. Kilmarnock 19 1 5 13 -31 7

League results since United's last match
20th December 1980
Partick Th1-1Aberdeen
St Mirren3-3Dundee Utd