Airdrie 0
Dundee Utd 5
League (Premier Division)


0 - 5

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, January 31st, 1981
Broomfield. Att. 2,264
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Davie Dodds (42)
Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (68)
Paul Sturrock (73)
Davie Dodds (80)
Davie Dodds (81)

Team Managers
Bobby Watson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
John Martin
Harry Cairney
George Anderson
Tommy Walker
Jim March
Pat McCluskey
Brian McKeown
Sandy Clark
Willie McGuire
Ian Gordon
Davie Thompson
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Derek Addison
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Graeme Payne
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Bobby Russell
Harry Erwin
Derek Stark
Willie Pettigrew

Harry Erwin for Harry Cairney
Bobby Russell for Brian McKeown

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ian Foote (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

Airdrie manager Bobby Watson is, if notliing else, a sound judge both of the weather and of the performances of his side (which might be well worth missing). Holidaying as he is in Tenerife, the Airdrie boss managed to miss out on a cold Broomfield and a performance by his Airdrie side which bore all the hall marks of a post Rangers shell shock.

The final margin of defeat will not make pleasant reading for Watson, but it could, and iiideed should, have been worse because Dundee United for much of this game treated the Broomfield men with undue respect. Davie Dodds was the man who started the rot for Airdrie, finishing off a fine Kirkwood and Sturrock move on the left by sliding the ball low into the net from eiglit yards. That was how it stood at half-time.

For some time thereafter until Airdrie brought on their substitute, Davie Thompson. The youngster must be wishing they hadn't bothered, for within minute of his arrival he had twice fouled Eammon Bannon and for these sins Bannon exacted full revenge. Foul number one was punished by Eamonn Bannon slotting the resultant spot-kick behind Martin, and foul number two was equally disastrous for Alrdrle as, from Bannon's free-kick, Hegarty's header brought a great save from Martin, only for Paul Sturrock to push the loose ball into the net. If Dodds started Airdrie's decline he was also the man to finish the job, completing his hat-trick wilh a couple of quick goals near the end. First Davie Dodds took a Kopel pass past a floundering Airdrie defence before slipping the ball home and then Davie Dodds smashed a spectiicular volley.

Squad Statistics (as at January 31st, 1981)

1980-81 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 39 - 4483
Dave Narey24 37132121
Iain Phillip29 32 - 811
Frank Kopel31 32 - 37213
Paul Hegarty26 39727746
Eamonn Bannon22 3686712
Derek Addison25 15212814
Billy Kirkwood22 28515233
Paul Sturrock24 391825873
Davie Dodds22 261510437
Graeme Payne24 31426117

League Table (as at January 31st, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 24 17 2 5 +24 36
2. Aberdeen 23 14 7 2 +29 35
3. Rangers 22 10 10 2 +23 30
4. DUNDEE UTD 23 9 8 6 +13 26
5. St Mirren 23 8 7 8 +4 23
6. Partick Th 24 8 7 9 -7 23
7. Morton 24 7 7 10 -12 21
8. Airdrie 23 5 8 10 -14 18
9. Hearts 23 3 5 15 -22 11
10. Kilmarnock 23 2 5 16 -38 9

League results since United's last match
31st January 1981
Airdrie0-5Dundee Utd
Partick Th0-0St Mirren