Dundee Utd 1
St Mirren 2
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 2
St Mirren 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, March 21st, 1981
Tannadice Park. Att. 5,808
3:00 PM Kick-off

Willie Pettigrew (74)
John McCormack (81)
Alan Logan (89)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Rikki McFarlane

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Willie Pettigrew
Paul Sturrock
Graeme Payne
Billy Thomson
John McCormack
Phil McAveety
Jackie Copland
Mark Fulton
Billy Abercromby
Billy Stark
Lex Richardson
Frank McDougall
Jimmy Bone
Peter Weir

Derek Stark
Derek Addison
Alan Logan
David Walker

None. Alan Logan for Phil McAveety (79)

Frank Kopel (85)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ian Foote (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

Partick Thistle fans stopped off at Tannadice after their match at Pittodrie had been called off because of the weather. Overhead conditions at Tannadice were atrocious and this probably accounted for a mistake riddled first half on a slippery pitch, if anything United had a slight edge in the opening period, but didn't go ahead until 16 minutes from the end.

Abercromby under pressure from Graeme Payne attempted a pass-back to Billy Thomson and Willie Pettigrew nipped in to touch the ball past the keeper from 16 yards. With 14 minutes remaining, Saints introduced Alan Logan. Nicknamed 'Super Sub', he lived up to his reputation as his side turned the game upside down. Nine minutes from time McCormack headed in a Richardson corner through a ruck of players. Further disaster ensued a minute from the end when Saints stunned United with the winner as Alan Logan converted Weir's low cross. It was Saints first win at Tannadice for 45 years and ended a run of nine consecutive victories to end a miserable afternoon all round.

Squad Statistics (as at March 21st, 1981)

1980-81 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 47 - 4563
Iain Phillip30 39 - 881
Frank Kopel31 40 - 38013
John Holt24 26113511
Dave Narey24 45232922
Paul Hegarty26 47828547
Billy Kirkwood22 36816036
Eamonn Bannon22 44107514
Paul Sturrock24 462026575
Willie Pettigrew27 2897831
Graeme Payne25 35426517

League Table (as at March 21st, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 29 22 2 5 +40 46
2. Aberdeen 28 15 8 5 +29 38
3. DUNDEE UTD 29 14 8 7 +20 36
4. Rangers 27 11 10 6 +18 32
5. St Mirren 29 12 8 9 +1 32
6. Airdrie 30 8 9 13 -12 25
7. Morton 29 9 7 13 -13 25
8. Partick Th 29 8 9 12 -14 25
9. Hearts 28 4 6 18 -28 14
10. Kilmarnock 28 3 7 18 -41 13

League results since United's last match
21st March 1981
Dundee Utd1-2St Mirren

Manager's Programme Notes

Despite my obvious delight at the events of last Wednesday night at Ibrox, I nevertheless intend utilising my column in this club programme this afternoon to what I rate to be a vitally important explanation. It concerns the publicity and consequent criticism forwarded to me in the aftermath of our last home game here at Tannadice, our 6-1 Scottish Cup win over Motherwell. First of all allow me to explain that [he use of the word fined in the stories which followed my refusal to pay out the full sum of the player's entertainment bonus was completely false. I docked a percentage of that bonus on the particular occasion for several reasons, the main one being to keep the player's feet on the ground — and admit that I would do it again for the very same reason.

Going in to such a vital stage of the season when even bigger prizes are at stake, it has to be made clear to everyone, including myself, that only the best will do both in performance and preparation. And I add hastily that there was not a murmur of complaint from any of the men on the receiving end of the docking, in fact there was plenty of agreement that despite the winning scoreline, several aspects of our play was contrary 10 plans. Of course I was delighted at most of the performance that afternoon, it was the best display of finishing I have seen in years. Finally, what can I say about our midweek triump'h at Ibrox other than FANTASTIC!! To think that the side had the determination to maintain their standard despite key losses in the ranks during the game, says everything regarding their professional attitudes.