Dundee Utd 2
Morton 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, April 23rd, 1980
Tannadice Park. Att. 4,687
7:30 PM Kick-off

Davie Dodds (63)
Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (86)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Benny Rooney

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Frank Kopel
4. Billy Kirkwood
5. Iain Phillip
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Willie Pettigrew
10. John Holt
11. Davie Dodds
Roy Baines .1
Jimmy Miller .2
Jim Holmes .3
Billy McLaren .4
Joe McLaughlin .5
Jim Rooney .6
John McNeil .7
Neil Orr .8
Roddy Hutchison .9
John Craig .10
Andy Ritchie .11

12. George Fleming
14. Ralph Milne
George Anderson .12
Jim Tolmie .14

George Fleming for Frank Kopel (45)
Jim Tolmie for Billy McLaren (80)

None. Joe McLaughlin (30)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D Ramsay (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at April 23rd, 1980)

1979-80 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 41 - 4083
Derek Stark21 461792
Iain Phillip29 351461
Dave Narey23 48128120
John Holt23 2131079
Frank Kopel31 47434013
Billy Kirkwood21 38512128
Eamonn Bannon22 284284
Paul Sturrock23 481221755
Willie Pettigrew26 47214721
Davie Dodds21 2987522
George Fleming (sub)31 39233937

League Table (as at April 23rd, 1980)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 32 17 8 7 +25 42
2. Celtic 33 16 10 7 +20 42
3. St Mirren 32 14 11 7 +7 39
4. DUNDEE UTD 33 12 11 10 +14 35
5. Morton 34 14 6 14 +5 34
6. Rangers 32 13 7 12 +6 33
7. Partick Th 32 9 13 10 -5 31
8. Kilmarnock 34 10 11 13 -17 31
9. Dundee 34 10 6 18 -22 26
10. Hibernian 32 5 5 22 -33 15

League results since United's last match
21st April 1980
23rd April 1980
Dundee Utd2-0Morton
Partick Th1-0Hibernian

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and a welcome back to Tannadice for what is our second last home game of the term. And as we are coming to the time when looking back is expected of a team manager, I would like to take this opportunity of starting my summing up of season 1799/80. First and foremost, the most important factor to me has been the respect now shown by every single side we have met to Dundee United—and therein lies, in my opinion, the main reason for our troubles this term. Several reasons for the slight decline come to mind. Firstly, although our closeseason trip to Japan last year proved to be unbelievably good experience for an awful lot of people on the staff, it nevertheless tailed to give the players the time away from the game they deserved. But in the Far East the youngsters who got their chance because of the absences on international duty of both Paul Hegarty and Dave Narey, blossomed well although to be fair, it has only been in recent months that the vital importance of the pairing to the club has been emphasised yet again.

Each has played his own tremendous part in making the twosome for me the best I have ever seen at any grade of football. It has been of great personal enjoyment to me to watch Paul Hegarty fight his way back from that cartilage operation to his current form and firmly believe that players such as he, Narey, Andy Gray and Raymond Stewart all thoroughly deserve everything they get from the game. However, overall I have been disappointed with a lot that has gone on this season. The younger players have failed to prove to me that they are yet ready to command regular places in the side. Therefore I have no hesitation in admitting that I am now prepared to allow three or four players to leave the club to make way for even just a couple of new faces at Tannadice. Now, before everyone starts thinking along the lines of further big-money purchases let me say right away (hat these are out of the question. Player-swops in the light of the new players' contract situation may well now be possibilities. I make no promises that new signings will come — but I assure you that it will not be for the want of trying.