Morton 0
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premier Division)


0 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Thursday, May 1st, 1980
Cappielow. Att. 2,614
7:30 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Benny Rooney Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Roy Baines
2. Jimmy Miller
3. Jim Holmes
4. Billy McLaren
5. Joe McLaughlin
6. John Craig
7. Jim Rooney
8. Neil Orr
9. Bobby Thomson
10. Roddy Hutchison
11. Andy Ritchie
Andy Graham .1
Billy Kirkwood .2
Iain Phillip .3
Derek Addison .4
Derek Stark .5
Dave Narey .6
Eamonn Bannon .7
Ralph Milne .8
Willie Pettigrew .9
John Holt .10
Davie Dodds .11

12. John McNeil
14. Ally Scott
George Fleming .12
Ian Cochrane .14

John McNeil for John Craig (56)
Ally Scott for Roddy Hutchison (62)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)

Match Report

There was nothing bar pride at stake for this match which brought down the curtain on the season at Cappielow. Paul Hegarty was again missing for United and Paul Sturrock was also missing. Gordon Lee, the Everton manager was an interested spectator but it was unclear who he was in town to watch.

Morton were the first side to threaten and in three minutes gained free-kick 25 yards out when Bannon decked Holmes. But the inevitable Ritchie kick was blocked by the United wall and cleared. Next McLaughlin was given a free header from a Ritchie corner but his effort was easy for Graham. United broke upfield and Dodds went down in a tussle for possession with McLaughlin. The Tangerine penalty claims were dismissed by the referee however. Then in 11 minutes, United missed a glorious chance to break the deadlock. A long through ball was left by Miller for Baines, Bannon intercepted but after rounding the keeper, he screwed his shot well wide. In 23 minutes Rooney scraped the post after a Ritchie corner was only half cleared. Just before half time, Bannon forced a great save from Baines.

In the 48th minute, a move involving Holt and Bannon ended with Narey's shot bouncing a yard wide. Then Bannon broke clear on the left but with tangerine jerseys queuing at the far post his cross was turned for a fruitless corner by Baines. Scott came on for Hutchison in 62 minutes and five minutes later a Ritchie free-kick was held by Graham. With 15 minutes left, indecision by Stark almost let Scott in but the defender managed to get the ball clear. United wound up their league campaign with a midweek trip to Cappielow and in an undistinguished game played in front of few fans, the point gained enabled the Tannadice men to finish in fourth place. So for the first time in United's history, they finished above Rangers who were the club United leap-frogged in the table. By only conceding 30 goals United finished with their best ever defensive record at that time and remarkably conceded only 6 goals on league business at Tannadice. This had been the third time the clubs had met in the space of nineteen days and that combined with the end of season tag meant it was a particularly low key affair.

Squad Statistics (as at May 1st, 1980)

1979-80 All Time
Andy Graham (GK)23 4 - 5 -
Iain Phillip29 381491
John Holt23 23410910
Derek Stark21 491822
Dave Narey23 51128420
Derek Addison24 24111312
Billy Kirkwood21 41512428
Ralph Milne18 213213
Eamonn Bannon22 314314
Davie Dodds21 3287822
Willie Pettigrew26 50225022

League Table (as at May 1st, 1980)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 35 18 10 7 +23 46
2. Aberdeen 34 18 9 7 +27 45
3. St Mirren 34 14 11 9 +4 39
4. DUNDEE UTD 36 12 13 11 +13 37
5. Rangers 34 15 7 12 +8 37
6. Morton 36 14 8 14 +5 36
7. Kilmarnock 36 11 11 14 -16 33
8. Partick Th 33 9 13 11 -6 31
9. Dundee 36 10 6 20 -26 26
10. Hibernian 34 6 6 22 -32 18

League results since United's last match
30th April 1980
1st May 1980
Morton0-0Dundee Utd