Dundee Utd 2
Aberdeen 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 4th, 1982
Tannadice Park. Att. 11,683
3:00 PM Kick-off

Maurice Malpas (18)
Davie Dodds (37)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Maurice Malpas
3. Derek Stark
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Ian Britton
8. Ralph Milne
9. Billy Kirkwood
10. Paul Sturrock
11. Davie Dodds
Jim Leighton .1
Stuart Kennedy .2
John McMaster .3
Neale Cooper .4
Alex McLeish .5
Willie Miller .6
Gordon Strachan .7
Neil Simpson .8
Mark McGhee .9
Dougie Bell .10
Eric Black .11

12. Eamonn Bannon
14. Graeme Payne
Peter Weir .12
John Hewitt .14

Eamonn Bannon for Derek Stark (60)
Peter Weir for Dougie Bell (45)
John Hewitt for Eric Black (58)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)
R Stuart (Urquhart) & L Deas (Glenrothes) (Assistants)

Match Report

For the second successive year Aberdeen opened the League campaign at Tannadice, where manager Jim McLean made four changes from the side that defeated Raith Rovers in Wednesday's League Cup tie. Maurice Malpas and Richard Gough came back into the team, with Billy Kirkwood and Ralph Milne making their first starting appearances of the season. Having played in midfield throughout United's League Cup sectional matches, Dave Narey was reverted back to his more accustomed central-defensive position alongside Paul Hegarty. Making his Scottish League debut was new signing Ian Britton, who had played in all of the League Cup group games.

Davie Dodds got the match off to a tremendous start when his powerful header was touched onto the bar by Jim Leighton. Aberdeen's Eric Black then came close with an overhead kick which flew just wide, and Hamish McAlpine saved from Gordon Strachan in the fifth minute. Leighton came to the visitors rescue with a fine save from a Paul Sturrock shot, before United went in front in spectacular fashion in the 18th minute. A corner was only half cleared and the ball fell to Maurice Malpas 25 yards out, and his powerful volley flew past Leighton - his second goal for the club. Billy Kirkwood's through ball almost gave Sturrock a chance but he just failed to reach in with the goal wide open. United increased their lead with a finely worked goal in the 40th minute. Sturrock and Richard Gough linked well on the right before Gough sent in a perfect cross for Davie Dodds to bullet home a header from eight yards. Just before the interval Sturrock had an angled drive well held by Leighton.

United were so much on top that they appeared to afford themselves the luxury of easing down a gear in the second half. Full-back Derek Stark, who had an excellent game and was later praised by the manager for his consistency throughout the opening games of the season , was sidelined through injury after an hour. Aberdeen came into the game more in the latter stages but by then United's stranglehold on the proceedings was such that they were not prepared to allow things to slip too far.

Squad Statistics (as at September 4th, 1982)

1982-83 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 6 - 5313
Richard Gough20 6 - 552
Paul Hegarty28 7 - 35653
Dave Narey26 7340328
Ian Britton28 7171
Maurice Malpas20 62312
Derek Stark23 7 - 1623
Billy Kirkwood24 6222749
Ralph Milne21 3211229
Paul Sturrock25 74336106
Davie Dodds23 7618273
Eamonn Bannon (sub)24 4215041

League Table (as at September 4th, 1982)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 1 1 0 0 +2 2
2. DUNDEE UTD 1 1 0 0 +2 2
3. Motherwell 1 0 1 0 0 1
4. Rangers 1 0 1 0 0 1
5. Hibernian 1 0 1 0 0 1
6. Kilmarnock 1 0 1 0 0 1
7. Morton 1 0 1 0 0 1
8. St Mirren 1 0 1 0 0 1
9. Aberdeen 1 0 0 1 -2 0
10. Dundee 1 0 0 1 -2 0

League results since United's last match
4th September 1982
Dundee Utd2-0Aberdeen
Hibernian0-0St Mirren

Manager's Programme Notes

It goes without saying that I am delighted that we have qualified for the quarter-final stages of the League Cup for the fourth successive year. Equally gratifying is the success of the Reserve side who have topped their difficult section which included Aberdeen who have one of the strongest second elevens in the country. At Perth last week it was fantastic to see that at least half the crowd were sporting United colours. That type of following we enjoy normally only at Tannadice. I would, therefore, like to accord my sincere thanks for your magnificent support last weekend. I am being asked increasingly if we will win further honours this season. My own feelings are that we are capable of this, given the right breaks. However, like Aberdeen, Celtic and Rangers, we have no divine right to win any trophy. I also get the impression that some of our supporters have become over-confident in thinking that the club will be amongst the honours each season. There are no foregone conclusions in this game for anyone, particularly for a provincial club like ourselves. We do, however, have a strong playing squad available with adequate cover in every area except perhaps up front.

The month of September poses us with an arduous programme. In addition to this afternoon's clash, we are likely to be facing Aberdeen in the quarter-finals of the League Cup over two legs, then there are league games at Rangers and Hibs plus St Mirren at home. On top of all that we must also face PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Cup. Now I feel is an appropriate time to remind the players that the indifferent periods displayed in all our sectional ties will be punished heavily by top quality opposition. As mentioned earlier, getting the breaks can play an important part when it comes to the share out of honours. Amply illustrating this is the form of current first teamers Richard Gough and Derek Stark. At the tail end of last year the club appeared on the verge of losing both. Now they are vital members of the side and Derek Stark's consistency has been an eye-opener even to myself. My chum, Alex Ferguson, has a squad of the highest calibre and I therefore anticipate an exceptionally difficult match today. I can do no more than hope for a repeat of last year's 4-1 scoreline in this vitally important opener to the league season.