Dundee Utd 3
St Mirren 0
League (Premier Division)


Dundee Utd
3 - 0
St Mirren 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 25th, 1982
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,832
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Ralph Milne (16)
Paul Sturrock (76)
Paul Sturrock (88)
None.

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Rikki McFarlane

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Iain Phillip
3. Derek Stark
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Ralph Milne
9. Billy Kirkwood
10. Paul Sturrock
11. Davie Dodds
Billy Thomson .1
Tom Wilson .2
John McCormack .3
Tony Fitzpatrick .4
Phil McAveety .5
Jackie Copland .6
Billy Stark .7
Lex Richardson .8
Frank McAvennie .9
Billy Abercromby .10
Ian Scanlon .11

Bench
12. Maurice Malpas
14. Ian Britton
Frank McDougall .12
Steve Clarke .14

Substitutions
Ian Britton for Iain Phillip (65)
Maurice Malpas for Ralph Milne (82)
Frank McDougall for Ian Scanlon (65)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim Duncan (Gorebridge) (Referee)


Match Report


United's unbeaten start to the season was at risk with the visit of St Mirren to Tannadice. Since Ricky McFarlane took over as manager of the Paisley side two years ago, United have failed to defeat them, losing out in three league matches and a Scottish Cup tie last season. United retained the same 11 players who were on duty at Aberdeen in midweek, with Maurice Malpas and Ian Britton also keeping their seats on the bench.

United threatened early, with headers from Eamonn Bannon and Davie Dodds testing Billy Thomson in the St Mirren goal. In the 16th minute, United went ahead with a spectacular goal by Ralph Milne after a brilliant exchange between Dave Narey, Dodds and Bannon. From Bannon's cross, Milne thundered an angled volley from just inside the box low past Thomson. St Mirren came back, and Frank MacAvennie saw his shot on the turn well held by Hamish McAlpine. Billy Stark then had a shot run across the face of the goal with no takers, and another MacAvennie effort was saved well by McAlpine.

St Mirren had their fair share of midfield possession in the second half, but were slow on the attack, whereas the Tangerines transferred the ball at speed which caused the Buddies all sorts of problems. With 15 minutes left to play, Paul Sturrock made it 2-0, slipping the ball under the keeper after being sent clear by Bannon. Paul Sturrock grabbed his second and United's third with two minutes remaining, tucking away a Bannon pass when left unmarked to make the scoreline look more convincing.



Squad Statistics (as at September 25th, 1982)


1982-83 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 11 - 5363
Iain Phillip31 8 - 1401
Derek Stark23 11 - 1663
Richard Gough20 111603
Paul Hegarty28 12 - 36153
Dave Narey26 12340828
Ralph Milne21 8311630
Billy Kirkwood24 11323250
Eamonn Bannon24 9315542
Paul Sturrock25 126341108
Davie Dodds24 12718774
Ian Britton (sub)28 111111
Maurice Malpas (sub)20 112362






League Table (as at September 25th, 1982)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 4 4 0 0 +12 8
2. Rangers 4 2 2 0 +6 6
3. United 4 2 2 0 +5 6
4. Dundee 4 2 1 1 +2 5
5. Aberdeen 4 1 1 2 0 3
6. Hibernian 4 0 3 1 -2 3
7. Morton 4 1 1 2 -3 3
8. Kilmarnock 4 0 3 1 -5 3
9. St Mirren 4 0 2 2 -4 2
10. Motherwell 4 0 1 3 -11 1

Manager's Programme Notes


Last Saturday's match at Easter Road was a further disappointment to me especially in view of the number of our supporters who travelled to the game, with three quarters of the side contributing so little. In recent seasons, opposing managers are, rightly, adopting an aggressive approach to matches against us. Too many of our players, however, are succumbing to these tactics instead of replying in like fashion. Heartened as I am by our increased travelling support we can never hope to equal the volume of the Old Firm's support who help negate the use of these tactics. Such measures do show a mark of respect but the players must realise this is an eliminating lesson in this position and must match the opponents aggression in return. At the time of writing these notes, which is prior to Wednesday's fixture at Pittodrie and irrespective of the result there, I will once again be contributing heavily to the profits of British Telecom in my determined efforts to add a new face, by way of a player exchange deal, in time for this afternoon's match The combination of the expenditure on the executive boxes and Hearts' long outstanding debt mean surplus cash is limited.

One is always learning in this game and a mistake I will not repeat was the season's build-up. The required level of fitness is still lacking and playing twice weekly (which I hope will continue for some time) has not improved the standard. I can promise the players that training, when we are free of mid-week commitments, will make some of them physically sick. One notable exception to this criticism is Davie Dodds who has worked hard and is in peak condition. My second mistake was in not dropping Paul Sturrock in the early League Cup ties. His form has been a tremendous disappointment and he must have a spell in the reserves to regain his sharpness. In concluding I must welcome St Mirren, a footballing side who have gained the upper hand in recent meetings. I trust that we will begin to redress that imbalance this afternoon.