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Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 17th, 1981
Parkhead. Att. 22,635
3:00 PM Kick-off

George McCluskey (49) Ralph Milne (2)

Team Managers
Billy McNeil Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Pat Bonner
David Moyes
Tom McAdam
Roy Aitken
Mark Reid
Dom Sullivan
Murdo MacLeod
Tommy Burns
Frank McGarvey
George McCluskey
Charlie Nicholas
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Derek Murray
John Holt
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Frank Kopel
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Davie Dodds

Mike Conroy
John Halpin
Richard Gough
Ian Gibson

None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike Delaney (Cleland) (Referee)

Match Report

United travelled west to face champions Celtic without top scorer Paul Sturrock, who had been ruled out for at least a further two weeks with a fractured bone in his hand. Also out was Graeme Payne, who had picked up a ligament injury in training. David Narey had recovered enough to regain his place in the starting eleven, with Richard Gough dropping to the bench. Frank Kopel was also back in the first team, and Billy Kirkwood was to partner Davie Dodds up front.

United got off to a flying start with a goal after just 90 seconds. Ralph Milne chased a Narey free-kick and after controlling the ball, but he carried on to slip the ball past Pat Bonner. The Celtic player protested the goal, which lead to their captain Roy Aitken being booked, claiming that Milne had used an arm when controlling the ball, but the referee allowed the goal to stand. Davie Dodds ought to have put United two up in the 15th minute, but crashed the ball against Bonner from a great position.

United absorbed everything that Celtic threw at them, but the Glasgow side eventually pulled level when the second half was only four minutes old. Tommy Burns played the ball out to George McCluskey who shot strongly past Hamish McAlpine to equalise. The United defence clearly felt McCluskey was offside, but again the goal stood. Frank McGarvey later hit the post and had a penalty claim turned away as Celtic had most of the possession. United still looked dangerous and came out with a lot of credit for ruining Celtic's 100% League record, and the match provided the perfect exercise for United's imminent trip to Germany to face Borussia Monchengladbach.

Squad Statistics (as at October 17th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 17 - 4843
Iain Phillip30 16 - 1141
Derek Murray20 3 - 5 -
Frank Kopel32 13 - 40313
Paul Hegarty27 14 - 30749
Dave Narey25 16 - 35422
John Holt24 16316114
Ralph Milne20 1536916
Billy Kirkwood23 14318443
Eamonn Bannon23 18910426
Davie Dodds23 16613451

League Table (as at October 17th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 8 7 1 0 +13 15
2. Aberdeen 8 5 1 2 +5 11
3. Rangers 7 3 3 1 +3 9
4. St Mirren 8 3 2 3 -1 8
5. Morton 8 4 0 4 -2 8
6. United 7 2 3 2 +4 7
7. Hibernian 8 2 3 3 +3 7
8. Airdrie 8 2 1 5 -11 5
9. Dundee 8 2 0 6 -7 4
10. Partick Th 8 1 2 5 -7 4