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Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 31st, 1981
Pittodrie. Att. 11,035
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eric Black (9) Ralph Milne (56)

Team Managers
Alex Ferguson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Leighton
Stuart Kennedy
Doug Rougvie
John McMaster
Neale Cooper
Willie Miller
Gordon Strachan
Eric Black
Mark McGhee
John Hewitt
Neil Simpson
Andy Graham
Derek Murray
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Iain Phillip
John Holt
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds

Andy Watson
Drew Jarvie
Richard Gough
Graeme Payne

Andy Watson for Mark McGhee Richard Gough for Iain Phillip

Mark McGhee Derek Murray

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

United returned to Pittodrie only three days after their demolition of their North East neighbours in the League Cup semi final and were looking to kick start their league campaign. United's only change was Andy Graham in goal replacing Hamish McAlpine, and the young keeper certainly impressed with many important saves late in the match.

United created two early chances, with Davie Dodds and Eamonn Bannon forcing saves from Jim Leighton. Aberdeen then started to look to avenge the League Cup defeat and their early dominance paid off when young debutant striker Eric Black scored in the 9th minute for Aberdeen, heading home a Gordon Strachan corner kick. A minute later they could have been two up, but Graham touched a John Hewitt shot onto the post. In the 38th minute Bannon headed back across goal from a Paul Sturrock cross, but Ralph Milne's header grazed the crossbar.

Although Aberdeen had most of the pressure, United always looked dangerous on the break and so it proved when they equalised 10 minutes after the interval, Ralph Milne slotting home after a superb counter attacking move. Aberdeen had the majority of the chances after that, but United's reserve keeper was in excellent form. In a match that was well contested both teams had to settle for a point after an entertaining match that served as the perfect build up for both sides upcoming midweek UEFA Cup ties. Iain Phillip went off injured in the second half, causing concern for the return leg against Borussia Monchengladbach at Tannadice in three days time.

Squad Statistics (as at October 31st, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Andy Graham (GK)24 2 - 7 -
John Holt24 20316514
Dave Narey25 20 - 35822
Iain Phillip30 20 - 1181
Paul Hegarty27 18 - 31149
Derek Murray20 7 - 9 -
Billy Kirkwood23 18318843
Ralph Milne20 1957318
Eamonn Bannon23 22910826
Davie Dodds23 20613851
Paul Sturrock25 18929487
Richard Gough (sub)19 131171

League Table (as at October 31st, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 10 8 1 1 +14 17
2. Aberdeen 10 6 2 2 +6 14
3. St Mirren 10 5 2 3 +3 12
4. Hibernian 10 3 4 3 +4 10
5. Rangers 9 3 4 2 +1 10
6. Morton 10 4 1 5 -4 9
7. United 9 2 4 3 +2 8
8. Partick Th 10 2 3 5 -5 7
9. Airdrie 10 2 2 6 -13 6
10. Dundee 10 2 1 7 -8 5

League results since United's last match
31st October 1981
Aberdeen1-1Dundee Utd
Morton0-2St Mirren
Rangers0-2Partick Th