Dundee Utd 0
Hibernian 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
0 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 17th, 1982
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,845
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Stuart Turnbull (49)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Bertie Auld

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Richard Gough
Derek Murray
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Robin Rae
Alan Sneddon
Erich Schaedler
Jackie McNamara
Craig Paterson
Ally Brazil
Billy McLaren
Derek Rodier
Gordon Rae
Arthur Duncan
Bobby Flavell

Iain Phillip
John Reilly
Stuart Turnbull
Willie Jamieson

None. Stuart Turnbull for Arthur Duncan (34)
Willie Jamieson for Bobby Flavell (88)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

C White (Clarkston) (Referee)

Match Report

It was mixed news for United prior to kick-off. With both Derek Stark and Dave Narey doubtful, only Narey was declared fit for the visit of Hibs. Derek Murray took Stark's place in the starting eleven.

United put Hibs through the mill right from the kick-off, with Gough heading wide, Bannon hitting the side netting, and Milne and Sturrock both shooting wide early on. Sturrock almost opened the scoring with an overhead kick that just cleared the bar, and at the other end McAlpine saved a Duncan effort. The play remained in the Hibs half, and the Edinburgh side had a narrow escape just before the interval when a Hegarty shot rebounded off the post, Dodds hit the rebound against the crossbar and Sturrock's shot was blocked.

The visitors took a shock lead four minutes after the restart when Rodier crossed and Stuart Turnbull headed the ball away from McAlpine. The goal was enough for Hibs to notch their first success against United this season - at the seventh time of asking - in a match that United had by far the majority of possession but couldn't finish their chances.

The defeat saw United drop back to fourth place in the Premier Division table, with both St Mirren and Hibs still breathing down their necks for that UEFA Cup place.

Squad Statistics (as at April 17th, 1982)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 52 - 5193
Maurice Malpas19 19 - 19 -
Richard Gough20 392432
Dave Narey25 52339025
Paul Hegarty27 50234351
Derek Murray21 15 - 17 -
Eamonn Bannon23 542014037
Ralph Milne20 491310326
Billy Kirkwood23 47721747
Paul Sturrock25 4722323100
Davie Dodds23 512016965

League Table (as at April 17th, 1982)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 30 20 6 4 +35 46
2. Aberdeen 28 15 7 6 +20 37
3. Rangers 30 13 10 7 +9 36
4. DUNDEE UTD 30 13 8 9 +22 34
5. St Mirren 28 13 7 8 +8 33
6. Hibernian 32 10 12 10 +3 32
7. Morton 32 9 10 13 -20 28
8. Dundee 31 9 4 18 -18 22
9. Partick Th 30 5 8 17 -19 18
10. Airdrie 31 5 6 20 -40 16

League results since United's last match
17th April 1982
Dundee Utd0-1Hibernian
St Mirren2-0Partick Th

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon once again to Tannadice on an afternoon when we may well be heading for another milestone attendance-wise this season, the completion of a quarter of a million fans here at our ground. And on that subject I noticed with great distress that some newspapers - not for the first time this term — reduced our actual attendance at last weekend's game against Airdrie by more than a thousand, further proof to me at least of the lack of professionalism in their jobs.
In fact the crowd at last week's clash delighted us, making the club more determined to encourage the tremendous enthusiasm shown by you the fans all season. However, our aim to further strengthen our playing staff for the future is as you will understand all about having the finance available to do so, and the quality of players I would have in mind are completely out of the question. Therefore, I would be completely conning you, the fans, if I was to make any rash promises concerning new faces for next term. Any introductions would have to be subject to the off-loading of certain individuals amongst our current squad who have contributed little to our efforts... and
that could prove difficult. Like most clubs our priorities would have to be in midfield and up front, while relishing the fact that we have sufficient central defenders here at Tannadice to be the envy of practically every club in the country. I find it remarkable that over the years the outstanding combination of Paul Hegarty and Dave Narey at the back has forced such as Raymond Stewart, Derek Stark and Richard Gough to find places in our side in other than their strongest positions. This afternoon we again greet Bertie Auld's Hibs, a side which has shown this term the determination and ability to bring the pride at Easter Road surging back. It's great to see the clubs with the biggest potential followings restored to their proper places in the game.