Dundee Utd 3
Falkirk 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
3 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 26th, 1987
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,240
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Sturrock (46)
Paul Sturrock (61)
Gordon McLeod (88)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Dave Clarke

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Gary McGinnis
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
John Clark
Gordon McLeod
Ian McPhee
J Alan Irvine
Iain Ferguson
Paul Sturrock
Gordon Marshall
Ian MacLeod
Sammy Conn
Hugh Hill
Stuart Burgess
Jim Dempsey
Jim Kerr
Crawford Baptie
Ken Eadie
Andy Nicol
JIm Gilmour

Ian Redford
Alan Irvine
Roddie Manley
John Stewart

Alan Irvine for Paul Sturrock (77)
Ian Redford for J Alan Irvine (88)
Roddie Manley for Jim Dempsey
Rab Stewart for Jim Kerr

John Clark (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

G A Evans (Bishopbriggs) (Referee)

Match Report

We gained only our second League win of the season, and though it took an act of charity by the visitors to create our first goal, we should have been ahead by the interval. Alan Irvine senior, restored to the side, and Gordon McLeod, making his first appearance of the season, were both prominent. A cross from Alan Irvine was dropped by Marshall at lain Ferguson's feet, but the 'keeper recovered to block his shot. Almost immediately Gilmour shot straight at Billy Thomson. Gordon McLeod did likewise at the other end. Just before the interval a shot by John Clark rebounded from the post.

On the restart we had a penalty claim turned down when Paul Sturrock appeared to be pushed. However, a minute later the United striker was on target with a curious goal. Burgess casually knocked a free-kick back towards his 'keeper straight to Paul Sturrock who gratefully rounded Marshall and netted. In the 61st minute Paul was on target again. Following a clearance off the line by Conn, Alan Irvine sent the ball back into the middle and Paul Sturrock picked his spot from Paul Hegarty's knock down. Shots rained in on the Falkirk goal with Marshall keeping out efforts from Paul Sturrock, John Clark and lain Ferguson. Falkirk then retaliated and Nicol's header bounced off the post into Billy Thomson's arms. Two minutes from time, we sealed our victory with a third, Ian McPhee set Gordon McLeod free and the youngster scored his first goal for the club, steering the ball inside Marshall's left-hand post.

Squad Statistics (as at September 26th, 1987)

1987-88 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)29 13 - 127 -
Maurice Malpas25 13130410
Dave Narey31 13 - 66936
Gary McGinnis23 3 - 551
Paul Hegarty33 13161480
Gordon McLeod20 11151
J Alan Irvine29 6 - 6 -
John Clark23 3 - 10115
Ian McPhee26 8181
Paul Sturrock30 106555169
Iain Ferguson25 1136231
Ian Redford (sub)27 13311524
Alan Irvine (sub)24 4 - 4 -

League Table (as at September 26th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.