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League (Premier Division)


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Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 19th, 1978
Firhill. Att. 3,752
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Bobby Houston (73) Derek Frye (8)

Team Managers
Bertie Auld Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Rough
2. Dave McKinnon
3. Brian Whittaker
4. Andy Anderson
5. John Marr
6. Jackie Campbell
7. Bobby Houston
8. James Melrose
9. Doug Somner
10. Ian Gibson
11. Ian MacDonald
Hamish McAlpine .1
Derek Stark .2
Ray Stewart .3
Bobby Robinson .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Paul Sturrock .7
Derek Addison .8
Derek Frye .9
John Holt .10
Graeme Payne .11

Bench
12. Alex O'Hara
14. Ronald Sheed
Davie Dodds .12
Alex Rennie .14

Substitutions
Alex O'Hara for Ian Gibson
Ronald Sheed for Andy Anderson
None.

Cautions
Brian Whittaker
Doug Somner
Ray Stewart
Paul Sturrock

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Douglas Downie (Edinburgh) (Referee)



Match Report


United made two changes to the side that gained a 0-0 draw with Hibernian the previous week. Robinson came in for Fleming and Frye took his place up front replacing Billy Kirkwood in a bid to help Unite find their goal scoring touch. Just under 4,000 were in attendance at Firhill for this league encounter.

United got off to the best of starts with a goal in the opening ten minutes. McLean would have been pleased with his selection of Derek Frye as he bundled in the opening goal of the game after 8 minutes. The visitors were well on top for the majority of the first half and put on a show of football elegance and poise. Narey and Hegarty dominated everything and Thistle looked lost.

In the second half Thistle brought on both their substitutes, O'Hara and Sheed, with Gibson and Anderson departing. The effect was the tonic. Sheed, especially, created space for his colleagues and brought some shape to their enthusiasm. McKinnon fell back to the right back position which he used as a launching pad for some hearty dashes down the wing. Whittaker operated with similar enthusiasm on the left. It was a free-kick by Whittaker which allowed Bobby Houston, totally un-attended, to score the equaliser with a diving header. It was a sucker punch in the sense that until then Thistle had almost totally ignored Housteon and had lulled United into doing likewise. Dundee United's second half eclipse was so complete as to defy explanation. "We just stopped playing" said Jim McLean after the match.Thistle's Somner and Whittaker along with Sturrock and Stewart were the players who had their name taken.



Squad Statistics (as at August 19th, 1978)


1978-79 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)30 2 - 3283
Ray Stewart18 2 - 111
John Holt21 2 - 564
Derek Stark19 2 - 3 -
Dave Narey22 2 - 19414
Paul Hegarty24 2 - 15933
Derek Addison23 2 - 608
Bobby Robinson27 1 - 281
Graeme Payne22 2 - 1678
Paul Sturrock21 2 - 13336
Derek Frye22 2121






League Table (as at August 19th, 1978)


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