Dundee Utd 1
Celtic 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 14th, 1978
Tannadice Park. Att. 17,726
3:00 PM Kick-off

Frank Kopel (1)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Ray Stewart
Frank Kopel
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Walter Smith
Derek Addison
George Fleming
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Graeme Payne
Peter Latchford
Joe Filippi
Tommy Burns
Roy Aitken
Roddie MacDonald
Johannes Edvaldsson
Davie Provan
Mike Conroy
Tom McAdam
Alfie Conn
Bobby Lennox

Bobby Robinson
Davie Dodds
George McCluskey
Peter Mackie

None. George McCluskey for Alfie Conn
Peter Mackie for Johannes Edvaldsson

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bill Anderson (East Kilbride) (Referee)

Match Report

United were unchanged from the midweek draw at Ibrox, although there was a reshuffle of the starting eleven. Walter Smith dropped back to defence, with Dave Narey pushing forward to a central midfield role, and George Fleming was used in an unfamiliar centre forward position.

A sensational opening burst saw United take the lead in the first minute. After good play from Derek Addison and Billy Kirkwood, United's full-backs combined, with Frank Kopel collecting a Ray Stewart cross, and the defender fired low past Peter Latchford from 15 yards and the ball went in off the post. Celtic were desperate to get back into the game quickly, and Bobby Lennox had an appeal for handball turned away. Paul Sturrock headed over a Fleming cross, and at the other end Roy Aitken went close with a couple of efforts. United then had their own penalty claim when Kirkwood came down in the box, but the referee played on. Narey thundered through from his midfield position, beating several players including the keeper, but saw his shot go past when a goal seemed certain. Then Stewart had bad luck with a long range drive, and at the other end Alfie Conn curled a shot around the wrong side of the post. There was controversy in the dying minutes of the first half when Billy Kirkwood beat two defenders and with just Latchford to beat, was crudely hacked down by Roddie MacDonald. The Celtic defender wasn't even spoken to and the free-kick came to nothing.

The restart was held up when cans that had been thrown on the pitch had to be removed, but when play got under way, Kirkwood was again charging through the Celtic defence, and twice came close to doubling the home side's lead. Sturrock was booked in the 55th minute for a foul on Aitken, and then Celtic's MacDonald nearly equalised when he headed past. George Fleming was the second player booked after a foul on Tommy Burns. A goal scoring shot from Graeme Payne was unfortunately blocked by Paul Hegarty, and Latchford made a brilliant save from Kirkwood. In the final 10 minutes, Celtic exerted tremendous pressure, but United held firm for a notable victory.

Squad Statistics (as at October 14th, 1978)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)30 13 - 3393
Paul Hegarty24 13217035
Ray Stewart19 11 - 201
Dave Narey22 13120515
Frank Kopel29 1122859
Walter Smith30 7 - 1763
Billy Kirkwood20 1145516
Derek Addison23 11 - 698
George Fleming30 10127432
Paul Sturrock22 11114237
Graeme Payne22 13 - 1788

League Table (as at October 14th, 1978)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 9 6 0 3 +8 12
2. United 9 4 4 1 +5 12
3. Aberdeen 9 4 3 2 +10 11
4. Hibernian 8 3 4 1 +2 10
5. St Mirren 9 4 1 4 0 9
6. Partick Th 9 3 3 3 0 9
7. Rangers 9 1 6 2 0 8
8. Morton 9 2 3 4 -4 7
9. Hearts 9 1 4 4 -9 6
10. Motherwell 8 2 0 6 -12 4