Dundee Utd 2
Celtic 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, April 11th, 1979
Tannadice Park. Att. 14,424
7:30 PM Kick-off

John Holt (38)
Davie Dodds (71)
Vic Davidson (21)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Ray Stewart
3. Derek Stark
4. George Fleming
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Derek Addison
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Davie Dodds
10. John Holt
11. Billy Kirkwood
Peter Latchford .1
Danny McGrain .2
Andy Lynch .3
Roy Aitken .4
Johannes Edvaldsson .5
Murdo MacLeod .6
Davie Provan .7
Mike Conroy .8
Vic Davidson .9
Tommy Burns .10
Bobby Lennox .11

12. Graeme Payne
14. Frank Kopel
Tom McAdam .12
George McCluskey .14

None. Tom McAdam for Bobby Lennox (63)
George McCluskey for Mike Conroy (80)

George Fleming (9)
Ray Stewart (12)
Murdo MacLeod (66)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bob Cuthill (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee United showed the character of champions as they stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League last night. It was a night of high tension and fraying nerves for 90 torrid minutes at Tannadice. But through it all, United's sparkling new spirit shone in the gloom.

United were a goal down after just 21 minutes and came back with a display of real championship class. United dint have their troubles to seek early on. As well as losing an early goal, they had two players - George Fleming and Raymond Stewart - booked in the first 11 minutes. They were also up against it in 21 minutes when Vic Davidson - brought back to Celtic for £30K from Blackpool - headed a superb opening goal. Winger Davie Proven drive a head-high free-kick to the near post and Davidson glanced it delicately into the net. Tommy Burns almost scored in 32 minutes, but United rolled up their sleeves and got on with the job. Their reward came in 38 minutes with an equaliser identical to the Celtic goal. John Holt heading a George Fleming free-kick in off the far post.

United most impressive spell came after half-time as they chased the winner. It was reminiscent of old-time Celtic at their most determines. And in 71 minutes it paid off with a great winner. Sturrock raced down the left, crossed on the run and big Davie Dodds dived to head home. Celtic sensing that their own title hopes were dying, staged a storming finish. They might have had a penalty 12 minutes from time when Stark seemed to handle an Edvaldsson header on the goal-line. United hung on to take the precious points.

Squad Statistics (as at April 11th, 1979)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 36 - 3623
John Holt22 272816
Derek Stark20 271281
Ray Stewart19 332423
Paul Hegarty24 36419337
Dave Narey22 36522819
Billy Kirkwood20 3497821
George Fleming30 32429635
Derek Addison23 2838411
Davie Dodds20 2564110
Paul Sturrock22 33716443

League Table (as at April 11th, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 31 16 7 8 +17 39
2. Rangers 26 12 9 5 +13 33
3. St Mirren 30 13 5 12 +6 31
4. Hibernian 29 9 12 8 0 30
5. Morton 31 10 10 11 -4 30
6. Aberdeen 27 9 11 7 +18 29
7. Celtic 25 12 5 8 +11 29
8. Partick Th 27 10 7 10 0 27
9. Hearts 27 8 7 12 -11 23
10. Motherwell 31 4 5 22 -50 13

League results since United's last match
10th April 1979
11th April 1979
Dundee Utd2-1Celtic
Hearts0-2Partick Th
Morton1-0St Mirren

Manager's Programme Notes

Good evening and welcome back to Tannadice for what seems certain to be yet another thrilling instalment in the current race for the title — this time involving our old rivals from Parkhead. Firstly I would like to thank you United followers amongst to-night's crowd for the manner of your support in last Saturday's crucial clash here against St Mirren. As you must know I made a plea for patience following the reaction against the side in our previous game here against Motherwell. And it worked a treat with our side gaining the advantage of your wholehearted backing, even before we took that second-half lead. While paying tributes I simply could not miss out on our younger members of the side who have so far managed to shrug of most of the undoubted pressures being exerted in our current top of the table situation. As far as they are concerned they have never before been in such circumstances, and it says much for their remarkable attitudes that they have yet to be fully affected by the nervous reactions at this time.

I especially refer to full-backs Raymond Stewart and Derek Stark who, you will all agree, have done a truly amazing job in this their first full season as first team regulars. I have noticed that as the importance of each game has progressed in recent weeks, the worries seem to have been taking just that slight hold on them. Their defensive work has not suffered at all but when distribution is called for their touch appears to have fallen off. That's when experience is called for, both on and off the field. Our pre-game dressing room atmosphere has audibly vanished over the past few games and the quicker someone can step into the "joker" role, so adequately filled in the past by Andy Rolland, the better it will be for all concerned. In fact, I wonder if Dunfermline boss Harry Melrose would consider renting us Rolland for the hour prior to each of our vital games ahead— I doubt it, mind you, with Second Division promotion interests equally as important at East End Park these days. To-night's game will be no easy task with visitors Celtic desperately keen to finish up their season on a high note, and the title still within their grasp. However; one thing is certain, that Celtic will have few thoughts of just going out to stop us — and that in itself will be a change.