Dundee Utd 1
Rangers 2
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 21st, 1979
Tannadice Park. Att. 24,264
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ray Stewart (pen.) (57)
Ally Dawson (23)
Gordon Smith (30)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Greig

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 McLoy .1
Alex Miller .2
Ally Dawson .3
Sandy Jardine .4
Colin Jackson .5
Derek Johnstone .6
Davie Cooper .7
Bobby Russell .8
Derek Parlane .9
Alex MacDonald .10
Gordon Smith .11

12. Graeme Payne
14. Walter Smith
Tommy McLean .12
Billy Urquart .14

Graeme Payne for Davie Dodds (55)
Tommy McLean for Davie Cooper (64)

None. Alex Miller (20)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tommy Muirhead (Stenhousemuir) (Referee)

Match Report

This match has no report.

Squad Statistics (as at April 21st, 1979)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 38 - 3643
Ray Stewart19 353444
Paul Hegarty24 38419537
Dave Narey22 38523019
John Holt22 292836
Derek Stark20 291301
Derek Addison23 3038811
Billy Kirkwood20 36108022
George Fleming30 34429835
Paul Sturrock22 35716643
Davie Dodds20 2784312
Graeme Payne (sub)23 28219310

League Table (as at April 21st, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. United 33 17 7 9 +19 41
2. Rangers 28 13 9 6 +12 35
3. Celtic 28 14 6 8 +15 34
4. Aberdeen 30 10 13 7 +19 33
5. St Mirren 32 14 5 13 +6 33
6. Hibernian 32 10 13 9 +1 33
7. Morton 34 11 11 12 -2 33
8. Partick Th 29 11 7 11 0 29
9. Hearts 30 8 7 15 -18 23
10. Motherwell 34 5 6 23 -52 16

Manager's Programme Notes

Welcome back to Tannadice for one of the most important occasions this ground has witnessed in many a long year, when we play host to current Premier League champions Rangers. And it is that Ibrox title that this afternoon's action is all about as we head into ninety minutes of what seems certain to be an emotional occasion for everyone. No matter what comments I make about the possible outcomi today, they would doubtless be twisted round into arguments pertaining to whether we are good enough to sustain this winning run of ours to its logical conclusion. Suffice to say that I have long advocated that the current side is good enough to do so' and that each game, including today's, will continue to be taken individually and on its merits. Of course the tension and pressures associated with this afternoon's clash against Rangers will play their parts in the final decision, but these are characteristics we could stand more of here at Tannadice. For I can assure each one of you out there on the terracings that the pressures applied up here at the top of the table are a lot easier to cope with than those down at the other end of the scale — and we should know. scale — and we should know.

There was no way that anyone connected with the club enjoyed that first year of Premier League football when the tension associated with the threat of relegation was an experience none of us would like repeated. However, since then We have managed a steady improvement, taking fourth place the next season, third last term and now . . . we would be only too pleased to sacrifice that runners-up position for one better this time. So, although those connected with Rangers have had the good fortune to have had much more experience than ourselves of coping with the pressures which apply this afternoon, I feel that the current fire of ambition within our own Tannadice players can go a long way to balancing out that fact. One thing I know to be certain — today is going to be an afternoon to remember with a packed house bringing the type of atmosphere to a ground which all too seldom has to cope with such an occasion.