Dundee Utd 1
Dundee 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 30th, 1982
Tannadice Park. Att. 14,959
3:00 PM Kick-off

Davie Dodds (86)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Don Mackay

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Iain Phillip
3. Derek Stark
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Alex Taylor
8. Ralph Milne
9. Billy Kirkwood
10. John Holt
11. Davie Dodds
Colin Kelly .1
Bobby Glennie .2
Stewart McKimmie .3
Cammy Fraser .4
Jim Smith .5
Iain McDonald .6
Iain Ferguson .7
Brian Scrimgeour .8
Gerry Davidson .9
Peter Mackie .10
Ray Stephen .11

12. Maurice Malpas
14. John Reilly
David Bell .12
Albert Kidd .14

John Reilly for Alex Taylor (63)
David Bell for Brian Scrimgeour (78)
Albert Kidd for Ray Stephen (58)

None. Gerry Davidson
Bobby Glennie
Brian Scrimgeour

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Douglas Downie (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

United, sitting just a point behind Celtic at the top of the Premier Division, hoped to gain a vital win in the first Dundee derby of the season. Still without injured duo Paul Sturrock and Eamonn Bannon, Jim McLean handed teenager Alex Taylor his first team debut, who replaced Graeme Payne in the starting eleven. Dundee were aiming for their first victory "across the road" in seven years.

United took the game to their neighbours early on, and Ralph Milne came close after Davie Dodds chested down a Richard Gough cross to the winger, but he sliced wide. Dundee then had a scramble in the United box before Gerry Davidson shot wide. In the 9th minute John Holt nearly caught out Dundee keeper Colin Kelly, with a tremendous shot with rose just over the bar. Dundee came back into it, with Derek Stark deflecting a Cammy Fraser free-kick and McAlpine making a great save from Stewart McKimmie before the first half chances fell away.

Be it through United swinging into their usual style, or Dundee not competing as they had in the first 45 minutes, the second half became a pretty one-sided affair. United were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Bobby Glennie appeared to clutch the ball in a hectic skirmish in his own box, but the referee decided against a spot kick. When United substitute John Reilly came on with 17 minutes left, he brought more of a threat from the right, and with Milne attacking from the left, United began to stretch the Dundee defence. It was fitting, therefore, that Reilly contributed to the winning goal in 84 minutes. He came in from the right and hit a solid shot which Kelly covered but could not hold, and Davie Dodds seized the chance to knock the ball into the net. That was enough settle the issue, leaving United very healthy challengers to Celtic in the Premier race after the first quarter of fixtures, with Celtic just holding on to that top spot with a late winner against Rangers at Parkhead.

Squad Statistics (as at October 30th, 1982)

1982-83 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 20 - 5453
Dave Narey26 21641731
Iain Phillip31 12 - 1441
Richard Gough20 201693
John Holt25 10 - 20716
Derek Stark23 20 - 1753
Paul Hegarty28 21137054
Ralph Milne21 17712634
Alex Taylor20 2 - 3 -
Billy Kirkwood24 20624153
Davie Dodds24 211219679
John Reilly (sub)20 3 - 182

League Table (as at October 30th, 1982)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 9 7 1 1 +13 15
2. DUNDEE UTD 9 5 4 0 +14 14
3. Aberdeen 9 5 2 2 +6 12
4. Rangers 9 3 5 1 +6 11
5. Dundee 9 3 3 3 +1 9
6. St Mirren 9 1 5 3 -5 7
7. Morton 9 2 3 4 -9 7
8. Hibernian 9 1 4 4 -4 6
9. Motherwell 9 2 1 6 -10 5
10. Kilmarnock 9 0 4 5 -12 4

League results since United's last match
30th October 1982
Dundee Utd1-0Dundee
St Mirren1-1Morton

Manager's Programme Notes

On Wednesday evening you, the fans, put me under more pressure than the Directors here have ever done in any of my 11 years at Tannadice! Your magnificent vocal encouragement in midweek made me even more determined to improve everything connected with the club even further. I doubt if I can ever recall any away support out shouting a Parkhead crowd as you achieved on Wednesday. Everyone at Tannadice is bitterly disappointed that we carry a two goal deficit into the second leg in 10 days time, particularly as Celtic, by their high standards, were not at their best. There is, however, no way that anyone at Tannadice is prepared to concede that our chances of reaching a fourth successive League Cup final are dead. It has, of course, been very disappointing to lose the services of Paul Sturrock and Eamonn Bannon. Both are positive players and their injuries came at a time when the pair were approaching something like their best after patchy form earlier in the season. No club in Scotland could fail to feel the effect of their loss. The onus is, therefore, very much on the fringe players, whom I have often criticised in the past, to show their true worth — we have never needed them more than now. Unfortunately, though we have tried hard to increase our strike force with the acquisitions of Charlie George and Ally McLeod, both of whom have yet to see action, my fears that we are not adequately covered in that department have been confirmed.

After scrutinising last Saturday's results, it was interesting to note that none of Scotland's European contingent won without a struggle aaginst opponents that all four should normally be capable of beating more easily. All of the sides looked below par and that included our performance at Fir Park. The problems associated with playing twice a week against sides who are in action only once a week, remain unsolved. In my opinion it is not a question of fitness but rather the toll of fixtures taking the edge off the players of the leading clubs and that tends to neutralise the difference between the clubs at the top and in the lower portion of the Premier Division. Dundee, whom we entertain this afternoon, have not had the distraction of a midweek fixture and that plus their improved form this term will make it even harder for us to gain both points. I must, however, repeat that we want success and it is vitally important that we continue to play twice a week. Their teams are welcome to free midweeks, I am quite content to continue to seek a solution to the problems of playing twice weekly by practice not theory.