Dundee Utd 4
Rangers 2
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
4 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, November 13th, 1982
Tannadice Park. Att. 16,470
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ralph Milne (31)
Davie Dodds (71)
Richard Gough (86)
Ralph Milne (87)
Davie Cooper (33)
Derek Johnstone (65)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Greig

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Maurice Malpas
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Ralph Milne
9. Billy Kirkwood
10. Paul Sturrock
11. Davie Dodds
Jim Stewart .1
Dave McKinnon .2
Ally Dawson .3
John McClelland .4
Gregor Stevens .5
Jim Bett .6
Davie Cooper .7
Dave McPherson .8
Derek Johnstone .9
Ian Redford .10
John McDonald .11

12. Ian Britton
14. John Reilly
Gordon Dalziel .12
Billy Davies .14

None. Gordon Dalziel for John McDonald (76)

Billy Kirkwood
Ally Dawson

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tommy Muirhead (Stenhousemuir) (Referee)

Match Report

United went into this game defending an undefeated home record. There was a big crowd in Tannadice on a chilly November afternoon to watch the match.

The first half hour was fairly even with both sides struggling to test the opposition 'keeper's. The first goal eventually came in the 31st minute. McAlpine threw out to Malpas on the left side. The young full-back made a progressive run towards half way before releasing Sturrock on the left. He was able to evade his marker before chipping a lovely ball to the back post. Ralph Milne was streaking in towards goal and got on the end of the cross to head Jim McLean's men ahead. Despite the lift, Davie Cooper equalised for Rangers just two minutes later. He diverted a headed effort beyond McAlpine from 6 yards.

The game opened up in the second half and Derek Johnstone put the Ibrox side ahead mid-way through the second-half. He headed home a Davie Cooper left-footed cross. However, Davie Dodds equalised six minutes later, when he pounced after the Ranger keeper fumbled a long range effort. The big striker was first to react and slam the rebound home. With the wind behind them and shooting down the hill, United pushed forward in search of the winner. The had to wait until just four minutes left before they finally got it. Richard Gough slammed home the winner from outside the box and went racing down the touchline to celebrate. Rangers had to take a chance now and that they did. With a number of their players stranded upfield, Ralph Milne's broke away and raced in on goal before dispatching a brilliant solo effort into the top corner to cap a fine victory.

Squad Statistics (as at November 13th, 1982)

1982-83 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)34 24 - 5493
Maurice Malpas20 222472
Derek Stark23 23 - 1783
Richard Gough20 243735
Paul Hegarty28 25137454
Dave Narey26 25642131
Ralph Milne21 21913036
Billy Kirkwood24 24624553
Eamonn Bannon24 15316142
Davie Dodds24 251320080
Paul Sturrock26 2010349112

League Table (as at November 13th, 1982)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 11 9 1 1 +19 19
2. DUNDEE UTD 11 6 4 1 +12 16
3. Aberdeen 11 6 3 2 +10 15
4. Rangers 11 4 5 2 +8 13
5. Dundee 11 3 3 5 -1 9
6. St Mirren 11 2 5 4 -7 9
7. Morton 11 2 4 5 -11 8
8. Hibernian 11 1 5 5 -7 7
9. Kilmarnock 11 1 5 5 -10 7
10. Motherwell 11 3 1 7 -13 7

League results since United's last match
13th November 1982
Celtic5-0St Mirren
Dundee Utd4-2Rangers

Manager's Programme Notes

In pursuing my ambition to see improvement in all aspects of Dundee United, this column is, perhaps, adopting a far too familiar theme this season in that, week in week out, you are being subjected to my moans. This is basically because I feel that it is important to be honest at all times. This is an essential feature, in view of the support you, the fans, have given, particularly in the last couple of seasons. Even on Wednesday night I was very disappointed with the performance of a couple of players. The other nine, though, not only played to the standard I expect, but perhaps even surpassed my expectations, by outclassing one of the four best sides in Scotland. That was a magnificent achievement. Unfortunately for players and fans alike, it was a great disappointment not to reach a fourth successive League Cup final. I only hope the final is at least as good as the recent Old Firm league encounters. I think I can state without fear of contradiction that the final would be equally attractive had it been contested by United and Rangers.

In my opinion some of Scotland's best players will not be taking the field in the League Cup final with both United and Aberdeen not involved. I do, however, have one criticism to make — we are far too dependant on Paul Sturrock. If he is injured or off form our performances suffer. In saying that, Paul has been more than ably assisted by Davie Dodds in the most demanding department in the modern game. Rarely have I been as sorry to omit a player as I was on Wednesday night when Derek Stark was left sitting on the bench. Derek is a 100% player but I felt that Maurice Malpas has, in recent matches, handled Davie Provan better than Derek. However, it grieves me that I had to leave a good player on the bench when we are so short of quality players up front. I am certain that the players must think they have become mountaineers this season with the succession of mountains they have been asked to climb. After Wednesday night's epic, they must now face a Rangers' side who, in my opinion, have improved greatly. Nonetheless, both United players and fans alike certainly need the right result this afternoon.