Dundee Utd 4
Tottenham 1

Dundee Utd
4 - 1

Tuesday, August 5th, 1980
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,440
7:30 PM Kick-off

Billy Kirkwood (42)
Graeme Payne (56)
Derek Addison (65)
Paul Sturrock (81)
Garth Crooks (12)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Keith Burkinshaw

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Billy Kirkwood
3. Derek Stark
4. Iain Phillip
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. Eamonn Bannon
8. Paul Sturrock
9. Graeme Payne
10. Derek Addison
11. Davie Dodds
Barry Daines
Gordon Smith
Chris Hughton
Terry Yorath
Paul Miller
Steve Perryman
Ossie Ardiles
Steve Archibald
Ricky Villa
Glenn Hoddle
Garth Crooks

12. Ian Cochrane
14. Joe Ward
15. Ralph Milne
16. Derek Murray
17. Andy Graham
Peter Taylor
Gerry Armstrong
Graham Roberts
Micky Hazard

Ralph Milne for Davie Dodds (57)
Ian Cochrane for Paul Sturrock (83)
Peter Taylor for Ossie Ardiles (46)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim Renton (Cowdenbeath) (Referee)

Match Report

United created a near replica of their classic encounter with Tottenham Hotspur at the start of last season, with another comeback special after going a goal down during a first half which Spurs dominated. The friendly win rounded off an otherwise drab set of pre-season run outs, offering United fans some hope for the forthcoming season, as the team prepare for their opening league match against Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Jim McLean's men almost snatched an early lead when a clever move down the right flank saw Billy Kirkwood cross for Eamonn Bannon but the midfield man's shot on goal was cleared off the line by Paul Miller. Spurs' star player, the burly Argentinian Ossie Ardiles showed early signs of brilliance when he beat three opponents to set himself up for a chance on goal, only to chip the ball over the bar. It was down to Garth Crooks, a new arrival at White Hart Lane, to open the scoring and he did so after fifteen minutes thanks to great work from Glenn Hoddle who chipped the ball through the middle for Ardiles and after he knocked the ball past Hamish McAlpine, the former Stoke man Crooks knocked it into the net. United snatched a necessary equaliser minutes before half time. A move which started with Derek Stark saw Narey connect with Billy Kirkwood and the right back's shot from fully 35 yards stunned Barry Daines as the ball flew into the top right hand corner.

The Englishmen resumed with winger Peter Taylor replacing Ardiles as they were beginning to feel the pressure of a rejuvenated United. Graeme Payne put United into the lead within 12 minutes of the restart after Dave Narey had beaten the offside trap, rounding Daines and leaving Payne to do the easy job of tapping the ball into the net. In search of a leveller, Taylor forced McAlpine to tip a shot over the bar but at the other end, the tired defence of Tottenham fell to a third goal, as Derek Addison notched United's third. Paul Sturrock won possession and slipped the ball across the face of goal and beating Ralph Milne to the punch, Addison claimed the final touch to push it past Daines. Hardly recognisable from the side who struggled during the first period, United were now in complete control and they rounded the scoring off with ten minutes to go as a Milne blockbuster rattled the palms of Daines and Paul Sturrock rammed home the rebound.

Squad Statistics (as at August 5th, 1980)

1980-81 All Time

League Table (as at August 5th, 1980)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.

League results since United's last match

Manager's Programme Notes

After the truly wonderful feats of football served up on Spurs last visit to Tannadice a year ago I am certain that I join most of you in seeking a repeat in tonights rematch. On that occasion the marvellous skills of the big-name stars in the London side were matched on the night by some outstanding performances amongst our own United side, and once again I am seeking a repeat. On this occasion, however, the household names like World Cup heroes Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Viliax and current England player Glenn Hoddle, have even been added to by White Hart Lane boss Keith Burkenshaw during the past few months. For destined to be in their side tonight are latest big money acquisitions Steve Archibald and Garth Crooks.

Most of us north of the border know only too well the undoubted ability of former Aberdeen striker Archibald who burst onto. the Scottish international scene with so much success during the last couple of seasons. But the thought of seeing him alongside Spurs latest purchase Garth Crooks must surely whet your appetite for the opening whistle. I can see the clash of the pair against our own international duo of Paul Hegarty and Dave Narey being one of the highlights of what I fed sure will be a night to remember. Tonight's is of course the final game of our pre-season preparation, having already warmed up against Forfar, Chelsea and West Ham and this quartet of games will hopefully have our side "peaking" at the right time for the season proper this coming weekend. The absence of any close-season tour this year gave the players the opportunity of a longer rest than in recent seasons and so far I admit to being reasonably happy with the progress of the side towards the start of the domestic term.