Dundee Utd 3
West Ham 3

Dundee Utd
3 - 3
West Ham 

Sunday, August 1st, 1982
Tannadice Park. Att. 8,008
6:30 PM Kick-off

Davie Dodds (34)
Paul Sturrock (54)
Davie Dodds (65)
Francois Van Der Elst (38)
Paul Goddard (44)
Geoff Pike (62)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Lyall

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Derek Murray
Richard Gough
Derek Stark
Paul Hegarty
John Holt
Eamonn Bannon
Alex Taylor
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Phil Parkes
Francois Van Der Elst
Paul Goddard
Geoff Pike

John Gardiner
Dave Beaumont
Maurice Malpas
Ralph Milne

Maurice Malpas for Derek Murray (45)
Ralph Milne for Alex Taylor (62)
Dave Beaumont for John Holt (84)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

G.B Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)
D Doig (Kirkcaldy) & R Ballantyne (Monifieth) (Assistants)

Match Report

John Lyall brought his West Ham side to Tannadice for a pre-season friendly match which enticed a large crowd of over 8,000 to attend. Despite the absence through injury of Trevor Brooking and Scots Sandy Clark and Neil Orr, there were still plenty of big names to wet the appetite of those who had travelled to the match. United fielded a strong side to ensure this would be an even contest.

With just a few minutes on the clock, Hammers 'keeper, Phil Parkes was forced to make a wonderful save from Tannadice debutant Alex Taylor. However, West Ham began to get a grip on the game and engineered a number of opportunities, none of which were on target. That soon changed when it took the woodwork to prevent Paul Goddard from edging the visitors in front. With 33 minutes on the clock, it was the home side who edged in front. The ever-dangerous Davie Dodds took advantage of some excellent play by Taylor and he volleyed spectacularly, high into the net from ten yards. United were unable to hold onto the lead for long as the London side countered. Belgian internationalist striker, Francois van der Elst rounded off a glorious 1-2 with Goddard to slip home the equaliser. Having drawn the game level, the visitor got a new lease of life and began to dominate. They deservedly went in from just a minute from the interval when Paul Goddard skipped past a few challenges to net a superb solo goal.

The second half started in United's favour and they were quick off the mark. Just a few minutes after the restart, the game was level again. Paul Sturrock chested down a cross from the right before firing in a finely angled equaliser. The best goal was still to come and it arrived on the hour mark from the Hammers. Geoff Pike found some space 25 yards out and he lashed home a vicious volley that found its way through the packed defence and beyond McAlpine in goal. The game was flowing from end to end now and it was no surprise when it was United turn to hit the net on 65 minutes. It was a second goal of the night for Davie Dodds as he tied the game at 3-3. Despite numerous attempts, there were no more goals for the fans who had been given a pre-season bonus in this classic match with a star-studded West Ham United.

Squad Statistics (as at August 1st, 1982)

1982-83 All Time

League Table (as at August 1st, 1982)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.

Manager's Programme Notes

The threshold of another season is upon us, and we start the second phase of our pre-season build-up with tonight's attractive fixture against West Ham. This allows me the pleasure of renewing acquaintance with one of soccer's true gentlemen — John Lyall, my counterpart at Upton Park. I am pleased to welcome the London side once again, and in particular our old friend Raymond Stewart plus the two latest Scottish "Hammers" — Neil Orr and Sandy Clark. Our meetings with the Upton Park club have been decidedly one-sided. Unfortunately, all four previous encounters have ended in the London side's favour. We, therefore, have some old scores to settle. Mind you, I am only claiming responsibility for one of those defeats. As I hastily pointed out to your programme editor, three of the previous, reversals were prior to my term of office! The Hammers, like our other future guests Southampton, are geared to attack. I hope, therefore, that by attracting the cream of English football, the club can go some way to repaying your magnificent response at the turnstiles, Tannadice being the only ground in Scotland to house increased attendances last season.

Nevertheless these glamour matches are only preparation for the vital days ahead, commencing with the visit of St Johnstone in the League Cup. In recent years we have taken some notable scalps in jousts with clubs from south of the Border. This has not always proved the ideal backcloth for the domestic season. For example, a couple of seasons ago, after a marvellous 4-1 win over Spurs, the same players struggled to earn a point against Kilmarnock, just four days later! In view of that, last season's build-up was kept deliberately low key. I felt playing other Scottish sides would be more in keeping with the domestic progiamme ahead. However, I am mindful that this is not an attractive a package for you, the fans. Consequently, this term there is the prospect of two top English sides in action at Tannadice before the season proper gets underway in a little under a fortnight. Such matches, I hope that it will reflect how delighted myself and the directors were at the numbers who turned up regularly throughout last season.