Dundee Utd 4
West Ham 0

Dundee Utd
4 - 0
West Ham 

Saturday, August 13th, 1983
Tannadice Park. Att. 6,128
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Hegarty (9)
Eamonn Bannon (45)
Eamonn Bannon (54)
Ralph Milne (74)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Lyall

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Ian Britton
Maurice Malpas
Richard Gough
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Billy Kirkwood
John Clark
Ralph Milne
Eamonn Bannon
Davie Dodds
Tom McAlister
Frank Lampard
Paul Brush
Billy Bonds
Neil Orr
Paul Allen
Steve Whitton
Tony Cottee
David Swindlehurst
Trevor Brooking
Geoff Pike

John Gardiner
John Holt
Derek Murray
Derek Stark
Alex Taylor
Alan Dickens
Bobby Barnes
Alvin Martin

John Holt for Ian Britton (53)
Alex Taylor for John Clark (64)
Derek Stark for Billy Kirkwood (77)
Bobby Barnes for David Swindlehurst (68)
Alan Dickens for Paul Allen (74)
Alvin Martin for Geoff Pike (84)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Colin Sinclair (Forfar) (Referee)
R Smith (Dundee) & J H Gibson (Dundee) (Assistants)

Match Report

United well and truly buried their Hammers hoodoo with this emphatic victory at the seventh time of asking. West Ham were pinned back from the early stages and in the ninth minute Davie Dodds flicked on an Eamonn Bannon corner to let in Paul Hegarty to finish off the move with a simple header. Just on half-time Eamonn Bannon beat Allen to Ralph Milne's through ball and curved a beauty past McAlister from just outside the box.

A John Clark header gave Ralph Milne a chance in the 54th minute and his drive was deflected in by Eamonn Bannon for his second goal of the match. Confirming United's almost total dominance Ralph Milne chipped in a 25-yarder (almost a replica of the Dens Park goal) for the fourth with quarter of an hour left.

Squad Statistics (as at August 13th, 1983)

1983-84 All Time

League Table (as at August 13th, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our meetings with West Ham are becoming something of an annual fixture but it is always a pleasure to welcome John Lyall and his team. Last season we enjoyed two highly entertaining encounters against the Hammers and I have no reason to doubt that today's match will turn out differently. On Wednesday night we play 'Spurs in Hamish McAlpine's testimonial match and that will complete our pCS-season preparations. Generally I am pleased with the way things have gone so far, though our finishing has been a flaw but this is something I expect at this stage of the season. Hopefully that problem will be overcome by the time we kick-off the season proper next Saturday. The tournament in Spain provided us with excellent match practice against good quality opposition, America be Rio from Brazil were particularly outstanding but we ourselves ptayed well and I was very pleased despite the result. With Paul Sturrock and Eamonn Bannon unavailable, our performances in Spain highly satisfied me, as no club can lose the services of players of that calibre without feeling some effect.

There were other plus factors from our trip abroad in that two of the younger players did well. Alex Taylor's form was good but I still feel he has to confirm his potential on a consistent basis. However, I expect him to figure more prominently in my first team plans this season. John Clark has already scored twice for the first team this season, confirming that he is an exceptional finisher but has a tendency to be lazy, although he worked hard when he appeared as a substitute against the Brazilians. Some recent newspaper reports have indicated that certain clubs have been linked with our players. These are ridiculous suggestions. I don't feel that these rumours are deliberate to unsettle our players but rather some reporters seeking to fill space at a difficult time. We here at Tannadice are trying to strengthen the side, not weaken it I We are not in the business of improving other sides. Our support here has increased over the past two or three years, completely backing up the directors' policy of retaining our playing assets. The Board earnestly believe that money in the bank is no substitute for quality players.