Kilmarnock 0
Dundee Utd 5
League (Premier Division)


0 - 5

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, February 12th, 1983
Rugby Park. Att. 1,834
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. John Holt (10)
John Holt (17)
John Holt (54)
Eamonn Bannon (56)
Davie Dodds (78)

Team Managers
Jim Clunie Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Alistair Wilson
2. Derrick McDicken
3. Robert Clark
4. Jim Clark
5. Ken Armstrong
6. Paul Clarke
7. Sammy McGivern
8. Ally Mcleod
9. Brian Gallacher
10. Jim Simpson
11. Billy Muir
Hamish McAlpine .1
Iain Phillip .2
Maurice Malpas .3
Richard Gough .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Eamonn Bannon .7
John Holt .8
Billy Kirkwood .9
Paul Sturrock .10
Davie Dodds .11

12. John McClurg
14.Lawrie McKinna
Derek Stark .12
Ralph Milne .14

John McClurg for Sammy McGivern (60)
Lawrie McKinna for Jim Simpson (60)
Ralph Milne for Billy Kirkwood (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Douglas Downie (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

United went into this match with Kilmarnock on the back of a positive display against Celtic at Tannadice in their last league match, although still trailed the Glasgow club by five points. The only change from that team was Iain Phillip in for Derek Stark, as United faced a Rugby Park side who were on a downer having been knocked out of the cup earlier in the week after three matches against Partick Thistle, and were rooted at the bottom of the Premier Division. Richard Gough made the trip through to Ayrshire, rushing through from Dundee after attending his own wedding that morning!

It took on only ten minutes for United to get ahead in this away fixture. The goal was simple but effective. Eamonn Bannon made his way down the left and his cross was met at the fat post by John Holt, whose firm header gave the keeper no chance. Bannon himself brought out a save in Wilson five minutes later, and then in the 18th minute United scored a second. Having waited nearly a year for his goal, John Holt only had to wait seven minutes for his next one! Paul Sturrock sent Bannon away again and his ball in was finished off by the midfielder for his second of the match. The Killie keeper was in almost constant action, saving a header from Kirkwood, then saved at the feet of Kirkwood, before blocking a Sturrock snap shot. Billy Muir then shot wide for Kilmarnock.

Ten minutes into the second half, John Holt completed an unexpected yet memorable hat-trick, finishing off yet another Bannon cross. It was Eamonn Bannon himself that scored United's fourth, thrashing home two minutes later. Twelve minutes from time, Sturrock collected a long throw out from McAlpine and laid the ball onto to Davie Dodds, who ran alone with great confidence to finish past Wilson. A stylish attacking display was backed up by a commanding defensive performance by Paul Hegarty. With Aberdeen having hammered Motherwell in midweek, the Pittodrie side jumped to the top of the league table with an impressive win over Celtic at Parkhead. But this now meant United were a point closer to the summit, with a game in hand to play over their Northern rivals - but Celtic also still had that game advantage, just one point from the top.

Squad Statistics (as at February 12th, 1983)

1982-83 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)35 39 - 5643
Dave Narey26 40843633
Iain Phillip31 15 - 1471
John Holt26 25322219
Maurice Malpas20 362612
Paul Hegarty28 40338956
Richard Gough20 393885
Billy Kirkwood24 37725854
Eamonn Bannon24 28817447
Davie Dodds24 402121588
Paul Sturrock26 3312362114
Ralph Milne (sub)21 351414441

League Table (as at February 12th, 1983)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 24 17 4 3 +35 38
2. Celtic 23 17 3 3 +33 37
3. DUNDEE UTD 23 14 6 3 +34 34
4. Rangers 23 7 10 6 +8 24
5. Dundee 22 6 8 8 -1 20
6. Hibernian 23 4 10 9 -11 18
7. St Mirren 23 4 9 10 -13 17
8. Motherwell 23 8 1 14 -23 17
9. Morton 24 4 7 13 -24 15
10. Kilmarnock 24 2 8 14 -38 12

League results since United's last match
8th February 1983
12th February 1983
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