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Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 3rd, 1983
Dens Park. Att. 13,651
3:00 PM Kick-off

Walker McCall (6) John Reilly (17)
John Reilly (70)
Ralph Milne (78)
Derek Stark (85)

Team Managers
Don Mackay Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Colin Kelly
Stewart McKimmie
Tosh McKinlay
Cammy Fraser
Bobby Glennie
Ian MacDonald
Iain Ferguson
George McGeachie
Walker McCall
Peter Mackie
Albert Kidd
Hamish McAlpine .1
Billy Kirkwood .2
Maurice Malpas .3
Richard Gough .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Eamonn Bannon .7
Ralph Milne .8
John Reilly .9
John Holt .10
Davie Dodds .11

Ray Stephen
Jim Smith
Derek Stark .12
Alex Taylor .14

Ray Stephen for George McGeachie (82) Derek Stark for Billy Kirkwood (82)

Tosh McKinlay Billy Kirkwood
John Holt

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian McGinlay (Balfron) (Referee)

Match Report

United took to the field at Dens Park, with memories of their title winning victory against Dundee just a few short months ago fresh in the air for those of a tangerine persuasion. Jim McLean’s starting eleven yesterday contained nine players who played some part on that memorable day, but it was the unused substitute from May 14th, John Reilly, who would be writing the headlines for the first derby of this season. With Paul Sturrock yet to start a game this season due to injury, Reilly was given his first start of the season last week against Alloa Athletic in the league cup, and his two goals persuaded McLean that he should keep the number 10 shirt for the derby encounter. John Holt came into the line-up at the expense of Alex Taylor, who was on the bench.

However, it appeared as though United’s players were still reminiscing about last season when they conceded the game’s opener after just six minutes. Walker McCall beating three United defenders to Cammy Fraser’s corner to head past Hamish McAlpine. But John Reilly was clearly focused on the task at hand, quickly bringing United level when he ran on to a Holt clearance, and with Dundee ‘keeper Colin Kelly off his line, volleyed home after 17 minutes. He nearly extended United’s lead in the 22nd minute when his snap-shot was tipped round the post by Kelly and the Dundee No. 1 come out on top in their personal first half duel again when on 34 minutes he blocked a shot from point black range with some astonishing agility.

But into the second half and finally Kelly could resist John Reilly no more. With twenty minutes to go, the United striker took the ball from a throw in turning inside and touching the ball past his marker before then spinning to drive the ball home. At this point United now turned their dominance into goals. With Dundee chasing an equaliser, space began to open up through the midfield allowing United to break from their own half and the game was put to bed with a couple of firsts for the season. In the 78th minute Ralph Milne added the third with his first goal of the season and then substitute Derek Stark, who had just come on for Billy Kirkwood, claimed his first for the campaign with five minutes to go, underlining United’s superiority on the day.

With Sturrock still some weeks away from a return to action, Reilly’s performance will surely have guaranteed him an extended run in McLean’s first team plans, an exciting prospect for the youngster, particularly with United’s first ever tie in the European Cup just around the corner. And what this derby win will mean for United’s title aspirations this season remains to be seen, but there is no doubt Dens Park continues to have a tangerine glow about it.

Written by Stewart Todd

Squad Statistics (as at September 3rd, 1983)

1983-84 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)35 5 - 5843
Paul Hegarty29 5140959
John Holt26 5123921
Richard Gough21 5310614
Maurice Malpas21 5 - 812
Dave Narey27 5 - 45634
Ralph Milne22 5116349
John Reilly21 243813
Eamonn Bannon25 5119453
Billy Kirkwood25 5227556
Davie Dodds24 55235100
Derek Stark (sub)24 212076

League Table (as at September 3rd, 1983)

No league table has been added for this season.