Dundee Utd 3 - 0 St Johnstone

League Cup - Group Stage - Section 4
Saturday, August 14th, 1982, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 7,001
Referee: Bob Cuthill (Winchburgh)
Dundee Utd  St Johnstone

Billy Kirkwood (20)
Davie Dodds (22)
Paul Sturrock (36)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Rennie

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Maurice Malpas
Derek Stark
Paul Hegarty
Richard Gough
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
Ian Britton
Davie Dodds
Graeme Payne
Paul Sturrock
George Tulloch
John Mackay
Tom McNeil
Stuart Beedie
John Kennedy
Alex Caldwell
Derek Addison
John Brogan
John Pelosi
Jim Morton
Andy Brannigan

Billy Kirkwood
Alex Taylor
Drew Rutherford
George Fleming

Billy Kirkwood for Paul Hegarty (20)
Alex Taylor for Graeme Payne (85)
Drew Rutherford for John Mackay (60)
George Fleming for Andy Brannigan (76)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 526 apps3 goals
Maurice Malpas 26 apps -
Derek Stark 156 apps3 goals
Paul Hegarty 350 apps53 goals
Richard Gough 50 apps2 goals
Iain Phillip 133 apps1 goal
Dave Narey 397 apps25 goals
Ian Britton 1 app (debut) -
Davie Dodds 176 apps68 goals
Graeme Payne 282 apps19 goals
Paul Sturrock 330 apps103 goals
Billy Kirkwood (sub) 222 apps48 goals
Alex Taylor (sub) 2 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 16 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 214 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 362 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 16 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 214 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 142 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Ian Britton(Signed August 11th, 1982)

Richard Gough played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.
Billy Kirkwood scored his 50th goal for the Club.

Scintillating stuff to start as Billy Kirkwood scores with his first touch from Payne's lay-off and from the re-start Davie Dodds nets a rebound after Tulloch saved Narey's long-ranger. Paul Sturrock then goes on to beat four defenders to score.

By comparison, the second half seemed very flat indeed.

In welcoming you to the opening League Cup tie I have to confess that I cannot recall such a catalogue of injuries at the start of a new season. One expects minor injuries such as blisters and bruises but not as many knocks, particularly to as many of the first team squad. At the time of writing, in addition to newcomer Ally McLeod, Billy Kirkwood (ankle), John Reilly (leg), Paul Hegarty (back), John Holt (ankle), Jim Page (leg), lan Gibson and Gary McGinnis (both grain) were all out of contention for Southampton's visit. Consequently, I have no idea of the format of this afternoon's line-up. To make matters worse Ralph Milne is unavailable due to suspension. A series of injuries such as this is frustrating as it invariably upsets the blend of any side. I sincerely hope that this run of mishaps will have cleared up by the commencement of the League programme. I am also disappointed that we have been unable to add more new faces, especially by way of a player exchange deal. We have, however, been able to secure the services of lan Britton from Chelsea. It is my hope his experience in midfield will be beneficial at Tannadice. Only players can pressurise other players. Our first visitors of the season. St Johnstone, are my tip for promotion. Alex Rennie has brought together a good blend of experienced players. I must, therefore, warn my players that this Saints' team is capable of beating us if we don't improve on our pre-season showings. Today's game is vital and if we are to qualify from Section 2 we cannot afford to start with anything other than a home victory. I am, obviously, very pleased with the showing against Southampton. Deprived as we were of five regulars, I have discovered new depths to our first team squad that I had not previously envisaged. It is my aim to stimulate competition for first team places, and the performance against Southampton by the younger members of the squad encouraged me greatly.

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