Dundee Utd 1 - 1 Greenock Morton

League - Premier Division
Saturday, August 23rd, 1980, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,339
Referee: D Murdoch (Bothwell)
Dundee Utd  Greenock Morton

Eamonn Bannon (28)
George Anderson (42)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Benny Rooney

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Dave Narey
Derek Addison
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Joe Ward
Paul Sturrock
Graeme Payne
Roy Baines
Jim Wilkie
Jim Holmes
George Anderson
Neil Orr
Billy McLaren
John McNeil
James Rooney
Bobby Thomson
Roddy Hutchison
Andy Ritchie

Iain Phillip
John Reilly
John Craig
Eddie McNab

John Reilly for Joe Ward (57)
Iain Phillip for Ralph Milne (76)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 414 apps3 goals
Paul Hegarty 243 apps41 goals
Derek Stark 87 apps2 goals
Dave Narey 289 apps21 goals
Derek Addison 120 apps12 goals
Eamonn Bannon 36 apps5 goals
Ralph Milne 24 apps5 goals
Billy Kirkwood 129 apps28 goals
Joe Ward 4 apps3 goals
Paul Sturrock 224 apps57 goals
Graeme Payne 235 apps15 goals
Iain Phillip (sub) 53 apps1 goal
John Reilly (sub) 2 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 107 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 223 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 122 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John Reilly (18 years 160 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 223 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 14 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


After sharing the points in their opening two League matches, United were looking to take both points in their home match with Benny Rooney's Greenock Morton. The only change made by manager Jim McLean from the starting eleven that had defeated East Fife 4-0 in midweek was to bring in 19 year old winger Ralph Milne for defender Derek Murray.

United were the hungrier side in the first half an hour, but a solitary gem from Eamonn Bannon in the 28th minute was the only advantage that the home side had to show for all their skills and industry employed during that spell. Having limited the home side to the one goal, Morton grabbed an equaliser just before half-time, when George Anderson headed home in the 42nd minute.

That equaliser gave Morton confidence, and they were the side that caught the eye in the second 45 minutes, with a quality display that had United struggling to regain any foothold in the match. The match ended in yet another draw for United, but after three games they remained closer to the top of the table, with current leader Rangers up next on League duty at Tannadice.

A warm welcome back to Tannadice for today's visit of Morton in the Premier League.
Benny Rooney's Greenock side have proved to be something of a thorn in our flesh in recent seasons and I am fervently hoping that the tide will turn in our favour today. Their indifferent start result-wise to this season will not make our task any easier as the Cappielow side always appear to manage to hoist their game when the name of Dundee United appears on the fixture list.

However, at the risk of ruining my reputation as a "moaner" I must admit to being happy at the way we ourselves have played over the past three first team games. It was vital to all of us connected with the club that the promise shown at both Methil and Aberdeen be maintained in front of you our own fans in Wednesday night's Bell's League Cup return against the Fifers. In my opinion the side succeeded in doing just that, especially in our second half performance. Earlier in the game I was also satisfied with the leading-up work, but not the finishing. But thereafter we were positive in much more of our actions to the extent that we might have ended up scoring off the vast majority of non-stop attacks we set up. Heartening yes? but we can certainly be even better, and must be the aim in the weeks and months ahead if we are to be true challengers for the major honours in game.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Rangers 3 2 1 0 7 2 5 5
2. Aberdeen 3 2 1 0 6 1 5 5
3. Celtic 3 2 0 1 6 3 3 4
4. UNITED 3 0 3 0 4 4 0 3
5. Airdrie 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 3
6. Kilmarnock 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 3
7. St Mirren 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 2
8. Hearts 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 2
9. Partick Thistle 3 1 0 2 3 7 -4 2
10. Morton 3 0 1 2 3 7 -4 1
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