St Mirren 3 - 3 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, December 20th, 1980, 3:00 PM at Love Street
Attendance: 5,405
Referee: Bob Cuthill (Winchburgh)
St Mirren Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Jimmy Bone (48)
Doug Somner (54)
Doug Somner (76)
Davie Dodds (15)
Ian Gibson (45)
Willie Pettigrew (74)

Team Managers
Rikki McFarlane Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
John Young
Alex Beckett
John McCormack
Mark Fulton
Jackie Copland
Jimmy Bone
Billy Stark
Doug Somner
Lex Richardson
Peter Weir
Hamish McAlpine
John Holt
Frank Kopel
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Ian Gibson
Eamonn Bannon
Graeme Payne
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds

Bench
Frank McDougall
Billy Abercrombie
Ralph Milne
Willie Pettigrew

Substitutions
None. Willie Pettigrew for Dave Narey (46)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 442 apps3 goals
Iain Phillip 75 apps1 goal
John Holt 126 apps11 goals
Frank Kopel 366 apps13 goals
Paul Hegarty 271 apps46 goals
Dave Narey 315 apps21 goals
Ian Gibson 7 apps1 goal
Eamonn Bannon 61 apps10 goals
Davie Dodds 98 apps31 goals
Graeme Payne 260 apps17 goals
Paul Sturrock 252 apps70 goals
Willie Pettigrew (sub) 70 apps29 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Davie Dodds (22 years 94 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 342 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 329 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 226 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 342 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 190 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Ian Gibson scored his first goal for the Club.

The inch of snow had been successfully cleared at a turbulent Love Street, where boardroom arguments and the sacking of Jim Clunie had not affected the playing staff as the Buddies had won all four of their previous League matches, with both clubs sitting in joint fourth place in the Premier Division. Midfielder Ian Gibson returned to the starting eleven, with Willie Pettigrew taking a place on the bench after being an injury doubt.

United started strongly, and in the 15th minute a Gibson effort had Saints keeper Billy Thomson turning the ball over the bar. From the resultant Eamonn Bannon corner, Davie Dodds rushed in to head the ball brilliantly into the net. Another Dodds header had Thomson saving again a few minutes later, and the keeper made another fine save from Gibson, touching the ball round the post. Five minutes from the interval St Mirren got their first real chance at goal, but Somner blasted over. Right on the stroke of half-time, Ian Gibson scored his first goal for the club, with a magnificent shot from 20 yards to give Thomson no chance.

Willie Pettigrew came on for the injured Dave Narey for the restart , but it was St Mirren that scored next, with Jimmy Bone slotting home from six yards out five minutes after the break. Five minutes later and it was remarkably all square, with Doug Somner equalising after Bone, Weir and Richardson had broken clear. Substitute Willie Pettigrew headed United back in front in the 74th minute from a Bannon cross, but Doug Somner grabbed his second of the day just minutes later. The draw meant there was still no daylight between the teams in the Premier Division table.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 18 12 5 1 37 12 25 29
2. Celtic 19 13 2 4 40 21 19 28
3. Rangers 18 8 8 2 34 14 20 24
4. St Mirren 19 7 5 7 29 25 4 19
5. UNITED 18 6 7 5 23 24 -1 19
6. Partick Thistle 19 6 5 8 16 23 -7 17
7. Morton 19 5 7 7 22 30 -8 17
8. Airdrie 19 4 7 8 18 27 -9 15
9. Hearts 18 3 5 10 15 27 -12 11
10. Kilmarnock 19 1 5 13 12 43 -31 7
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