Dundee Utd 7 - 0 Kilmarnock

League - Premier Division
Saturday, January 3rd, 1981, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 6,474
Referee: George Smith (Edinburgh)
Mascot: Colin Edwards
Dundee Utd  Kilmarnock

Ian Gibson (34)
Billy Kirkwood (42)
Davie Dodds (49)
Billy Kirkwood (51)
Ralph Milne (75)
Derek Addison (79)
Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (89)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Davie Sneddon

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
Ian Gibson
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Ally Wilson
Stuart McLean
Jim Cockburn
John McClurg
Paul Clarke
Ken Armstrong
Bobby Houston
Ally Mauchlen
John Bourke
Gordon Wilson
Jim Hughes

Derek Addison
Willie Pettigrew
George Maxwell
Jim McBride

Derek Addison for Ian Gibson
Willie Pettigrew for Davie Dodds
George Maxwell for John McClurg
Jim McBride for John Bourke

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 445 apps3 goals
Paul Hegarty 274 apps46 goals
Frank Kopel 369 apps13 goals
Iain Phillip 78 apps1 goal
Dave Narey 318 apps21 goals
Ian Gibson 10 apps2 goals
Eamonn Bannon 64 apps11 goals
Ralph Milne 36 apps9 goals
Billy Kirkwood 149 apps32 goals
Davie Dodds 101 apps33 goals
Paul Sturrock 255 apps72 goals
Derek Addison (sub) 127 apps14 goals
Willie Pettigrew (sub) 71 apps29 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 240 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 356 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 110 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 240 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 356 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 171 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Jim McLean made one change to his starting line-up from the side which had been unlucky only to pick up a point at Pittodrie midweek with the Dons snatching a less than deserved equaliser from the penalty spot late on in the game. Midfielder Billy Kirkwood was brought into the team – replacing John Holt who dropped out of the squad altogether. With Kilmarnock rooted at the foot of the Premier Division table and United sitting in fourth McLean would have been hoping for – and probably expecting – a big win prior to kick-off, and that’s exactly what he got.

The home side however did not start off brilliantly as they struggled to settle into the game, lacking any real fluidity to their attacking play. The match had been dragging on for half an hour when McLean made a tactical alteration which would prove significant. Billy Kirkwood was moved from full-back into midfield with Iain Phillip taking up the right-back position. Almost immediately after this change United took the lead: a speculative 35 yard effort from Ian Gibson bounced awkwardly in front of the Kilmarnock goalkeeper and ended up in the back of the net. Then McLean’s change paid off as Billy Kirkwood struck – putting United two ahead shortly before half time with a glancing header from a Frank Kopel cross.

United started the second period where they had left off at the end of the first and added to their tally only four minutes after the interval. Kirkwood lobbed a ball into the box and Davie Dodds was on hand to nod past Wilson in the Killie goal. The home fans had hardly stopped celebrating when Billy Kirkwood almost burst the net with an explosive first time effort from 25 yards after some neat interplay between Hegarty, Milne and Sturrock. Kilmarnock – who were already virtually doomed to relegation with only seven points from twenty one games – were now well and truly out of the game but did little to prevent United adding some gloss to the scoreline. Ralph Milne turned home an Eammon Bannon cross on 75 minutes and sixth soon followed with Derek Addison lashing home a powerful low drive which beat Wilson at his near post. Eamonn Bannon completed the rout from the penalty spot after Paul Clarke had handled in the box. The full time whistle signalled an end to Kilmarnock’s ordeal with United running out emphatic 7-0 winners. As one newspaper put it, “on this form the League Cup holders are easily the most exciting side in Scotland.”

First of all I take this opportunity of wishing each and every one of you a Happy New Year and doubtless, along with you United fans, hope that 1981 brings our club further successes. On reflection, the previous twelve months proved to be for me a year in which we remained 'on the spot’ in the respect that we did not gain nor lose much during that time.

As far as I was concerned we did not really make the progress I had hoped for to follow on our 1979 winning of the Bell's League Cup. For that I blame our old failing and one of my perpetual complaints to the players in the side — namely that we continually failed yet again to get sufficient players into scoring positions in the opposition danger area. The culprits are basically the same individuals that I branded in similar fashion a year ago. I have tried to shame those players into action by private persuasion and as you may have seen recently resorted to making things public to illustrate my concern on the subject.

However, on the plus side in 1980 we achieved what I rate was a fantastic achievement for the club. the retention of the League Cup, after what was a marvellous run towards the trophy. During that run we equaled if not surpassed our cup-winmng display against Aberdeen in 1979, when beating Celtic 3-0 in the recent competition's semi-final stage. Hard as I am to please, that one just about fully satisfied me!

Finally, may I just say that in winning the League Cup twice now our players have done nothing else but prove me right. I always knew that we were good enough!

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 21 13 7 1 43 15 28 33
2. Celtic 22 15 2 5 46 26 20 32
3. Rangers 20 8 10 2 36 16 20 26
4. UNITED 21 8 8 5 35 26 9 24
5. St Mirren 21 8 6 7 33 27 6 22
6. Partick Thistle 22 7 6 9 18 26 -8 20
7. Morton 22 6 7 9 25 36 -11 19
8. Airdrie 21 5 8 8 22 30 -8 18
9. Hearts 21 3 5 13 18 35 -17 11
10. Kilmarnock 21 1 5 15 13 52 -39 7
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