Airdrieonians 0 - 5 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, January 31st, 1981, 3:00 PM at Broomfield
Attendance: 2,264
Referee: Ian Foote (Glasgow)
Airdrieonians Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. Davie Dodds (42)
Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (68)
Paul Sturrock (73)
Davie Dodds (80)
Davie Dodds (81)

Team Managers
Bobby Watson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
John Martin
Harry Cairney
George Anderson
Tommy Walker
Jim March
Pat McCluskey
Brian McKeown
Sandy Clark
Willie McGuire
Ian Gordon
Davie Thompson
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Derek Addison
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Graeme Payne
Davie Dodds

Bench
Bobby Russell
Harry Erwin
Derek Stark
Willie Pettigrew

Substitutions
None. None.

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 448 apps3 goals
Paul Hegarty 277 apps46 goals
Frank Kopel 372 apps13 goals
Dave Narey 321 apps21 goals
Iain Phillip 81 apps1 goal
Derek Addison 130 apps14 goals
Eamonn Bannon 67 apps12 goals
Billy Kirkwood 152 apps33 goals
Paul Sturrock 258 apps73 goals
Graeme Payne 261 apps17 goals
Davie Dodds 104 apps37 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Davie Dodds (22 years 136 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 19 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 347 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Derek Stark (22 years 79 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 19 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 281 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Airdrie manager Bobby Watson is, if notliing else, a sound judge both of the weather and of the performances of his side (which might be well worth missing). Holidaying as he is in Tenerife, the Airdrie boss managed to miss out on a cold Broomfield and a performance by his Airdrie side which bore all the hall marks of a post Rangers shell shock.

The final margin of defeat will not make pleasant reading for Watson, but it could, and iiideed should, have been worse because Dundee United for much of this game treated the Broomfield men with undue respect. Davie Dodds was the man who started the rot for Airdrie, finishing off a fine Kirkwood and Sturrock move on the left by sliding the ball low into the net from eiglit yards. That was how it stood at half-time.

For some time thereafter until Airdrie brought on their substitute, Davie Thompson. The youngster must be wishing they hadn't bothered, for within minute of his arrival he had twice fouled Eammon Bannon and for these sins Bannon exacted full revenge. Foul number one was punished by Eamonn Bannon slotting the resultant spot-kick behind Martin, and foul number two was equally disastrous for Alrdrle as, from Bannon's free-kick, Hegarty's header brought a great save from Martin, only for Paul Sturrock to push the loose ball into the net. If Dodds started Airdrie's decline he was also the man to finish the job, completing his hat-trick wilh a couple of quick goals near the end. First Davie Dodds took a Kopel pass past a floundering Airdrie defence before slipping the ball home and then Davie Dodds smashed a spectiicular volley.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 24 17 2 5 51 27 24 36
2. Aberdeen 23 14 7 2 45 16 29 35
3. Rangers 22 10 10 2 39 16 23 30
4. UNITED 23 9 8 6 41 28 13 26
5. St Mirren 23 8 7 8 33 29 4 23
6. Partick Thistle 24 8 7 9 19 26 -7 23
7. Morton 24 7 7 10 26 38 -12 21
8. Airdrie 23 5 8 10 22 36 -14 18
9. Hearts 23 3 5 15 18 40 -22 11
10. Kilmarnock 23 2 5 16 15 53 -38 9
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