Dundee Utd 2 - 1 Rangers

League - Premier Division
Saturday, February 7th, 1981, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 14,528
Referee: Brian McGinlay (Balfron)
Dundee Utd  Rangers

Billy Kirkwood (19)
Davie Dodds (57)
John McDonald (38)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Greig

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Frank Kopel
Dave Narey
Derek Addison
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Graeme Payne
Davie Dodds
Peter McLoy
Sandy Jardine
Ally Dawson
Gregor Stevens
Colin Jackson
Jim Bett
Willie Johnston
Bobby Russell
Tommy McLean
Ian Redford
John McDonald

Iain Phillip
Willie Pettigrew
Davie Cooper
Alex Miller

None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. Gregor Stevens
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 449 apps3 goals
Frank Kopel 373 apps13 goals
Dave Narey 322 apps21 goals
Paul Hegarty 278 apps46 goals
Derek Stark 108 apps3 goals
Derek Addison 131 apps14 goals
Eamonn Bannon 68 apps12 goals
Billy Kirkwood 153 apps34 goals
Graeme Payne 262 apps17 goals
Davie Dodds 105 apps38 goals
Paul Sturrock 259 apps73 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Derek Stark (22 years 86 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 26 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 201 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Derek Stark (22 years 86 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 26 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 288 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


With United looking to close the four point gap with third placed Rangers, Jim McLean's only change from the line-up that defeated Airdrie was with Derek Stark swapping places with Iain Phillip in the starting eleven, with Phillip dropping to the bench.

The Tangerines had a number of attempts as they dominated the early stages against the wind, and took the lead in the 19th minute with a goal that the Sporting Post described as 'A real gold-plated, chateau-bottled humdinger of a goal!". Frank Kopel slid the ball into the path of Billy Kirkwood, who smacked a 20 yard shot low past the stranded Peter McCloy. Soon afterwards, Davie Dodds had a chance but McCloy saved well from his close-in shot. Rangers then looked to have equalised when John MacDonald finished well after controlling a long wind-assisted kick-out by McCloy, but a discussion between referee Brian McGinlay had his linesman saw the goal disallowed for handball. Eamonn Bannon was then heavily involved, firstly seeing his shot marvellously saved by McCloy, then clearing a Gregor Stevens effort off the line soon afterwards. The equaliser came minutes later, when John MacDonald nodded over Hamish McAlpine after Stark had failed to deal with a Willie Johnston cross.

Now with the wind at their backs, United were stung into action by that equaliser, and had the ball in the net immediately on the resumption of play, but it was chalked off. In the 57th minute United took the lead once more. Bannon thundered in a fearsome free-kick which slid under McCloy' sbody but stopped short of the line, and the ever alert Davie Dodds knocked it home despite close attention from Johnston. Eight minutes from the end, Gregor Stevens, who had been booked in the first half for a foul on McAlpine, was sent off after being booked again for something that was said to the referee.

The 2-1 victory meant that United were now just two points behind Rangers, but the Glasgow side still had a game in hand.

Good afternoon and welcome back to Tannadice for our first afternoon of first team action for over a month. It was away back on January 3 on the occasion of our 7-0 hammering of Kilmarnock that we last performed here, although having completed since a hat-trick of away fixtures in both league and cup. Needless to say a repeat of that type of display would of course delight us all, but being realistic fully appreciate that today's visitors Rangers are of course an entirely different proposition. Still, following those couple of sub-par performances against both Celtic and Brechin City, it was indeed heartening to get back on the rails with a vengeance at Airdrie last weekend when the side played really well.

But again I repeat, this afternoon will be a completely different story with Rangers having been clearly boosted by their win over title leaders Aberdeen last Saturday. As far as our own chances of bettering our present fourth top spot is concerned I have to concede that the trio above us would have to suffer dramatic slumps of form to allow us to step back in as realistic championship contenders. But remember, we are proud of what has been achieved here, and that pride makes us all the more determined to have a real say in where the flag eventually ends up. As you will probably have seen we had a couple of continental players guesting with us during the past week, a clear indication that we are still determined to strengthen our squad. And that will continue here at Tannadice despite
honestly we are somewhat overstaffed at present.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 24 17 2 5 51 27 24 36
2. Aberdeen 24 14 7 3 45 17 28 35
3. Rangers 23 10 10 3 40 18 22 30
4. UNITED 24 10 8 6 43 29 14 28
5. St Mirren 23 8 7 8 33 29 4 23
6. Partick Thistle 24 8 7 9 19 26 -7 23
7. Morton 25 8 7 10 27 38 -11 23
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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