The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
For the second successive year Aberdeen opened the League season and again United's first half performance determined the destination of the points. Maurice Malpas, with his only League goal to date and a header by Davie Dodds proved too great a deficit for Dons to retrieve.
It goes without saying that I am delighted that we have qualified for the quarter-final stages of the League Cup for the fourth successive year. Equally gratifying is the success of the Reserve side who have topped their difficult section which included Aberdeen who have one of the strongest second elevens in the country. At Perth last week it was fantastic to see that at least half the crowd were sporting United colours. That type of following we enjoy normally only at Tannadice. I would, therefore, like to accord my sincere thanks for your magnificent support last weekend. I am being asked increasingly if we will win further honours this season. My own feelings are that we are capable of this, given the right breaks. However, like Aberdeen, Celtic and Rangers, we have no divine right to win any trophy. I also get the impression that some of our supporters have become over-confident in thinking that the club will be amongst the honours each season. There are no foregone conclusions in this game for anyone, particularly for a provincial club like ourselves. We do, however, have a strong playing squad available with adequate cover in every area except perhaps up front. The month of September poses us with an arduous programme. In addition to this afternoon's clash, we are likely to be facing Aberdeen in the quarter-finals of the League Cup over two legs, then there are league games at Rangers and Hibs plus St Mirren at home. On top of all that we must also face PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Cup. Now I feel is an appropriate time to remind the players that the indifferent periods displayed in all our sectional ties will be punished heavily by top quality opposition. As mentioned earlier, getting the breaks can play an important part when it comes to the share out of honours. Amply illustrating this is the form of current first teamers Richard Gough and Derek Stark. At the tail end of last year the club appeared on the verge of losing both. Now they are vital members of the side and Derek Stark's consistency has been an eye-opener even to myself. My chum, Alex Ferguson, has a squad of the highest calibre and I therefore anticipate an exceptionally difficult match today. I can do no more than hope for a repeat of last year's 4-1 scoreline in this vitally important opener to the league season.