Dundee Utd 2 - 2 Celtic

League - Premier Division
Saturday, October 2nd, 1982, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 20,009
Referee: David Syme (Rutherglen)
Dundee Utd  Celtic

Davie Dodds (76)
Ralph Milne (85)
Paul McStay (20)
Roy Aitken (46)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Richard Gough
Billy Kirkwood
Ralph Milne
Eamonn Bannon
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Pat Bonner
Danny McGrain
Mark Reid
Roy Aitken
Tom McAdam
Graeme Sinclair
Davie Provan
Paul McStay
Frank McGarvey
Murdo MacLeod
Charlie Nicholas

Ian Britton
John Holt
George McCluskey
Davie Moyes

John Holt for Eamonn Bannon (27)
Ian Britton for John Holt (31)
George McCluskey for Frank McGarvey (66)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 538 apps3 goals
Maurice Malpas 38 apps2 goals
Dave Narey 410 apps28 goals
Paul Hegarty 363 apps54 goals
Derek Stark 168 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 62 apps3 goals
Billy Kirkwood 234 apps51 goals
Ralph Milne 118 apps31 goals
Eamonn Bannon 157 apps42 goals
Davie Dodds 189 apps75 goals
Paul Sturrock 343 apps108 goals
John Holt (sub) 201 apps16 goals
Ian Britton (sub) 12 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 65 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 263 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 326 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 65 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 263 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 87 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Davie Dodds reached 75 goals for the Club.

Tannadice was packed to welcome home both clubs after excellent results in Holland.

Celtic, however, appeared set to break United's unbeaten run as they led 2-0 with just under quarter of an hour on the clock.

Then Davie Dodds struck and Ralph Milne hammered home a great equaliser five minutes from time to secure a vital point.

Unfortunately these notes had to be penned prior to our mid-week trip to Holland but overall I was extremely satisfied with our two previous outings against St Mirren and Aberdeen. Even I couldn't have wished for two better performances in preparation for an extremely difficult tie. Our display at Pittodrie must have been emulated or improved upon, if we are to have made further progress in the UEFA Cup. I realise that if we have been unsuccessful in our mission, people may say Scottish football lags behind its European counterparts. I trust that even if we have failed, our display will have enhanced
the reputation of Scottish football abroad. Our opponents this afternoon, Celtic, were also engaged on European business in Holland and I sincerely hope that both sides are still involved in their respective European competitions. The Parkhead side are an exceptionally talented team and this is a fixture that sells itself. The League's 'Mr Computer' couldn't have handed us a stiffer opening to the new season. Aberdeen (home). Rangers (away). St Mirren (home) and now Celtic at home complete an opening spell against the top Premier clubs, which couldn't possibly have been any harder. Bill McNeill's side have won the title for the past two seasons but in that period, we have eliminated them from both cup tourneys at the semi-final stage, thus proving we are able to match them on our day. Their record, however, proves that they have more good days than ourselves. I wouldn't like to insult any one of their side by pin-pointing an individual and without doubt they are the best side in Scotland. We too, are approaching their high standards, but as always, I am not completely happy with the depth of our squad up front. My efforts to strengthen that area have been frustrated especially with ready cash so tight. To do well in all competitions, you are completely dependant on the fringe players to freshen up the side. There is no better example of this than Celtic, who have had players of the calibre of George McCluskey, Danny Cairnie and even Charlie Nicholas on the bench. That alone gives clear evidence of the quality of this afternoon's opposition and the task that lies ahead for our own side.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 5 4 1 0 15 3 12 9
2. Rangers 5 2 3 0 10 4 6 7
3. UNITED 5 2 3 0 7 2 5 7
4. Dundee 5 2 2 1 6 4 2 6
5. Aberdeen 5 2 1 2 8 7 1 5
6. Morton 5 2 1 2 6 8 -2 5
7. St Mirren 5 1 2 2 5 8 -3 4
8. Hibernian 5 0 3 2 2 5 -3 3
9. Kilmarnock 5 0 3 2 3 9 -6 3
10. Motherwell 5 0 1 4 5 17 -12 1
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