Hibernian 0 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, February 6th, 1982, 3:00 PM at Easter Road
Attendance: 6,133
Referee: Tommy Muirhead (Stenhousemuir)
Hibernian Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (27)

Team Managers
Bertie Auld Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim McArthur
Alan Sneddon
Erich Schaedler
Ally Brazil
Craig Paterson
Jackie McNamara
Ralph Callachan
Bobby Flavell
Ally Macleod
Derek Rodier
Arthur Duncan
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
Derek Murray
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Graeme Payne
Davie Dodds

Bench
Gordon Rae
Willie Jamieson
Ian Gibson
Malcolm Robertson

Substitutions
Gordon Rae for Erich Scaedler Malcolm Robertson for Graeme Payne

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 500 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 25 apps1 goal
Derek Murray 16 apps -
Paul Hegarty 324 apps51 goals
Dave Narey 371 apps23 goals
Maurice Malpas 6 apps -
Ralph Milne 85 apps23 goals
Billy Kirkwood 200 apps46 goals
Eamonn Bannon 121 apps32 goals
Graeme Payne 277 apps19 goals
Davie Dodds 151 apps55 goals
Malcolm Robertson (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (19 years 192 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 25 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 43 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (19 years 192 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 25 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 266 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Malcolm Robertson(Signed February 4th, 1982)

Milestones
Billy Kirkwood made his 200th competitive appearance for the Club.
Hamish McAlpine made his 500th competitive appearance for the Club.

In a dress rehearsal for our Scottish Cup tie at Tannadice a week later, we visited a rain-soaked Easter Road deprived of the services of Paul Sturrock, a victim of the flu. Graeme Payne was brought in for his first start since October, and Derek Murray came in for Derek Stark.

Both sides began at high speed but play was confined mainly to midfield. The first thrill of any sort came after 16 minutes when Ally MacLeod, looking well offside, took advantage of a slack Payne passback to bear in on goal, but Hamish McAlpine raced from his line to dive at the strikers feet. United took the lead after 27 minutes when Bobby Flavell stopped a fierce net-bound shot from Ralph Milne on the goal line with his hands. Eamonn Bannon duly despatched the inevitable spot-kick past Jim McArthur. Billy Kirkwood went close to doubling the lead, but his shot from 12 yards out went inches past the post.

United's defence dealt with everything that Hibs threw at them in the second half, much to the frustration of the Hibs support. There was, however, one scare for the tangerines late on in the game when Hamish McAlpine kept out a Rae pile-driver from close range to ensure the spoils of victory were United's. Just before the final whistle, former Hearts player Malcolm Robertson replaced Graeme Payne as he made his debut for United after signing on Thursday, gaining special attention from the Hibs fans. The result saw United leapfrog Hibs into 4th place on goal difference, although United still had four games in hand.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 19 13 4 2 40 18 22 30
2. St Mirren 19 10 5 4 29 19 10 25
3. Rangers 18 8 7 3 29 22 7 23
4. UNITED 17 8 4 5 27 15 12 20
5. Hibernian 21 6 8 7 21 17 4 20
6. Aberdeen 18 7 6 5 22 19 3 20
7. Morton 18 5 5 8 16 27 -11 15
8. Partick Thistle 19 2 7 10 12 25 -13 11
9. Dundee 20 5 1 14 29 45 -16 11
10. Airdrie 17 3 5 9 22 40 -18 11
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