Dundee 1 - 3 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, November 14th, 1981, 3:00 PM at Dens Park
Attendance: 15,578
Referee: Tommy Muirhead (Stenhousemuir)
Dundee Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Iain Ferguson (9) Ralph Milne (7)
Paul Sturrock (66)
Paul Sturrock (71)

Team Managers
Don Mackay Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Bobby Geddes
Les Barr
Danny Cameron
Cammy Fraser
Bobby Glennie
Ian MacDonald
Peter Mackie
David Bell
Iain Ferguson
George McGeachie
Jim Murphy
Hamish McAlpine
Derek Murray
Richard Gough
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Bench
Jim Smith
Brian Scrimgeour
Maurice Malpas
Iain Phillip

Substitutions
Brian Scrimgeour for Cammy Fraser Iain Phillip for Derek Murray

Bookings
None. Richard Gough

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 491 apps3 goals
Derek Murray 13 apps -
Richard Gough 21 apps1 goal
Dave Narey 362 apps22 goals
Paul Hegarty 315 apps50 goals
Derek Stark 134 apps3 goals
Ralph Milne 76 apps20 goals
Billy Kirkwood 192 apps45 goals
Eamonn Bannon 112 apps28 goals
Davie Dodds 142 apps53 goals
Paul Sturrock 298 apps91 goals
Iain Phillip (sub) 119 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Richard Gough (19 years 228 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 306 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 60 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (19 years 108 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 306 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 20 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

After a poor start to their league campaign, United had bounced back and were rapidly climbing the table. Jim McLean made one change from the midweek win over Rangers, with Derek Stark coming in for John Holt, who was out with a groin strain. 19 year-old Maurice Malpas was given his first introduction to the first team with a place on the bench for the Dundee Derby at Dens Park.

The match started off at breath-taking pace with United taking the lead after just seven minutes. Paul Sturrock out ran Bobby Glennie to latch onto a Paul Hegarty header, and cut the ball back for Ralph Milne to slot home from eight yards. A minute later Dundee's Danny Cameron hit the crossbar with a thundering 25 yard shot, and just moments later lain Ferguson headed in a David Bell cross for the equaliser. As the pace eased, it became clear that Dundee manager Don Mackay's tactics were to prevent United working as a collective unit, and the Dark Blues matched United for the rest of the first half.

However, as the second half bore on United began to flow, and twenty minutes after the restart they again took the lead. Derek Stark won the ball and rode a couple of challenges before Richard Gough passed to Milne on the wing, and Paul Sturrock met Milne's cross perfectly. Five minutes later Kirkwood was fouled outside the box, and Eamonn Bannon's free-kick to the far post was met by Paul Sturrock who angled a header down past Bobby Geddes. With high flying St Mirren losing heavily to Rangers, the 3-1 Derby victory lifted United up to 3rd place.



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 12 9 2 1 26 11 15 20
2. Aberdeen 12 7 2 3 19 13 6 16
3. UNITED 12 5 4 3 21 12 9 14
4. Rangers 12 5 4 3 18 15 3 14
5. St Mirren 12 5 3 4 17 17 0 13
6. Hibernian 12 3 4 5 13 12 1 10
7. Morton 12 4 2 6 10 17 -7 10
8. Airdrie 12 3 3 6 19 30 -11 9
9. Partick Thistle 12 2 3 7 9 16 -7 7
10. Dundee 12 3 1 8 18 27 -9 7
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