Dundee Utd 4 - 0 Airdrieonians

League - Premier Division
Saturday, April 10th, 1982, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 5,416
Referee: Tommy Muirhead (Stenhousemuir)
Mascot: Barry Horne
Dundee Utd  Airdrieonians

Goalscorers
Eamonn Bannon (22)
Davie Dodds (38)
Eamonn Bannon (81)
Dave Narey (87)
None.

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Bill Munro

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Richard Gough
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
John Reilly
Eamonn Bannon
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
John Martin
George Anderson
Jim Rodger
Tommy Walker
Jim March
Norrie Anderson
John Flood
Brian McKeown
Colin Walker
Ian Gordon
Colin Campbell

Substitutes
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Willie McGuire
Dave Thompson

Substitutions
Ralph Milne for John Reilly
Billy Kirkwood for John Holt
None.

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 517 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 388 apps25 goals
Richard Gough 41 apps2 goals
Paul Hegarty 341 apps51 goals
Derek Stark 153 apps3 goals
John Holt 192 apps16 goals
Maurice Malpas 17 apps -
John Reilly 12 apps1 goal
Eamonn Bannon 138 apps37 goals
Davie Dodds 167 apps62 goals
Paul Sturrock 321 apps100 goals
Billy Kirkwood (sub) 215 apps47 goals
Ralph Milne (sub) 100 apps26 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (19 years 255 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 88 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 182 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (19 years 255 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 88 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 57 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Ralph Milne played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

To midfield man Eamonn Bannon falls the honour of netting United's 100th goal of the season with his own second in the 4-0 defeat of struggling Airdrie here at Tannadice. Davie Dodds and Dave Narey grabbed the others.

It certainly is a funny old game this football! A couple of weeks ago against Morton, Paul Sturrock hit 3 marvellous goals in our 5-0 win and then 4 days later against Celtic produced a poor performance without scoring. Then that strange logic displayed itself in a team context when we defeated Dundee in the final derby match of the season, with a performance that was below the standard achieved by the players against the Parkhead team, when we lost by the same 2-0 scoreline. But perhaps links in with my belief that we have not
had the high standard that is expected from some players,with the result that I have,over the season,had to ask for too much of others in the team. The plain truth is that there are some who have received more by the way of cash reward than the club have had in performance, and that is something that I will be trying to resolve as I have in
fact been doing for sometime.The solution of course, is a move for these players but in the present economic climate within the game, the right deals have been elusive, if not impossible, to find.
The search for new talent is a perpetual mission at Tannadice but with the players of the type we need as scarce as pound notes in Alex Ferguson's pockets', it has been a frustrating and so far fruitless task.When the right men do come to our attention, clubs are either unwilling to sell or are looking for the kind of finance that isn't available at this moment in time. When cash is so tight in the game in general, it is usual for player swaps_to_produce an alternative but even a deal of that nature has not been possible. So with fresh faces next season, I must look to a reserve side to supply them meantime.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 28 18 6 4 55 26 29 42
2. Aberdeen 26 14 7 5 40 22 18 35
3. Rangers 28 12 10 6 43 33 10 34
4. UNITED 28 12 8 8 48 26 22 32
5. St Mirren 26 12 7 7 40 31 9 31
6. Hibernian 30 9 12 9 33 30 3 30
7. Morton 30 7 10 13 24 46 -22 24
8. Dundee 29 8 4 17 37 55 -18 20
9. Partick Thistle 28 5 8 15 28 44 -16 18
10. Airdrie 29 5 6 18 29 64 -35 16
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