Dundee Utd 3 - 0 Celtic

League - Premier Division
Saturday, May 8th, 1982, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 16,761
Referee: Hugh Alexander (Kilmarnock)
Mascot: Barry Britton
Dundee Utd  Celtic

Paul Hegarty (18)
Paul Sturrock (45)
Ralph Milne (80)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Iain Phillip
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Ralph Milne
Eamonn Bannon
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Pat Bonner
Danny McGrain
Roy Aitken
Tom McAdam
Mark Reid
Dom Sullivan
Murdo MacLeod
Tommy Burns
Davie Provan
George McCluskey
Danny Crainie

Ian Gibson
John Reilly
David Moyes
Paul McStay

John Reilly for Ralph Milne (88)
Paul McStay for Dom Sullivan (12)
David Moyes for George McCluskey (50)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 524 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 48 apps2 goals
Dave Narey 395 apps25 goals
Paul Hegarty 348 apps53 goals
Iain Phillip 131 apps1 goal
John Holt 197 apps16 goals
Maurice Malpas 24 apps -
Ralph Milne 107 apps27 goals
Eamonn Bannon 145 apps39 goals
Davie Dodds 174 apps67 goals
Paul Sturrock 328 apps101 goals
John Reilly (sub) 14 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (19 years 283 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 116 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 26 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (19 years 283 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 116 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 274 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


United went into this match knowing defeat would mean Celtic would win the title on their home turf. Narey and Hegarty were always In command of the midfield, with Gough virtually running the game. And United had that hungry look up front. Bannon and Sturrock tormented the hard pressed Celtic defence. Paul Hegarty got the opener with a close-range header his second in successive games as the Celtic defence stood rooted.

United struck early in the second half for the second. There seemed little danger from a bouncing ball on the edge of the penalty area. But, suddenly Paul Sturrock lot fly with a shot which angled past Bonner. With ten minutes remaining United rounded off a fantastic performance when Ralph Milne made a brilliant solo burst and fired in the third.

In this the final club programme of the current season I could not possibly ring down the curtain in this column without passing on my sincerest thanks to you our fans for your backing this term. I find it unbelievable that at a time when virtually every club's attendances have dropped drastically, we have enjoyed a remarkable upsurge in interest on the terracings. Therefore, I see no sense at all in attempting to kid anyone amongst you that the season almost ended has been a successful one. True, there were moments at League Cup and European level, but the fact remains that things have not been the same performance wise since that enforced winter break.
Sadly the one major thing I have learned this season all be it too late is that too few players in the modern game have the in-bred pride and motivation to go out in ALL games and give of their best.
I know full well that I will not upset anyone by admitting that I have not been blameless, especially concerning several team selections lately. However I am adamant that, if as appears possible we are not in Europe next season, only a handful of the regulars like Hegarty, Gough, Stark, Sturrock and Dodds can be excused. The remainder of the staff, especially the fringe players, must carry the can for the disappointments because of their lack of challenge to the regulars. Fringe players, as they are known today, can make or break a club's success rate. The economic situation being as it is each club has had to trim to the bare minimum, making it all the more imperative that every single player is vital all of the time!
Unfortunately that does not seem to apply to younger players nowadays who appear to me anyway to be happy collecting their rewards each payday without even a thought for you, the people who make the pay cheques possible. Their attitude appears to be ... 'what I don't get today I can get tomorrow'. Well, the message I have for them
is... I want both NOW!

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 35 23 7 5 76 33 43 53
2. Aberdeen 34 21 7 6 65 29 36 49
3. Rangers 35 16 11 8 57 41 16 43
4. UNITED 35 14 10 11 59 37 22 38
5. St Mirren 34 14 9 11 49 47 2 37
6. Hibernian 35 11 13 11 38 40 -2 35
7. Morton 35 9 11 15 31 54 -23 29
8. Dundee 35 10 4 21 45 72 -27 24
9. Partick Thistle 35 6 10 19 34 57 -23 22
10. Airdrie 35 5 8 22 31 75 -44 18
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