Dundee Utd 3 - 1 Falkirk

League - Division One
Saturday, April 17th, 1971, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 4,172
Referee: Tommy Marshall (Glasgow)
Dundee Utd  Falkirk

Goalscorers
Kenny Cameron (1)
Alec Reid (22)
Doug Smith (pen.) (44)
Tom Young (48)

Team Managers
Jerry Kerr
Willie Cunningham

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Doug Smith
Walter Smith
Jim Cameron
Andy Rolland
Jim Henry
Joe Watson
Davie Wilson
Alec Reid
Kenny Cameron
Alan Gordon
Denis Devlin
Gregor Abel
John McLoughlin
John Markie
George Miller
George Gibson
Wilson Hoggan
Denis Setterington
Tom Young
Alex Ferguson
Jim Shirra

Substitutes
Jackie Copland
Bobby Ford

Substitutions
Jackie Copland for Walter Smith (50)
Bobby Ford for Denis Devlin

Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 30 apps -
Doug Smith 464 apps9 goals
Walter Smith 31 apps -
Jim Cameron 150 apps -
Andy Rolland 159 apps13 goals
Jim Henry 68 apps6 goals
Joe Watson 4 apps -
Davie Wilson 155 apps27 goals
Alec Reid 113 apps13 goals
Kenny Cameron 86 apps56 goals
Alan Gordon 79 apps30 goals
Jackie Copland (sub) 12 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Joe Watson (19 years 111 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (34 years 47 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 362 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Joe Watson (19 years 111 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (34 years 47 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 304 days
Domestic Players:11 (91.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

United Manager Jerry Kerr stuck with the same team for the fourth consecutive match. No surprise really when you reflect on the teams recent push for a Texaco Cup place, taking 11 points from a possible 12. Falkirk brought back John Markie in defence.

Falkirk were back by a strong wind in the first half and were the first on the attack. However, with only a minute on the clock, United took the lead. Reid and Gordon played some neat interchange play to progress into the box. Miller got in to clear however, but miss-kicked his clearance. The ball fell to Kenny Cameron who made no mistake to put United one up. McAlpine denied Young soon after as Falkirk tried to hit back quickly. In the seventh minute Devlin raced out to block Davy Wilson from scoring. A second goal was not long in coming and Alec Reid scored from outside the box with a low drive. It was 3-0 just before half time when a goal mouth scramble resulted in Reid being brought down for a penalty and Falkirk 'keeper having to go off injured. Doug Smith made no mistake from the spot.

If United thought the game was over at half time, they were brought back to reality within minutes of the restart. First Walter Smith had to go off with an injury and then 4 minutes into the second half, Ferguson set up Tom Young to pull one back for Falkirk. This early second half shock, focused United and they played out the remainder of the second half with more composure. There were no further goals in this one and United were left frustrated at their inability to test replacement 'keeper Miller in goal.

This afternoon brings our home First Division programme to an end and we are pleased to welcome Willie Cunningham and his side to Tannadice. The Falkirk boys have had an exceptional season and must be well pleased at making such an impression after a spell in Division Two. Earlier in the season we managed to take a point from Brockville but since then the side has regained all its old confidence and we are keen to keep up our good run.

Since last writing this page we have taken points from Dens Park, Parkhead and beaten Clyde at Tannadice and we have put together 11 points from six games. I think the most satisfactory feature about this run has been the entertainment provided by the team.

As far as Wednesday's game is concerned it was truly a frustrating affair with Clyde intent on defending.But in general the team has received praise over the past few weeks for playing attractive attacking football and it has paid off for us. After being written off as Texaco Cup prospects a few weeks ago, we are now well up the table and I feel we will win a place in this competition.

At the present time we are in sixth place in the League and with two games remaining we look pretty safe to stay around this position. And of course there
is still a chance we may win a place in the new sponsored competition which takes place before the start of the new season.

With goals deciding, we are placed joint sixth with Dundee. Four First Division sides will meet four from the Second Division, the top scorers from the two
Leagues being chosen to take part. Obviously we must try to get among the goals in our last two games to stake a real claim for a place in this cup.

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