Dundee Utd 4 - 2 Rangers

League - Premier Division
Saturday, November 13th, 1982, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 16,470
Referee: Kenny Hope (Clarkston)
Dundee Utd  Rangers

Ralph Milne (31)
Davie Dodds (71)
Richard Gough (86)
Ralph Milne (87)
Davie Cooper (33)
Derek Johnstone (65)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Greig

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Richard Gough
Maurice Malpas
Ralph Milne
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Jim Stewart
Dave McKinnon
Ally Dawson
John McClelland
Gregor Stevens
Jim Bett
Davie Cooper
Dave McPherson
Derek Johnstone
Ian Redford
John McDonald

Ian Britton
John Reilly
Gordon Dalziel
Billy Davies

None. Gordon Dalziel for McDonald (76)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 549 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 421 apps31 goals
Paul Hegarty 374 apps54 goals
Derek Stark 178 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 73 apps5 goals
Maurice Malpas 47 apps2 goals
Ralph Milne 129 apps36 goals
Eamonn Bannon 161 apps42 goals
Billy Kirkwood 245 apps53 goals
Davie Dodds 200 apps80 goals
Paul Sturrock 349 apps112 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 107 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 305 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 3 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 107 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 305 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 345 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Davie Dodds made his 200th competitive appearance for the Club.

Another sensational finish by United dumped Rangers. Ralph Milne headed Jim McLean's men ahead after 31 minutes but Davie Cooper equalised two minutes later.

Derek Johnstone put the Ibrox side ahead mid-way through the second-half, However, Davie Dodds equalised six minutes later, then Richard Gough slammed home the winner four minutes from time and Ralph Milne's solo effort capped a fine victory.

In pursuing my ambition to see improvement in all aspects of Dundee United, this column is, perhaps, adopting a far too familiar theme this season in that, week in week out, you are being subjected to my moans. This is basically because I feel that it is important to be honest at all times. This is an essential feature, in view of the support you, the fans, have given, particularly in the last couple of seasons. Even on Wednesday night I was very disappointed with the performance of a couple of players. The other nine, though, not only played to the standard I expect, but perhaps even surpassed my expectations, by outclassing one of the four best sides in Scotland. That was a magnificent achievement. Unfortunately for players and fans alike, it was a great disappointment not to reach a fourth successive League Cup final. I only hope the final is at least as good as the recent Old Firm league encounters. I think I can state without fear of contradiction that the final would be equally attractive had it been contested by United and Rangers. In my opinion some of Scotland's best players will not be taking the field in the League Cup
final with both United and Aberdeen not involved. I do, however, have one criticism to make we are far too dependant on Paul Sturrock. If he is injured or off form our performances suffer. In saying that, Paul has been more than ably assisted by Davie Dodds in the most demanding department in the modern game. Rarely have I been as sorry to omit a player as I was on Wednesday night when Derek Stark was left sitting on the bench. Derek is a 100% player but I felt that Maurice Malpas has, in recent matches, handled Davie Provan better than Derek. However, it grieves me that I had to leave a good player on the bench when we are so short of quality players up front. I am certain that the players must think they have become mountaineers this season with the succession of mountains they have been asked to climb. After Wednesday night's epic, they must now face a Rangers' side who, in my opinion, have improved greatly. Nonetheless, both United players and fans alike certainly need the right result this afternoon.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 11 9 1 1 31 12 19 19
2. UNITED 11 6 4 1 22 10 12 16
3. Aberdeen 11 6 3 2 21 11 10 15
4. Rangers 11 4 5 2 23 15 8 13
5. Dundee 11 3 3 5 11 12 -1 9
6. St Mirren 11 2 5 4 12 19 -7 9
7. Morton 11 2 4 5 10 21 -11 8
8. Hibernian 11 1 5 5 9 16 -7 7
9. Kilmarnock 11 1 5 5 11 21 -10 7
10. Motherwell 11 3 1 7 12 25 -13 7
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