Dundee Utd 7 - 0 Kilmarnock

League - Premier Division
Saturday, December 11th, 1982, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 7,259
Referee: Jim Renton (Cowdenbeath)
Dundee Utd  Kilmarnock

John Reilly (38)
Eamonn Bannon (48)
John Reilly (68)
Dave Narey (73)
Ralph Milne (78)
Davie Dodds (87)
Davie Dodds (90)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jim Clunie

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Richard Gough
John Reilly
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Paul Sturrock
Alan McCulloch
Alan Robertson
Jim Cockburn
Jim Clark
Derrick McDicken
Paul Clarke
Sammy McGivern
Stuart McLean
John Bourke
Ally McLeod
Brian Gallacher

John Holt
Davie Dodds
Ian Bryson
Ken Armstrong

Davie Dodds for Billy Kirkwood (54)
John Holt for John Reilly (82)
Ian Bryson for Stuart McLean (57)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 554 apps3 goals
Maurice Malpas 52 apps2 goals
Dave Narey 426 apps33 goals
Paul Hegarty 379 apps55 goals
Derek Stark 182 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 78 apps5 goals
John Reilly 24 apps5 goals
Billy Kirkwood 250 apps53 goals
Eamonn Bannon 166 apps45 goals
Ralph Milne 134 apps38 goals
Paul Sturrock 354 apps112 goals
John Holt (sub) 214 apps16 goals
Davie Dodds (sub) 205 apps84 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 135 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 333 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 280 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 135 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 333 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 302 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Billy Kirkwood played his 250th major competitive game for the Club.

The Rugby Parkers were overwhelmed by a United side which remarkably repeated the result of the Ayrshire side's last visit to Tannadice.

Yet only a John Reilly goal separated the side at the break. Then Eamonn Bannon, Dave Narey, Ralph Milne, John Reillyagain and substitute Davie Dodds with two late goals buried Killie in a second half avalanche.

This afternoon we return to league football after our mid-week involvement in Europe. Unfortunately these notes had to be penned prior to our visit to Werder Bremen and I hope that our interest in the U.E.F.A. Cup is not now merely of an academic nature. After the first leg against the Germans we obviously left ourselves with a lot to do, holding only a single goal advantage as we entered the second leg on Wednesday. It is, however, very important for the club to enjoy continued participation in the U.E.F.A. Cup. It was indeed a fortunate break for us that we were without a match last weekend. A heavy cold and throat bug has been lingering around Tannadice over the past two weeks or so and has laid low several of the first team squad. It is a typical winter complaint and I can only hope all those affected have shrugged off the effects. I am extremely happy with the improvement in our first team pool, brought about by the form of John Reilly and Alex Taylor, but they still have the most difficult part of their task to accomplish to completely establish themselves not just in the squad but in the first team. However, as both are forwards it does mean we now have five forwards vying for three places, a 66% improvement in our forward resources at first team level. I must repeat that the hard part has still to be done as other fringe players in the forward department have fallen short in the past. We require a very high standard for the most difficult department in the modern game and new blood must come from our existing staff. You will probably be fed up reading in the press about you, the supporters, for your magnificent turn-out again this season. Even after increased attendances in the past couple of years, the attendance figures this term have again remarkably shown yet further improvement. It is vitally important for the players to get the atmosphere a large crowd generates and for the club to receive the finance but in return we must continually provide the right kind of entertainment. Once again it is a pleasure to welcome back Kilmarnock. Even their manager looks seven feet tall to me. I don't know what they breed them on in Ayrshire but the Rugby Park side must be the tallest in Scotland. Our task this afternoon will therefore not be easy, but we must look for two points to maintain our Championship challenge and register a win over the only side in the Premier Division we have not yet beaten this season.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 14 12 1 1 39 16 23 25
2. UNITED 14 9 4 1 34 10 24 22
3. Aberdeen 15 9 3 3 29 13 16 21
4. Rangers 14 4 7 3 24 17 7 15
5. Dundee 14 5 4 5 19 16 3 14
6. St Mirren 15 3 6 6 17 27 -10 12
7. Morton 15 2 6 7 13 27 -14 10
8. Hibernian 15 1 7 7 12 23 -11 9
9. Motherwell 15 4 1 10 16 34 -18 9
10. Kilmarnock 15 1 7 7 15 35 -20 9
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