The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
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.