Dundee Utd 5 - 0 Motherwell

League - Premier Division
Monday, December 27th, 1982, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 7,682
Referee: Hugh Williamson (Renfrew)
Dundee Utd  Motherwell

Goalscorers
Ralph Milne (33)
Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (37)
John Reilly (59)
Paul Hegarty (63)
Paul Sturrock (82)
None.

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jock Wallace

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
John Reilly
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Hugh Sproat
Ian MacLeod
Alex Forsyth
Graeme Forbes
Johannes Edvaldsson
Alister Mauchlan
John Gahagan
Bobby Flavell
Brian McLaughlin
Brian McClair
Tommy O'Hara

Substitutes
John Holt
Billy Kirkwood
Chic McClelland
Ian Clinging

Substitutions
Billy Kirkwood for John Reilly (74)
Chic McClelland for Brian McLaughlin (56)
Ian Clinging for John Gahagan (63)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 556 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 80 apps5 goals
Dave Narey 428 apps33 goals
Maurice Malpas 54 apps2 goals
Paul Hegarty 381 apps56 goals
Derek Stark 184 apps3 goals
Eamonn Bannon 168 apps46 goals
Ralph Milne 136 apps39 goals
John Reilly 26 apps7 goals
Paul Sturrock 356 apps114 goals
Davie Dodds 207 apps84 goals
Billy Kirkwood (sub) 251 apps53 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 151 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 349 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 294 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 151 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 349 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 318 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

United ensured that their displacement from 2nd spot by Aberdeen, who played in the afternoon, was only temporary.

Ralph Milne, an Eamonn Bannon penalty four minutes later established an interval lead.

John Reilly, Paul Hegarty and Paul Sturrock were the second half scorers who helped earn a standing ovation at the end.

Firstly at this festive period I would like to take this opportunity of wishing every one of you a very Merry Christmas, and I trust all of you have had an enjoyable time. As is appropriate at this time of year, I would like to give my thanks to those who have helped make this year such a success. First and foremost I must turn to the players and the way in which they have worked so hard for each other. The result in Bremen typified their resolve that has taken the club through 39 matches since the start of the season with only three reversals despite a hectic programme. The Reserves, too, can claim almost as equally an impressive record with just four defeats in 30 outings all told. The efforts of the playing staff have, however, been matched by your truly magnificent support. Apart from the welcome increase in our travelling support it has been heartening to see yet further growth in our home attendances. That is so vital with clubs retaining their home gates and it is even more impressive when you consider that Rangers have had only 7,000 to 8,000 for some games and Dundee could only attract 6.528 for Aberdeen's visit in their last home outing. You can well understand the satisfaction derived by players, directors and staff alike at the public's response to their efforts. In my 11 years at Tannadice, the Directors have rarely overruled me. In fact, I have been accorded 100% backing during that period. The rare occasions on which they have prevailed have meant that players such as Paul Hegarty, Dave Narey and Paul Sturrock have remained at Tannadice contrary to my original inclinations. I must also express my thanks to the Press. As the gentlemen of the media will, I am sure, quickly agree, I have hardly been patronising towards them. Therefore the good publicity received by the club in the past two seasons and, in particular, this term, is all the more satisfactory. More importantly it reflects tremendous credit on the achievements by the players. Commendable as our progress has been this season, as far as I am concerned, we can still do better and I will be looking for even more in 1983. The League Cup defeat by Celtic has, to date, been the only major setback and that was lost at Parkhead when Paul Sturrock was an absentee, rather than at Tannadice. However, the major trophies are still to be contested and we must continue our improvement if we are to be amongst the honours and, hopefully, with luck this is within our capabilities. Tonight we face a difficult tussle with Jock Wallace's side and I hope that the match will take place in conditions that will give
you, the paying spectators, full value for money.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 16 14 1 1 48 17 31 29
2. UNITED 16 11 4 1 41 11 30 26
3. Aberdeen 17 11 3 3 33 13 20 25
4. Rangers 16 5 8 3 25 17 8 18
5. Dundee 16 5 5 6 19 18 1 15
6. St Mirren 17 3 7 7 17 28 -11 13
7. Hibernian 17 2 8 7 13 23 -10 12
8. Morton 17 2 6 9 15 34 -19 10
9. Motherwell 17 4 1 12 16 40 -24 9
10. Kilmarnock 17 1 7 9 15 41 -26 9
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