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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.