Dundee Utd 1 - 1 Celtic

League - Premier Division
Saturday, February 5th, 1983, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 17,289
Referee: Eddie Pringle (Edinburgh)
Dundee Utd  Celtic

Davie Dodds (40)
Charlie Nicholas (4)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
John Holt
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Pat Bonner
Danny McGrain
Mark Reid
Roy Aitken
Tom McAdam
Graeme Sinclair
Davie Provan
Paul McStay
Charlie Nicholas
Murdo McLeod
George McCluskey

John Reilly
Ralph Milne
Dom Sullivan
Frank McGarvey

None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 563 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 87 apps5 goals
John Holt 221 apps16 goals
Dave Narey 435 apps33 goals
Maurice Malpas 60 apps2 goals
Paul Hegarty 388 apps56 goals
Derek Stark 191 apps3 goals
Eamonn Bannon 173 apps46 goals
Billy Kirkwood 257 apps54 goals
Paul Sturrock 361 apps114 goals
Davie Dodds 214 apps87 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 191 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (35 years 24 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 236 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 191 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (35 years 24 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 358 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


A tremendous match on a tricky surface and United answered critics of their title ambitions with the best display for some time.

Davie Dodds scored 4 minutes from half-time to cancel out Charlie Nicholas' opener.

The disappointment of last Saturday's Cup dismissal at the hands of St Mirren has been felt by everybody at Tannadice. Therefore it is doubly important, as we face Scotland's best side, that we try and repay the magnificent support you have given us this season. Nobody can accuse us of having had it easy this season. Our cup involvement has
pitched us against teams like PSV in the U.E.F.A. Cup, Aberdeen and Celtic in the League Cup and an away draw at Love Street can hardly be classified as other than tricky. In fact, only one of our last 10 Scottish cup ties has been played at Tannadice. Whilst I am sure most of you will not agree with me, I would gladly have traded some of our European glory nights this season for progress in last week's cup tie, so highly do I view success in domestic football. I was surprised that the media made such scant reference to the number of fouls conceded by St Mirren. We must have been awarded around 30 free kicks which works out at one every three minutes. That was one of the main reasons we never struck our usual rhythm. The players, unfortunately cannot leave it solely to the referee in such instances. Our front players in particular must be braver, showing greater determination when intimidated. No side is going to stand back and allow us to play, so we must keep playing no matter the fouls and strive to retain our usual fluency instead of losing our confidence when faced with disruptive tactics as has occurred recently. In the final analysis the remedy to our problems lies in our own hands, and the fluency for which we are noted has to be earned. However, another factor in our loss of form of late has been that the front men haven't been receiving the supply from the back and midfield that they are entitled to expect. Today is Celtic's third visit of the season to Tannadice and I am sure everyone who saw the previous two encounters could only compliment Billy McNeill's side on their entertainment value. When facing Celtic you can expect nothing other than a difficult but attractive match and today's meeting should be no exception. I only hope that victory goes to us.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 22 17 3 2 59 24 35 37
2. Aberdeen 22 15 4 3 43 14 29 34
3. UNITED 22 13 6 3 48 19 29 32
4. Rangers 22 6 10 6 30 27 3 22
5. Dundee 22 6 8 8 28 29 -1 20
6. Hibernian 23 4 10 9 19 30 -11 18
7. St Mirren 23 4 9 10 23 36 -13 17
8. Motherwell 22 8 1 13 25 44 -19 17
9. Morton 23 4 7 12 23 42 -19 15
10. Kilmarnock 23 2 8 13 18 51 -33 12
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