Dundee Utd 2 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

League - Premier Division
Saturday, August 11th, 1984, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 10,027
Referee: Douglas Hope (Erskine)
Mascot: Colin Archer
Dundee Utd  Heart of Midlothian

Ralph Milne (16)
Ralph Milne (79)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex MacDonald

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
Gary McGinnis
Richard Gough
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Tommy Coyne
Paul Sturrock
Henry Smith
Walter Kidd
Brian Whittaker
Sandy Jardine
Roddie MacDonald
Stewart MacLaren
Donald Park
John Robertson
Jimmy Bone
Alex MacDonald
Kenny Black

John Reilly
Alex Taylor
Craig Levein
Willie Johnston

John Reilly for Tommy Coyne (69)
Craig Levein for Donald Park (46)
Willie Johnston for Stewart McLaren (71)

None. Roddie McDonald (11)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 1 app (debut) -
John Holt 288 apps23 goals
Maurice Malpas 131 apps4 goals
Paul Hegarty 462 apps63 goals
Dave Narey 506 apps35 goals
Gary McGinnis 7 apps1 goal
Richard Gough 156 apps19 goals
Eamonn Bannon 243 apps63 goals
Ralph Milne 205 apps62 goals
Tommy Coyne 22 apps3 goals
Paul Sturrock 402 apps124 goals
John Reilly (sub) 65 apps22 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Gary McGinnis (20 years 300 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (30 years 25 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 65 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Gary McGinnis (20 years 300 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (30 years 25 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 268 days
Domestic Players:12 (92.31 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Billy Thomson(Signed June 28th, 1984)


On one of the hottest opening days to the season for many a long day. United repeated their mid-week victory over Nottingham Forest, even down to Ralph Milne scoring both goals.

The first threat on either goal came in 11 minutes when a Whittaker shot went just over. United, however, took the lead with their first serious assault on the Hearts' goal. Maurice Malpas won the ball in his own half, broke clear before parting to Eamonn Bannon on the left. Eamonn's perfect centre was headed down past Henry Smith by Ralph Milne.

Billy Thomson, making his debut, had to react quickly when he diverted a snap shot from Alex MacDonald to retain United's one goal advantage. Despite having the lion's share of the play. United couldn't extend their lead. Billy Thomson once again came to the rescue with a great save from a Whittaker header. Three minutes later Ralph Milne latched on to a touch from Paul Sturrock and raced on, beating MacDonald before lobbing over the advancing Smith from the edge of the box to clinch the points.


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