Dundee Utd 3 - 3 Hibernian

League - Premier Division
Saturday, March 26th, 1983, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 7,279
Referee: Tommy Muirhead (Stenhousemuir)
Dundee Utd  Hibernian

Davie Dodds (7)
Ian Britton (22)
Richard Gough (44)
Gordon Rae (3)
Willie Irvine (64)
Brian Rice (82)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Pat Stanton

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
Ian Britton
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Derek Stark
Paul Hegarty
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
John Reilly
Davie Dodds
Alan Rough
Alan Sneddon
Arthur Duncan
Stuart Turnbull
Gordon Rae
Jackie McNamara
Mike Conroy
Brian Rice
Willie Irvine
Bobby Thomson
Graham Harvey

Alex Taylor
John Clark
Ally Brazil
Ralph Callachan

Alex Taylor for Eamonn Bannon (86)
Ralph Callachan for Mike Conroy (45)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 571 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 95 apps11 goals
Ian Britton 16 apps2 goals
Dave Narey 443 apps33 goals
Maurice Malpas 68 apps2 goals
Derek Stark 198 apps3 goals
Paul Hegarty 396 apps57 goals
Eamonn Bannon 181 apps47 goals
Billy Kirkwood 265 apps54 goals
John Reilly 35 apps9 goals
Davie Dodds 222 apps91 goals
Alex Taylor (sub) 5 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 240 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (35 years 73 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 188 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John Clark (18 years 189 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (35 years 73 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 224 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


United lost their way in this vital match. Davie Dodds, Ian Britton, with his first League goal and Richard Gough {again on target) overtook Gordon Rae's fourth minute opener before the interval.

A ragged second half home performance let the Easter Road side in for a deserved point. Willie Irvine and Brian Rice were their scorers.

Last Saturday saw us gain a magnificent result at Pittodrie, particularly as they were facing a side fresh from a tremendous achievement in eliminating Bayern Munich. Unfortunately the gloss was taken off that achievement by two newspapers—the Sunday Mail and Daily Record—who, in my opinion, constantly highlight my comments out of context and apparently go out of their way to ridicule me. Having spoken to neither paper
directly, I found myself quoted as having "blasted the players", that being their interpretation of my comments in an edited interview. Anybody who was at Pittodrie or watched the highlights on television if questioned about the McLeish-Milne incident would have said Ralph's actions were silly. My sentiments then ended up in print in these papers as "McLean Blasts Players." After my comments that my stopwatch showed the second half had lasted 47 minutes 35 seconds, the referee correctly, in my opinion, having added on time because of silly time-wasting tactics, these papers again quoted me as having "blasted the players" To my way of thinking it is irresponsible journalism, though thankfully the majority of the Press concentrated on the important fact that the title race is again wide open, with three runners in the frame. It has, therefore, been an eventful ten days since our exit from the U.E.F.A. Cup. Our downfall against Bohemians most definitely stemmed from our inaccurate passing and lack of poise on the ball. This coupled with the players' desperation to reach the semi finals saw us falter against a side very much inferior to ourselves. However, we paid the high price of failure for failing to find the back of the net. Tempering the pain somewhat was the Reserves' triumph in the Reserve League Cup final the following Friday. They fully deserved their 3-1 victory over Rangers and I'd like to pay tribute to my right hand man Wattie Smith and coach lan Campbell for their efforts with the Reserve side. Their record on paper this season is excellent and though I regret we have no budding Andy Gray or Dave Narey in the ranks, we will see some of the current reserves graduate to first team level. At the time of writing injuries and suspensions will necessitate several changes in our line-up today. These would probably have been on the cards in any event as I am not satisfied with the
present midfield play. The pressure is still on us and to win the Premier title it will require a better blend in the middle of the park. Fringe players, therefore, whether experienced or inexperienced, should be aiming to grab this opportunity. This afternoon we welcome Hibs for what will be a decidedly awkward fixture. In front of Scottish international goalkeeper Alan Rough is a very determined bunch of players, and they will prove a tough hurdle as we pursue our league challenge. Finally, I wonder what part of this article, will appear in either the Sunday Mail or Daily Record as "McLean Blasts Players".

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 28 20 4 4 59 21 38 44
2. Celtic 28 19 5 4 69 30 39 43
3. UNITED 28 17 8 3 68 28 40 42
4. Rangers 29 9 12 8 38 30 8 30
5. Dundee 29 8 9 12 38 45 -7 25
6. St Mirren 29 7 11 11 35 42 -7 25
7. Hibernian 28 5 13 10 25 38 -13 23
8. Motherwell 29 9 4 16 32 57 -25 22
9. Morton 29 5 8 16 28 59 -31 18
10. Kilmarnock 29 3 8 18 24 66 -42 14
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