Dundee Utd 4 - 0 Kilmarnock

League - Premier Division
Saturday, April 23rd, 1983, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 7,516
Referee: Alistair Huett (Edinburgh)
Dundee Utd  Kilmarnock

Derek Stark (13)
John Holt (21)
Derek Stark (34)
Paul Sturrock (40)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jim Clunie

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
John Holt
Dave Narey
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Alan McCulloch
Stuart McLean
Robert Clark
Jim Clark
Kenny Armstrong
Paul Clarke
Sam McGivern
Ally MacLeod
Ken Eadie
Jim Simpson
Billy Muir

Ian Britton
John Clark
Brian Gallacher
Derrick McDicken

Ian Britton for John Holt (45)
Brian Gallacher for Billy Muir (45)
Derrick McDicken for Kenny Armstrong (66)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 576 apps3 goals
Maurice Malpas 73 apps2 goals
Paul Hegarty 401 apps58 goals
Derek Stark 202 apps5 goals
John Holt 231 apps20 goals
Dave Narey 448 apps33 goals
Eamonn Bannon 186 apps49 goals
Ralph Milne 154 apps46 goals
Billy Kirkwood 267 apps54 goals
Davie Dodds 227 apps91 goals
Paul Sturrock 371 apps118 goals
Ian Britton (sub) 17 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 268 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (35 years 101 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 343 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John Clark (18 years 217 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (35 years 101 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 221 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Once again the Rugby Park side were to suffer at Tannadice as United rattled in four first-half goals to ensure victory and down Killie.

Derek Stark (two headers), John Holt and Paul Sturrock got the goals that devastated Killie. With Celtic losing at Pittodrie, United went top for the first time and dreams of the title became a potential reality.

Despite our own achievements in mid-week, I must start by adding my congratulations to
Aberdeen on reaching the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup where they will face Real Madrid next month. Turning to our own efforts at Parkhead, I felt our players were magnificent in overcoming Celtic, and that justice was done in the end with the better side coming out on top. Now we must keep our feet firmly on the ground, maintaining the confidence and arrogance displayed against Celtic. If we do this we have as good a chance as any of winning the title. Never before has patience of the Dundee public been so essential. I can assure you that the players are equally as anxious as the keenest supporters that we end the season as champions. Too often in the past at Ibrox and Parkhead we have let our travelling support down and I was greatly appreciative of Wednesdays magnificent support which for once was duly rewarded. I might be prone to exaggeration but I have never been prouder of the players than on Wednesday night particularly taking into account all the circumstances. Thankfully that result put all the pressure on ourselves and deservedly so. Naturally I am disappointed that we will be without Richard Gough this afternoon, following his sending off. With the continued absence of lain Phillip it means I have no alternative but to revert Dave Narey to his role
as sweeper. We have put ourselves right back into the title frame and an awful lot rests in our hands. Now we must approach our last four matches, starting against Kilmarnock today, in the same fashion as we did against Celtic in mid-week.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. UNITED 33 21 8 4 80 34 46 50
2. Celtic 33 22 5 6 79 34 45 49
3. Aberdeen 31 21 4 6 61 24 37 46
4. Rangers 32 11 12 9 43 34 9 34
5. St Mirren 32 9 11 12 41 44 -3 29
6. Hibernian 32 7 14 11 34 42 -8 28
7. Dundee 32 8 11 13 38 46 -8 27
8. Motherwell 32 10 4 18 36 65 -29 24
9. Morton 33 6 8 19 30 66 -36 20
10. Kilmarnock 32 3 9 20 25 78 -53 15
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