The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
After temporarily being displaced by Aberdeen whose match with Killie had been brought forward. United moved back into pole position with this third successive 4-0 win. Not unnaturally it was a nervy opening but Eamonn Bannon's magnificent free-kick in the 27th minute settled the nerves. Eamonn Bannon then converted a penalty and Davie Dodds scored twice to set the stage for Dens Park the following week.
In this, the last programme of the season, I would like to express my thanks for the tremendous support you have given us throughout this term, and particularly at Cappielow last Saturday. One Criticism I could level against our home fans is the noticeably louder encouragement at away games. That was certamly evident in recent matches at Parkhead and Greenock. Our season now hinges on the outcome of today's match and at Dens Park next Saturday. Both are absolately vital. But that is not an unaccustomed situation for the players. Only the League Cup tie with Raith Rovers and friendlies against West Ham and Everton haven't fallen into that category. The players have responded admirably to this almost unceasing pressure and no matter what lies ahead, they are to be congratulated on a recordbreaking season. Apart from being far and away our most successful at Premier level, two further landmarks have been achieved. The two points at Cappieiow broke the club's highest points total for a season and the fourth goal at Greenock boosted the season's scoring aggregate to 121 —equalling the club record. The Reserves, too, have had a successful season. Already they have captured the Reserve League Cup, look certain to top the Reserve League East and still have to meet Rangers in the 2nd Xl Cup semi-final, I would, however, have been happier if this success had been achieved with more outstanding young players, lan Britton, lan Phillip and Wattie Smith have formed the back bone of the side. We do have some good young players but I am disappointed at the lack of hunger displayed by some of them. None appear keen to put in extra work to improve their basic skills and that will slow down their progress to first team level. Motherwell, our visitors today, are now free from relegation worries and back to full strength following a series of suspensions. They can, therefore, approach this encounter in a relaxed mood that can only increase the difficulty of our task which is not only to win but probably attempt to score as many goals as possible, dependent on Aberdeen's mid-week results. I would therefore appeal to you all to give the players your complete backing this afternoon.