Heart of Midlothian 1 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Division One
Saturday, October 1st, 1960, 3:00 PM at Tynecastle Park
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: J Blair (Paisley)
Heart of Midlothian Dundee Utd

Jimmy Murray (51) Dennis Gillespie (50)

Team Managers
Tommy Walker Jerry Kerr

Starting Eleven
Gordon Marshall
Bobby Kirk
Davie Holt
Andy Bowman
Jimmy Milne
Billy Higgins
Bobby Blackwood
Jimmy Murray
Alex Young
George Thomson
Ian Crawford
Lando Ugolini
Kevin Cairns
Ron Yeats
Jimmy Briggs
Tommy Neilson
Gibby Ormond
Stewart Fraser
Tommy Campbell
Wattie Carlyle
Dennis Gillespie
Jim Irvine

Appearances & Goals To Date
Lando Ugolini (GK) 10 apps -
Kevin Cairns 4 apps -
Ron Yeats 94 apps1 goal
Jimmy Briggs 77 apps2 goals
Tommy Neilson 36 apps2 goals
Gibby Ormond 19 apps4 goals
Stewart Fraser 53 apps3 goals
Tommy Campbell 13 apps12 goals
Wattie Carlyle 9 apps -
Dennis Gillespie 47 apps22 goals
Jim Irvine 48 apps26 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jim Irvine (20 years 50 days)
Oldest Player:Lando Ugolini (36 years 128 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 84 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jim Irvine (20 years 50 days)
Oldest Player:Lando Ugolini (36 years 128 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 84 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


As we entered October 1960 we sat with six points from four games in second place on goal average. Rangers were top with maximum points and Hearts, our opponents on the first Saturday in October, one of four other clubs on six points. The Tynecastle men were defending League Champions so this was obviously going to be another severe test as to our first Division mettle. Hearts met us in the wave of a disappointing 2-1 home defeat at the hand of Benfica at Tynecastle in the European Cup in mid-week. Hearts offical programme for our visit was fulsome in its praise of United's efforts so far, "There has been nothing more dramatic in Scottish football than the emergence of Dundee United from the doldrums of the Second Division and nothing more romantic than their whirlwind start to their First Division career." The welcome went on, "It is not often that Hearts have had visitors to Tynecastle in the past year or two who were above them in the League table. But here today we have Dundee United with the same points as ourselves with a better goal average."

Showing no sign of being intimidated by their illustrious opponents we gave Hearts a very hard game. Several changes in the Maroon's attack failed to ruffle United's strong hard-working defence. Indeed, it was we who eventually went ahead when Dennis Gillespie's header went in via a post five minutes from the interval. That lead, however, was extremely short-lived for Hearts raced upfield to equalise within a minute. Jimmy Murray was the villain as far as we were concerned also scoring with a header one minute later. Post-match accounts of the game in many cases freely condemned Hearts for having a bad game, but that surely didn't do justice to a battling performance by the men in black and white. During the last ten minutes we were still going strong and might have done enough in those closing stages to have actually won the game. Even so a draw at Tynecastle was a highly satisfactory result and as the league table below shows we maintained second place after than share of the spoils. Incidentally, Andy Bowman, Dave's father was in the Hearts side that afternoon.

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