Aberdeen 1 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, August 16th, 1980, 3:00 PM at Pittodrie
Attendance: 12,948
Referee: Bob Cuthill (Winchburgh)
Aberdeen Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Gordon Strachan (pen.) (29) Paul Hegarty (23)

Team Managers
Alex Ferguson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Leighton
Stuart Kennedy
John McMaster
Andy Watson
Alex McLeish
Willie Miller
Gordon Strachan
Steve Cowan
Mark McGhee
Drew Jarvie
Ian Scanlon
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Derek Addison
Graeme Payne
Paul Sturrock

Bench
Doug Bell
John Hewitt
Frank Kopel
Joe Ward

Substitutions
Doug Bell for Andy Watson
John Hewitt for Drew Jarvie
Frank Kopel for Ralph Milne

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 412 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 287 apps21 goals
Iain Phillip 52 apps1 goal
Paul Hegarty 241 apps40 goals
Derek Stark 85 apps2 goals
Eamonn Bannon 34 apps4 goals
Ralph Milne 23 apps5 goals
Billy Kirkwood 127 apps28 goals
Derek Addison 118 apps12 goals
Graeme Payne 233 apps14 goals
Paul Sturrock 222 apps57 goals
Frank Kopel (sub) 341 apps13 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 100 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 216 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 136 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 100 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 216 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 7 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

After a disappointing 2-2 draw against Kilmarnock at Tannadice on the opening day of the new season, United travelled to Pittodrie to face champions Aberdeen. Jim McLean made one change to his starting line-up from the side which had defeated East Fife 5-2 at Bayview in midweek: Eamonn Bannon replacing summer signing Joe Ward who dropped to the bench.

It was predicted before the game that it would be a tight match between two very talented sides and thatís the way it turned out. United did however take the lead in the 23rd minute: captain Paul Hegarty powering a header past the helpless Jim Leighton in the Aberdeen goal from an Eamonn Bannon free-kick. Bannon was then involved at the other end of the pitch only six minutes later Ė bringing down Mark McGhee in the box resulting in a penalty for the Dons. Gordon Strachan stepped up and sent Hamish McAlpine to wrong way to bring Alex Fergusonís side level.

Overall the game was terrific advertisement for Scottish Football with both sides pressing hard to snatch the all-important winning goal. McAlpine in the United goal was on top form and pulled off two brilliant flying saves to deny Gordon Strachan on separate occasions and in the end the match finished all-square.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 2 2 0 0 5 1 4 4
2. Rangers 2 1 1 0 5 1 4 3
3. Airdrie 2 1 1 0 3 1 2 3
4. Aberdeen 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 3
5. St Mirren 2 1 0 1 4 2 2 2
6. UNITED 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2
7. Partick Thistle 2 1 0 1 3 6 -3 2
8. Kilmarnock 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 1
9. Hearts 2 0 0 2 2 5 -3 0
10. Morton 2 0 0 2 2 6 -4 0
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