The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
With a four goal deficit to overcome from their first leg, it was always going to be an unlikely task for United to advance to the next stage of the Texaco Cup against a strong Derby side. Nevertheless, the manager rang the changes once again following the defeat at Rugby Park in attempt to do so. Making his debut for United, one of the twin brothers from Ballingry, Sandy White, went straight into the starting eleven, along with Jackie Copland, Alan Devlin and Alec Reid. Shaking off any injury concerns following the weekend, Alan Gordon retained his place in attack.Not surprisingly, Derby scored the first goal of the game after just four minutes when Alan Hinton struck a short free-kick pass into the net. Derby increased their lead just after the quarter hour, Hinton this time the provider for Barry Butlin. It looked as though it would be another of those all too familiar days for Jerry Kerr's United. Then the fightback. Five minutes before the interval Jackie Copland headed a cross from Sandy White to pull a goal back. United had stemmed the tide.United pushed forward in the second half and they were rewarded when Alan Devlin directed a Tommy Traynor cross into the net. Then in 67 minutes, Jackie Copland gave United the lead. Kerr's men held on to win the game, but ultimately lost the tie on aggregate. United could take some reassurance from the result though as they had recorded their first win in six games.