The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
For the first game of the new season, manager Jerry Kerr handed new signing Billy Gray his debut as United looked to kick off the campaign with a win in their League Cup opener at home to Kilmarnock. Joe Watson and Alex Gordon combined early on to threaten the Killie goal, playing Alec Reid in for a shot which rebounded off Alan MacDonald to safety. Only the acrobatics of Ally Hunter in the visitor's goal prevented a rout early on, saving twice following a break and moments later from a fierce Gordon effort. All over the Ayrshire men, United were far and away the dominant side in the first half - only a goal was missing.As the game progressed into the second half, it looked more and more as if Killie were going to steal a point. Then, fifteen minutes from the end, just as Killie were beginning to make some impression in attack, United made the breakthrough. Frank Beattie, playing his first game since 1969, misjudged a Davie Wilson corner and the ball fell to Alec Reid who hammered the ball high into the roof of the net. Even at that, Killie almost snatched an equaliser when MacDonald hit the bar, but United held on for the win.