The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
With the competition now in its second year, the first round of the Texaco Cup sent United on a first leg journey to the Baseball Ground, where they met Brian Clough's English First Division title contenders, Derby County. On the back of a disappointing Dundee derby, Jerry Kerr replaced young 'keeper Hamish McAlpine with the more experienced Don Mackay, while Jim Henry also came in for Davie Wilson in attack. One other defensive change was made, as Jackie Copland was brough back in for Stuart Markland.As it happened, United found themselves completely outplayed in this match, and were four goals down before they really started to make an impact on this game.Alan Gordon offered United some consolation with a header shortly after the break, then soon after Andy Rolland, who had hit the post in the first half with United's only earlier offering, got lucky with a weak effort that was allowed to squirm past Colin Boulton in the Derby goal. Two further goals from Derby restored their comprehensive advantage however, as United conceded six for the second time in four days.