Dundee Utd 1 - 1 Celtic

League Cup - Semi Final 1st Leg
Wednesday, November 12th, 1980, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 14,517
Referee: Tommy Muirhead (Stenhousemuir)
Dundee Utd  Celtic

Eamonn Bannon (23)
Charlie Nicholas (82)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy McNeill

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Frank Kopel
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Willie Pettigrew
Davie Dodds
Pat Bonner
Danny McGrain
Mark Reid
Roy Aitken
Roddie McDonald
Tom McAdam
Davie Provan
John Weir
George McCluskey
Johnny Doyle
Tommy Burns

Graeme Payne
Joe Ward
Charlie Nicholas
Frank McGarvey

Graeme Payne for Willie Pettigrew
Charlie Nicholas for Johnny Doyle
Frank McGarvey for George McCluskey

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 435 apps3 goals
Frank Kopel 359 apps13 goals
Dave Narey 309 apps21 goals
Iain Phillip 68 apps1 goal
Paul Hegarty 264 apps46 goals
Derek Stark 107 apps3 goals
Eamonn Bannon 54 apps9 goals
Billy Kirkwood 145 apps30 goals
Paul Sturrock 245 apps65 goals
Willie Pettigrew 63 apps26 goals
Davie Dodds 91 apps26 goals
Graeme Payne (sub) 253 apps17 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Derek Stark (21 years 364 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 304 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 234 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Derek Stark (21 years 364 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 304 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 219 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Jim McLean made two changes from the team that defeated Hearts at the weekend, with strikers Davie Dodds and Willie Pettigrew coming in, and Ian Gibson missing out and Joe Ward dropped to the bench.

United dominated most of the first half and in 23 minutes United's more varied attacking strategy paid off. Paul Sturrock got to the bye line and cut the ball back, Pat Bonner could not hold it and Willie Pettigrew cleverly chipped the ball across goal for Eamonn Bannon to volley home.

Celtic came back into it in the second half when McGarvey and Nicholas replaced the ineffective Doyle and McCluskey. In 80 minutes Ian Philip had a miraculous clearance off the line from a Nicholas shot. Two minutes later and Philip was the villain when he knocked a cross into the path of Charlie Nicholas who smacked the ball in off Stark's despairing legs.

With the tie all square, United now had to travel to Glasgow for the second league without the lead that they had hoped to be taking with them.

As I have thought to myself so often in the past concerning our game what a crazy, crazy world football is! Imagine, we set out for what appeared to be a big task in the U.E.F.A. Cup in Belgium seven days ago, play superbly, and yet fail to find the net with a goal which would have seen us through into the last sixteen of the competition. And yet, three days later we travel to Tynecastle and score three times without playing with half the conviction we showed on the continent. Don't get me wrong, the fact that we managed to complete our third successive Premier League win away from home delighted me but honestly the performance shown in Edinburgh came nowhere near that which all but downed Lokeren.

I am already down in print as describing our display against the Belgians as our best in an away European tie. Allow me to correct that, it was one of the best from any club I have ever been associated with! What saddens me however, is the fact that it took place in front of only a couple of hundred of those of you fans who delighted us all with your marvellous support so far from home. I would dearly like to think that a similar showing would be possible here tonight when Celtic are our visitors. Take it from me, I know full well that it will take that kind of display to aid us on our intended passage towards the final again. Following successive league defeats the men from Parkhead will be even more determined than usual to take home a good first-leg result. It will be up to us
to prevent any celebration on the Glasgow-bound coach tonight.

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