Aberdeen 1 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Tuesday, December 30th, 1980, 7:30 PM at Pittodrie
Attendance: 22,556
Referee: Andrew Waddell (Penicuik)
Aberdeen Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Ian Scanlon (pen) (82) Davie Dodds (38)

Team Managers
Alex Ferguson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Leighton
Stuart Kennedy
Doug Considine
Andy Watson
Alex McLeish
Willie Miller
Gordon Strachan
Walker McCall
Mark McGhee
Doug Bell
Ian Scanlon
Hamish McAlpine
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Ralph Milne
Ian Gibson
Eamonn Bannon
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Bench
John Hewitt
Ian Angus
Billy Kirkwood
Willie Pettigrew

Substitutions
John Hewitt for Walker McCall
Ian Angus for Doug Bell
None.

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 444 apps3 goals
Iain Phillip 77 apps1 goal
Dave Narey 317 apps21 goals
John Holt 128 apps11 goals
Paul Hegarty 273 apps46 goals
Frank Kopel 368 apps13 goals
Ralph Milne 35 apps8 goals
Ian Gibson 9 apps1 goal
Eamonn Bannon 63 apps10 goals
Davie Dodds 100 apps32 goals
Paul Sturrock 254 apps72 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 236 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 352 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 165 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 236 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (32 years 352 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 129 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Davie Dodds played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

A late soft penalty scored by Aberdeen, the league leaders, eight minutes from the end of a classic match gave the home side a share of the points which they scarcely deserved. Once Davie Dodds had headed United into the lead, Aberdeen had struggled against a composed Tannadice side who always looked in command and capable of winning until that controversial penalty.

Just before United did score Ralph Milne hit the bar with a header from an Eamonn Bannon cross. Then in the 38th minute. United went in front with a glorious goal. Paul Hegarty began it all with a long ball from midfield which Paul Sturrock chased 40 yards out to the touchline before passing to Eamonn Bannon. He crossed to the far post where Davie Dodds outjumped everyone to score with a powerful header.

Apart from Paul Hegarty clearing a Hewitt shot off the line midway through the second half, the points appeared Tannadice bound. Then eight minutes from time Mark McGhee seemed to deliberately run against Dave Narey and the referee astounded the United supporters in the capacity crowd by awarding a penalty from which Ian Scanlon scored a less than deserved equaliser.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 20 13 6 1 42 14 28 32
2. Celtic 20 13 2 5 41 25 16 28
3. Rangers 18 8 8 2 34 14 20 24
4. UNITED 20 7 8 5 28 26 2 22
5. St Mirren 19 7 5 7 29 25 4 19
6. Morton 20 6 7 7 24 30 -6 19
7. Partick Thistle 20 6 5 9 16 25 -9 17
8. Airdrie 19 4 7 8 18 27 -9 15
9. Hearts 19 3 5 11 16 31 -15 11
10. Kilmarnock 19 1 5 13 12 43 -31 7
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