Dundee Utd 6 - 1 Motherwell

Scottish Cup - 5th Round
Saturday, March 7th, 1981, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 10,236
Referee: George Smith (Edinburgh)
Mascot: John Shields
Dundee Utd  Motherwell

Davie Dodds (10)
Davie Dodds (11)
Paul Sturrock (14)
Davie Dodds (17)
Billy Kirkwood (59)
Dave Narey (62)
Gordon Soutar (32)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Ally MacLeod

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Frank Kopel
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Hugh Sproat
Joe Wark
Ian MacLeod
Chic McLelland
Joe Smith
Graeme Forbes
Brian McLaughlin
Bruce Cleland
Willie Irvine
Gordon Soutar
John Gahagan

Graeme Payne
Willie Pettigrew
Joe Carson
Stuart Rafferty

Willie Pettigrew for Iain Phillip
Graeme Payne for Ralph Milne
Joe Carson for Bruce Cleland

Frank Kopel
Gordon Soutar

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 453 apps3 goals
Frank Kopel 377 apps13 goals
Iain Phillip 85 apps1 goal
Dave Narey 326 apps22 goals
John Holt 132 apps11 goals
Paul Hegarty 282 apps47 goals
Ralph Milne 41 apps10 goals
Billy Kirkwood 157 apps35 goals
Eamonn Bannon 72 apps12 goals
Paul Sturrock 263 apps74 goals
Davie Dodds 109 apps42 goals
Willie Pettigrew (sub) 75 apps29 goals
Graeme Payne (sub) 264 apps17 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 303 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 54 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 162 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 303 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 54 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 208 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


The Terrors secured a fine win over First Division Motherwell at Tannadice to secure a safe passage into the Scottish Cup Semi Finals.

Motherwell threatened early on, with a Bruce Cleland shot blocked by Hamish McAlpine and Gordon Soutar fired the rebound wide. In the 10th minute United took control, with Davie Dodds scoring his first before adding a second a minute later. Three minutes later Paul Sturrock made it three goals in four minutes with a marvellous first-time shot. In the 17th minute Davie Dodds completed his hat-trick, having scored his three goals in an incredible seven minute spell. Motherwell did pull a goal back in the 32nd minute through Gordon Soutar to make it 4-1 going into half-time.

Fourteen minutes into the second half, Billy Kirkwood made it 5-1, following up after Motherwell keeper Hugh Sproat had failed to hold the ball. Dave Narey completed the scoring in the 62nd minute, hitting home from fully 35 yards out to complete the rout in front of a large crowd as United were assured of progress with plenty to spare.

After the match, the headlines were more about manager Jim McLean's decision to withhold a third of the players entertainment bonus. After stating that the finishing was the best at any time since he took charge of the team, he also claimed that they had been "insufficiently entertaining, with far too many slack moments and that technically they were capable of playing much better".

Good afternoon and welcome to another Tannadice occasion, vital to the club with the prospect of money spinning ties ahead as the reward for victory. And I see today's quarter-final clash against Motherwell as potentially one of the most entertaining ninety minutes of the term so far. My reason is simple. The Fir Park outlook, especially under present boss Ally MacLeod, has seldom looked other than to the firm belief that attack is the best form of defence. Therefore the memory of their tremendous fight against us in the League Cup earlier in the season allied to their determination towards a positive approach to any game, should assist towards a crowd-pleaser.

Needless to say our recent continuation along the winning lines has been encouraging if not altogether satisfying! Three successive single-goal winning margins emphasise the too close for comfort aspect of these performances when in my opinion we played only for around half of the allotted spans of each game. To offset the inconsistencies displayed by several of the side in these games I have sought to pressure the offenders by introdudng a change or two each week. Therefore I have continually attempted to get through to the side the message that recent opponents have taken us so close simply because of our own failure to maintain their true potential for the entire game!

Finally, thanks are again due to you, our support, for your appreciation and patience at recent home games to the problems faced nowadays at Premier League level. The effect of your wholehearted backing is getting through to those that matter the players.

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