Dundee Utd 1 - 0 Aberdeen

League Cup - Quarter Final 2nd Leg
Wednesday, October 6th, 1982, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 11,753
Referee: George Smith (Edinburgh)
Dundee Utd  Aberdeen

Paul Sturrock (pen.) (73)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Derek Stark
Richard Gough
Iain Phillip
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Jim Leighton
Neale Cooper
Doug Rougvie
John McMaster
Alex McLeish
Willie Miller
Gordon Strachan
Neil Simpson
Mark McGhee
John Hewitt
Peter Weir

Ian Britton
Graeme Payne
Eric Black
Dougie Bell

None. Eric Black for Mark McGhee (64)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 539 apps3 goals
Derek Stark 169 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 63 apps3 goals
Iain Phillip 142 apps1 goal
Maurice Malpas 39 apps2 goals
Dave Narey 411 apps28 goals
Paul Hegarty 364 apps54 goals
Ralph Milne 119 apps31 goals
Billy Kirkwood 235 apps51 goals
Davie Dodds 190 apps75 goals
Paul Sturrock 344 apps109 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 69 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 267 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 99 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (20 years 69 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 267 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 226 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Dons exit from this competition at the hands of a Dundee team for the fourth year in a row.

Strachan smashes a header off the post before the tie is sealed by a Paul Sturrock penalty after Rougvie handled a Hegarty header.

I am sure that last Saturday's thrilling contest with Celtic provided everyone Present with value for money. It proved the value a full house has on the players. For make no mistake, there is nothing better than the highly charged atmosphere generated by a large crowd to lift players and bring out the best in them as it did last weekend. Given circumstances like that every week, a lot of football's ills would disappear overnight. However, delighted as I was with Saturday's attendance and the game with Celtic as a spectacle, I must confess disappointment at some aspects of our display. Celtic put in a fine performance but I felt we were ragged in defence and up front. Whilst our equalising goal was a great advert for football, the one touch play indulged by our front men is not the recipe for consistency that brings success. Players have, in my opinion, grown up over the last year or so, having earned good results even after losing the opening goal. I have noticed on such occasions however, the players appealing to the referee when things have started to go against them rather than fighting back in the way they did against Celtic in the last 30 minutes. I have been greatly pleased by the players on several occasions over recent years but I have never been prouder than after their display in Holland last week. That does not mean I will not be looking for better from them in the future. I am constantly seeking to improve the club, myself and the players. Tonight we face a tricky situation in opposing an Aberdeen side whose approach will be clear-cut—to attack. There can be no sterner warning to our players than last year's semi-final against the Dons when the positions were almost reversed and Alex Ferguson won't need me to remind him who qualified! We must therefore look for goals to decide the tie rather than rely on the two-goal lead we hold. I need only remind the players of what happened against Radnicki Nis with the display we turned in over there in similar circumstances.

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