Celtic 0 - 0 Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup - Semi Final
Saturday, April 11th, 1981, 3:00 PM at Hampden Park
Attendance: 40,337
Referee: George Smith (Edinburgh)
Celtic Dundee Utd

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Team Managers
Billy McNeill Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Pat Bonner
Murdo MacLeod
Roy Aitken
Tom McAdam
Mark Reid
Dom Sullivan
Mike Conroy
Tommy Burns
Davie Provan
George McCluskey
Charlie Nicholas
Hamish McAlpine
Frank Kopel
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds

Johnny Doyle
Roddie MacDonald
Derek Stark
Willie Pettigrew

Johnny Doyle for George McCluskey Derek Stark for Paul Hegarty

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Red Cards
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Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 459 apps3 goals
Frank Kopel 383 apps13 goals
Iain Phillip 91 apps1 goal
Dave Narey 332 apps22 goals
John Holt 137 apps11 goals
Paul Hegarty 288 apps47 goals
Ralph Milne 45 apps12 goals
Billy Kirkwood 163 apps38 goals
Eamonn Bannon 78 apps14 goals
Paul Sturrock 268 apps77 goals
Davie Dodds 112 apps42 goals
Derek Stark (sub) 113 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 338 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 89 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 197 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (19 years 338 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 89 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 165 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


The team travelled through to Glasgow for the Semi Final against Celtic at Hampden, a ground that United had recorded just one victory in nine visits as a neutral venue. After the defeat at Ibrox the week before, Frank Kopel was promoted from the bench, with Derek Stark finding a place in the dugout. Davie Dodds was back in the starting eleven after missing the last three matches, with Ian Gibson making way.

In 21 minutes there was a solid penalty claim when Paul Sturrock, running in the box, went down after a tackle from Roy Aitken. Referee George Smith indicated a dive by Sturrock and waved play on. A minute later Sturrock was downed again but this time outside the box. A free-kick was awarded but came to nothing and there was little other fare in the first half.

United came close in the 74th minute when Davie Dodds hit a low shot on the turn from 18 yards but the ball was deflected up and smacked off the face of the post. As the game wore on, Celtic began to pressurise United, and Dave Narey did well to dispossess Doyle at the edge of the area when the Celtic man was closing in on goal. However, twice in the closing minutes United almost clinched it. Pat Bonner was forced into two great saves from long range Eamonn Bannon efforts. A limping Paul Hegarty had to be replaced by Derek Stark near the end of the game, but it stayed level.

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