Rangers 0 - 0 Dundee Utd

(After extra time)
Scottish Cup - Final
Saturday, May 9th, 1981, 3:00 PM at Hampden Park
Attendance: 53,358
Referee: Ian Foote (Glasgow)
Rangers Dundee Utd

None. None.

Team Managers
John Greig Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Stewart
Sandy Jardine
Ally Dawson
Tom Forsyth
Gregor Stevens
Jim Bett
Tommy McLean
Bobby Russell
Colin McAdam
Ian Redford
Willie Johnston
Hamish McAlpine
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Davie Cooper
John McDonald
Derek Stark
Willie Pettigrew

None. Derek Stark for Iain Phillip
Willie Pettigrew for Ralph Milne

Tom Forsyth
Gregor Stevens
Willie Johnston

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 466 apps3 goals
Iain Phillip 97 apps1 goal
Dave Narey 337 apps22 goals
John Holt 144 apps11 goals
Paul Hegarty 292 apps49 goals
Frank Kopel 389 apps13 goals
Eamonn Bannon 85 apps17 goals
Ralph Milne 52 apps13 goals
Billy Kirkwood 169 apps40 goals
Davie Dodds 117 apps44 goals
Paul Sturrock 275 apps78 goals
Derek Stark (sub) 119 apps3 goals
Willie Pettigrew (sub) 82 apps32 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (20 years 1 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 117 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 225 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (20 years 1 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 117 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 193 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


United returned to Hampden Park for the clubs second ever Scottish Cup Final, and their second Final of the season having won the League Cup back in December. Captain Paul Hegarty had missed the final two league games of the season, but was recalled to the starting eleven at the expense of Derek Stark.

For the first 45 minutes United were the better side. Eamonn Bannon and Paul Sturrock were causing Rangers all sorts of problems and in defence both Dave Narey and Paul Hegarty were looking solid. While Rangers failed to created a chance, United squandered a number of them. the closest they came was in the 37th minute, when Bannon curved a wicked free-kick round the defensive wall and it looked a certain goal until Jim Stewart turned the ball away with one hand.

A measure of United's dominance was the fact that it took until well into the second half before Rangers got their first corner. By that time they were taking control of the game and exerting United to increasing levels of pressure. Jim Bett and Davie Cooper were causing concern for the United rear guard as they probed for an opening. Then in the final minute they thought they had gained the chance to win the game. Bobby Russell was downed in the box by Ian Phillip and the referee Ian Foote pointed to the spot. Ian Redford, who had scored a penalty against United the previous month, was the man given the opportunity to win the cup for the Gers. Redford's kick was straight down the middle, but as McAlpine dived to his right he stuck out a leg and saved the day for United.

The period of extra time was played out by tired men, who long before the end had resigned themselves to the fact that they would be back at Hampden on Tuesday night to try all over again.

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