The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
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.