The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
United played in what was their only replayed Scottish Cup Final and what a disappointing night it turned out to be. United had gone into the first match which ended goal-less as favourites, but John Greig made three vital changes and it was the substitutes from the first match who were to shatter United's dreams of a cup double after already having annexed the League Cup that season. Within twenty minutes the cup was Ibrox bound with Davie Cooper after ten minutes and Bobby Russell ten minutes later having put Rangers two up. Hopes were temporarily raised when Davie Dodds became the first United player to score in a Scottish Cup Final three minutes later. Eamonn Bannon crossed and Paul Sturrock knocked it on to the unmarked Dodds who had time to chest it down before slotting it past Stewart. However, John MacDonald restored their two goal advantage six minutes later as Rangers remained in control for half-time. A tired United side struggled to find a way back in the second half, and the result was beyond doubt long before John MacDonald scored his second with 13 minutes left. There is no doubt this was a desperately disappointing night, particularly as Rangers, by their standards, were going through a lean spell as far as honours were concerned.