Aberdeen 0 - 3 Dundee Utd

League Cup - Semi Final 2nd Leg
Wednesday, October 28th, 1981, 7:30 PM at Pittodrie
Attendance: 20,137
Referee: Kenny Hope (Clarkston)
Aberdeen Dundee Utd

None. Paul Sturrock (7)
Ralph Milne (38)
Paul Sturrock (83)

Team Managers
Alex Ferguson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Leighton
Stuart Kennedy
Doug Rougvie
Andy Watson
Neale Cooper
Willie Miller
Gordon Strachan
Neil Simpson
Mark McGhee
John Hewitt
Peter Weir
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Derek Murray
Iain Phillip
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Doug Bell
Walker McCall
Richard Gough
Ian Gibson

Doug Bell for Neil Simpson
Walker McCall for Peter Weir

Willie Miller Billy Kirkwood

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 487 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 357 apps22 goals
John Holt 164 apps14 goals
Paul Hegarty 310 apps49 goals
Derek Murray 8 apps -
Iain Phillip 117 apps1 goal
Eamonn Bannon 107 apps26 goals
Ralph Milne 71 apps17 goals
Billy Kirkwood 187 apps43 goals
Davie Dodds 137 apps51 goals
Paul Sturrock 293 apps87 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ralph Milne (20 years 173 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 289 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 9 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Richard Gough (19 years 211 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 289 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 229 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


A goal down after the first leg at Tannadice, United - with only one win in nine matches - were facing an Aberdeen side who were flying, unbeaten in their last 13 games. However, the Terrors were boosted by the hastened return of Paul Sturrock who had been missing for three weeks with a hand injury.

United's eagerness to have Paul Sturrock back in action was vindicated quicker than they could have anticipated. In the 7th minute, he collected the ball after Willie Miller had lost possession outside the penalty area, and after sending a posse of Aberdeen defenders the wrong way with a body swerve, he clipped the ball over the advancing Jim Leighton and into the net. After completely missing a Gordon Strachan cross, Hamish McAlpine did well to recover and smother the ball at the feet of John Hewitt during a scramble in the box. Seven minutes before the break, an Eamonn Bannon cross from the left wasn't dealt with by Leighton, and Ralph Milne was on hand to smack the ball home to put United into an aggregate lead.

Mark McGhee missed a glorious chance immediately after the interval, shooting past when a goal seemed certain. With the home side pushing for a leveller, United still looked dangerous on the break and with seven minutes remaining a long pass from Billy Kirkwood left Paul Sturrock racing in on Leighton and he smartly clipped the ball into the roof of the net. Referee Hope booked both United manager Jim McLean and coach Walter Smith for encroaching on to the pitch after the goal. It was a stunning comeback by the holders, and Sturrock, as the team earned their third successive League Cup final.

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