Brechin City 2 - 4 Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup - 3rd Round
Saturday, January 30th, 1982, 3:00 PM at Glebe Park
Attendance: 4,348
Referee: David Galloway (Pitlessie)
Brechin City Dundee Utd

Rob Cormack (11)
John Holt (o.g.) (59)
Paul Sturrock (43)
Paul Sturrock (66)
Davie Dodds (70)
Billy Kirkwood (79)

Team Managers
Doug Houston Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Derek Neilson
David Watt
Ray Lorimer
Gerry Lesslie
Brian Reid
George Mackie
Ian Campbell
Atholl Henderson
Ian Paterson
Ian Stewart
Rob Cormack
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Derek Murray
Derek Stark
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Ralph Milne
Eamonn Bannon
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Steve Graham
Dick Campbell
John Holt
Graeme Payne

None. John Holt for Derek Murray (51)

Ian Stewart (20) None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 498 apps3 goals
Paul Hegarty 322 apps51 goals
Derek Murray 15 apps -
Derek Stark 138 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 369 apps23 goals
Maurice Malpas 4 apps -
Ralph Milne 83 apps23 goals
Eamonn Bannon 119 apps31 goals
Billy Kirkwood 198 apps46 goals
Davie Dodds 149 apps55 goals
Paul Sturrock 305 apps95 goals
John Holt (sub) 175 apps14 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (19 years 185 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 18 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 126 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (19 years 185 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (34 years 18 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 196 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


A season wrecked by the severe winter was further thrown into confusion as United played off their outstanding Third Round Scottish Cup tie a week late at Glebe Park. United made two changes from their last competitive match, with youngsters Maurice Malpas and Derek Murray coming in for John Holt and Iain Phillip.

Our first competitive visit to Glebe Park for 21 years, as anticipated, was a tough battle. United were unlucky not to take the lead in the first minute, when an Eamonn Bannon free-kick hit the post with former United keeper Derek Neilson well beaten. Davie Dodds had a shot that came off the top of the bar before Brechin City took a shock 10th minute lead. Rob Cormack latched onto a rare Paul Hegarty mistake to shoot home from a tight angle. Dodds again came close, this time with a header, but United found the equaliser three minutes before the interval. Paul Sturrock's precision header from an Eamonn Bannon corner brought us level.

There was further consternation in the Tannadice ranks when Cormack's cross was deflected past Hamish McAlpine by substitute John Holt 14 minutes into the second half. 2-1 down after an hours play, there was a feeling that there was going to be a Cup shock in Brechin, however relief came quickly when Paul Sturrock headed in his second equaliser in the 66th minute. Four minutes later a Ralph Milne corner was only partially cleared, and Maurice Malpas headed the ball back in to the box, where Davie Dodds volleyed United ahead for the first time. With 10 minutes remaining, a Sturrock shot rebounded off Neilson and Billy Kirkwood made it four to give the final scoreline a comfortable margin, which belied events on the park.

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