Aberdeen 1 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, August 29th, 1987, 3:00 PM at Pittodrie
Attendance: 16,065
Referee: Andrew Waddell (Edinburgh)
Aberdeen Dundee Utd

Jim Bett (pen.) (27) Ian Redford (pen.) (75)

Team Managers
Ian Porterfield Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Leighton
Stewart McKimmie
David Robertson
Neil Simpson
Brian Irvine
Willie Miller
Davie Dodds
Jim Bett
Joe Miller
Charlie Nicholas
Gary Hackett
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Ian Redford
Ian McPhee
Eamonn Bannon
Iain Ferguson
Paul Sturrock
Alan Irvine

Brian Grant
Willie Falconer
Billy Kirkwood
Kevin Gallacher

Brian Grant for Neil Simpson (46)
Willie Falconer for Davie Dodds (65)
Kevin Gallacher for Alan Irvine (65)
Billy Kirkwood for Ian McPhee (86)

Stewart McKimmie (67)
Charlie Nicholas (83)
Alan Irvine (58)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 121 apps -
Dave Narey 663 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 608 apps79 goals
John Holt 403 apps24 goals
Maurice Malpas 298 apps10 goals
Ian Redford 109 apps24 goals
Ian McPhee 3 apps1 goal
Eamonn Bannon 404 apps103 goals
Iain Ferguson 56 apps30 goals
Paul Sturrock 550 apps166 goals
Alan Irvine 1 app (debut) -
Billy Kirkwood (sub) 399 apps70 goals
Kevin Gallacher (sub) 87 apps20 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Alan Irvine (24 years 279 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (33 years 43 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 197 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (20 years 284 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (33 years 43 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 357 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Alan Irvine(Signed August 28th, 1987)


Two soft penalties, one for either side, told the story of this latest meeting with our great north east rivals. Taking everything into consideration a draw was probably a fair reflection of events. Chances perhaps occurred more often than normal in these matches. Ian McPhee saw a volley tipped over by Leighton and at the other end Joe Miller headed a Bett cross over, when it looked easier to score.

In the 27th minute came the first of these two penalties. Hackett took on John Holt on the edge of the box. The ball appeared to come up and strike John on the arm. The referee awarded a penalty and Jim Bett scored from the spot. Back at the other end, Paul Hegarty's header from John Holt's free-kick was only just tipped over the bar by Leighton. Before the interval, a cut-back by Dave Narey was hit over the bar by lain Ferguson.

Paul Sturrock shot wide early in the second half as we pursued an equaliser. However, Grant was unlucky to see his shot creep past the post. Kevin Gallacher replaced newcomer Alan Irvine. A Paul Sturrock run down the left almost brought us back on level terms, but his cross was headed wide by lain Ferguson. A minute later in the 75th minute, Kevin Gallacher scampered clear of Brian Irvine and his shot from outside the box struck Willie Miller's arm. Ian Redford sent Jim Leighton the wrong way from the spot. For a short spell, we threatened to take both points, but the Dons struck back and had a goal disallowed when Willie Falconer fouled Billy Thomson as he headed home. The United 'keeper then came to our rescue to block a shot from Peter Nicholas from point-blank range.

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