Dundee Utd 2 - 2 Aberdeen

League - Premier Division
Saturday, August 27th, 1988, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 13,228
Referee: Jim Duncan (Gorebridge)
Dundee Utd  Aberdeen

Goalscorers
Raphael Meade (20)
John Clark (80)
Jim Bett (pen) (50)
John Hewitt (81)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jocky Scott & Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Dave Beaumont
Dave Narey
Billy McKinlay
Dave Bowman
John Clark
Mixu Paatelainen
Ian Redford
Kevin Gallacher
Raphael Meade
Theo Snelders
Stewart McKimmie
David Robertson
Neil Simpson
Alex McLeish
Willie Miller
Paul Wright
Jim Bett
Davie Dodds
Robert Connor
John Hewitt

Substitutes
Alex Cleland
Joe McLeod
Brian Irvine
Paul Mason

Substitutions
Alex Cleland for Raphael Meade (73)
None.

Bookings
Raphael Meade (31)
Mixu Paatelainen (67)
John Hewitt (62)
Alex McLeish (64)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 169 apps -
Maurice Malpas 355 apps11 goals
Dave Beaumont 100 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 715 apps36 goals
Billy McKinlay 24 apps1 goal
Dave Bowman 95 apps1 goal
John Clark 142 apps22 goals
Mixu Paatelainen 31 apps14 goals
Ian Redford 145 apps29 goals
Kevin Gallacher 125 apps28 goals
Raphael Meade 2 apps2 goals
Alex Cleland (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Billy McKinlay (19 years 132 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (32 years 84 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 131 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Alex Cleland (17 years 265 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (32 years 84 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 150 days
Domestic Players:11 (84.62 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Dave Beaumont played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

Aberdeen dented our 100% record, coming back to equalise twice, but all things considered a draw was probably a fair result. By the standards of past encounters this was a high scoring affair, but the strong wind was a major disrupting factor. We, in fact, faced that strong wind and had a narrow escape in the fourth minute when Neil Simpson shot past from a good position. Raphael Meade, who was making his League debut and starting a match for the first time was involved in a lot of the early action. First he got in a header which Snelders saved comfortabiy, then the former Sporting Lisbon striker ran on to a head flick from Dave Beaumont and made uninterrupted progress to the edge of the box, before sending in a shot which Snelders turned round the post. Quarter of an hour later, the newcomer opened his League account for the club. John Clark nodded a free-kick down to Raphael Meade, whose searing first time shot left Snelders helpless. A couple of minutes later Aberdeen should have equalised but Davie Dodds hooked wide from l0 yards. Thereafter chances were few and far between until the interval.

Five minutes after the interval Aberdeen equalised when Raphael Meade was adjudged to have brought down Jim Bett, who after treatment, scored from the penalty spot. We retaliated with a searching McKinlay cross which McKimmie was forced to hurridly head to safety. Five minutes later Ian Redford sent in a shot which went inches wide, after Raphael Meade had chested the ball into his path. It was Ian Redford again in the 75th minute when his surging run took him into the box and his shot to the far corner was well saved by Snelders. Five minutes later we took the lead when Mixu Paatelainen chased a ball out on the left, chipped it back into the middle for John Clark to head the ball past Snelders. Despite Aberdeen's protestations for a foul on the keeper, the goal stood, but our joy was short lived. Within a minute Aberdeen had equalised through John Hewitt. A corner on the right wasn't cleared and John Hewitt had a simple task of nodding in the equaliser.



None.

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