Dundee Utd 1 - 1 Aberdeen

League - Premier Division
Tuesday, January 3rd, 1989, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 17,952
Referee: Hugh Williamson (Renfrew)
Dundee Utd  Aberdeen

Hamish French (14)
Charlie Nicholas (42)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jocky Scott & Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
Miodrag Krivokapić
Maurice Malpas
Dave Beaumont
Billy McKinlay
Mixu Paatelainen
Jim McInally
Dave Bowman
Hamish French
Kevin Gallacher
Theo Snelders
Stewart McKimmie
Ian Robertson
Neil Simpson
Alex McLeish
Brian Irvine
Charlie Nicholas
Jim Bett
Paul Wright
Robert Connor
Paul Mason

Harry Curran
Gary McGinnis
Brian Grant
Davie Dodds

Gary McGinnis for Dave Bowman (61)
Brian Grant for Paul Wright (86)
Davie Dodds for Charlie Nicholas (86)

None. Alex McLeish (39)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 193 apps -
Dave Narey 737 apps36 goals
Miodrag Krivokapić 17 apps -
Maurice Malpas 380 apps11 goals
Dave Beaumont 118 apps5 goals
Billy McKinlay 43 apps2 goals
Mixu Paatelainen 53 apps22 goals
Jim McInally 118 apps4 goals
Dave Bowman 119 apps2 goals
Hamish French 45 apps6 goals
Kevin Gallacher 146 apps32 goals
Gary McGinnis (sub) 73 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Billy McKinlay (19 years 261 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (32 years 213 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 259 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Billy McKinlay (19 years 261 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (32 years 213 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 148 days
Domestic Players:11 (84.62 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


This top of the table clash attracted a bumper crowd of almost 18,000, but Aberdeen again proved so very hard to beat as they stretched their unbeaten League run at Tannadice to ten matches.

Events during most of the first half indicated that this run could be coming to an end as we dominated play. After five minutes Mixu Paatelainen headed narrowly past from a Billy McKinlay cross, but there was better fortune for us in the 14th minute. Kevin Gallacher released Hamish French on the right and the former Keith player sprinted in on goal and despatched the ball past Snelders and although the Dutchman did get a hand to the ball, he couldn't prevent the ball entering the net. This provoked a flurry of Dons pressure, but it was at the other end that another goal almost came when a snap shot by Mixu Paatelainen dipped narrowly past. Then Hamish French fired just wide and shortly afterwards set up a couple of chances for Kevin Gallacher, who on each occasion couldn't get the final touch. After all this dominance Dons' equaliser three minutes before half-time was a bitter pill to swallow. Charlie Nicholas strode on to a through ball and shot low past Billy Thomson for an undeserved equaliser.

The second half was disappointing with Aberdeen generally having the better of the exchanges, but rarely troubling Billy Thomson. The highlight of the second period came late in the game when a scorching 35 yard first time drive by Gary McGinnis was turned round the post by Snelders six minutes from the end, so Aberdeen the only side to wrestle a point from us since November 19th.


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