Falkirk 1 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Division One
Saturday, March 4th, 1972, 3:00 PM at Brockville
Attendance: 3,949
Referee: Eddie Thomson (Edinburgh)
Falkirk Dundee Utd

Doug Somner (1) Archie Knox (8)

Team Managers
Willie Cunningham Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Ally Donaldson
Gregor Abel
Jim Shirra
Davie Cattenach
John Markie
George Gibson
Wilson Hoggan
Alex Ferguson
Doug Somner
Dennis Setterington
Tom McLeod
Don Mackay
Andy Rolland
Doug Smith
Jim Cameron
Frank Kopel
Jackie Copland
Billy Gray
Archie Knox
George Fleming
Ian Mitchell
Pat Gardner

John Young Sandy White

None. Sandy White for George Fleming

Appearances & Goals To Date
Don Mackay (GK) 241 apps -
Andy Rolland 191 apps21 goals
Doug Smith 489 apps10 goals
Jim Cameron 185 apps1 goal
Frank Kopel 4 apps -
Jackie Copland 33 apps13 goals
Billy Gray 24 apps1 goal
Archie Knox 7 apps2 goals
George Fleming 3 apps1 goal
Ian Mitchell 281 apps126 goals
Pat Gardner 4 apps -
Sandy White (sub) 9 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Frank Kopel (22 years 347 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (35 years 4 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 60 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Sandy White (21 years 127 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (35 years 4 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 248 days
Domestic Players:12 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


United found themselves in arrears within a minute of the game getting underway. Hoggan carried the ball to the bye-line and passed the ball back to Abel who crossed and Doug Somner headed home. But the home side's lead was short-lived. Six minutes later slackness in the Falkirk defence saw an Ian Mitchell drive palmed out by Donaldson, but only to the head of Archie Knox who had little difficulty in equalising.

However, Donald Mackay was, for the most part, the busier of the two keepers, but immediately after play re-started in the second half Ally Donaldson saved from Ian Mitchell. Although on the balance of play United deserved no more than a point, it was very nearly two with Frank Kopel missing the chance of the game when he ballooned the ball over when it seemed easier to score with just three minutes remaining!

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