Dundee Utd 3 - 1 Ayr United

League Cup - Sectional Tie
Saturday, August 10th, 1974, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 3,254
Referee: Archie Webster (Falkirk)
Dundee Utd  Ayr United

Andy Gray (4)
Andy Gray (17)
Tommy Traynor (29)
Doug Mitchell (23)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Ally MacLeod

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Jackie Copland
Dave Narey
Andy Rolland
Doug Smith
Frank Kopel
Tommy Traynor
Archie Knox
Pat Gardner
Brian Rankin
Andy Gray
Ally McLean
Davie Wells
Joe Filippi
Bobby Tait
Rikki Fleming
Doug Mitchell
Bert Ferguson
Alex Ingram
Jock Dickson
Doug Somner

Iain McDonald
Graeme Payne
Bobby Cairns
Hugh Cameron

Graeme Payne for Brian Rankin
Iain McDonald for Andy Rolland
Bobby Cairns for Docherty (35)
Hugh Cameron for Alex Ingram (46)

Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 137 apps -
Jackie Copland 127 apps16 goals
Dave Narey 15 apps1 goal
Andy Rolland 280 apps29 goals
Doug Smith 584 apps26 goals
Frank Kopel 104 apps6 goals
Tommy Traynor 141 apps18 goals
Archie Knox 68 apps16 goals
Pat Gardner 99 apps22 goals
Brian Rankin 6 apps1 goal
Andy Gray 40 apps21 goals
Iain McDonald (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Graeme Payne (sub) 33 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Dave Narey (18 years 63 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (37 years 163 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 324 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Dave Narey (18 years 63 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (37 years 163 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 316 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Iain McDonald(Signed July 1st, 1974)


Torrential rain heralded the new season, but United's bright start soon made the fans forget about the depressing elements. Andy Gray prodded home the first in six minutes, and Andy Gray added a second with a header in the 17th minute. Things looked less gloomy for Ayr when Mitchell pulled one back with a volley in the 23rd minute. Tommy Traynor was on the spot to tuck home a third following a mistake by McLean in the visitors' goal. That ended the scoring in a match totally dominated by United in front of just over 3000 drenched fans.


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