Dundee Utd 1 - 2 Newcastle United

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup - 1st Round 1st Leg
Monday, September 15th, 1969, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 15,500
Referee: Peter Coates (Republic of Ireland)
Dundee Utd  Newcastle United

Ian Scott (76)
Wyn Davies (56)
Wyn Davies (62)

Team Managers
Jerry Kerr
Joe Harvey

Starting Eleven
Don Mackay
Doug Smith
Stuart Markland
Jim Cameron
Andy Rolland
Davie Wilson
Alec Reid
Ian Mitchell
Kenny Cameron
Dennis Gillespie
Ian Scott
Willie McFaul
John Craggs
Tommy Gibb
Frank Clark
Alwyn Burton
Bobby Moncur
Keith Dyson
Preben Arentoft
James Smith
Bryan Robson
Wyn Davies

Jimmy Briggs
Ged Reilly

Jimmy Briggs for Stuart Markland (63)
Ged Reilly for Don Mackay (72)

Appearances & Goals To Date
Don Mackay (GK) 185 apps -
Doug Smith 384 apps2 goals
Stuart Markland 18 apps1 goal
Jim Cameron 73 apps -
Andy Rolland 85 apps10 goals
Davie Wilson 78 apps16 goals
Alec Reid 53 apps4 goals
Ian Mitchell 239 apps106 goals
Kenny Cameron 53 apps39 goals
Dennis Gillespie 412 apps113 goals
Ian Scott 47 apps15 goals
Jimmy Briggs (sub) 400 apps33 goals
Ged Reilly (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Stuart Markland (21 years 221 days)
Oldest Player:Dennis Gillespie (33 years 259 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 242 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Stuart Markland (21 years 221 days)
Oldest Player:Ged Reilly (-1 years 258 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 88 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Ged Reilly(Signed August 20th, 1969)

Jimmy Briggs played his 400th major competitive game for the Club.

The 1st Leg was at Tannadice, where a crowd of 15,500 - boosted by around 5000 who had made the journey from Newcastle - witnessed a terrific match. United, now in the Club's new colour of Tangerine after a change from the old-fashioned White during the summer, started the match off in style, and after just four minutes Alex Reid was unlucky with a lob that landed on the roof of Willie McFaul's net. Then two minutes later Kenny Cameron was ready to pounce on a Doug Smith free-kick when Newcastle's Scottish Internationalist Bobby Moncur cleared at the last minute.

Newcastle then began to take control, and their legendary striker and Welsh Internationalist Wyn Davies was unlucky to see a header from 15 yards out crash of the United crossbar in the 10th minute, before United keeper Don Mackay pushed away a Gibb shot after good build up play from Davies and "Pop" Robson. Davies then saw a second header rebound off the crossbar with Mackay beaten, before the match was delayed for four minutes after the crowd spilled onto the pitch behind the Newcastle goal. A frantic end to the first half saw chances at both ends, with Burton clearing a Davy Wilson header off the line to prevent United taking the lead, then Davies saw a third header hit the woodwork, with Mackay pushing his effort onto the crossbar.

The deadlock was finally broken 11 minutes into the second half when Wyn Davies, who had already rattled the woodwork three times, finally got the ball past Don Mackay when he headed home a Craggs cross from the right wing to put Newcastle 1-0 in front. Six minutes later, Wyn Davies did it again as he proved why he was known to have "the most dangerous head in Britain" when he headed home his second, this time from a Robson cross.

All of a sudden United looked dead and buried, and things looked like getting worse when Mackay picked up a head wound diving at the feet of Gibb in the 73rd minute, and had to leave the pitch with blood streaming down his face. He was replaced in goals by 16 year old Ged Reilly, who was only on the bench because back up keeper Hamish McAlpine had picked up an injury the week before. However, with 10 minutes to go Ian Scott pulled one back for United, and although they could not find an equaliser on the night, it gave them hope for the 2nd Leg being only one goal down.


<< Previous Match Next Match >>
Programme cover / Team sheet