Dundee Utd 1 - 0 Ayr United

Scottish Cup - 1st Round
Saturday, January 24th, 1970, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: John Paterson (Bothwell)
Dundee Utd  Ayr United

Ian Mitchell (pen.) (49)

Team Managers
Jerry Kerr
Ally MacLeod

Starting Eleven
Don Mackay
Stuart Markland
Doug Smith
Jim Cameron
Billy Bremner
Davie Hogg
Davie Wilson
Kenny Cameron
Ian Mitchell
Dennis Gillespie
Alan Gordon
Dave Stewart
Dick Malone
John Murphy
Alex McAnespie
Rikki Fleming
Doug Mitchell
Jim McFadzean
Jackie Ferguson
Neil Hood
Davie McCulloch
Quintin Young

Walter Smith
Tommy Reynolds

None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Don Mackay (GK) 205 apps -
Stuart Markland 28 apps1 goal
Doug Smith 404 apps2 goals
Jim Cameron 90 apps -
Billy Bremner 4 apps -
Davie Hogg 54 apps7 goals
Davie Wilson 95 apps18 goals
Kenny Cameron 62 apps41 goals
Ian Mitchell 259 apps115 goals
Dennis Gillespie 432 apps114 goals
Alan Gordon 27 apps11 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Stuart Markland (21 years 352 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Bremner (0 years 23 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 90 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Walter Smith (21 years 340 days)
Oldest Player:Billy Bremner (0 years 23 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 279 days
Domestic Players:12 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


United went into this Scottish Cup tie after their poorest run of the season with only a derby win in their previous seven outings after an excellent start to the season. The big-kicking hard tackling policy of the visitors was ideally suited to the occasion but carelessness in the box cost them dear.

But even though the first half penalty award which led to Ian Mitchell converting the winner came into the lucky category, Ayr could hardly claim they should still have bee in the cup. But for some bad luck in the second half, United could have won much more easily, but forward failings forced United fans to suffer five agonising minutes before United finally claimed a place in the second round.

Their reward for victory was a tie at Parkhead against the holders, Celtic.


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