KFC Winterslag 0 - 0 Dundee Utd

UEFA Cup - 3rd Round 1st Leg
Tuesday, December 1st, 1981, 7:30 PM at Gemeentelijk Sportpark
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Bruno Galler (Switzerland)
KFC Winterslag Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Mathieu Bollen Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jean-Paul de Bruyne
Mathy Billen
Eric Van Lessen
Paul Lambrichts
Carlo Weis
Patrick Houben
Roger Albertsen
Luc Thijs
Pieter Denier
Karl Berger
Will Van Woerkum
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Richard Gough
Iain Phillip
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
John Holt
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Bench
DaniŽl de Raeve
Matthieu Denier
Renaat de Zutter
Danny Kaes
John Gardiner
Frank Kopel
Derek Murray
Ian Gibson
Graeme Payne

Substitutions
Matthieu Denier for Pieter Denier (76) Frank Kopel for Iain Phillip (79)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 494 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 365 apps22 goals
Richard Gough 22 apps1 goal
Iain Phillip 122 apps1 goal
Paul Hegarty 318 apps50 goals
Derek Stark 136 apps3 goals
John Holt 171 apps14 goals
Eamonn Bannon 115 apps29 goals
Ralph Milne 79 apps21 goals
Davie Dodds 145 apps54 goals
Paul Sturrock 301 apps93 goals
Frank Kopel (sub) 406 apps13 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Richard Gough (19 years 245 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 323 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 356 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Richard Gough (19 years 245 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (33 years 323 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 76 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

United's preparations for this game were not ideal. Already suffering from the massive disappointment from the weekends League Cup final defeat, McLean had to quickly draft in John Gardiner after reserve keeper Andy Graham had to be sent home with jaundice as the team prepared to fly out from RAF Leuchars. Arriving in a waterlogged Genk, Winterslag's weekend match had been called off due to the rain, and United's training sessions were badly effected. With everyone expecting the match to be delayed 24 hours, the referee amazingly passed the pitch as playable. To make matters worse, a marching band took to the field before kick-off.

With Billy Kirkwood out through suspension, Richard Gough's introduction was the only change from Saturday. In the seventh minute, Eamonn Bannon brought out a save from Winterslag keeper de Bruyne, and the keeper had to react quickly to prevent Bannon scoring with a free-kick moments later. Gough should have done better from the corner, but scooped the ball over the bar. A Houben drive failed to trouble McAlpine as the game progressed into a string of fouls until half-time.

The best chance of that match fell to Gough on the hour mark, when Milne's cross was knocked inside by Bannon, but from only eight yards out, Gough struck a defender with the ball. As the players tired on the terrible pitch, Narey and Hegarty managed to keep Winterslag at bay, until McAlpine pulled off a marvellous save from Billen in the last minute.

Not one of United's most memorable performances, but a highly respectable result considering the appalling surface didn't help the quality of the game. After the match United put in an official protest to UEFA regarding the referees decision to go ahead with the game in such dreadful conditions.

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