Sparta Prague 3 - 1 Dundee Utd

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup - 2nd Round 1st Leg
Wednesday, October 21st, 1970, 7:30 PM at Stadion na Letnej
Attendance: 17,600
Referee: Doğan Babacan (Turkey)
Sparta Prague Dundee Utd

Václav Vrána (19)
Josef Jurkanin (71)
Josef Jurkanin (89)
Tommy Traynor (25)

Team Managers
Karel Kolsky Jerry Kerr

Starting Eleven
Antonín Kramerius
Václav Migas
Oldřich Urban
Pavel Melichar
František Chovanec
Tibor Semendak
Bohumil Veselý
Václav Vrána
Jaroslav Barton
Vaclav Masek
Josef Jurkanin
Don Mackay
Doug Smith
Stuart Markland
Jim Cameron
Andy Rolland
Jim Henry
Tommy Traynor
Davie Wilson
Alec Reid
Morris Stevenson
Alan Gordon

Petr Uličný Hamish McAlpine
Ian Scott

Petr Uličný for Vaclav Masek (46) Hamish McAlpine for Don Mackay (60)
Ian Scott for Alan Gordon (86)

Appearances & Goals To Date
Don Mackay (GK) 235 apps -
Doug Smith 434 apps4 goals
Stuart Markland 49 apps2 goals
Jim Cameron 120 apps -
Andy Rolland 131 apps12 goals
Jim Henry 42 apps3 goals
Tommy Traynor 17 apps1 goal
Davie Wilson 125 apps25 goals
Alec Reid 87 apps6 goals
Morris Stevenson 15 apps1 goal
Alan Gordon 51 apps18 goals
Hamish McAlpine (sub) (GK) 2 apps -
Ian Scott (sub) 71 apps19 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jim Henry (21 years 244 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (33 years 234 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 362 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jim Henry (21 years 244 days)
Oldest Player:Doug Smith (33 years 234 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 177 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Tommy Traynor scored his first goal for the Club.

United travelled to Prague, the club's first game behind the Iron Curtain, for the first leg of our second round tie and it produced a final thirty minutes of nightmarish proportions for Tannadice fans.

Earlier Sparta had got off to a great start with a goal in the 20th minute, Vrana running on to a great pass from Chovenic to shoot past Donald Mackay. It took United just five minutes to restore the equilibrium. Morris Stevenson crossed from the left and Tommy Traynor stole in to half-volley the ball high into the net. By half-time the Tangerines could easily have been a couple of goals ahead.

The second half continued in similar fashion with United controlling proceedings, then in 60 minutes came the turning point. Donald Mackay pulled a muscle in a simple incident and Hamish McAlpine had to deputise at a crucial time. Sparta took heart from United's misfortune and in the 72nd minute lost an undeserved goal when Jurkanin shot strongly past Hamish.

Then with 10 minutes left, Andy Holland was sent off for kicking the ball away after a dubious free-kick award. Compounding United's problems was the injury to Alan Gordon which saw him leave the field in a daze. The tragic finale came when Jorkanin notched a second, 60 seconds from time, to give Sparta a two goal advantage for the second leg.

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