The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
DUNDEE UNITED GIVE CELTS A SCARE. The postponed cup game between Dundee United and Celtic was played at Tannadice Park, Dundee, yesterday, and provided a thrilling battle.The game was played on what was almost a snow-field. Great keenness was shown, and, remarkable vagaries of fortune were seen by a big crowd.For the whole of the first half and part of the second Dundee United were in the ascendancy, and Celtic were out of the picture. Every man in the United ranks pulled his weight, and the visitors' defence was swept aside time and again during this inspired period.Three goals came all in a bunch when the game was still young; McCallum had a big hand in the two which fell to United, and gave them a lead, to which they hung on until the interval.Kay headed the first one. Then Scarff scored for Celtic, with a brilliant shot, levelling matters up. Another thrill followed when Bennet headed another for United. The second half saw United giving promise of renewed aggression, but they later faded out unaccountably. Relying on defence, they were swamped by the Celts' irresistible combination and half-way through the second half came the goals which clinched the issue. Scarff, who had gone to the centre berth, got the equaliser, and Geatons notched the winner with a free kick. The attendance was 13,000, and the drawings were £514.