Dundee Utd 2 - 1 Aberdeen

League - Premier Division
Wednesday, January 2nd, 1985, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 21,944
Referee: Douglas Downie (Edinburgh)
Mascot: Peter Crombie
Dundee Utd  Aberdeen

Davie Dodds (29)
Richard Gough (78)
Tommy McQueen (pen.) (25)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Richard Gough
Eamonn Bannon
Alex Taylor
Stuart Beedie
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Jim Leighton
Stewart McKimmie
Tommy McQueen
Brian Mitchell
Neale Cooper
Willie Miller
Willie Falconer
Neil Simpson
Frank McDougall
Doug Bell
Peter Weir

Dave Beaumont
John Clark
Billy Stark
Steve Cowan

John Clark for Alex Taylor (46)
Dave Beaumont for Paul Sturrock (85)
Billy Stark for Stewart McKimmie (51)
Steve Cowan for Willie Falconer (74)

Paul Hegarty (61)
John Holt (77)
Stuart Beedie (77)
Willie Miller (23)
Neil Simpson (77)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 656 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 534 apps35 goals
John Holt 312 apps23 goals
Maurice Malpas 162 apps5 goals
Paul Hegarty 494 apps68 goals
Richard Gough 188 apps24 goals
Eamonn Bannon 275 apps71 goals
Alex Taylor 32 apps4 goals
Stuart Beedie 28 apps4 goals
Davie Dodds 307 apps129 goals
Paul Sturrock 431 apps138 goals
Dave Beaumont (sub) 14 apps1 goal
John Clark (sub) 34 apps6 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (22 years 158 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (36 years 356 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 20 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John Clark (20 years 107 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (36 years 356 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 27 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


As against Celtic, United found themselves trailing with Aberdeen taking the lead from the penalty spot. Hamish McAlpine tripped Frank McDougall and Tommy McQueen just beat the United 'keeper who dived correctly to his left. Four minutes later, United cancelled out the lead when Davie Dodds headed in a Richard Gough cross, our first goal against the Dons in five Tannadice meetings, incidentally.

United finished a fairly even first 45 minutes the stronger and this spilled over into the second half as United chased a winner. This eventually came from the Bannon-Gough duo to give us our first win of the New Year and complete a holiday double over the Dons.

Incredibly, lightning struck for the third consecutive time, as Eamonn Bannon flighted in a free-kick for Richard Gough to head United's winner.


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