Dumbarton 0 - 2 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, April 27th, 1985, 3:00 PM at Boghead Park
Attendance: 818
Referee: Kenny Hope (Clarkston)
Dumbarton Dundee Utd

None. Tommy Coyne (4)
Paul Sturrock (84)

Team Managers
Davie Wilson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Gordon Arthur
Ray Montgomerie
Graeme Sinclair
Tommy Coyle
Steve McCahill
Alan Kay
Kenny Ashwood
Stuart Robertson
Jim Simpson
Albert Craig
Joe Coyle
Hamish McAlpine
Maurice Malpas
Dave Beaumont
Ralph Milne
Eamonn Bannon
Alex Taylor
John Clark
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Tommy Coyne
Paul Sturrock

Stuart MacIver
Allan Moore
Gordon McLeod
John Reilly

Stuart McIver for Graeme Sinclair (21) John Reilly for Alex Taylor (82)
Gordon McLeod for Ralph Milne (85)

Albert Craig (43) Ralph Milne (43)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 671 apps3 goals
Maurice Malpas 179 apps6 goals
Dave Beaumont 25 apps2 goals
Ralph Milne 232 apps68 goals
Eamonn Bannon 292 apps79 goals
Alex Taylor 45 apps7 goals
John Clark 37 apps6 goals
Billy Kirkwood 352 apps68 goals
Davie Dodds 323 apps137 goals
Tommy Coyne 42 apps8 goals
Paul Sturrock 446 apps143 goals
Gordon McLeod (sub) 2 apps -
John Reilly (sub) 75 apps26 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:John Clark (20 years 222 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (37 years 106 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 174 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Gordon McLeod (17 years 242 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (37 years 106 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 254 days
Domestic Players:12 (92.31 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Deprived of at least five regulars, United still managed to control the game for long periods and gained the points in comfortable style. The un-seasonal chill in the air and strong wind allied with a bumpy pitch made good football difficult but both sides acquitted themselves well, despite the conditions. Toiling Dumbarton's fight against relegation was dealt an early blow when an Alex Taylor corner was nodded in by Tommy Coyne.

Sons' 'keeper Gordon Arthur had several good saves, notably from a Ralph Milne header and a John Clark free-kick, but he had to admit defeat to Paul Sturrock, who controlled a through ball, lost his marker and sent a superb shot past Arthur from the edge of the box. The defeat left Dumbarton all but mathematically relegated after just one season in the Top Ten.

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