The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
A milestone was reached in Scottish football in 1985 when Hampden Park hosted the 100th Scottish Cup Final. Although the first final had taken place in 1874 the competition had not been played during the First and Second World Wars.Davie Hay had contoversially left top scorer Brian McClair on the bench before hand. The first half was dull and uneventful but when Stuart Beedie scored for United in 54 minutes the Tannadice side were looking in complete control.However it was only David Hay's substitution of Pierce O'Leary for Paul McStay which changed the course of the game. This allowed Roy Aitken to move up into midfield. McClair also replaced the out of sorts Tommy Burns and suddenly Celtic had more attacking options and they pressed United back.In 76 minutes Davie Provan equalised with a spectacular bending free kick and Celtic then pushed forward again in search of a winner. Both McGarvey and Johnston missed good chances before Aitken charged down the right and swung over a cross for Frank McGarvey to score with a spectacular flying header. United looked a beaten side after this goal and were unable to recover.