Dundee Utd 2 - 1 Aberdeen

League - Premier Division
Saturday, August 9th, 1986, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 11,292
Referee: George Smith (Edinburgh)
Dundee Utd  Aberdeen

Goalscorers
Richard Gough (34)
Ian Redford (73)
Billy Stark (88)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
Richard Gough
John Holt
Dave Bowman
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Ian Redford
Paul Sturrock
Jim Leighton
Stewart McKimmie
Brian Mitchell
Billy Stark
Alex McLeish
Brian Irvine
Steve Gray
Neil Simpson
John Hewitt
Ian Angus
Peter Weir

Substitutes
John Clark
Tommy Coyne
Willie Falconer
Joe Miller

Substitutions
John Clark for Dave Bowman (79)
Willie Falconer for Neil Simpson (7)
Joe Miller for John Hewitt (79)

Bookings
Eamonn Bannon (9)
John Holt (59)
Stewart McKimmie (55)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 54 apps -
Maurice Malpas 235 apps8 goals
Paul Hegarty 564 apps74 goals
Dave Narey 603 apps36 goals
Richard Gough 254 apps37 goals
John Holt 367 apps23 goals
Dave Bowman 1 app (debut) -
Eamonn Bannon 343 apps94 goals
Ralph Milne 265 apps73 goals
Ian Redford 44 apps11 goals
Paul Sturrock 496 apps157 goals
John Clark (sub) 52 apps8 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Dave Bowman (22 years 157 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (32 years 23 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 136 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John Clark (21 years 326 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (32 years 23 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 246 days
Domestic Players:12 (92.31 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Dave Bowman(Signed May 16th, 1986)

Milestones

This was decidedly not one of the classic encounters between the two great East coast rivals. Having said that Tannadice fans wouldn't quibble at the outcome which provided a perfect start to the gruelling league programme. Little of consequence took place in the early stages although we opened brightly. Then Richard Gough, the centre of all the pre-match publicity, once again demonstrated the valuable asset he is. Dave Narey floated over a free-kick which Richard rose to head past Leighton's outstretched fingers.

Play ebbed and flowed after the interval with neither side seriously threatening either keeper, however, we did strike again after 73 minutes. Eamonn Bannon supplied Richard Gough out on the right and his perfect cross was headed strongly past Leighton by Ian Redford.

The Dons finally pierced the United rearguard two minutes from time when Billy Stark dived full length to head a Joe Miller cross past Billy Thomson, but overall the absence of Miller, Bett and McDougall from the start plus the loss of Neil Simpson after 7 minutes of play, proved too great a burden even for the resolute Northerners.

None.

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