Dundee Utd 1 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

League - Premier Division
Saturday, August 23rd, 1986, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 11,201
Referee: David Syme (Rutherglen)
Dundee Utd  Heart of Midlothian

Paul Hegarty (34)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex MacDonald

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Dave Beaumont
Dave Bowman
Eamonn Bannon
John Clark
Kevin Gallacher
Paul Sturrock
Iain Ferguson
Henry Smith
Malcolm Murray
Brian Whittaker
Iain Jardine
Neil Berry
Craig Levein
John Colquhoun
Sandy Jardine
Sandy Clark
Gary Mackay
Wayne Foster

Gary McGinnis
Ian Redford
Kenny Black
John Robertson

Gary McGinnis for Paul Sturrock (70)
Ian Redford for John Clark (82)
Kenny Black for Neil Berry (30)
John Robertson for Wayne Foster (69)

Paul Sturrock (26)
Iain Ferguson (38)
Malcolm Murray (25)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 58 apps -
Maurice Malpas 239 apps8 goals
Dave Narey 607 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 568 apps75 goals
Dave Beaumont 48 apps2 goals
Dave Bowman 5 apps -
Eamonn Bannon 347 apps94 goals
John Clark 56 apps8 goals
Kevin Gallacher 27 apps6 goals
Paul Sturrock 500 apps157 goals
Iain Ferguson 1 app (debut) -
Gary McGinnis (sub) 28 apps1 goal
Ian Redford (sub) 48 apps12 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (19 years 278 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (32 years 37 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 303 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (19 years 278 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (32 years 37 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 236 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Iain Ferguson(Signed August 22nd, 1986)

Paul Sturrock made his 500th competitive appearance for the Club.
Paul Hegarty reached 75 goals for the Club.

Played at great pace this was an entertaining match more typical of a cup tie. Hearts, particularly In the second half, had more of the play but the points went to Tannadice thanks to a Paul Hegarty header. Only five minutes were on the clock when Hearts had the ball in the net, but a linesman's flag indicated the ball had gone out. Foster then had a chance but shot over the bar. John Clark's shot which went narrowly past was our first threat after 15 minutes. Kevin Gallacher then had a useful effort blocked and Smith had to look lively to save a Paul Hegarty header. Nine minutes later Paul Hegarty wasn't to be denied when he somehow reached a cross from Paul Sturrock to loop a header over the outstretched arm of Henry Smith.

The second half was a catalogue of Hearts pressure but we still looked dangerous. Paul Hegarty forced a save from Smith. Gallacher volleyed just over and in the last minute substitute Ian Redford was unfortunate to see his 20 yarder strike the underside of the bar. Even then Hearts almost snatched a point they probably deserved when Billy Thomson, as he had done all afternoon, denied Colquhoun.


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