Aberdeen 0 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, February 28th, 1987, 3:00 PM at Pittodrie
Attendance: 12,850
Referee: Mike Delaney (Cleland)
Aberdeen Dundee Utd

None. Eamonn Bannon (55)

Team Managers
Ian Porterfield Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Leighton
Stewart McKimmie
David Robertson
Billy Stark
Alex McLeish
Joe Miller
Brian Grant
Jim Bett
John Hewitt
Bobby Connor
Peter Weir
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
John Clark
Eamonn Bannon
Ian Redford
Jim McInally
Kevin Gallacher
Iain Ferguson
Paul Sturrock

Ian Porteous
Paul Wright
Gary McGinnis
Paul Kinnaird

Ian Porteous for David Robertson (74) None.

David Robertson (49)
Stewart McKimmie (59)
Iain Ferguson (29)
John Clark (33)
Kevin Gallacher (77)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 98 apps -
Dave Narey 637 apps36 goals
John Holt 380 apps23 goals
Maurice Malpas 275 apps8 goals
John Clark 78 apps11 goals
Eamonn Bannon 382 apps102 goals
Ian Redford 84 apps18 goals
Jim McInally 32 apps2 goals
Kevin Gallacher 62 apps16 goals
Iain Ferguson 33 apps20 goals
Paul Sturrock 529 apps163 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (20 years 102 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (30 years 268 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 174 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (20 years 102 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (30 years 268 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 279 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Pittodrie was regarded as the ideal preparation for the forthcoming European clash with Barcelona, but at the end of ninety minutes the relevance of our victory was a tremendous boost to our title hopes, quite apart from building confidence for Wednesday's European tie. The spectating Barcelona spy wouldn't have been too upset at half-time as we contained Aberdeen. Our only scoring chance game when an Ian Redford header was cleared from the vacant goal by Billy Stark. John Hewitt and Brian Grant had been denied on a couple of occasions in the first half in which Aberdeen was slightly ahead on points.

However, the second period presented an entirely different picture. Stepping up a gear the United midfield snuffed out Aberdeen's and with Paul Sturrock playing wide on the left, United emerged the more likely winners. From a break by Jim Mdnally Paul Sturrock fired in a low cross which Eamonn Bannon rammed into the net. Kevin Gallacher went very close to increasing our lead which was only rarely threatened. Brian Grant twice was only fractionally off target before a cross from Porteous was cleared by Maurice Malpas only for the ball to strike Dave Narey and rebound onto the underside of the bar before being scrambled clear. An Aberdeen equaliser would hardly have been deserved after a second half in which we controlled proceedings.

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