Dundee Utd 1 - 1 IFK Gothenburg

UEFA Cup - Final 2nd Leg
Wednesday, May 20th, 1987, 7:45 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 20,911
Referee: Ion Igna (Romania)
Dundee Utd  IFK Gothenburg

John Clark (60)
Lennart Nilsson (22)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Gunder Bengtsson

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
John Holt
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Ian Redford
Jim McInally
Billy Kirkwood
John Clark
Kevin Gallacher
Iain Ferguson
Paul Sturrock
Thomas Wernersson
Mats-Ola Carlsson
Glenn Hysen
Peter Larsson
Stig Frediksson
Roland Nilsson
Tord Holmgren
Michael Andersson
Tommy Holmgren
Kjell Pettersson
Lennart Nilsson

Scott Thomson
Paul Hegarty
Dave Beaumont
Eamonn Bannon
Dave Bowman
Ove Tobiasson
Jari Rantanen
Per Edmund Mordt
Magnus Johansson

Paul Hegarty for John Holt (46)
Eamonn Bannon for Ian Redford (72)
Per Edmund Mordt for Tommy Holmgren (72)
Magnus Johansson for Roland Nilsson (78)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 114 apps -
John Holt 397 apps24 goals
Dave Narey 656 apps36 goals
Maurice Malpas 291 apps9 goals
Ian Redford 102 apps21 goals
Jim McInally 51 apps2 goals
Billy Kirkwood 397 apps70 goals
John Clark 98 apps15 goals
Kevin Gallacher 81 apps19 goals
Iain Ferguson 51 apps28 goals
Paul Sturrock 545 apps163 goals
Paul Hegarty (sub) 601 apps79 goals
Eamonn Bannon (sub) 400 apps103 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (20 years 183 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (30 years 349 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 243 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (20 years 183 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (32 years 307 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 148 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Eamonn Bannon played his 400th major competitive game for the Club.

The gala occasion of a European Final turned out to be a disappointment from our point of view in terms of result, but not as a spectacle or as an advert for all the good things about the game. The match was played in the most sporting of manner and the final whistle brought similar sentiments from the terraces and stands where the 20,911 crowd warmly acknowledged the visitors, as well as the efforts of United and the Manager Jim McLean. It was an evening few who attended will forget.

United's task from the outset was going to be of the highest magnitude. IFK, who had scored in every away tie in which they had participated, had to be kept from extending that remarkable run. As it transpired, Lennart Nilsson struck a raking drive fractionally inside Billy Thomson's right hand post to go ahead after 22 minutes. The was obviously the crucial blow, but, perhaps not the turning point. A bright start by us saw Kevin Gallacher set up a chance for Billy Kirkwood, whose shot struck Wernersson, rather than being saved by him. A goal after five minutes to completely level matters might well have been the start of a script with a different ending.

At half-time Paul Hegarty came on for John Holt, allowing John Clark to move forward. The move paid dividends within 15 minutes when John Clark picked up an Iain Ferguson pass on the edge of the box. After controlling it, John wheeled to fire in a great goal past Wernersson. Tails up now, we piled on the pressure. A free-kick from John Clark was well saved, and crucially a flick by Kevin Gallcher evaded Wernersson, but climbed agonisingly over the bar.

But it was not to be and perhaps the deflation following the defeat in the Scottish Cup Final proved equally as big a hurdle as the reputation and lead held by Gothenburg. However, it should take nothing away from what was an unbelievable cup run that gave the United fans memories that will last forever.


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