Motherwell 0 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, August 31st, 1985, 3:00 PM at Fir Park
Attendance: 3,327
Referee: Louis Thow (Ayr)
Motherwell Dundee Utd

None. John Clark (16)

Team Managers
Tommy McLean Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
John Gardiner
Ian MacLeod
Derek Murray
Robert Clark
Graeme Forbes
Tommy Boyd
Rab Stewart
Andy Dornan
Andy Harrow
John McStay
Ray Blair
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Eamonn Bannon
John Clark
Billy Kirkwood
Stuart Beedie
Davie Dodds

Andy Walker
Jim Weir
Gary McGinnis
Tommy Coyne

Jim Weir for Derek Murray (72) Tommy Coyne for Stuart Beedie (65)
Gary McGinnis for John Clark (81)

Ian MacLeod (33) John Holt (89)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 680 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 212 apps29 goals
John Holt 329 apps23 goals
Maurice Malpas 188 apps6 goals
Dave Narey 557 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 517 apps68 goals
Eamonn Bannon 301 apps80 goals
John Clark 40 apps8 goals
Billy Kirkwood 356 apps68 goals
Stuart Beedie 45 apps8 goals
Davie Dodds 330 apps137 goals
Gary McGinnis (sub) 23 apps1 goal
Tommy Coyne (sub) 47 apps8 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:John Clark (20 years 348 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (37 years 232 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 122 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John Clark (20 years 348 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (37 years 232 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 207 days
Domestic Players:12 (92.31 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


That well worn cliche, a game of two halves, perfectly sums up this confrontation of the McLean cIan. Virtually from the first whistle United took the game to Motherwell taking full advantage of a strong wind at their backs. In fact, it was former Tannadice custodian John Gardiner who kept Motherwell in the game with some fine saves, notably from Dave Narey, after a superb move. Then just on the interval, John tipped over a well placed chip from Eamonn Bannon. However, he had been beaten earlier. Persistence on the right by Davie Dodds paid off when he chased a ball to the bye-line as Forbes was allowing it to go out, he turned it back to Eamonn Bannon and his first-time cross was side-footed strongly past Gardiner by John Clark.

After the break Motherwell, now aided by the elements, performed much better, and it was Hamish McAlpine's turn to perform heroics. One save in particular, when he tipped over a Harrow shot, almost fell in the miraculous category. Raymond Blair posed problems on the left and he, too, brought out a fine save by Hamish at the near post. Overall, United probably deserved to win by creating the greater number of chances in that first half, but 'Well hit back strongly in that second period and could easily have snatched an equaliser.

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