Dundee Utd 0 - 1 Aberdeen

League Cup - Semi Final 1st Leg
Wednesday, September 25th, 1985, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 12,585
Referee: Mike Delaney (Clelland)
Dundee Utd  Aberdeen

None. Eric Black (63)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
John Holt
Dave Beaumont
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Richard Gough
Eamonn Bannon
Stuart Beedie
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Jim Leighton
Stewart McKimmie
Brian Mitchell
Billy Stark
Alex McLeish
Willie Miller
Eric Black
Neil Simpson
Frank McDougall
Neale Cooper
John Hewitt

Billy Kirkwood
Ian Redford
Steve Gray
Willie Falconer

Ian Redford for Dave Beaumont (46)
Billy Kirkwood for Stuart Beedie (82)
Steve Gray for Neil Simpson (76)
Willie Falconer for Frank McDougall (86)

Dave Beaumont (16)
Davie Dodds (24)
Stuart Beedie (47)
Richard Gough (61)
Alex McLeish (25)
Neil Simpson (30)
Frank McDougall (69)
Brian Mitchell (78)
Steve Gray (87)

Red Cards
Richard Gough (70)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 685 apps3 goals
John Holt 333 apps23 goals
Dave Beaumont 33 apps2 goals
Maurice Malpas 193 apps6 goals
Dave Narey 562 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 522 apps68 goals
Richard Gough 217 apps29 goals
Eamonn Bannon 305 apps82 goals
Stuart Beedie 50 apps8 goals
Davie Dodds 335 apps137 goals
Paul Sturrock 458 apps150 goals
Billy Kirkwood (sub) 360 apps68 goals
Ian Redford (sub) 7 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Dave Beaumont (21 years 295 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (37 years 257 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 236 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Dave Beaumont (21 years 295 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (37 years 257 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 160 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Stuart Beedie played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

This latest clash between the new firm produced little in the way of constructive football and plenty in the way of field offences! No less than nine players were booked (four United and five Dons) and a second booking meant Richard Gough was ordered off 20 minutes from the end. By then Aberdeen had already taken the lead in this ill tempered contest. Willie Miller was the instigator. Breaking from defence he found Hewitt on the left and the winger's cross was met by Eric Black who bulleted in a header at the far post.

In a match where flowing football was a rarity, United failed to create many chances in the penalty box, but still had their moments, chiefly from long range. Maurice Malpas sent in a stinging volley which Leighton did well to divert for a corner just before halftime. Mid-way through the second period Davie Dodds hooked in a Maurice Malpas free-kick and that just scraped the wrong side of the bar.

So United now have a not unfamiliar scenario ahead of them at Pittodrie next week, because they are in exactly the same position as in 1981-82 when they travelled north, trailing by a goal, only to win 3-0. A repeat would be most welcome.


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