Aberdeen 1 - 0 Dundee Utd

League Cup - Semi Final 2nd Leg
Wednesday, October 9th, 1985, 7:30 PM at Pittodrie
Attendance: 20,119
Referee: Bob Valentine (Dundee)
Aberdeen Dundee Utd

Frank McDougall (68) None.

Team Managers
Alex Ferguson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Leighton
Stewart McKimmie
Brian Mitchell
Billy Stark
Alex McLeish
Willie Miller
Ian Angus
Neil Simpson
Frank McDougall
Neale Cooper
John Hewitt
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Gary McGinnis
Richard Gough
John Holt
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock

Steve Gray
Peter Weir
Ian Redford
Billy Kirkwood

Steve Gray for Billy Stark (87) Billy Kirkwood for Hamish McAlpine (73)
Ian Redford for Gary McGinnis (84)

John Hewitt (43)
Alex McLeish (63)
Ralph Milne (54)
Paul Hegarty (60)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 688 apps3 goals
Paul Hegarty 526 apps68 goals
Gary McGinnis 25 apps1 goal
Richard Gough 219 apps29 goals
John Holt 337 apps23 goals
Dave Narey 566 apps36 goals
Maurice Malpas 197 apps8 goals
Eamonn Bannon 309 apps82 goals
Ralph Milne 247 apps72 goals
Davie Dodds 338 apps137 goals
Paul Sturrock 461 apps150 goals
Ian Redford (sub) 10 apps2 goals
Billy Kirkwood (sub) 363 apps68 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Gary McGinnis (21 years 359 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (37 years 271 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 230 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Gary McGinnis (21 years 359 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (37 years 271 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 157 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Our long-running hold over the Dons in the League Cup ended with this 2-0 aggregate win. Adding further gloom to the night s proceedings were the injuries to Hamish McAlpine and Dave Narey. In fact, those casualties were contributory factors in the loss of the second half goal which virtually killed-off any hopes of pulling the game out of the fire.

The first half was evenly contested, but it was United who almost cancelled out Dons' first leg advantage. Only a superb one-handed save by Jim Leighton, from a Richard Gough header, kept the ball out of the net. After a couple of near things around Hamish McAlpine, Ralph Milne produced another fine save from Leighton. Then came the injury to Hamish McAlpine as he cleared from Frank McDougall as he broke free.

The crucial goal came from John Hewitt, who outstripped a limping Dave Narey, and his cross was slammed past Hamish McAlpine by Frank McDougall. Hamish was almost immediately replaced by Paul Hegarty in goal, with Billy Kirkwood coming on for the final ten minutes, which United dominated, Billy went close on a couple of occasions which might have given us a draw.

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