Dundee Utd 2 - 0 FK Vardar Skopje

UEFA Cup - 2nd Round 1st Leg
Wednesday, October 23rd, 1985, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 9,129
Referee: Bernd Stumpf (East Germany)
Dundee Utd  FK Vardar Skopje

Ian Redford (53)
Richard Gough (72)

Team Managers
Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
Richard Gough
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Ian Redford
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Mumcilo Grosev
Ilija Najdoski
Milko Simovski
Dragai Kanatlarovski
Dragai Setinov
Cede Janevski
Stoimir Urosevic
Toni Savevski
Slavco Georgievski
Gordan Zdrakov
Vasil Ringov

Scott Thomson
Gary McGinnis
Dave Beaumont
Kevin Gallacher
Davie Dodds
Mirko Petrov
Vujadin Stanojkovic
Djore Jovanovski
Tomce Trajanovski
Venceslav Simonovski

Davie Dodds for Ian Redford (65)
Djore Jovanovski for Stoimir Urosevic (61)
Venceslav Simonovski for Vasil Ringov (74)

John Holt (89)
Gordan Zdrakov (21)
Stoimir Urosevic (44)
Toni Savevski (50)
Cede Janevski (54)
Ilija Najdoski (68)

Red Cards
None. Cede Janevski (79)
Ilija Najdoski (88)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 19 apps -
Paul Hegarty 529 apps68 goals
Dave Narey 568 apps36 goals
Richard Gough 222 apps30 goals
John Holt 340 apps23 goals
Maurice Malpas 200 apps8 goals
Eamonn Bannon 312 apps83 goals
Ralph Milne 250 apps72 goals
Ian Redford 13 apps4 goals
Billy Kirkwood 366 apps68 goals
Paul Sturrock 464 apps151 goals
Davie Dodds (sub) 340 apps137 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (23 years 87 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (31 years 98 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 30 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (18 years 339 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (31 years 98 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 155 days
Domestic Players:16 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Maurice Malpas made his 200th competitive appearance for the Club.
Ralph Milne played his 250th major competitive game for the Club.
Richard Gough reached 30 goals for the Club.

This encounter with European novices probably ranks as the most unruly ever undertaken. In addition to the above misdemeanours, their coach, Vukasin Visjenvac, was also banished from his touchline position. Newcomers to Europe Vardar may be, but This display indicates they were highly proficient in the professional aspects of the game.

It was to the United's players great credit that they kept plugging away and eventually foraged two goals that provided the minimum cover for what would, undoubtedly, prove a testing second leg In Yugoslavia.

Vardar looked impressive in the early stages and It was in the first half that they came nearest to scoring, when Billy Thomson did extremely well to turn a Urosevic header past the post. As the game wore on, United's pressure increased, as did the intimidation, but eventually the vital opener came. Ralph Milne played in an early ball and Ian Redford stretched his neck to make contact and
diverted the ball past Grosev from about 14 yards. After Vardar's goal bore a charmed life, United finally got a second. Inevitably it followed a free kick. Eamonn Bannon drove his shot in hard, Grosev failed to hold it and Richard Gough, following up, rammed the ball into the roof of the net.

One incident near the end, perhaps, summed up the Yugoslav's attitude that night. An indirect free-kick in the box took almost two minutes to take due to their antics. The final count, therefore, of two sent off and three booked could easily have been greater.


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