The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
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.