Dundee Utd 2 - 1 Neuchatel Xamax

UEFA Cup - 3rd Round 1st Leg
Wednesday, November 27th, 1985, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 10,663
Referee: Marcel van Langenhove (Belgium)
Dundee Utd  Neuchatel Xamax

Davie Dodds (53)
Ian Redford (74)
Ulrich Stielike (21)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Gilbert Gress

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Richard Gough
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
Ralph Milne
Eamonn Bannon
Ian Redford
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Karl Engel
Peter Kuffer
Pierre Thevenaz
Tiziano Salvi
Don Givens
Phillipe Perret
Ruedi Elsener
Heinz Hermann
Robert Luthi
Ulrich Stielike
Carsten Nielsen

Scott Thomson
Dave Beaumont
Gordon McLeod
John Clark
Tommy Coyne
Stephane Forestier
Joel Corminboeuf
Patrice Mottiez
Mauricio Jacobacci
(No 5th sub named)

None. Patrice Mottiez for Ruedi Elsener (67)
Mauricio Jacobacci for Carsten Neilsen (77)

None. Pierre Thevenaz (70)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 26 apps -
Richard Gough 229 apps32 goals
Maurice Malpas 207 apps8 goals
Paul Hegarty 536 apps72 goals
Dave Narey 575 apps36 goals
Ralph Milne 256 apps73 goals
Eamonn Bannon 316 apps85 goals
Ian Redford 19 apps5 goals
Billy Kirkwood 371 apps69 goals
Paul Sturrock 471 apps151 goals
Davie Dodds 347 apps141 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (23 years 122 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (31 years 133 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 4 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Gordon McLeod (18 years 91 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (31 years 133 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 15 days
Domestic Players:15 (93.75 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


A snow storm descended on Tannadice just after the start of this match and for most of the opening period it was United who looked to have lost their way as the Swiss side's precision possession football blunted United's efforts. To make matters worse Uli Stielike struck a raging 20 yarder to put Neuchatel ahead. Half-time arrived with the very real prospect of an abandonment.

However, the lines were swept and fortunately the snow abated somewhat for the second half to get under way on a two inch blanket of snow. The conditions, however, failed to impede United as they turned on some of their best football of the season. Billy Kirkwood hit a tremendous 20 yarder which Engel only just managed to tip over, but the 'keeper was beaten a few minutes later when a Richard Gough through ball was flicked on by Paul Sturrock to Davie Dodds who went on to score with a low shot from just inside the box.

The Xamax goal came under increasing pressure and that eventually told when Paul Sturrock brought Dave Narey's pass under control, pushed a pass wide to Ian Redford and his curling drive from an acute angle entered the net via the far left-hand post. That goal, our 100th, gave us the narrow lead to take to SwitzerIand fortnight later.


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