Dundee Utd 2 - 1 Aberdeen

League - Premier Division
Saturday, December 21st, 1985, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 9,990
Referee: Alan Ferguson (Giffnock)
Dundee Utd  Aberdeen

Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (9)
Paul Sturrock (40)
Billy Stark (29)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Paul Hegarty
Richard Gough
John Holt
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Eamonn Bannon
Ian Redford
Paul Sturrock
Kevin Gallacher
Davie Dodds
Jim Leighton
Stewart McKimmie
Brian Mitchell
Billy Stark
Alex McLeish
Willie Miller
Eric Black
Ian Angus
Frank McDougall
Neale Cooper
John Hewitt

Jimmy Page
Gordon McLeod
Tommy McQueen
Peter Weir

Jimmy Page for Paul Sturrock (72)
Tommy McQueen for Neale Cooper (32)
Peter Weir for Frank McDougall (57)

None. Brian Mitchell (25)
Willie Miller (60)
Eric Black (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 29 apps -
Richard Gough 232 apps32 goals
John Holt 346 apps23 goals
Dave Narey 578 apps36 goals
Maurice Malpas 210 apps8 goals
Paul Hegarty 539 apps72 goals
Ian Redford 22 apps6 goals
Eamonn Bannon 319 apps86 goals
Paul Sturrock 472 apps152 goals
Kevin Gallacher 3 apps -
Davie Dodds 349 apps142 goals
Jimmy Page (sub) 3 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (19 years 33 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (31 years 157 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 268 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Gordon McLeod (18 years 115 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (31 years 157 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 240 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Most of the media attention focussed on the dismissal of Dons' manager Alex Ferguson to the stand, and by so doing tended to overshadow one of our best performances of the season. We have never found Aberdeen easy opposition at Tannadice but on this occasion the result perhaps failed to reflect our superiority.

Paul Sturrock was fielded in what was regarded as something of a gamble in view of his injury. The move proved a winner. Paul curled over a free-kick which Paul Hegarty rose to head. The United skipper then pursued his first effort only to be brought down by Jim Leighton as he tried to evade the Dons' 'keeper. Eamonn Bannon fired in the resultant spot kick in exemplary fashion.

On the half-hour mark Aberdeen, after almost falling two behind when Paul Sturrock's shot went only just wide, got back on level terms. A run by Joe Miller on the right led to the youngster squaring the ball to the edge of the box and Billy Stark crashed in an equaliser. Five minutes from half-time came the winner. Davie Dodds' through ball was latched on to by Paul Sturrock, who beat the offside trap, and carried on to hammer the ball past Leighton as the Aberdeen man endeavoured to block his path.


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