Dundee Utd 1 - 0 Celtic

League - Premier Division
Monday, December 23rd, 1985, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 15,894
Referee: Bill Crombie (Edinburgh)
Dundee Utd  Celtic

Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (43)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
David Hay

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Richard Gough
John Holt
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Eamonn Bannon
Ian Redford
Paul Sturrock
Kevin Gallacher
Davie Dodds
Pat Bonner
Peter Grant
Tommy Burns
Roy Aitken
Paul McGugan
Murdo MacLeod
Brian McClair
Paul McStay
Mark McGhee
Maurice Johnston
Owen Archdeacon

Jimmy Page
Gordon McLeod
Alan McInally
Willie McStay

Jimmy Page for Paul Sturrock (81)
Willie McStay for Paul McGugan (73)
Alan McInally for Brian McClair (80)

None. Tommy Burns (36)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 30 apps -
Richard Gough 233 apps32 goals
John Holt 347 apps23 goals
Dave Narey 579 apps36 goals
Maurice Malpas 211 apps8 goals
Paul Hegarty 540 apps72 goals
Eamonn Bannon 320 apps87 goals
Ian Redford 23 apps6 goals
Paul Sturrock 473 apps152 goals
Kevin Gallacher 4 apps -
Davie Dodds 350 apps142 goals
Jimmy Page (sub) 4 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (19 years 35 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (31 years 159 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 270 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Gordon McLeod (18 years 117 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (31 years 159 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 242 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


United fans received the best Christmas present of all as Celtic became the second of the title contenders to be vanquished within two days. Once again an Eamonn Bannon goal set us on the winning way and the fact that his penalty conversion was all that separated the sides, was perhaps the only criticism of another fine performance.

A scrappy opening eventually gave way to some end to end stuff, with Celtic perhaps coming closest to scoring. But gradually, United asserted themselves with Ian Redford forcing a fine save from Pat Bonner and then Roy Aitken came to Celtic's rescue when he blocked a Davie Dodds shot. As the pressure mounted, United eventually made the breakthrough. Bonner brilliantly saved a shot by Eamonn Bannon, Redford quickly chipped in the loose ball and Paul Hegarty was pushed in the back by Brian McClair as he went for the cross. Eamonn Bannon hammered the spot kick high into the top right hand corner of the net.

The second half proved equally fast and furious and although Celtic had a couple of chances to equalise, it was United who had the greater share of the chances. Bonner blocked an Ian Redford shot, Ian then just failed to divert the ball home after Bonner failed to cut out a cross from the right, and Ian, again in the thick of the action, headed over. The nearest to a goal came when a run by Eamonn Bannon ended with Bonner touching his vicious shot on to the bar.


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