Dundee Utd 0 - 3 Heart of Midlothian

League - Premier Division
Saturday, April 12th, 1986, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 19,878
Referee: Kenny Hope (Clarkston)
Dundee Utd  Heart of Midlothian

None. John Robertson (24)
Sandy Clark (58)
John Robertson (66)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex MacDonald

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Richard Gough
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Eamonn Bannon
Paul Sturrock
Stuart Beedie
Kevin Gallacher
Davie Dodds
Henry Smith
George Cowie
Brian Whittaker
Sandy Jardine
Neil Berry
Craig Levein
John Colquhoun
Kenny Black
Sandy Clark
Gary Mackay
John Robertson

Ian Redford
John Clark
Iain Jardine
Colin McAdam

John Clark for Eamonn Bannon (62)
Ian Redford for Davie Dodds (72)
Colin McAdam for Gary Mackay (77)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 49 apps -
Richard Gough 251 apps35 goals
John Holt 362 apps23 goals
Maurice Malpas 230 apps8 goals
Dave Narey 598 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 559 apps74 goals
Eamonn Bannon 339 apps94 goals
Paul Sturrock 491 apps157 goals
Stuart Beedie 60 apps8 goals
Kevin Gallacher 21 apps3 goals
Davie Dodds 369 apps150 goals
Ian Redford (sub) 39 apps8 goals
John Clark (sub) 48 apps8 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (19 years 145 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (31 years 269 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 3 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (19 years 145 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (31 years 269 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 188 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


This match, that had so much bearing on the destination of the title, saw United dominate for the most part, yet end up well beaten!

The first-half set the pattern for future events. As early as the second minute, John Holt surged into the box, and his angular drive was only a fraction wide of the far post. Paul Sturrock then volleyed a Kevin Gallacher cross just past the near post. Mid-way through the half, Hearts, with virtually their only shot of the opening period, scored. Levein's long-ball into the United box was headed away by Paul Hegarty, but only as far as John Robertson, who struck a half-volley of stunning power into the top left-hand corner. Henry Smith defied Davie Dodds with a brilliant save, and the same player just failed to connect with a Sturrock lay-off as we continued to dictate play, but unable to pierce Hearts' 'iron curtain' defence.

Two minutes into the second-half came, perhaps the game's turning point. Eamonn Bannon's free-kick bounced off the Hearts' wall to Maurice Malpas who crashed in an apparently unsaveable shot, but Henry Smith defied the laws of nature to pull off the save of the season. Ten minutes later a long, curling cross from Berry was nodded into the middle by Colquhoun and Sandy Clark slipped the bail into the net for their second. Eight minutes later the match was ended as a contest when Colquhoun set John Robertson clear, the striker proceeded to round Billy Thomson and bring joy to the Maroon support behind that goal.


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