Dundee Utd 1
Rangers 1
League Cup (Semi Final 1st Leg)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

League Cup (Semi Final 1st Leg)
Tuesday, February 14th, 1984
Tannadice Park. Att. 14,596
7:30 PM Kick-off

Davie Dodds (69)
Dave Mitchell (86)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Jock Wallace

Starting Eleven
1. Hamish McAlpine
2. Derek Stark
3. Maurice Malpas
4. Richard Gough
5. Paul Hegarty
6. Dave Narey
7. John Holt
8. Ralph Milne
9. Billy Kirkwood
10. Paul Sturrock
11. Davie Dodds
Peter McCloy
Jimmy Nicholl
Ally Dawson
John McClelland
Craig Paterson
Ian Redford
Robert Russell
Robert Prytz
Sandy Clark
Ally McCoist
Davie Cooper

12. Dave Beaumont
14. John Clark
Dave McPherson
Dave Mitchell

John Clark for Paul Sturrock (78)
Dave McPherson for Robert Prytz (76)
Dave Mitchell for Davie Cooper (82)

John Holt
Billy Kirkwood (18)
Davie Dodds (54)
Craig Paterson (20)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)
J Delury (Ayr) & W Crichton (Banchory) (Assistants)

Match Report

This tie got off to a marvellous start with both sides creating several chances. Gradually, however. United asserted a degree of ascendancy and ended on top at the end of a highly entertaining affair.

The second half was marred by fog which billowed over the ground just after the restart. Conditions deteriorated quickly and only a slight improvement prevented the match from being abandoned.

Many United fans failed to see United open the scoring, Richard Gough headed a free kick across the face or the goal, the Rangers defence failed to clear and Davie Dodds was on hand to steer the ball over the line. Unfortunately, most of the Tannadice faithful were at the wrong end to see substitute Dave Mitchell head in a Redford cross four minutes from time.

Squad Statistics (as at February 14th, 1984)

1983-84 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)36 34 - 6133
John Holt27 33226722
Maurice Malpas21 3111073
Derek Stark25 2442299
Richard Gough21 33713418
Paul Hegarty29 34543863
Dave Narey27 31 - 48234
Ralph Milne22 321119059
Billy Kirkwood25 29729961
Paul Sturrock27 81382119
Davie Dodds25 3318263113
John Clark (sub)19 8 - 11 -

League Table (as at February 14th, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It was extremely pleasing to record another victory last Sahirday when Hibs were the visitors. Unfortunately, the rustiness caused by our enforced lay-off is still evident in several positions. One of the biggest problems for the players over the past week was the contrasting underfoot conditions. The snowbound surface against Ayr gave way to good to heavy conditions when we faced Hibs. On Saturday, the players at least tried to be more positive, but there is still room for improvement. Our front players are being marked very tightly, as a mark of respect for the ability and they can only be released by the midfield men making the kind of positive runs that Maurice Malpas embarked upon against Hibs. There is an argument in football that players shouldn't run with the ball, but midfield and front players must attack defenders as often as possible.

There is no more exciting sight in the game than players who are prepared to run at defences. With the importance of tonight's tie in mind, every department has got to show a further improvement in form from our two most recent matches. Rangers record under Jock Wallace, with only one defeat in thirteen outings, has been outstanding, consequently this should be an exceptionally exciting game, in which we will require everyone to be at their peak. There is no reason to burden the players with extra pressure by demanding a big win, merely insist that they must be positive. I will be satisfied with any victory, but hopefully, by as many goals as possible. In my opinion the Rangers' support and the finance . it generates into the game is vital for clubs like ourselves, but I hope, tonight, that we can improve on our dismal cup record against Rangers and take a significant step towards a place in the final next month.