Aberdeen 1
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


Aberdeen 

1 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 16th, 1980
Pittodrie. Att. 12,948
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Gordon Strachan (pen.) (29) Paul Hegarty (23)

Team Managers
Alex Ferguson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Leighton
Stuart Kennedy
John McMaster
Andy Watson
Alex McLeish
Willie Miller
Gordon Strachan
Steve Cowan
Mark McGhee
Drew Jarvie
Ian Scanlon
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
Derek Addison
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Graeme Payne

Bench
Doug Bell
John Hewitt
Frank Kopel
Joe Ward

Substitutions
Doug Bell for Andy Watson
John Hewitt for Drew Jarvie
Frank Kopel for Ralph Milne

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bob Cuthill (Winchburgh) (Referee)



Match Report


After a disappointing 2-2 draw against Kilmarnock at Tannadice on the opening day of the new season, United travelled to Pittodrie to face champions Aberdeen. Jim McLean made one change to his starting line-up from the side which had defeated East Fife 5-2 at Bayview in midweek: Eamonn Bannon replacing summer signing Joe Ward who dropped to the bench.

It was predicted before the game that it would be a tight match between two very talented sides and that’s the way it turned out. United did however take the lead in the 23rd minute: captain Paul Hegarty powering a header past the helpless Jim Leighton in the Aberdeen goal from an Eamonn Bannon free-kick. Bannon was then involved at the other end of the pitch only six minutes later – bringing down Mark McGhee in the box resulting in a penalty for the Dons. Gordon Strachan stepped up and sent Hamish McAlpine to wrong way to bring Alex Ferguson’s side level.

Overall the game was terrific advertisement for Scottish Football with both sides pressing hard to snatch the all-important winning goal. McAlpine in the United goal was on top form and pulled off two brilliant flying saves to deny Gordon Strachan on separate occasions and in the end the match finished all-square.



Squad Statistics (as at August 16th, 1980)


1980-81 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 3 - 4123
Paul Hegarty26 3124140
Derek Stark21 3 - 852
Iain Phillip29 3 - 521
Dave Narey24 3128721
Derek Addison25 3 - 11812
Billy Kirkwood21 3 - 12728
Ralph Milne19 32235
Eamonn Bannon22 3 - 344
Graeme Payne24 3123314
Paul Sturrock23 3222257
Frank Kopel (sub)31 1 - 34113






League Table (as at August 16th, 1980)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 2 2 0 0 +4 4
2. Rangers 2 1 1 0 +4 3
3. Airdrie 2 1 1 0 +2 3
4. Aberdeen 2 1 1 0 +1 3
5. St Mirren 2 1 0 1 +2 2
6. United 2 0 2 0 0 2
7. Partick Th 2 1 0 1 -3 2
8. Kilmarnock 2 0 1 1 -3 1
9. Hearts 2 0 0 2 -3 0
10. Morton 2 0 0 2 -4 0