Dundee Utd 1
Rangers 2
League Cup (Final)


Dundee Utd
1 - 2
Rangers 

League Cup (Final)
Saturday, November 28th, 1981
Hampden Park. Att. 53,795
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Ralph Milne (47)
Davie Cooper (74)
Ian Redford (88)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Greig

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Jim Stewart
Sandy Jardine
Alex Miller
Gregor Stevens
Colin Jackson
Jim Bett
Davie Cooper
Bobby Russell
Derek Johnstone
Gordon Dalziel
John MacDonald

Bench
Richard Gough
Maurice Malpas
Ian Redford
Billy Mackay

Substitutions
None. Ian Redford for Gordon Dalziel

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Eddie Pringle (Edinburgh) (Referee)


Match Report


After winning the competition the previous two seasons, United travelled to the national stadium aiming to become only the second club to win the League Cup trophy on three consecutive occasions. Jim McLean went with a more experienced line-up than the previous few weeks, with Derek Stark back in the starting eleven and youngsters Richard Gough and Maurice Malpas on he bench.

United threatened as early as the first minute when John Holt put Paul Sturrock in, but the striker shot weakly past. Hamish McAlpine then pulled off a tremendous save from a Derek Johnstone header. Ralph Milne was gifted a chance when a Rangers defender slipped and let him in on goal, but he shot timidly and the chance was gone. The Rangers midfield was now being completely overwhelmed, and Milne had further chances, first heading over before seeing a shot well saved by Jim Stewart. Rangers then managed to string together a few attacks, with both Davie Cooper and Bobby Russell coming close. Before half-time, Sturrock was again put through, but failed with a poor finish.

After dominating the first half without taking their chances, United were again first on the offensive after the restart, with Eamonn Bannon forcing Stewart into a good save from a free-kick. United took the lead four minutes into the second half when Paul Sturrock slipped the ball into the path of Ralph Milne just over the half-way line and the winger ran fully thirty yards before shooting low past Stewart. Three minutes later the tie appeared settled in United's favour when Paul Sturrock crashed home a glorious 25 yarder, but a linesman's flag saved Rangers with John Holt having been adjudged to have strayed into an offside position. Referee Eddie Pringle gave the free-kick without consulting his linesman. Sensing a reprieve Rangers took full advantage. Davie Cooper curled home a 20 yard free-kick in typical fashion in the 76th minute and United's dreams were shattered when Ian Redford sent a a curling shot from the left high into the corner of the net with two minutes left.

It was a hard one to take after dominating the match for so long, but failed chances and a controversial refereeing decision saw United return to Dundee without that much sought after third trophy.



Squad Statistics (as at November 28th, 1981)


1981-82 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 26 - 4933
Iain Phillip30 23 - 1211
Derek Stark23 15 - 1353
John Holt25 25317014
Dave Narey25 26 - 36422
Paul Hegarty27 24131750
Billy Kirkwood23 24519445
Ralph Milne20 2587821
Eamonn Bannon23 281211429
Paul Sturrock25 241530093
Davie Dodds23 26914454






League Table (as at November 28th, 1981)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 14 10 3 1 +17 23
2. Aberdeen 14 7 4 3 +6 18
3. United 13 6 4 3 +13 16
4. St Mirren 14 6 4 4 +4 16
5. Rangers 13 5 5 3 +3 15
6. Hibernian 14 3 6 5 +1 12
7. Morton 14 4 3 7 -10 11
8. Airdrie 14 3 4 7 -15 10
9. Dundee 14 4 1 9 -10 9
10. Partick Th 14 2 4 8 -9 8