Aberdeen 0
Dundee Utd 3
League Cup (Semi Final 2nd Leg)


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Dundee Utd

League Cup (Semi Final 2nd Leg)
Wednesday, October 28th, 1981
Pittodrie. Att. 20,137
7:30 PM Kick-off

None. Paul Sturrock (7)
Ralph Milne (38)
Paul Sturrock (83)

Team Managers
Alex Ferguson Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Leighton
Stuart Kennedy
Doug Rougvie
Andy Watson
Neale Cooper
Willie Miller
Gordon Strachan
Neil Simpson
Mark McGhee
John Hewitt
Peter Weir
Hamish McAlpine
Paul Hegarty
Derek Murray
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
John Holt
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds

Doug Bell
Walker McCall
Richard Gough
Ian Gibson

Doug Bell for Neil Simpson
Walker McCall for Peter Weir

Willie Miller Billy Kirkwood

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kenny Hope (Clarkston) (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

A goal down after the first leg at Tannadice, United - with only one win in nine matches - were facing an Aberdeen side who were flying, unbeaten in their last 13 games. However, the Terrors were boosted by the hastened return of Paul Sturrock who had been missing for three weeks with a hand injury.

United's eagerness to have Paul Sturrock back in action was vindicated quicker than they could have anticipated. In the 7th minute, he collected the ball after Willie Miller had lost possession outside the penalty area, and after sending a posse of Aberdeen defenders the wrong way with a body swerve, he clipped the ball over the advancing Jim Leighton and into the net. After completely missing a Gordon Strachan cross, Hamish McAlpine did well to recover and smother the ball at the feet of John Hewitt during a scramble in the box. Seven minutes before the break, an Eamonn Bannon cross from the left wasn't dealt with by Leighton, and Ralph Milne was on hand to smack the ball home to put United into an aggregate lead.

Mark McGhee missed a glorious chance immediately after the interval, shooting past when a goal seemed certain. With the home side pushing for a leveller, United still looked dangerous on the break and with seven minutes remaining a long pass from Billy Kirkwood left Paul Sturrock racing in on Leighton and he smartly clipped the ball into the roof of the net. Referee Hope booked both United manager Jim McLean and coach Walter Smith for encroaching on to the pitch after the goal. It was a stunning comeback by the holders, and Sturrock, as the team earned their third successive League Cup final.

Squad Statistics (as at October 28th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 20 - 4873
Paul Hegarty27 17 - 31049
Iain Phillip30 19 - 1171
Derek Murray20 6 - 8 -
John Holt24 19316414
Dave Narey25 19 - 35722
Billy Kirkwood23 17318743
Ralph Milne20 1847217
Eamonn Bannon23 21910726
Davie Dodds23 19613751
Paul Sturrock25 17929387

League Table (as at October 28th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 9 7 1 1 +12 15
2. Aberdeen 9 6 1 2 +6 13
3. Rangers 8 3 4 1 +3 10
4. St Mirren 9 4 2 3 +1 10
5. Hibernian 9 3 3 3 +4 9
6. Morton 9 4 1 4 -2 9
7. United 8 2 3 3 +2 7
8. Airdrie 9 2 2 5 -11 6
9. Partick Th 9 1 3 5 -7 5
10. Dundee 9 2 0 7 -8 4