2 - 2
2 - 2
League (Division One)
Alan Gordon (9)
Alan Gordon (50)
Drew Jarvie (16)
Drew Jarvie (57)
Ian Scott for Stuart Markland (46)
Tommy Marshall (Glasgow) (Referee)
Almost total United domination counted for nothing as the men from Broomfield were allowed to slip away at the end with a share of the points. Two goals apiece from United's Alan Gordon and Airdrie's Drew Jarvie kept the crowd on their toes, although all-round defensive slackness had a major say in all four goals.
Alan Gordon struck the first for United when he volleyed home from ten yards after only nine minutes. But that lead lasted only five minutes with Jarvie slipping in unnoticed to head home a Wilson cross. United rallied again after the interval and when the Broomfield defence failed to clear a Davie Wilson cross from the right, Alan Gordon again took advantage in 50 minutes. But, alas, Drew Jarvie was in like mood and seven minutes later he shook off his defensive cover and hooked the ball home from close range seven minutes later. It was Airdrie's grit which earned them a point after being under the cosh for so long.
|Don Mackay (GK)||30||15||-||233||-|
|Ian Scott (sub)||24||2||-||70||19|
No league table has been added for this season.
This afternoon we welcome Airdrie to Tannadice and after a string of excellent results in League and Cup games, today's game promises to be extra special.
Part time teams are invariably written of as poor material, but our friends
from Broomfield have proved conclusively this season that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Their recent results against Notts Forest in the Texaco Cup and in the League, have shown that they must be treated with the utmost respect, and remembering their results at Tannadice in recent seasons, this is what we intend to do today.
Last Saturday we got back on the winning way against Clyde at Shawfield and, when one considers our record there over the years, this must be considered a good result. While we lost to Rangers at Tannadice two weeks ago, we are still running ahead of last season's average for the same games and I must say this is most satisfactory.
The Shawfield result was all the more pleasing because of the tiresome travelling and the hard game with Grasshoppers days before. In recent games the side has been most settled and I consider ihe return of Morris Stevenson has been a real asset to us. In Zurich the former Morton man teamed up brilliantly with Alec Reid and Jim Henry in midfield and the trio repeated their great Swiss display at Shawfield.
In the Fairs Cup I thought the team handled a difficult situation very well
despite a heart stopping last few minutes, when the Swiss hit us with everything. But the players stuck to their tasks magnificently and we earned our place in the second round draw.
A week on Wednesday we are set to face Sparta Prague in Czechoslovakia and this is an arrangement which will benefit us. I have always felt it was
better to play the first game away from home as it gives a side a real chance to win a game before its own fans.
There is no doubt the Czech side will be a formidable obstacle but with recent results in mind I am confident we can go into the third round draw for the first time.