Dundee Utd 2
Hearts 3
League Cup (Sectional Tie)

Dundee Utd
2 - 3

League Cup (Sectional Tie)
Saturday, August 9th, 1969
Tannadice Park. Att. 9,537
7:30 PM Kick-off

Ian Mitchell (27)
Alex Stuart (36)
Ernie Winchester (51)
Ernie Winchester (76)
David Clunie (83)

Team Managers
Jerry Kerr
John Harvey

Starting Eleven
1. Don Mackay
2. Andy Rolland
3. Jimmy Briggs
4. Dennis Gillespie
5. Doug Smith
6. Alex Stuart
7. Alan Gordon
8. Alec Reid
9. Ian Scott
10. Ian Mitchell
11. Davie Wilson
Jim Cruickshank .1
Ian Sneddon .2
Alan Anderson .3
Eddie Thomson .4
Willie McAlpine .5
George Fleming .6
Arthur Townsend .7
David Clunie .8
Ernie Winchester .9
Donald Ford .10
Neil Murray .11

Jim Cameron
Tommy Veitch .12

Jim Cameron for Jimmy Briggs

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tiny Wharton (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

For this League Cup sectional tie, Jerry Kerr brought in Gordon on the right wing in place of the injured Hogg. The tangerines terrors received a rapturous welcome from the Tannadice fans who got a first chance to see the new Tangerine kits worn in Dundee. The sun was shining on a warm Dundee evening for what was United's first home game of the season.

United started well and earned a corner after 7 minutes. Wilson slung in the cross, but no home player could get not he end of it and a defender headed clear. Rolland was next to threaten as he jinked into the Hearts box only for his shot to be blocked. Gordon picked up the loose ball and he too found space to get a shot away but the ball spun across goal and no-one was there to convert. Cruickshank missed a Wilson cross in the 27th minute and Ian Mitchell headed the ball into the net. Nine minutes later Alex Stuart scored a second with a great 18-yard shot.

It was Highlander Neil Murray, making his first-team debut for Hearts, who made Ernie Winchester's first goal seven minutes after half time when he forced a way in on the right and Winchester headed past Mackay. Ernie Winchester equalised following a corner on the left, 13 minutes from the end. United at this point lost all poise and Hearts took control of the game. With seven minutes to go Hearts' joy was complete when Jim Townsend pushed the ball back to Davie Clunie who sent a left-foot shot raging into the net. Mitchell did have one last chance for United but he squandered the opportunity in the dying seconds. A spectacular second half come-back by Hearts after being 2-0 down at the interval carried them to victory at Tannadice. There was nothing defensive about the team on this performance and their all-out attacking completely shattered the home side.

Squad Statistics (as at August 9th, 1969)

1969-70 All Time
Don Mackay (GK)29 1 - 175 -
Doug Smith32 1 - 3742
Alex Stuart29 1111
Andy Rolland26 1 - 759
Jimmy Briggs33 1 - 39933
Alec Reid22 1 - 433
Davie Wilson32 1 - 6915
Ian Scott23 1 - 4012
Ian Mitchell23 11233106
Dennis Gillespie33 1 - 402112
Alan Gordon25 1 - 5 -
Jim Cameron (sub)22 1 - 63 -

League Table (as at August 9th, 1969)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

After a most eventful close season period we now find ourselves starting another League Cup campaign and it is one we look forward to with some confidence. Much of this confidence stems from displays during our American tour in May and June. In spite of early set-backs, which were largely due to a fantastic amount of injuries sustained in the opening games, the boys hit back very well and in the late games they achieved fine results. Probably the most satisfaction was derived from the meetings with Wolves in Dallas and Juventus in New Jersey. The players gave everything and notched up two great wins. I consider the tour was an overall success as it gave a number of players the opportunity to gain valuable experience against first class opposition. Due to injuries we were forced to reshuffle drastically in several games and, despite turning out in unfamiliar positions, a number of boys made a great impact. Stewart Markland, Alex Reid and lan Scott were three who really impressed and I am certain they will carry on the good work in the coming months.

In general, our pool in the Stares operated very well and, with Stuart, the club is now better prepared for a season than ever before. In the past the lack of experienced reserves has hit us hard at vital periods in a season. This year we have around 16 men who can be drafted into the side with every confidence. And while the first team pool is stronger, our reserve strength is full of promise. In pre-season outing's our new boys, Donald Yeaman, Davie Munro, Alan Liddle and Norrie Porter have shown a lot of promise, and I have high hopes for the reserves this season. With an exciting start to the European Fairs Cap lined up against Newcastle it is our intention to improve on last season's near miss in our League Cup section. After seven games against English sides in America and three pre-season friendlies in England I feel we will be in just the right mood to get results right away. Often we have found ourselves taking time to settle and then finishing the section with a bang. And our late winning finish has not been good enough. Starting today, we aim to go hard for a place in the quarter finals.