Dundee Utd 2
Falkirk 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, February 7th, 1987
Tannadice Park. Att. 8,804
3:00 PM Kick-off

Iain Ferguson (12)
Kevin Gallacher (47)
Bryan Purdie (72)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Billy Lamont

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Paul Kinnaird
Ian Redford
Billy Kirkwood
Jim McInally
John Clark
Eamonn Bannon
Kevin Gallacher
Iain Ferguson
Nicky Walker
Brian Martin
Jim Dempsey
Bryan Purdie
Roddy Manley
Andy Nicol
Jim Hughes
Ian McLeod
Sam McGivern
Albert Kidd
Jim Gilmour

Jimmy Page
John Holt
Jim Kerr
Willie McGuire

John Holt for Ian Redford (70)
Willie McGuire for Sam McGivern (63)
Jim Kerr for Bryan Purdie (73)

Kevin Gallacher
Ian Redford (33)
Bryan Purdie (47)

Red Cards
None. Jim Dempsey (33)
Match Officials

W Knowles (Inverurie) (Referee)

Match Report

Falkirk came to Tannadice with six successive League defeats to dwell on. The loss of an early goal and Jim Dempsey who was sent off, made it look as though set back number seven was a mere formality. Especially when we went two ahead immediately after the interval. That, however, wasn't quite how it turned out. An eager start by us brought action in the Falkirk penalty box right from the kick-off and reward after 12 minutes. From a corner on the right, John Clark sent in a looping header which struck the bar and Iain Ferguson quickly rammed the rebound high into the net from close range. Furious activity in and around Nicky Walker brought no further goals, and with Falkirk reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Dempsey, there was an air of formality as to the outcome.

That was re-enforced a minute after the internal. Dave Narey powered in a 30 yarder. Walker failed to hold it and Kevin Gallacher nipped in to blast home the rebound. Chances continued to be scored and Falkirk against all odds found themselves back in the game when Purdie ran on to a quickly taken McGuire free kick to beat Billy Thomson from just inside the box. Despite one or two nervy moments, we ran out winners, but this was a narrow win which was only made difficult by those missed opportunities earlier in the match.

Squad Statistics (as at February 7th, 1987)

1986-87 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)66 0 - 0 -
Dave Narey67 0 - 0 -
Maurice Malpas61 0 - 0 -
Jim McInally60 0 - 0 -
Eamonn Bannon65 0 - 0 -
Billy Kirkwood65 0 - 0 -
Paul Kinnaird57 0 - 0 -
John Clark59 0 - 0 -
Ian Redford64 0 - 0 -
Iain Ferguson61 0 - 0 -
Kevin Gallacher57 0 - 0 -
John Holt (sub)67 0 - 0 -

League Table (as at February 7th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.