Motherwell 0
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


0 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 31st, 1985
Fir Park. Att. 3,327
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. John Clark (16)

Team Managers
Tommy McLean Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
John Gardiner
Ian MacLeod
Derek Murray
Robert Clark
Graeme Forbes
Tommy Boyd
Rab Stewart
Andy Dornan
Andy Harrow
John McStay
Ray Blair
Hamish McAlpine
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Richard Gough
John Clark
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Davie Dodds
Stuart Beedie

Andy Walker
Jim Weir
Gary McGinnis
Tommy Coyne

Jim Weir for Derek Murray (72) Tommy Coyne for Stuart Beedie (65)
Gary McGinnis for John Clark (81)

Ian MacLeod (33) John Holt (89)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Louis Thow (Ayr) (Referee)

Match Report

That well worn cliche, a game of two halves, perfectly sums up this confrontation of the McLean cIan. Virtually from the first whistle United took the game to Motherwell taking full advantage of a strong wind at their backs. In fact, it was former Tannadice custodian John Gardiner who kept Motherwell in the game with some fine saves, notably from Dave Narey, after a superb move. Then just on the interval, John tipped over a well placed chip from Eamonn Bannon. However, he had been beaten earlier. Persistence on the right by Davie Dodds paid off when he chased a ball to the bye-line as Forbes was allowing it to go out, he turned it back to Eamonn Bannon and his first-time cross was side-footed strongly past Gardiner by John Clark.

After the break Motherwell, now aided by the elements, performed much better, and it was Hamish McAlpine's turn to perform heroics. One save in particular, when he tipped over a Harrow shot, almost fell in the miraculous category. Raymond Blair posed problems on the left and he, too, brought out a fine save by Hamish at the near post. Overall, United probably deserved to win by creating the greater number of chances in that first half, but 'Well hit back strongly in that second period and could easily have snatched an equaliser.

Squad Statistics (as at August 31st, 1985)

1985-86 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)37 6 - 6803
John Holt28 1 - 32923
Paul Hegarty31 6 - 51768
Dave Narey29 6 - 55736
Richard Gough23 6221229
Maurice Malpas23 6 - 1886
John Clark20 21408
Eamonn Bannon27 6130180
Billy Kirkwood26 2 - 35668
Davie Dodds26 6 - 330137
Stuart Beedie25 61458
Gary McGinnis (sub)21 2 - 231
Tommy Coyne (sub)22 3 - 478

League Table (as at August 31st, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.