Dundee Utd 2
Aberdeen 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 21st, 1985
Tannadice Park. Att. 9,990
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (9)
Paul Sturrock (40)
Billy Stark (29)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Richard Gough
John Holt
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Eamonn Bannon
Ian Redford
Paul Sturrock
Kevin Gallacher
Davie Dodds
Jim Leighton
Stewart McKimmie
Brian Mitchell
Billy Stark
Alex McLeish
Willie Miller
Eric Black
Ian Angus
Frank McDougall
Neale Cooper
John Hewitt

Jimmy Page
Gordon McLeod
Tommy McQueen
Peter Weir

Jimmy Page for Paul Sturrock (72)
Tommy McQueen for Neale Cooper (32)
Peter Weir for Frank McDougall (57)

None. Brian Mitchell (25)
Willie Miller (60)
Eric Black (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Ferguson (Giffnock) (Referee)

Match Report

Most of the media attention focussed on the dismissal of Dons' manager Alex Ferguson to the stand, and by so doing tended to overshadow one of our best performances of the season. We have never found Aberdeen easy opposition at Tannadice but on this occasion the result perhaps failed to reflect our superiority.

Paul Sturrock was fielded in what was regarded as something of a gamble in view of his injury. The move proved a winner. Paul curled over a free-kick which Paul Hegarty rose to head. The United skipper then pursued his first effort only to be brought down by Jim Leighton as he tried to evade the Dons' 'keeper. Eamonn Bannon fired in the resultant spot kick in exemplary fashion.

On the half-hour mark Aberdeen, after almost falling two behind when Paul Sturrock's shot went only just wide, got back on level terms. A run by Joe Miller on the right led to the youngster squaring the ball to the edge of the box and Billy Stark crashed in an equaliser. Five minutes from half-time came the winner. Davie Dodds' through ball was latched on to by Paul Sturrock, who beat the offside trap, and carried on to hammer the ball past Leighton as the Aberdeen man endeavoured to block his path.

Squad Statistics (as at December 21st, 1985)

1985-86 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)27 14 - 29 -
John Holt29 18 - 34623
Richard Gough23 26523232
Maurice Malpas23 2822108
Dave Narey29 27 - 57836
Paul Hegarty31 28453972
Eamonn Bannon27 24731986
Ian Redford25 226226
Davie Dodds27 255349142
Paul Sturrock29 238472152
Kevin Gallacher19 3 - 3 -
Jimmy Page (sub)21 1 - 3 -

League Table (as at December 21st, 1985)

No league table has been added for this season.