3 - 0
3 - 0
League (Division One)
Davie Hogg (37)
Kenny Cameron (80)
Davie Hogg (85)
Jimmy O' Rourke
Alec Reid for Ian Mitchell
T Marshall (Glasgow) (Referee)
As season 1968-69 came to a close, United were chasing a Fairs Cup spot. But in those days, despite the passing of the transfer deadline. United were able to introduce new signing Alan Gordon to their front line because the game had no bearing on the championship or relegation issue. Not that it could happen these days, but I wonder what United's rivals for a place in Europe thought of that ruling!
As it transpired, it wasn't so much a Hibee of the future (Alan Gordon) who was to be instrumental in Hibs defeat, more a case of a former player coming to haunt his former club. It was ex-Easter Road man Davie Hogg who was to set United on the road to victory in this rearranged league fixture. As early as the first minute lan Scott got in a header from a Hogg corner from which Chris Shevlane had to clear off the line. Most of the United attacks floundered when they reached the rugged Madsen at the heart of the Hibs defence. When the Dane did prove other than invincible, there was still Thomson Allan to defeat in goal and he made a superb save from lan Mitchell's 25 yarder, tingertipping the ball round the post.
But the goal which United had worked so hard for eventually arrived after 37 minutes. New boy Alan Gordon sent a pass to Davie Hogg who simply lashed a 25 yarder high into the roof of the net Five minutes into the second period, United suffered a blow when John Blackley felled lan Mitchell from behind and the inside man had to be carried off and was replaced by Alex Reid. Hibs came into the scheme of things for the first time and McBride and O'Rourke both came close to scoring.
Given that United's lead was still a slender one the award of a penalty in the 68th seemed the ideal opportunity to tie up the game. Davie Hogg sent over a high cross and the collision between Scott and Shevlane looked more innocent than malicious, which is why the entire Hibs team surrounded referee Marshall from Glasgow. But the award stood, but Thomson Allan saw to it that justice was served by pushing Kenny Cameron's spot-kick for a corner. That was probably not the case seconds later when Madsen impeded the United centre in the box, but this time the referee ignored the infringement.
Although United were playing well the result was still in doubt, until United finally cashed in on their superiority. Kenny Cameron, trying to atone for that penalty miss had gone close with an over-head kick which was well saved by Allan, before finally scoring ten minutes from the end. Wilson Wood's long through ball set off a chase between Madsen and Kenny Cameron. The United man was the winner and with Thomson Allan, having advanced from his goal, Kenny Cameron cleverly flicked the ball over the keeper's head and into the empty net. Davie Hogg capped a fine performance by hooking home a Wilson Wood lob for his second of the match against the club who had freed him almost twelve months previously. This win and the following Saturday's home victory more or less guaranteed the return of European football to Tannadice, United eventually finishing in fifth spot after equalling their best ever points total.
Much of the credit went to Kenny Cameron who hit 36 goals in 43 outings. He, along with Andy Rolland and Wilson Wood were ever-presents in United's league and cup programme.
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|Alec Reid (sub)||21||38||3||38||3|
No league table has been added for this season.