Dundee Utd 1
Rangers 2
League Cup (Final)

Dundee Utd
1 - 2

League Cup (Final)
Saturday, November 28th, 1981
Hampden Park. Att. 53,795
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ralph Milne (47)
Davie Cooper (74)
Ian Redford (88)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
John Greig

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Iain Phillip
Dave Narey
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Davie Dodds
Paul Sturrock
Jim Stewart
Sandy Jardine
Alex Miller
Gregor Stevens
Colin Jackson
Jim Bett
Davie Cooper
Bobby Russell
Derek Johnstone
Gordon Dalziel
John MacDonald

Richard Gough
Maurice Malpas
Ian Redford
Billy Mackay

None. Ian Redford for Gordon Dalziel

Billy Kirkwood
John Holt

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Eddie Pringle (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

After winning the competition the previous two seasons, United travelled to the national stadium aiming to become only the second club to win the League Cup trophy on three consecutive occasions. Jim McLean went with a more experienced line-up than the previous few weeks, with Derek Stark back in the starting eleven and youngsters Richard Gough and Maurice Malpas on he bench.

United threatened as early as the first minute when John Holt put Paul Sturrock in, but the striker shot weakly past. Hamish McAlpine then pulled off a tremendous save from a Derek Johnstone header. Ralph Milne was gifted a chance when a Rangers defender slipped and let him in on goal, but he shot timidly and the chance was gone. The Rangers midfield was now being completely overwhelmed, and Milne had further chances, first heading over before seeing a shot well saved by Jim Stewart. Rangers then managed to string together a few attacks, with both Davie Cooper and Bobby Russell coming close. Before half-time, Sturrock was again put through, but failed with a poor finish.

After dominating the first half without taking their chances, United were again first on the offensive after the restart, with Eamonn Bannon forcing Stewart into a good save from a free-kick. United took the lead four minutes into the second half when Paul Sturrock slipped the ball into the path of Ralph Milne just over the half-way line and the winger ran fully thirty yards before shooting low past Stewart. Three minutes later the tie appeared settled in United's favour when Paul Sturrock crashed home a glorious 25 yarder, but a linesman's flag saved Rangers with John Holt having been adjudged to have strayed into an offside position. Referee Eddie Pringle gave the free-kick without consulting his linesman. Sensing a reprieve Rangers took full advantage. Davie Cooper curled home a 20 yard free-kick in typical fashion in the 76th minute and United's dreams were shattered when Ian Redford sent a a curling shot from the left high into the corner of the net with two minutes left.

It was a hard one to take after dominating the match for so long, but failed chances and a controversial refereeing decision saw United return to Dundee without that much sought after third trophy.

Squad Statistics (as at November 28th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 26 - 4933
Dave Narey25 26 - 36422
Paul Hegarty27 24131750
Iain Phillip30 23 - 1211
Derek Stark23 15 - 1353
John Holt25 25317014
Billy Kirkwood23 24519445
Ralph Milne20 2587921
Eamonn Bannon23 281211429
Davie Dodds23 26914454
Paul Sturrock25 241530093

League Table (as at November 28th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 14 10 3 1 +17 23
2. Aberdeen 14 7 4 3 +6 18
3. DUNDEE UTD 13 6 4 3 +13 16
4. St Mirren 14 6 4 4 +4 16
5. Rangers 13 5 5 3 +3 15
6. Hibernian 14 3 6 5 +1 12
7. Morton 14 4 3 7 -10 11
8. Airdrie 14 3 4 7 -15 10
9. Dundee 14 4 1 9 -10 9
10. Partick Th 14 2 4 8 -9 8

League results since United's last match
28th November 1981
Hibernian0-0St Mirren
Partick Th0-2Celtic