Dundee 0
Dundee Utd 3
League Cup (Final)


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Dundee Utd

League Cup (Final)
Saturday, December 6th, 1980
Dens Park. Att. 24,466
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Davie Dodds (45)
Paul Sturrock (60)
Paul Sturrock (82)

Team Managers
Don Mackay Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Bobby Geddes
Les Barr
Erich Schaedler
Cammy Fraser
Bobby Glennie
George McGeachie
Peter Mackie
Ray Stephen
Eric Sinclair
Billy Williamson
Andy Geddes
Hamish McAlpine
Dave Narey
Iain Phillip
John Holt
Paul Hegarty
Frank Kopel
Eamonn Bannon
Paul Sturrock
Graeme Payne
Willie Pettigrew
Davie Dodds

Jim Shirra
Brian Scrimgeour
Derek Stark
Billy Kirkwood

Brian Scrimgeour for Andy Geddes (61)
Jim Shirra for Billy Williamson

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bob Valentine (Dundee) (Referee)

Match Report

An historic occasion in the City of Dundee's footballing history with Dens Park the venue for the Bell's League Cup Final as United met Dundee trying to retain the first ever trophy they had won the previous season.

The pitch was far from ideal with traces of snow on a surface made crusty by a slight frost. The first half was long on effort but short on subtlety by either side, but thirty seconds from the break, United struck. Paul Sturrock, making his 250th competitive appearance for United, reached the bye-line on the left and sent over a cross from which Davie Dodds came bounding in to direct a downward header past Bobby Geddes.

Dundee never looked like retrieving the situation thereafter and United scored a second after an hour when Paul Hegarty headed Eamonn Bannon's comer against the bar and Paul Sturrock was on hand again to knock the rebound in from very close range. Seven minutes later a near action replay brought a third goal. This time the corner was from Graeme Payne. Paul Hegarty's header was parried by Geddes and Sturrock once more applied the finishing touch with a hitch kick from not very far out.

When the trophy was presented after the match, skipper Paul Hegarty stood aside to allow Hamish McAlpine to raise the cup aloft his head as United began to celebrate for the second time in 12 months.

Squad Statistics (as at December 6th, 1980)

1980-81 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 31 - 4403
Iain Phillip29 24 - 731
Frank Kopel31 24 - 36413
Dave Narey24 29131321
John Holt24 15112411
Paul Hegarty26 31726946
Eamonn Bannon22 2865910
Paul Sturrock24 311525070
Willie Pettigrew27 1866828
Graeme Payne24 28425817
Davie Dodds22 1879629

League Table (as at December 6th, 1980)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 16 11 4 1 +23 26
2. Celtic 17 11 2 4 +17 24
3. Rangers 16 8 7 1 +22 23
4. St Mirren 17 6 4 7 +3 16
5. DUNDEE UTD 16 5 6 5 -2 16
6. Partick Th 17 6 4 7 -6 16
7. Airdrie 17 4 7 6 -7 15
8. Morton 17 5 5 7 -8 15
9. Hearts 16 3 4 9 -11 10
10. Kilmarnock 17 1 3 13 -31 5

League results since United's last match
6th December 1980
Airdrie1-2St Mirren
Partick Th0-1Celtic