Dundee Utd 3
Rangers 2
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
3 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Tuesday, October 29th, 1991
Tannadice Park. Att. 15,041
7:30 PM Kick-off

Ray McKinnon (17)
Darren Jackson (72)
Duncan Ferguson (77)
Ally McCoist (29)
Ally McCoist (58)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Walter Smith

Starting Eleven
Guido van de Kamp
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Freddy van der Hoorn
Ray McKinnon
Billy McKinlay
Jim McInally
Dave Bowman
John Clark
Duncan Ferguson
Darren Jackson
Andy Goram
Gary Stevens
David Robertson
John Brown
Nigel Spackman
Scott Nisbet
Ian Ferguson
Stuart McCall
Ally McCoist
Mark Hateley
Pieter Huistra

Allan Preston
Michael O'Neill
Maurice Johnston
Alexei Mikahailitchenko

Michael O'Neill for Darren Jackson (83)
Maurice Johnston for Pieter Huistra (81)
Alexei Mikahailitchenko for Ian Ferguson (85)

None. Ally McCoist (63)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

For Rangers first visit of the season we had to forgo the services of Brian Welsh who took a knock on his ankle at Airdrie, but welcomed back Darren Jackson in attack. Dave Narey, suspended the previous Saturday, stepped into Brian Welsh's position, whilst Darren Jackson, playing his first game since being injured against Hibs in August which required a cartilage operation, replaced Christian Dailly up front. It didn't take long for Darren to show his goal target, sending in a volley from 18 yards in the opening stages, but it was straight at Andy Goram. At the other end Guido Van De Kamp reacted quickly to push a well struck Huistra corner round the near post. However, neither side really found their rhythm in those early stages. A goal was needed to spark life into the game and it came at the right end as far as United supporters were concerned. Dave Narey hoisted a free-kick to the edge of the Rangers box and Duncan Ferguson rose to flick the ball on to Ray McKinnon who directed a header from around eight yards well out of Goram's reach. Rangers responded in typical fashion and exerted pressure on us, but their best chance came when Freddy Van Der Hoorn miscued a pass-back which fortunately sailed over the bar. When Rangers did equalise, it was through highly fortuitous circumstances. Jim McInally used an arm to control the ball on the edge of the box and Ally McCoist took full advantage from the spot-kick award. So far in the third successive match, we saw a lead cancelled out by conceding a penalty kick. The remainder of the half produced little by the way of goalmouth incident and was by and large fairly scrappy.

After Rangers had made a bright start to the second period, Duncan Ferguson fired in a low grounder. However, thirteen minutes into the second half proved to be unlucky for us as Ally McCoist broke clear as we appealed unsuccessfully for off-side. The Rangers striker rounded Guido Van De Kamp to put Rangers in front. All that did was to put us to greater effort and only a last ditch intervention by Brown averted the danger when Darren Jackson looked set to capitalise on a tempting lob. The pressure on Rangers mounted and Dave Bowman saw a volley blocked for a corner. Eighteen minutes from the end, Darren Jackson was on the point of being substituted when he was brought down in the box and the United striker got up to sink the penalty award which brought us equality. This intriguing contest took another twist with thirteen minutes left when Darren Jackson was allowed acres of space on the right to fire in a fierce volley. Goram couldn't hold his effort and Duncan Ferguson who was on the spot forced the over the line from close range.

Squad Statistics (as at October 29th, 1991)

1991-92 All Time
Guido van de Kamp (GK)27 10 - 10 -
Freddy van der Hoorn28 1511025
Maurice Malpas29 18150816
Dave Narey35 13 - 81636
Dave Bowman27 1812097
Billy McKinlay22 1811435
Ray McKinnon21 21384
Jim McInally27 9 - 23911
John Clark27 14224432
Duncan Ferguson19 1272611
Darren Jackson25 548430
Michael O'Neill (sub)22 1055312

League Table (as at October 29th, 1991)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Obviously I have no wish to offend any of our supporters who weren't at Broomfield last Saturday and I can fully appreciate why we probably carried our lowest travelling support for a long time.

The counter attraction of the rugby on television and the way we have been playing of late were obvious reasons for the smaller than usual turnout.
Those fans who did make the journey through to Airdrie certainly demonstrated how loyal and dedicated they are to Dundee United.

Happily, we were able to reward them with what I felt was a thoroughly deserved victory what is always a difficult fixture.

As you know I never make promises, but our display at Broomfield should make us more hopeful of being able to look forward to better times ahead.

I'll readily concede that there wasn't a lot of silky soccer on view but the players produced the battling qualities which were necessary on a very tight park. In fact, I didn't realise just how narrow Broomfield's pitch is, measuring only 66 yards wide.

We competed very well and earned back some respect after the manner of our defeats at Parkhead and at home to St. Johnstone.

Tonight, we face Rangers and these days this is the sternest test of the season. It will take a vast improvement in our recent Tannadice performances if we are to achieve the result which everyone connected with United would wish.

However, we will still be without several important men, none more so than Victor Ferreyra.

Finally, I can't let slip the opportunity of welcoming back messrs Smith and Knox to Tannadice.

Neither will exactly need a route map to the Tannadice dug out, because
have probably spent more time in it over the years than I have, due to my regular visits toS.F.A. headquarters at Park Gardens!
I welcome them and, of course Davie Dodds and Billy Kirkwood back to Tannadice but I hopethat our hospitality only extends off the pitch and not on it!