Monaco 2
Dundee Utd 5
UEFA Cup (1st Round 1st Leg)


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Dundee Utd

UEFA Cup (1st Round 1st Leg)
Wednesday, September 16th, 1981
Stade Louis II. Att. 7,609
7:30 PM Kick-off

Ralf Edström (62)
Bruno Bellone (89)
Billy Kirkwood (15)
Davie Dodds (20)
Eamonn Bannon (pen.) (67)
Davie Dodds (70)
Eamonn Bannon (83)

Team Managers
Gérard Banide Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jean-Luc Ettori
Manuel Amoros
Abdallah Liegeon
Rolland Courbis
Alfred Vitalis
Umberto Barberis
Didier Christophe
Ralf Edström
Bruno Bellone
Eric Pecout
Alain Couriol
Hamish McAlpine
Frank Kopel
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
John Holt
Iain Phillip
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Billy Kirkwood
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds

Andre Amitrano
Thierry Ninot
Jacques Perais
Dominique Bijotat
Jean-Marc Valadier
Andy Graham
Richard Gough
Derek Addison
Willie Pettigrew
Graeme Payne

Jacques Perais for Abdallah Liegeon (46) Richard Gough for Iain Phillip (80)

Rolland Courbis (35) John Holt (48)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Jose Luis Garcia Carrion (Spain) (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

United put in a royal performance to record one of the greatest European victories to date. Prince Rainier was in attendance to witness a polished and mature United performance which, barring a ridiculous goal swing in the 2nd leg at Tannadice, should see them advance to the second round. Manager Jim McLean stuck with the same line-up that knocked five goals past Dundee at the weekend.

After just 60 seconds Ettori had to race from his area to clear from Paul Sturrock. It took just 15 minutes for United to open the scoring. Fittingly it was man of the match Bannon who created the chance. His perfect cross was headed low past the 'keeper by Billy Kirkwood. The small band of travelling Arabs had just five minutes to wait for the second. Dave Narey release Sturrock who cut the ball back for Davie Dodds to shoot home.

Ralf Edstroem, who looked yards offside, reduced the deficit for Monaco on the hour mark, advancing on McAlpine before slotting home. However, United restored their two goal lead five minutes later when Sturrock was downed in the box by Vitalis and Eamonn Bannon struck home the penalty. Four minutes after that there was more joy for the travelling fans as Davie Dodds pounced to score his second and United's fourth of the night. With six minutes left Vitalis was again the culprit, handling a Sturrock shot in the box, and Eamonn Bannon scored his second of the night from the spot to make it five. With a minute remaining, Monaco got a second thanks to an audacious lob by Bruno Bellone over a deceived McAlpine. That could not, however, deny United another wonderful night in Europe.

Squad Statistics (as at September 16th, 1981)

1981-82 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 11 - 4783
Dave Narey25 11 - 34922
Frank Kopel32 9 - 39913
Paul Hegarty27 7 - 30049
Iain Phillip30 9 - 1071
John Holt24 11315614
Eamonn Bannon23 1199726
Ralph Milne20 816214
Billy Kirkwood23 7217742
Paul Sturrock24 11628784
Davie Dodds22 9412749
Richard Gough (sub)19 61101

League Table (as at September 16th, 1981)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 3 3 0 0 +6 6
2. St Mirren 3 2 1 0 +3 5
3. DUNDEE UTD 3 2 0 1 +5 4
4. Hibernian 3 1 2 0 +2 4
5. Rangers 3 1 2 0 +1 4
6. Morton 3 1 0 2 -2 2
7. Dundee 3 1 0 2 -3 2
8. Aberdeen 3 1 0 2 -3 2
9. Airdrie 3 0 1 2 -4 1
10. Partick Th 3 0 0 3 -5 0

League results since United's last match