Sparta Prague 3
Dundee Utd 1
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (2nd Round 1st Leg)

Sparta Prague 

3 - 1

Dundee Utd

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (2nd Round 1st Leg)
Wednesday, October 21st, 1970
Stadion na Letnej. Att. 17,600
7:30 PM Kick-off

Václav Vrána (19)
Josef Jurkanin (71)
Josef Jurkanin (89)
Tommy Traynor (25)

Team Managers
Karel Kolsky Jerry Kerr

Starting Eleven
Antonín Kramerius
Václav Migas
Oldrich Urban
Pavel Melichar
František Chovanec
Tibor Semendak
Bohumil Veselý
Václav Vrána
Jaroslav Barton
Vaclav Masek
Josef Jurkanin
Don Mackay
Andy Rolland
Doug Smith
Stuart Markland
Jim Cameron
Jim Henry
Tommy Traynor
Davie Wilson
Alec Reid
Alan Gordon
Morris Stevenson

Petr Uličný Hamish McAlpine
Ian Scott

Petr Uličný for Vaclav Masek (46) Hamish McAlpine for Don Mackay (60)
Ian Scott for Alan Gordon (86)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. Andy Rolland (80)

Match Officials

Do?an Babacan (Turkey) (Referee)

Match Report

United travelled to Prague, the club's first game behind the Iron Curtain, for the first leg of our second round tie and it produced a final thirty minutes of nightmarish proportions for Tannadice fans.

Earlier Sparta had got off to a great start with a goal in the 20th minute, Vrana running on to a great pass from Chovenic to shoot past Donald Mackay. It took United just five minutes to restore the equilibrium. Morris Stevenson crossed from the left and Tommy Traynor stole in to half-volley the ball high into the net. By half-time the Tangerines could easily have been a couple of goals ahead.

The second half continued in similar fashion with United controlling proceedings, then in 60 minutes came the turning point. Donald Mackay pulled a muscle in a simple incident and Hamish McAlpine had to deputise at a crucial time. Sparta took heart from United's misfortune and in the 72nd minute lost an undeserved goal when Josef Jurkanin shot strongly past Hamish. Then with 10 minutes left, Andy Rolland was sent off for kicking the ball away after a dubious free-kick award. Compounding United's problems was the injury to Alan Gordon which saw him leave the field in a daze. The tragic finale came when Josef Jurkanin notched a second, 60 seconds from time, to give Sparta a two goal advantage for the second leg.

Squad Statistics (as at October 21st, 1970)

1970-71 All Time
Don Mackay (GK)30 17 - 235 -
Doug Smith33 1714344
Stuart Markland22 171492
Andy Rolland27 16 - 13112
Jim Cameron23 17 - 120 -
Davie Wilson33 17412525
Alec Reid23 171876
Jim Henry21 171423
Tommy Traynor27 171171
Alan Gordon26 1575118
Morris Stevenson27 8 - 151
Hamish McAlpine (sub) (GK)22 1 - 2 -
Ian Scott (sub)24 3 - 7119

League Table (as at October 21st, 1970)

No league table has been added for this season.