Wolves 4
Dundee Utd 2
Friendly (as Dallas Tornado)


4 - 2

Dundee Utd

Friendly (as Dallas Tornado)
Sunday, May 4th, 1969
Municipal Stadium (Kansas City). Att. 3,221
7:00 PM Kick-off

Peter Knowles (44)
Les Wilson (55)
Peter Knowles (71)
Mike Bailey (82)
Alan Gordon (17)
Alan Gordon (68)

Team Managers
Bill McGarry Jerry Kerr

Starting Eleven
1. Phil Parkes
2. Derek Parkin
3. Gerry Taylor
4. Mike Bailey
5. John Holsgrove
6. Frank Munro
7. John Farrington
8. Peter Knowles
9. Les Wilson
10. Hugh Curran
11. Dave Wagstaff
Don Mackay .1
Andy Rolland .2
Jim Cameron .3
Dennis Gillespie .4
Doug Smith .5
Wilson Wood .6
Davie Hogg .7
Alec Reid .8
Kenny Cameron .9
Alan Gordon .10
Ian Scott .11

None. Davie Wilson .12

None. Davie Wilson for Ian Scott (60)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Bobby Davidson (Airdrie) (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee United kicked off their American experiment with a match in Kansas against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Prior to the game, FIFA had requested that the referee, Bobby Davidson, experiment further by not making off-side decisions at free-kicks. FIFA planned to discuss whether this was something they would want to roll out further when they met the following month at their congress. Along with this change, there was also a different points system. Six points were awarded for a win, three for a draw and a bonus point for each goal scored up to three. United were led onto the field by a piper and renewed acquaintances with Francie Munro, who was in the Wolves line up.

In 85 degree heat, it was United who threatened first. Kenny Cameron shooting just wide from four yards with an overhead kick. The Scots opened the scoring after 17 minutes when a corner from Hogg was dropped by Wolves keeper Parkes, and Alan Gordon was there to volley the ball into the net from just inside the area. Wolves were also showing up well, especially big Mike Bailey, and it was only the quickness of Doug Smith who robbed him with an open goal ahead to prevent an early equaliser. Two minutes later Bailey again broke through and a deft left-foot shot from the edge of the box was well save by Mackay. After 38 minutes a high centre was punched out by Mackay. Peter Knowles can in and blasted just wide. A minute before half time Peter Knowles had all the time in the world to beat Mackay with a well placed shot into the top corner of the net.

Wolves went ahead in the 55th minute when Les Wilson beat Dennis Gillespie to a pass from Farrington and chipped it past Mackay. Davie Wilson then came on for Ian Scott. Shots from Gordon and Kenny Cameron were just wide, but after 68 minutes Alan Gordon levelled the score when he received a through pass from Cameron and scored from 12 yards. Then from a Wagstaff corner, Peter Knowles seemed to push Mackay when scoring from five yards out. The game was all over eight minutes from time when Mike Bailey, with a brilliant solo goal, finally stroked the ball past Mackay from seven yards. United were annoyed at the referee for allowing Wolves' third goal. "It was an easy 'keepers ball," said Donald Mackay, "but Knowles definitely pushed me before he scored." Manager Jerry Kerr echoed his 'keepers opinion, "I wasn't fully satisfied with the team's performance, but I think we were the better team till that third goal. I still think we can play a lot better."As for the 'no' off-side experiment, well the general verdict after the game was that it seemed to make for more interesting football. There was not the usual wall of defenders lining up, and it tended to get the game moving faster.

Squad Statistics (as at May 4th, 1969)

1968-69 All Time

League Table (as at May 4th, 1969)

No league table has been added for this season.