Dundee Utd 2
Aberdeen 1
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
2 - 1

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 9th, 1986
Tannadice Park. Att. 11,292
3:00 PM Kick-off

Richard Gough (34)
Ian Redford (73)
Billy Stark (88)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Paul Hegarty
Dave Narey
Richard Gough
John Holt
Maurice Malpas
Dave Bowman
Eamonn Bannon
Ralph Milne
Ian Redford
Paul Sturrock
Jim Leighton
Stewart McKimmie
Brian Mitchell
Billy Stark
Alex McLeish
Brian Irvine
Steve Gray
Neil Simpson
John Hewitt
Ian Angus
Peter Weir

John Clark
Tommy Coyne
Willie Falconer
Joe Miller

John Clark for Dave Bowman (79)
Willie Falconer for Neil Simpson (7)
Joe Miller for John Hewitt (79)

Eamonn Bannon (9)
John Holt (59)
Stewart McKimmie (55)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

George Smith (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

This was decidedly not one of the classic encounters between the two great East coast rivals. Having said that Tannadice fans wouldn't quibble at the outcome which provided a perfect start to the gruelling league programme. Little of consequence took place in the early stages although we opened brightly. Then Richard Gough, the centre of all the pre-match publicity, once again demonstrated the valuable asset he is. Dave Narey floated over a free-kick which Richard rose to head past Leighton's outstretched fingers.

Play ebbed and flowed after the interval with neither side seriously threatening either keeper, however, we did strike again after 73 minutes. Eamonn Bannon supplied Richard Gough out on the right and his perfect cross was headed strongly past Leighton by Ian Redford.

The Dons finally pierced the United rearguard two minutes from time when Billy Stark dived full length to head a Joe Miller cross past Billy Thomson, but overall the absence of Miller, Bett and McDougall from the start plus the loss of Neil Simpson after 7 minutes of play, proved too great a burden even for the resolute Northerners.

Squad Statistics (as at August 9th, 1986)

1986-87 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)28 1 - 54 -
Paul Hegarty32 1 - 56474
John Holt29 1 - 36723
Dave Narey30 1 - 60336
Maurice Malpas24 1 - 2358
Richard Gough24 1125437
Ian Redford26 114411
Dave Bowman22 1 - 1 -
Ralph Milne25 1 - 26673
Eamonn Bannon28 1 - 34394
Paul Sturrock29 1 - 496157
John Clark (sub)21 1 - 528

League Table (as at August 9th, 1986)

No league table has been added for this season.