Dundee Utd 1
UEFA Cup (Final 2nd Leg)

Dundee Utd
1 - 1

UEFA Cup (Final 2nd Leg)
Wednesday, May 20th, 1987
Tannadice Park. Att. 20,911
7:45 PM Kick-off

John Clark (60)
Lennart Nilsson (22)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Gunder Bengtsson

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
John Holt
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Jim McInally
Billy Kirkwood
John Clark
Ian Redford
Paul Sturrock
Kevin Gallacher
Iain Ferguson
Thomas Wernersson
Mats-Ola Carlsson
Glenn Hysen
Peter Larsson
Stig Frediksson
Roland Nilsson
Tord Holmgren
Michael Andersson
Tommy Holmgren
Kjell Pettersson
Lennart Nilsson

Scott Thomson
Paul Hegarty
Dave Beaumont
Dave Bowman
Eamonn Bannon
Ove Tobiasson
Jari Rantanen
Per Edmund Mordt
Magnus Johansson

Paul Hegarty for John Holt (46)
Eamonn Bannon for Ian Redford (72)
Per Edmund Mordt for Tommy Holmgren (72)
Magnus Johansson for Roland Nilsson (78)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ion Igna (Romania) (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

The gala occasion of a European Final turned out to be a disappointment from our point of view in terms of result, but not as a spectacle or as an advert for all the good things about the game. The match was played in the most sporting of manner and the final whistle brought similar sentiments from the terraces and stands where the 20,911 crowd warmly acknowledged the visitors, as well as the efforts of United and the Manager Jim McLean. It was an evening few who attended will forget.

United's task from the outset was going to be of the highest magnitude. IFK, who had scored in every away tie in which they had participated, had to be kept from extending that remarkable run. As it transpired, Lennart Nilsson struck a raking drive fractionally inside Billy Thomson's right hand post to go ahead after 22 minutes. The was obviously the crucial blow, but, perhaps not the turning point. A bright start by us saw Kevin Gallacher set up a chance for Billy Kirkwood, whose shot struck Wernersson, rather than being saved by him. A goal after five minutes to completely level matters might well have been the start of a script with a different ending.

At half-time Paul Hegarty came on for John Holt, allowing John Clark to move forward. The move paid dividends within 15 minutes when John Clark picked up an Iain Ferguson pass on the edge of the box. After controlling it, John wheeled to fire in a great goal past Wernersson. Tails up now, we piled on the pressure. A free-kick from John Clark was well saved, and crucially a flick by Kevin Gallcher evaded Wernersson, but climbed agonisingly over the bar.

But it was not to be and perhaps the deflation following the defeat in the Scottish Cup Final proved equally as big a hurdle as the reputation and lead held by Gothenburg. However, it should take nothing away from what was an unbelievable cup run that gave the United fans memories that will last forever.

Squad Statistics (as at May 20th, 1987)

1986-87 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)29 61 - 114 -
Dave Narey30 54 - 65636
Maurice Malpas24 5712919
John Holt30 31139724
Jim McInally23 512512
John Clark22 4779815
Billy Kirkwood28 18139770
Ian Redford27 591110221
Kevin Gallacher20 57168119
Iain Ferguson24 51285128
Paul Sturrock30 506545163
Paul Hegarty (sub)32 38560179
Eamonn Bannon (sub)29 589400103

League Table (as at May 20th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.