The family Cup final was the label affixed to this Cup final with brother Tommy leading his side into battle against brother Jim and what a match it turned out to be! In the early stages of the match we were certainly the dominant side and took early control. As early as the seventh minute we might have been two up. Just two minutes had elapsed when Jim Mclnally sent Hamish French, and although the former Keith striker ran on to score, a Linesman's flag had appeared against Darren Jackson for of
A milestone was reached in Scottish football in 1985 when Hampden Park hosted the 100th Scottish Cup Final. Although the first final had taken place in 1874 the competition had not been played during the First and Second World Wars. This was United's third Scottish Cup final, having knocked out the holders Aberdeen in the semi-final replay at Tynecastle. Both managers had kept their teamsheets a closely guarded secret until shortly before kick-off, but when they were revealed there were no real
Three goals in nine minutes of the first half ended Brechin's Forfarshire Cup aspirations in the semi-final at Tannadice last night. United started off playing over-elaborate football. McKay guided home a Quinn pass in the 18th minute, and then the home side dominated play. In the 24th minute the bustling McKay rose above a crowd of players to head home a Quinn lob, and three minutes later Grant did the same with a Cruickshank corner-kick. Brechin staged a fighting come-back towards the interv
Chelsea were our next opponents and the venue was again the picturesque Swanguard Stadium. For the most difficult match of the round robin tournament coach Paul Sturrock found himself having to rely on a youthful combination. Due to knocks, Freddy Van der Hoorn, Dave Narey and the two South Americans were unable to start the match. By and large the Tannadice youngsters coped well in the early stages, but there was always the aerial threat Kerry Dixon and former Celt Tony Cascarino.