1987–88 Dundee United F.C. season

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Dundee United
1987–88 season
Chairman George Fox
Manager Jim McLean
Scottish Premier Division 5th (Cup Winners' Cup)
W16 D15 L13 F54 A47 P47
Tennent's Scottish Cup Runners-up
Skol Cup Quarter-finals
UEFA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Iain Ferguson (11)
All: Iain Ferguson (16)
Highest home attendance 20,846 vs Rangers (27 February)
Lowest home attendance 5,703 vs Motherwell (12 December)

The 1987–88 season was the 79th year of football played by Dundee United, and covers the period from 1 July 1987 to 30 June 1988. United finished in fifth place, securing UEFA Cup Winners' Cup football for the following season, despite their Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic (Celtic qualified for European competition as league winners).

Match results[edit]

Dundee United played a total of 60 competitive matches during the 1987–88 season.[1] The team finished fifth in the Scottish Premier Division.

In the cup competitions, United lost in the final of the Tennent's Scottish Cup to Celtic and lost in the Skol Cup quarter-finals to rivals Dundee. Czechoslovakian side Vítkovice ensured United wouldn't repeat last season's UEFA Cup run, beating them in the second round.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

All results are written with Dundee United's score first.

Premier Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 August 1987 Rangers A 1–1 39,120 Beaumont
12 August 1987 Motherwell H 1–1 6,633 Redford
15 August 1987 Morton H 3–1 6,641 McInally, Redford, Sturrock
22 August 1987 Hearts A 1–4 14,548 Ferguson
29 August 1987 Aberdeen A 1–1 16,000 Redford
5 September 1987 Celtic H 0–0 16,192
12 September 1987 Hibernian H 1–2 7,920 Hegarty
19 September 1987 St. Mirren A 0–2 3,807
26 September 1987 Falkirk H 3–0 6,240 G McLeod, Sturrock (2)
3 October 1987 Dundee A 1–1 11,497 Ferguson
6 October 1987 Dunfermline A 0–0 7,558
10 October 1987 Rangers H 1–0 18,214 Ferguson
17 October 1987 Aberdeen H 0–0 11,281
24 October 1987 Celtic A 2–1 31,032 Ferguson, Clark
28 October 1987 Hibernian A 1–0 9,250 McKinlay
31 October 1987 St. Mirren H 2–3 7,607 Ferguson, Paatelainen
7 November 1987 Motherwell A 1–2 2,927 Ferguson
14 November 1987 Dunfermline H 1–0 8,699 Paatelainen
18 November 1987 Hearts H 0–3 14,258
21 November 1987 Morton A 1–0 3,000 Ferguson
24 November 1987 Falkirk A 1–4 4,000 G McLeod
28 November 1987 Dundee H 1–3 13,625 Clark
5 December 1987 Rangers A 0–1 41,159
12 December 1987 Motherwell H 3–1 5,703 G McLeod, Paatelainen, Ferguson
16 December 1987 Hibernian H 1–2 6,095 Ferguson
19 December 1987 St. Mirren A 1–2 3,517 McPhee
26 December 1987 Celtic H 1–0 18,458 French
2 January 1988 Aberdeen A 0–0 21,500
9 January 1988 Falkirk H 0–0 6,617
16 January 1988 Dundee A 2–0 13,651 Bannon, Paatelainen
3 February 1988 Hearts A 1–1 13,710 Redford
6 February 1988 Morton H 2–0 6,566 Redford (2)
13 February 1988 Dunfermline A 3–0 7,159 Gallacher (3)
27 February 1988 Rangers H 1–1 20,846 Paatelainen
5 March 1988 Hibernian A 0–0 8,401
19 March 1988 Aberdeen H 0–2 10,403
26 March 1988 Celtic A 0–0 34,933
30 March 1988 St. Mirren H 5–1 6,294 Bowman, Ferguson, French, Irvine (2)
2 April 1988 Dundee H 1–0 13,874 French
16 April 1988 Motherwell A 2–4 3,822 Clark, J McLeod
23 April 1988 Dunfermline H 2–2 8,263 McInally, Ferguson
30 April 1988 Morton A 4–0 2,000 Paatelainen (4)
4 May 1988 Falkirk A 2–1 4,500 Welsh, Gallacher
7 May 1988 Hearts H 0–0 9,820

Tennent's Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
30 January 1988 Arbroath A 7–0 5,905 Malpas, Bannon, Irvine (2), Paatelainen
French, Redford
20 February 1988 Airdrieonians A 2–0 6,727 Hegarty, Bannon
12 March 1988 Dundee A 0–0 19,355
15 March 1988 Dundee H 2–2 17,055 Bannon (2)
28 March 1988 Dundee A 3–0 19,152 Redford, Ferguson, McLeod
9 April 1988 Aberdeen N 0–0 20,488
13 April 1988 Aberdeen N 1–1 17,288 Paatelainen
20 April 1988 Aberdeen N 1–0 19,048 Ferguson
14 May 1988 Celtic N 1–2 74,000 Gallacher

Skol Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1987 Partick Thistle H 2–0 6,075 McPhee, Ferguson, Gallacher, Sturrock
25 August 1987 Raith Rovers A 2–1 6,500 Sturrock, Malpas
2 September 1987 Dundee A 2–0 19,817 Ferguson

UEFA Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 September 1987 Northern Ireland Coleraine A 1–0 6,500 Sturrock
30 September 1987 Northern Ireland Coleraine H 3–1 8,430 Clark, Gallacher, Sturrock
21 October 1987 Czech Republic Vítkovice H 1–2 8,938 Ferguson
4 November 1987 Czech Republic Vítkovice A 1–1 12,549 Clark

Player details[edit]

During the 1987–88 season, United used 31 different players comprising four nationalities. Maurice Malpas featured in all but one of United's 60 matches. The table below shows the number of appearances and goals scored by each player.[2]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Scottish Premier Division Tennent's Scottish Cup Skol Cup UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland GK Alan Main 10 0 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland GK Billy Thomson 50 0 36 0 7 0 3 0 4 0
Scotland DF Dave Beaumont 11 1 9 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
Scotland DF John Clark 37 5 27 3 7 0 0 0 3 2
Scotland DF Alex Cleland 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland DF Paul Hegarty 57 2 41 1 9 1 3 0 4 0
Scotland DF John Holt 9 0 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Scotland DF Gary McGinnis 15 0 10 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Scotland DF Maurice Malpas 59 2 44 0 8 1 3 1 4 0
Scotland DF Dave Narey 54 0 39 0 9 0 3 0 3 0
Scotland DF Brian Welsh 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland MF Eamonn Bannon 40 5 26 1 9 4 2 0 3 0
Scotland MF Dave Bowman 51 1 38 1 8 0 2 0 3 0
Scotland MF Harry Curran 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland MF Alan Irvine 19 4 16 2 1 2 1 0 1 0
Scotland MF Paul Kinnaird 13 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Scotland MF Billy Kirkwood 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Scotland MF Jim McInally 46 2 36 2 9 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland MF Billy McKinlay 13 1 12 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland MF Gordon McLeod 13 3 12 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland MF Joe McLeod 14 2 10 1 3 1 0 0 1 0
Scotland MF Ian McPhee 14 2 10 1 3 0 1 1 0 0
Scotland MF Allan Preston 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland MF Ian Redford 38 8 25 6 8 2 3 0 2 0
Scotland FW Iain Ferguson 52 16 38 11 8 2 3 2 3 1
Scotland FW Hamish French 26 4 20 3 5 1 0 0 1 0
Scotland FW Kevin Gallacher 36 8 26 3 8 3 1 2 1 0
Scotland FW Alan Irvine 8 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Finland FW Mixu Paatelainen 27 11 19 9 8 2 0 0 0 0
Scotland FW Paul Sturrock 15 7 9 3 0 0 3 2 3 2

Transfers[edit]

Playing kit[edit]

Home
colours
Away
colours

The jerseys were sponsored by Belhaven Beers for the first time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dundee Utd 1987/1988 results and fixtures". Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "1987–88". Glenrothes Arabs. Retrieved 4 February 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ "1987–88". Glenrothes Arabs. Retrieved 6 February 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ "1987–88". Glenrothes Arabs. Archived from the original on 3 July 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Player A to Z: Alan Irvine". Glenrothes Arabs. Retrieved 6 February 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Player A to Z: Mixu Paatelainen". Glenrothes Arabs. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Player A to Z: John Holt". Glenrothes Arabs. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
  8. ^ "Player A to Z: Billy Kirkwood". Glenrothes Arabs. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
  9. ^ "Player A to Z: Paul Kinnaird". Glenrothes Arabs. Retrieved 6 February 2008. [dead link]

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