1980 Scottish League Cup Final

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1980 Scottish League Cup Final
Event 1980–81 Scottish League Cup
Date 6 December 1980
Venue Dens Park, Dundee
Referee Bob Valentine (Dundee)
Attendance 24,466

The 1980 Scottish League Cup Final was played on 6 December 1980, at Dens Park in Dundee and was the final of the 35th Scottish League Cup competition. The final was a Dundee derby contested by Dundee United and Dundee. Dundee United won the match 3–0 thanks to goals by Davie Dodds and Paul Sturrock (2). This was United's second senior trophy victory following success the previous season in the same tournament. Dundee's Billy Williamson was playing against his previous club.


In the build up to the match The Glasgow Herald writer Jim Reynolds stated that he could not recall a major final in Scotland, including those contested by the Old Firm, which had attracted so much interest. Describing Dundee as the "football capital of Scotland" for the day of the match, Reynolds noted that the match had some features of a David vs Goliath struggle, albeit one with a difference as the two teams fortunes seemed to have switched over the previous few years. United who were the holders of the trophy had traditionally been the weaker side in Dundee, but were enjoying a period of success. By contrast, Dundee had for most of their history been the more successful club, but were now no longer in the top flight. This made United favourites with bookmakers and Reynolds also expected them to win.[1]

Match details[edit]

Dundee United 3–0 Dundee
Dodds Goal 44'
Sturrock Goal 59' Goal 82'
Dens Park, Dundee
Attendance: 24,466
GK 1 Hamish McAlpine
DF 2 John Holt
DF 3 Frank Kopel
MF 4 Iain Phillip
DF 5 Paul Hegarty
DF 6 David Narey
MF 7 Eamonn Bannon
MF 8 Graeme Payne
FW 9 Willie Pettigrew
FW 10 Paul Sturrock
FW 11 Davie Dodds
Jim McLean
GK 1 Bobby Geddes
DF 2 Les Barr
DF 3 Erich Schaedler
DF 4 Cammy Fraser
DF 5 Bobby Glennie
DF 6 George McGeachie
MF 7 Peter Mackie
MF 8 Ray Stephen
FW 9 Eric Sinclair
MF 10 Billy Williamson
FW 11 Andy Geddes
Don Mackay


  1. ^ Reynolds, Jim (6 December 1980). "McLean's final solution". The Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 4 July 2018. 

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