1985 Scottish Cup Final

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1985 Scottish Cup Final
1985 Scottish Cup Final match programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1984–85 Scottish Cup
Date18 May 1985
VenueHampden Park, Glasgow
RefereeBrian McGinlay

The 1985 Scottish Cup Final was played on 18 May 1985 at Hampden Park in Glasgow and was the final of the 100th season of the Scottish Cup. The previous winners were Aberdeen, who had beaten Celtic in the 1984 final, but they were knocked out by Dundee United at the Semi-final stage. The Final was contested by Celtic and Dundee United. Celtic won the match 2–1, thanks to a free kick scored by Davie Provan and a late diving header from Frank McGarvey.


The first half was a tame affair, with neither Pat Bonner or Hamish McAlpine been required to make a save of note. Dundee United opened the scoring on 53 minutes; Eamonn Bannon passed to David Dodds who controlled the ball whilst holding off a challenge, then slipped the ball to Stuart Beedie who fired a low shot past Bonner's left hand into the corner of the goal. Trailing to Dundee United, Celtic manager Davie Hay make a tactical change in the second half by pushing Roy Aitken forward from central defence into midfield. The move proved a success as Aitken's presence in midfield began to galvanise Celtic. A virtuoso free-kick from Davie Provan in 77 minutes equalised the earlier goal from Dundee Utd's Beedie, only the third occasion that a goal had been scored direct from a free-kick in a Scottish Cup Final. Five minutes from the end, a driving run and cross from down the right by Aitken set up a diving header from Frank McGarvey to win the game for Celtic.[1][2][3]

Roy Aitken, who had been sent off in the previous year's final, won the Man of the Match Award.[3]

Celtic and Dundee United would again meet in the final three years later, when Celtic would once again come from a goal down to beat United by two goals to one.[4]


Dundee United1 – 2Celtic
Stuart Beedie Goal 55' Report (page 18) Davie Provan Goal 77'
Frank McGarvey Goal 84'
Attendance: 60,346
Referee: Brian McGinlay
GK 1 Scotland Hamish McAlpine
DF 2 Scotland Maurice Malpas
MF 3 Scotland Stuart Beedie Substituted off 78'
DF 4 Scotland Richard Gough
DF 5 Scotland Paul Hegarty
DF 6 Scotland David Narey
MF 7 Scotland Eamonn Bannon
MF 8 Scotland Ralph Milne
MF 9 Scotland Billy Kirkwood Yellow card 39'
FW 10 Scotland Paul Sturrock
FW 11 Scotland Davie Dodds
DF 12 Scotland John Holt Substituted in 78'
FW 14 Scotland Tommy Coyne
Scotland Jim McLean
GK 1 Republic of Ireland Pat Bonner
DF 2 Scotland Willie McStay Yellow card 73'
DF 3 Scotland Danny McGrain Yellow card 85'
DF 4 Scotland Roy Aitken
DF 5 Scotland Tom McAdam
MF 6 Scotland Murdo MacLeod
MF 7 Scotland Davie Provan
MF 8 Scotland Paul McStay Substituted off 75'
FW 9 Scotland Mo Johnston
MF 10 Scotland Tommy Burns Substituted off 65'
FW 11 Scotland Frank McGarvey
DF 12 Republic of Ireland Pierce O'Leary Substituted in 75'
FW 13 Scotland Brian McClair Substituted in 65'
Scotland David Hay

Man of the Match:
Scotland Roy Aitken (Celtic)


  1. ^ Davidson, Alan (18 May 1985). "Final touch from Frank". Evening Times Saturday Sport. pp. 1 & 3. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ Davidson, Alan (20 May 1985). "Hay's all star 50,000". Evening Times. p. 30. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b Reynolds, Jim (20 May 1985). "Roy of Celtic marches forward for Cup glory". The Glasgow Herald. p. 17. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  4. ^ Traynor, James (16 May 1988). "Thatcher is forgotten amid Celtic delirium". The Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 3 July 2018.