1991 Scottish Cup Final

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1991 Scottish Cup Final
Event 1990–91 Scottish Cup
(after extra time)
Date 18 May 1991
Venue Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee David Syme
Attendance 57,319

The 1991 Scottish Cup Final was the 106th final of the Scottish Cup, Scottish football's most prestigious knockout association football competition. The match took place at Hampden Park on 18 May 1991 and was contested by Scottish Premier Division clubs Motherwell and Dundee United. It was both Motherwell's and Dundee United's 6th Scottish Cup Final and also the first time the clubs had met in a Scottish Cup Final. The match was dubbed the "family final", as the manager of both clubs were brothers, Tommy McLean and Jim McLean.[1]

As Scottish Premier Division clubs, Motherwell and United both entered the competition in the third round. Neither club won all four of their ties at the first attempt, Dundee United requiring a replay to knock out Division Two club East Fife in the third round. United went on to defeat Division One clubs Airdrieonians and archrivals Dundee before eliminating Tayside derby rivals St Johnstone in the semi-finals. After winning against defending champions Aberdeen in the third round, Motherwell defeated Division One clubs Falkirk and Greenock Morton then the previous seasons runners-up, Celtic, in a replayed semi-final.

The match was both clubs' 6th appearance in the final. However, it was Motherwell's first appearance in 39 years whilst Dundee United had reached the final only three seasons beforehand. Motherwell had previously won only one final whilst Dundee United had lost on all previous final appearances.

Motherwell won the match 4–3 after extra time was played.[2] They took the lead when Iain Ferguson headed in just after 30 minutes had been played. In the second half, Dundee United equalized through Dave Bowman. Motherwell went back in front thanks to 18-year-old Phil O'Donnell and their lead was then extended to 3-1 by Ian Angus. However, two goals from United, one from John O'Neil and a last minute equaliser from Darren Jackson made the score 3–3, forcing the match into extra-time. Substitute Stevie Kirk scored a header in the first half of extra-time to conclude victory for Motherwell.

Route to the final[edit]

Round Opposition Score
Third round Aberdeen 1–0
Fourth round Falkirk 4–2
Quarter-final Greenock Morton 0–0
Quarter-final replay Greenock Morton 1–1 (5–4 pens.)
Semi-final Celtic 0–0
Semi-final replay Celtic 4–2


As a Scottish Premier Division club, Motherwell entered the competition in the third round. They were drawn against fellow Premier Division club Aberdeen who were also defending champions having won the 1990 Scottish Cup Final. The match was played at Aberdeen's home of Pittodrie Stadium with Motherwell winning 1–0. The fourth round draw paired the club with Division One club Falkirk resulting in a 4–2 win at Fir Park to progress to the quarter-finals. Another Division One club in the form of Greenock Morton was the club's opponent, with the two clubs playing out a 0–0 draw to force a replay at Cappielow. The replay ended in another draw at 1–1 and the game progressed to a penalty shootout with Motherwell winning 5–4. In the semi-finals Motherwell faced the previous season's runners-up, Celtic, at Hampden Park with the game ending in another 0–0 draw for the club. A week later in the replay, Motherwell triumphed in a 4–2 victory to progress to the Scottish Cup Final for the first time in 39 years since defeating Dundee in the 1952 Final.

Dundee United[edit]

Round Opposition Score
Third round East Fife 1–1
Third round replay East Fife 2–1
Fourth round Airdrieonians 2–0
Quarter-final Dundee 3–1
Semi-final St Johnstone 2–1

Dundee United, also a Premier Division club entered the competition in the third round. They were drawn against Division Two club East Fife who had progressed from the first round. The clubs played out a 1–1 draw at Bayview Park to force a replay at Tannadice Park. In the replayed match United emerged victorious in a 2–1 win. The fourth round draw saw Airdrieonians visit Tannadice, with the club losing 2–0. In the quarter-finals, United were drawn against archrivals Dundee to set up a Dundee derby match at home. United won the tie 3–1 to progress to the semi-finals where they faced other rivals St Johnstone from nearby Perth in a Tayside derby. Dundee United won the match 2–1 and booked a place in the final for the fifth time in the past ten years following appearances in the 1981, 1985, 1987 and 1988 finals.

Match details[edit]

18 May 1991
15:00 BST[3]
Motherwell 4 – 3 Dundee United
Ferguson Goal
O'Donnell Goal
Angus Goal
Kirk Goal
Bowman Goal
O'Neil Goal
Jackson Goal
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 57,319
Referee: David Syme[3]
Dundee United
GK Scotland Ally Maxwell
DF Netherlands Luc Nijholt
DF Scotland Chris McCart
DF Scotland Craig Paterson
DF Scotland Tom Boyd
MF Scotland Ian Angus
MF Scotland Jim Griffin
MF Scotland Phil O'Donnell
MF Scotland Davie Cooper Substituted off ?'
FW Scotland Iain Ferguson Substituted off ?'
FW Scotland Dougie Arnott
MF Northern Ireland Colin O'Neill Substituted in ?'
FW Scotland Stevie Kirk Substituted in ?'
Scotland Tommy McLean
GK Scotland Alan Main
DF Scotland John Clark
DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miodrag Krivokapić
DF Netherlands Fred van der Hoorn
DF Scotland Maurice Malpas
MF Scotland Dave Bowman
MF Scotland Ray McKinnon Substituted off ?'
MF Scotland Jim McInally
FW Scotland Hamish French
FW Scotland Duncan Ferguson Substituted off ?'
FW Scotland Darren Jackson
MF Scotland Billy McKinlay Substituted in ?'
MF Scotland John O'Neil Substituted in ?'
Scotland Jim McLean

Match officials

  • Assistant referees:
  • Fourth official:

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Two named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.


  1. ^ "Great Scottish Cup moments". BBC Sport. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Scottish Cup Final Archive". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  3. ^ a b Scottish Cup - Fixtures And Results - Dundee United F.C. v Motherwell F.C., Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 11 July 2012.