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The 1987 Scottish Cup Final was played between St Mirren and Dundee United at Hampden Park on 16 May 1987.

1987 Scottish Cup Final
Event1986–87 Scottish Cup
Date16 May 1987
VenueHampden Park, Glasgow
RefereeKenny Hope

Underdogs St Mirren won the game 1–0, with a goal by Ian Ferguson. It was their third Scottish Cup win in their then 110-year history.

This was the last year, as of 2019, that the Scottish Cup has been won by a team fully composed of Scottish players. Moreover, this was the last Scottish Cup final, as of 2019, where all players competing and both managers were Scottish.



In his history of Scottish Cup finals, Forrest Robertson described the match as "one of the most disjointed, undistinguished Finals imaginable", while Jim Reynolds, writing in The Glasgow Herald stated it was "a feeble final, the day on which the Scottish Cup almost died of boredom" and a match where "men of many talents could not respond to the occasion".[1][2] The main action came in extra time. During this period Iain Ferguson seemed to have opened the scoring for Dundee United, but the goal was disallowed as the referee controversially ruled Kevin Gallacher to be in an offside position.[1][2] Shortly after this, the similarly named Ian Ferguson scored what proved to be the only goal of the match to win the game for St Mirren, shooting with his left foot into the top left corner of the net from six yards out after running into the penalty area.[1]


St Mirren1 – 0 (a.e.t.)Dundee United
Ian Ferguson   110'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 51,782
Referee: Kenny Hope
GK   Campbell Money
DF   Tommy Wilson
DF   Derek Hamilton
DF   Neil Cooper
DF   David Winnie
MF   Ian Ferguson
MF   Paul Lambert   ?'
MF   Billy Abercrombie
MF   Brian Hamilton
FW   Kenny McDowall   ?'
FW   Frank McGarvey
MF   Tony Fitzpatrick   ?'
MF   Ian Cameron   ?'
  Alex Smith
GK   Billy Thomson
DF   John Holt
DF   John Clark
DF   David Narey
DF   Maurice Malpas
MF   Eamonn Bannon
MF   David Bowman
MF   Jim McInally
MF   Ian Redford   ?'
FW   Iain Ferguson
FW   Paul Sturrock   ?'
DF   Paul Hegarty   ?'
FW   Kevin Gallacher   ?'
  Jim McLean


The night of the match 5000 people congregating in the grounds of Paisley Abbey opposite the town hall to watch the St Mirren's return to their home town. The following day 10,000 supporters watched the team display the cup in an open-decked bus in Paisley.[3] Norman Buchan, the then Member of parliament for Paisley South, welcomed the victory and said it was "extra special when a single community carried off a cup".[3]

Dundee United had to quickly regroup as the Scottish Cup Final had come in the middle of the two-legged UEFA Cup Final that they were contesting with IFK Gothenburg. 1-0 down from the first leg, United were due to play the second leg of the tie in Dundee just 5 days after their Hampden defeat. Ultimately that match finished 1-1, giving the Swedish side a 2-1 aggregate win and meaning that United had lost two cups in less than a week. Both Maurice Malpas and Jim McLean would later indicate that they felt that the disappointment of the defeat at Hampden contributed to United's failure to win the UEFA Cup.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Robertson, Forrest H. C. (2014). How The Cup Was Won. The Scottish Cup Finals Story. Kirkcaldy: PM Publications. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-9534682-7-0.
  2. ^ a b Reynolds, Jim (18 May 1987). "Ferguson's extra effort ends longest day". The Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b Hunter, William (18 May 1987). "Town hails Paisley pattern". The Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  4. ^ Watson, Mike (2014). Greatest Games Dundee United. Durrington: Pitch Publishing. pp. 160–161. ISBN 978-1-90962-635-5.