More than 3,100 Hibs fans help Championship side record larger-than-average attendance as Dundee United thank their fans for the feat

A big away following from Edinburgh contributed significantly to the bumper crowd

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 11:09 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 11:14 am

More than 3,100 Hibs fans contributed heavily to the tie of the Scottish Cup fourth round on Sunday.

Jack Ross' men drew 2-2 with Championship leaders Dundee United at Tannadice in front of the BBC cameras in what was a largely pulsating contest.

Hibs were pegged back twice by Robbie Neilson's side with the replay taking place at Easter Road on Tuesday evening for a place in the fifth round and a tie with BSC Glasgow.

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Hibs fans gave the team great backing at Tannadice on Sunday. Picture: SNS

United released a statement thanking their "wonderful fans" as the club were one of only two SPFL teams to record an attendance which was higher than their league average.

It read: "Dundee United Football Club would like to thank our wonderful fans for another outstanding support against Hibernian in the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round last weekend.

"An excellent 9,400 fans descended on Tannadice last Sunday to take in a cracking encounter, with stunning goals and feisty challenges justifying its title as the tie of the round. It was so good it has to be done a second time, and we look forward to seeing the Tangerine Army take another large travelling support to Edinburgh next Tuesday night.

"We would like to thank our fans for another exceptional support which built the incredible atmosphere needed to help the boys match a top-six Premiership opposition."

The travelling support made up more than a third of the 9,400 crowd. Picture: SNS

The large travelling support of 3,185 made up more than a third of the crowd, helping it surpass United's average league attendance of 8,806.

Hibs fans snapped up tickets in advance of the trip to Tannadice, despite the Sunday kick-off on television as they packed the away end, enhancing the cup fixture.

The replay takes place at Easter Road on Tuesday, 28 August with a 7.45pm kick-off.