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Welcome to this FINAL CENTENARY SEASON EDITION of ArabNeWS, the Dundee United weekly eNewsletter.

Despite the fact that Sunday’s result versus Hibernian was a disappointment and several first team regulars were missing through injury or suspension, excitement continues to build up to fever pitch in eager anticipation of Saturday’s Cup Final. Optimism remains very strong and this is demonstrated by the huge unprecedented demand for match tickets. Stocks of merchandise are also flying off the shelves as fans prepare to turn most of Hampden into a sea of Tangerine.

Craig Brewster attended the final league encounter of the season in his capacity as a Ross County Spy and confessed to me that he only expected a couple of players would appear in the same positions at the weekend. He was impressed by the strength in depth that our current squad has and no doubt Peter Houston has some tough decisions to make in deciding who gets places on the park and the bench. Pleasant problems most football managers can only dream about.

Inevitably, some players will not be given an opportunity to participate on this occasion and although there is some sadness there is also a tremendous team spirit amongst our lads that will see everyone support the chosen ones. Senior pros like Wilkie, Dods and Sandaza who have already been ruled out have been doing their best to keep morale high in the dressing room and have avoided any self pity. Instead they keep reassuring our less experienced players. The young fringe players in return have also been generous in their encouragement towards those such as Dixon and Cadamarteri in their race to prove fitness.

By the way, on the same theme I think that it’s important to applaud Houstie’s selfless decision to allow team captain Lee Wilkie to lead the lads out on Saturday. These actions help create a strong bond amongst the United Family as we all pull together. The players and coaches are standing on the verge of legendary status and we are all clearly united in believing that they will be able to look back on their achievements with much pride and joy. I hope Mr Ladbroke has to payout thousands to us loyal punters who placed an early stake in January at odds of 14/1.

As passionate supporters we will rise to the challenge and do our part as well and show the rest of the country that we have this special bond that unites players, coaches, directors, staff and us all collectively. Some of the Tangerine Army who inspired us like Eddie Thompson will not be there in the flesh but their spirit is perpetual and we will all take a few moments to reflect on their absence. Regardless of the score we will ensure massive vocal backing for the team until the final whistle and act with dignity in triumph or defeat.

Arabs old and young will be travelling from all over the globe and bus convenors will be having two more sleepless nights hoping all the effort and hard work during our preparations bear fruit on the day.

I wish you all a safe and happy journey as we hopefully witness another successful chapter in our team’s proud history being written on the hallowed turf of Hampden Park.

Never before have we had so many committed Arabs travel to a game in our 100 years of existence. This is the ideal scenario to end our Centenary season.

I really believe WE’RE GONNA WIN THE CUP.

Let’s party like it’s 1994!

Mike Barile
Associate Director, ArabTRUST

Stop Press:
Tomorrow (Friday) STV cameras will be at Club'83 at 5pm for some pre-match party footage and interviews and broadcasting. All are welcome to come along, including kids.

In the event of Dundee United winning the Active Nation Scottish Cup, there will be a Civic Reception held in City Chambers, City Square on Sunday 16 May followed by an open topped bus tour to Tannadice. Full details will be posted on Dundee City Council website.

Please note that both the Shop and Ticket Office are closed on Saturday and Sunday.



In this edition...

SPL Season Finale
Thousands Raised at Charity Match
St John's Win Dundee United Cup
Cup Final Travel & Parking
Season Ticket Package 10/11
Cup Final CD
Fanatic Footie Fans Get Set To Cycle The Road To Hampden
Contract Extensions
Get your Cup Final Merchandise!
ArabTRUST News
Superdraw
DUDA News
Internationalists Rewarded
The Shed Go Marching On
Toryglen Football Festival - 15th May
United in the Press
End of Centenary Season Party
DUBC Quiz Night
Cup Final Pictorial Special
iPhone Wallpapers
Cup Final Preview
Scoring Goals for Scotland’s Kids
Get your Company in with the Brickwork at Tannadice Park
Competition
Stevie Campbell's Youth Season Review
Summer Holiday Courses
DUFC Champions J League Finals
Get Your Kit On!
This Week in History
 
 
Little Niggle
Online shop
David Lloyd
Dents8
 
   
Commercial Opportunities
Tayside Safety Camera
Honda
 

SPL Season Finale
Pic Kara Griffiths

With the Scottish Cup final very much in mind the Manager gave several fringe players their opportunity against a strong Hibs side in the SPL finale. Pernis was back in goal and Mihadjuks came in at centre back. In midfield only David Robertson retained his place, with Swanson back and Myrie-Williams and Kevin Smith also starting. The front pairing were Casalinuovo and Shala. Second half substitutions were made to give Scott Robertson 45 minutes, and Cameron and Dow also came on.

As far as the match was concerned, Hibs won with a goal in each half from Nish. Pernis had a couple of saves to make and the visitors fired a few shots off target. United had several decent chances; in particular a Kenneth header was cleared off the line and Casalinuovo headed just wide.

Hibs had a European spot to aim for and produced the more potent threat on the day whilst United had little to play for with third place in the league long since secured. The visitors deserved the three points but they achieved the win against a United side missing more than half of the first team regulars.

Words by Steve Gracie, Arabest Publishing, pic Kara Griffiths.

Thousands Raised at Charity Match
Dave Bowman - pic Kara Griffiths

Last Friday saw Dave Bowman’s Legends team take on a team made up of players who had bid successfully to take part. The game, which took place on Tannadice, was in aid of Skin Cancer Charity and over £4500 was raised, primarily from the bidders and Dave Bowman would once again like to extend his thanks to the bidders.

The match itself saw the Legends continue their 100% record of victories although the goal of the night was undoubtedly scored by Scott Campbell of the bidders' team with a tremendous curling 20 yard effort over the head of the despairing dive of Stuart Garden in the Legends' goal.

The night was rounded off with a presentation of the trophy, donated by the family of the late Alistair Watt, to Dave Bowman’s winning team before both teams retired to the Levein Lounge to watch the action on the big screen and discuss all things football.
Teams

Words by Steve Gracie, Arabest Publishing, pics Kara Griffiths.
St John's Win Dundee United Cup
St.John's Win Dundee United Cup, Sponsored By ArabTRUST, 4-1 Against Grove

St John's met Grove at Tannadice in the U16 Dundee United Cup Final, sponsored by ArabTRUST. Grove had not won the trophy since 1959 and St John's last lifted the Cup in 1992.

Both sides had overcome difficult opponents in the Semis, St John's coming from behind to beat Morgan 4-2 and Grove winning 4-3 against Monifieth.

St John's in sky blue and navy got off to a flying start against the all-whites of Grove with a goal in the 2nd minute from 6 yards out. Grove knew all about whirlwind starts from their Semi Final where they led 3-0 after 11 minutes. But this time they were on the receiving end as St John's doubled the lead in the 11th minute. The Grove keeper raced out to the edge of the box to collect a ball being shepherded back by a defender, however St John's took advantage of the defensive dithering and lofted the ball into the empty net making it 2-0.

In the 22nd minute St John's had a 30-yard strike saved low down at the keeper's left hand post. A minute later St John's forced the Grove keeper into another save but the ball was only parried to the feet of a St John's forward who netted the rebound for 3-0.

Halftime St John's 3 Grove 0

A shower of halftime hailstones delayed the restart, but Grove managed to reduce the deficit in the 50th minute when a good cross from the right was headed strongly past the keeper's left hand from 8 yards out. Grove were now only 3-1 down.

St John's attacked towards the Eddie Thompson Stand and won a corner on the right in the 56th minute. When the corner was struck into the box, St John's sent a looping header from 12 yards over the keeper's head and just under the bar to make it 4-1. Grove tried to get back into the game but St John's gave them few chances. Three minutes from time, St John's thought they had scored again but the goal was chalked off.

The final whistle went soon after and St John's could celebrate.

Full time St John's 4 Grove 1

Both sides received their medals from Colin Stewart of ArabTRUST who then presented the Dundee United Cup to Jordan Colquhoun, the captain of St John's.

Cup Final Travel & Parking

Strathclyde Police have issued the following instructions for supporters' buses and private car parking arrangements for Hampden. Please note that all supporters' buses must also display a numbered logo which can be obtained from the main reception at Tannadice.

PARKING ARRANGEMENTS

DUNDEE UNITED SUPPORTERS' COACHES

PRE MATCH ROUTES APPROACHING THE EAST OF THE STADIUM


M74 Northbound (Citybound)

To avoid congestion on Rutherglen Main Street: Exit the M74 at Junction 1 (Fullarton). Turn right onto Fullarton Road, then left onto London Road and continue past Celtic Park to the crossroads junction of London Road at Dunn Street. Turn left onto Dunn Street. Continue on Dunn Street, at the junction with Main Street turn left cross River Clyde onto Shawfield Drive. At signalised junction at entrance to Shawfield Stadium bear right onto new road. At 2nd set of traffic signals turn left onto Polmadie Road, continue where you will be directed to park.

M80 Southbound: Continue onto the A80 and onto M73 Junction 3 at (Mollinsburn). Thereafter continue to Junction 1, and join the M74 and follow the above route.

POST MATCH ROUTES EXITING THE STADIUM

After the match, all supporters' coaches should follow the reverse of the routes shown above. (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF M8 WESTBOUND)

M8 Westbound

From Polmadie Road, travel north in Aikenhead Road. Turn right Cathcart Road.Turn left Cumberland Street. Turn right Eglinton Street. Turn left Nelson Street (beware low bridge at Cook Street). Turn left Paterson Street. Turn right Wallace Street. Turn left Dalintober Street to westbound M8/A8

A8 Westbound: Continue on the A8 to Junction 8 (Baillieston) and join the M73 southbound. Thereafter take the offside lane to join the M74 and follow the above route.

M8 Eastbound: Continue M8 to Junction 21 (Harry Ramsden's). Turn right Paisley Road. Turn left Clyde Place. Turn right Bridge Street. Turn left Oxford Street. Turn right South Portland Street. Turn left Norfolk Street. Continue Ballater Street. Turn right Hospital Street. Continue Laurieston Road. Continue Cathcart Road. Turn left into Caledonia Road, turn right roundabout, continue, turn left roundabout. Turn right at signalised junction onto Polmadie Road. Continue where you will be directed to park.

DUNDEE UNITED PRIVATE TRANSPORT

Parking for private cars is provided in Polmadie playing fields, private vehicles should follow above routes and continue to the south end of Polmadie Road.

BUS TRAVEL

Tayside Police will be carrying out random checks on supporters buses travelling to Hampden, in the search of the illegal carriage of alcohol. Supporters/bus companies are reminded that it is illegal for alcohol to be carried on buses en route to a supporting event.

Any bus organiser who has not registered their bus with the Club and been issued with a bus number is asked to do so at Dundee United reception before 5 p.m. on Friday.

STANDING IN STADIUM

Both the security at Hampden Park and Strathclyde Police have requested the co-operation of all supporters to remain seated throughout the event in the interests of safety. It has been pointed out that there will be large numbers of children present and their view of the match could be seriously diminished if persistent standing takes place. It is fully appreciated that supporters will stand in reaction to events on the park, but ask that they do sit down again when these moments have passed.

CROSS OVER OF SUPPORTERS

Strathclyde Police are aware that many Dundee United supporters have booked various licensed venues prior to the kick off in areas that are at opposite end of the ground from where we are seated and will inevitably lead to a cross over of supporters when making their way into the match. No incidents are anticipated between either set of supporters, but the police will be robust in their actions if any individual does act in any anti social manner towards their opponents

ENTRY TO GROUND UNDER INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL

Strathclyde Police have also intimated that any person trying to enter the ground under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted entry.

Season Ticket Package 10/11
Season Ticket Update

Dundee United have launched their new season ticket package, with prices from just £40 for kids under 12 years old.

Early Bird tickets went sale on Monday 26 April, with discounts ranging from 12% to 80% on walk up gate prices and on average provide free admission for up to five games for adults - almost a quarter of all SPL home games.

Early Bird prices for kids have been reduced to only £40 for U12s - only £2 per game! This provides a discount of up to an incredible 80% on the gate price and is the equivalent of getting 15 (out of 19) games completely free of charge.

Early Bird prices offer huge cash savings for all supporters, with adults saving up to £92 a year compared to the gate price.

• Adult prices start at only £290 (approx £15 per game). This saves £92 (24%) on the gate price.

• Senior Citizen prices from £180 (£9 per game). This saves 12% on the senior citizen gate price and a massive 53% on the adult price.

• Under 18 prices from £120 (£6 per game). A saving of 41% on the concession gate price and almost 70% on the equivalent adult price.

• Under 12 prices reduced to £40 (£2 per game). A saving of over 80% on the concession gate price.

The season ticket package is once again supplemented with a range of incentives and benefits adding over £200 of savings to each season ticket book.

Following the success of last year's new season ticket budget facility, the facility to budget ahead for next year (2011/12) has now also been incorporated into the package.

Chairman Stephen Thompson said, "Season ticket income is vital to the Club and our package is designed to offer a range of prices to provide a structured income stream for the Club and considerable savings to our regular supporters.

"Following last year's price freeze, we have had to increase prices slightly in most categories, but this has allowed us to reduce the prices for all kids under 12 years old to the equivalent of just £2 per game. It is important for the future of Dundee United, and indeed football as a whole, that we encourage these youngsters to attend games on a more regular basis and I'm sure that all Arabs will support this move. I firmly believe that Dundee United offers its supporters some of the most competitive and keenly priced season tickets in the SPL and I hope that even more will take advantage of our offers to support the Terrors in what promises to be yet another exciting season in 2010/11."

Brochures have been sent out to all those on the Dundee United database and there are four ways to purchase or renew season tickets.

• In person at the Club Shop, Dundee United Direct, in Tannadice Street.

• By telephone from the ticket office on 01382 833166 (Options 1 & 3)

• By post, using the application form and pre paid envelope included in the season ticket brochure.

• Online renewals, 24 hours per day, via the website on http://www.dundeeunitedfc.co.uk/seasontickets.

Non season ticket holders who do not receive a brochure can collect one from the Club Shop, or order one by telephone on 01382 833166 (Option 0) or by email on boxoffice@dundeeunitedfc.co.uk

Gate prices are unchanged for next season.

Cup Final CD
Cup Final CD
Hard copy versions of the 'Hamish The Goalie'/'Love Is In The Air' double A-Side are on sale now.

As you may have seen on STV News on Friday 30th April, the last set of vocals were recorded by the United players as backing for the brand new version of the 1978 John Paul Young disco classic 'Love Is In The Air'.

The double A-Side was recorded by pupils and staff at St John's RC High School, Dundee with lead vocal duties on 'Hamish The Goalie' by 6th year pupil Afioe McGuigan-O'Brien with instrumental backing by pupils and staff with input from the tracks original songwriter, Michael Marra.

ArabTRUST Board member Colin Stewart, Principal Teacher of Music at St John's said, "This has been fantastic project and to have the United players come in last Friday to put the finishing touches to 'Love Is In The Air' was brilliant for everybody that's been involved in this.

"Despite what you may have heard on those Friday evening news bulletins, the players vocals sound great! It's been selling well so far."

The recording will raise funds for the school's community enterprise project, with donations also going to United for Kids. The CD with enhanced extras is on sale for now at £3.99.

It's available from two-time Independent City Centre Retailer of the Year winner Groucho's, Dundee, the Dundee United Direct shop, ArabTRUST's Tangerine Trading Posts in the Lower Eddie Thompson and Lower George Fox and St John's High School itself.

The enhanced extras include exclusive interviews with legendary goalie Hamish McAlpine alongside footage of the recording of the songs.

Dundee City Council education convener Cllr Liz Fordyce said, "This is a great way to showcase the skills of St John's pupils and also celebrate Dundee United's Cup Final appearance."
Cup Final CD

Fanatic Footie Fans Get Set To Cycle The Road To Hampden

Three Dundee United fans will put the ‘active’ into the Active Nation Scottish Cup as they set off on a 93-mile cycle to Glasgow ahead of Saturday’s Cup Final.

Neil Kemp, David Nicoll and Ryan Fitch from Dundee, are stepping up to the two-day cycle challenge, which will see them pitting their physical strength against rival fans from Ross County as they race to the final.

The team will set off from Tannadice Park in Dundee tomorrow (13 May 2010), finishing at Glasgow’s George Square on Friday. At the finish line, an Active Nation event in celebration of the Scottish Cup Final will be in full swing, with cheerleaders, physical activity demonstrations, health checks, fruit giveaways and the Cup itself on display.

Pictured are Dave Nicoll, Neil Kemp and Manager Peter Houston.

Contract Extensions

Dundee United yesterday announced that 18 year olds Ryan Dow and Scott Allan had signed two year contract extensions, until the end of May 2012.

Ryan Dow recently made his first team competitive debut against Rangers and made such an impression he was named man of the match. A life long United fan, he signed for the Club as an U15 in 2005 and was awarded a professional contract in 2007.

He has been an outstanding player for the youth sides and has the potential for a bright future.

Scott Allan has been with the Club since the age of ten and has always been regarded as a talented player. He signed professional forms in 2008 and has subsequently been capped by Scotland. Although he has yet to make his first team debut, he is another who is seen to have a bright future ahead of him.

Get your Cup Final Merchandise!
Get your Cup Final Merchandise!

With less than a week to go to the Cup final, supporters are flocking to the Club Shop to get kitted out in tangerine, ready to descend on Hampden Park this Saturday. Due to the timescale left until the final, we are now advising supporters to visit the Club Shop in person rather than through our online shop, to ensure supporters are not left disappointed ahead of the big day.

Stock is still arriving at the Tannadice store which is packed full of Cup Final merchandise, with popular items such as the Cup Final graphic T-shirt (£10) back in stock, and traditional Cup Final items such as Jester Hats , Horns (£5), Flags still available. Commemorate the special day with a DUFC Cup Final mug which is also now available from the Club Shop.

Don’t miss out on these fantastic Cup Final items before they go.

ArabTRUST News
Euro/Lee4Life Night on Saturday 8th May 2010 in Club 83
Lee Wilkie

Last Saturday, ArabTRUST hosted a special event to celebrate United's return to Europe and also the career of Captain Lee Wilkie. The Euro/Lee4Life night had a strong attendance on hand at Club'83 despite the Scottish Cup Final being just round the corner and all of the cost that goes with it.

Lee entered to a standing applause whilst a specially made montage of his greatest moments played on the big screen courtesy of Mark McCreery of ArabZONE. ArabTRUST Chairman Stephen Simpson then welcomed everybody and made a personal address to Lee.

He said, "It's not something I often admit to, but I have been known to go and watch Dundee FC too, and I've followed your career on both sides of the road as well as watching you play for Scotland. I've got great, great memories of you as I'm sure everybody here does.

"When I heard that your football career was at an end I, as I know everybody here too, was tremendously sad to know that we would no longer be seeing you play.

"But whatever the next step is, I know I represent everybody here when I wish you well and every success."

Lee himself then took the mic to make his own address. He said, "Thank you very much to ArabTRUST for organising this night for me. The support and best wishes I've had recently have all been fantastic. Fans of Dundee FC as well as United and just anybody that recognises me have been coming up to me to say 'Good luck' and thank me for what I did on the park."

ArabTRUST Player of the Month
Dusan Pernis

Dusan Pernis was presented with the penultimate ArabTRUST Player of the Month Award of the season by ArabTRUST member Steve Little and Emma Binnie last Sunday.

Fan favourite Dusan was the winner with an impressive 44% of the vote.
The full result looked like this:-

Dusan Pernis 44.70%

Garry Kenneth 35.02%

David Goodwillie 5.99%

Jon Daly 5.07%

Craig Conway 4.61%

Darren Dods 2.76%

and Danny Swanson 1.84%.

The Slovak now joins an elite group of players who have all won the highly coveted ArabTRUST Player of the Month shield:- (in chronological order starting August 2009) Danny Cadamarteri, Prince Buaben, Garry Kenneth, Darren Dods, Craig Conway, Andy Webster, David Goodwillie and Jon Daly.

With the last game of the season being the Active Nation Scottish Cup Final, ArabTRUST will conduct the May vote on Monday 17th May 2010.

PYHU4JD T-shirts
PYHU4JD T-shirts

ArabTRUST's phenomenally popular 'Put Your Hands Up For Jon Daly' t-shirts are still selling in massive amounts.

Alastair 'Breeks' Brodie of the Dundee Independent City Centre Retailer of the Year, Groucho's said, "Every other sale is of a Jon Daly t-shirt, we've taken in several new batches and they just seem to sell out within a day!"

Online orders for 'Put Your Hands Up For Jon Daly' t-shirts via arabtrust.co.uk/shop will not now be delivered in time for the Cup Final, but every attempt to get ArabTRUST merchandise orders posted to arrive before Friday has been made.

Superdraw
Paul Hegarty

First Team Coach Paul Hegarty drew the lucky winners of last Friday's Centenary Season Superdraw.

Prize winners were as follows:

£1000 5062 Ronnie Storrie
Hospitality X 2 8178 Helen Docherty
Electrical Gadget 6656 Margaret Guild
Signed Print 2397 Brian Macneil
Signed Book 7936 Karen Mckindley
Match Tickets 4175 Lyn Stevenson
Match Tickets 2017 S Sutherland
Match Tickets 4690 Michelle Downes
Match Tickets 4115 Neill Rae
Match Tickets 5640 Liam Roddy
Signed Ball 3937 Alex Thomson
Signed Ball 6315 Rick Brown
Signed Ball 1108 Eddie Mason
Signed Ball 5349 M Cordell
Signed Ball 5569 Mrs F Wilson
£10 Clubshop Voucher 1683 Brian Mathieson
£10 Clubshop Voucher 1636 Colin Robertson
£10 Clubshop Voucher 6301 E Jamieson
£10 Clubshop Voucher 1446 K Dolan
£10 Clubshop Voucher 5290 E Connelly

DUDA News
New Lottery

Week 35

The Jackpot has not been won this time and will roll over to £1500.00 for the next draw

(The seat selected to win the Jackpot was Eddie Thompson Lower G98)

SPL Executive Level Hospitality for Two IAIN CAMPBELL ABERDEEN
Signed Ball BRUCE BEATTIE
Pair of SPL Match Tickets BRIAN GRAHAM EAST KILBRIDE
£25 cash JOHN KIRKLAND TEALING
£25 cash MARTIN JACK AMPFIELD
£10 cash CRAIG GALLACHER
£10 cash JAMIE BROWN
£10 cash CHARLIE RIDDLE DUNDEE
£10 cash DAVID BELL
£10 cash DOUGLAS BAIGRIE FIFE
http://www.arabestpublishing.co.uk

Joining the Tannadice Lottery lets supporters play a vital role in developing youth at Dundee United as all our profits are donated to the football club.

Lottery members also have the opportunity to win one of the eleven prizes each week inclusive of cash and hospitality prizes.

Joining the Tannadice Lottery could not be simpler as all you need to do is register online.

For those who prefer to pay by cash, why not join through the agency at the Club Shop or contact DUDA for details of an agent near you? Alternatively, if you can organise a group of like minded fellow Arabs all interested in becoming members of the Lottery, you might consider running an agency yourself. It is very easy to do and DUDA will supply all the help required and provide the relevant stationery. Minimum membership is ten and we will pay a 15% commission on collections. With 25 members or more, agents have the option to request a complimentary season ticket instead of commission. If you are interested, please email lottery@dundeeunitedfc.co.uk.

We would remind lottery members to email lottery@dundeeunitedfc.co.uk in the event of a change of address or other contact details.

50/50 Draw vs Hibs 09/05/10
Lottery Draw and Winners

The 50/50 draw during our game against Hibs was made by Brian Laing. Brian picked ticket no.196166 to win our 1st prize of £390.

The ticket that was picked for our 2nd prize was number 196652. The winner of the first prize of £390 was Grigor Grant who was watching the match from the George Fox stand. The second prize was not claimed at the end of the game. If you hold this ticket, please contact Spence Anderson at Tannadice.

Internationalists Rewarded
John Bennett Presentation

John Bennett presented personally engraved decanters to Scott Robertson, Prince Buaben, Morgaro Gomis, Craig Conway and Andy Webster this week in recognition of each of the players representing their country of birth at international level within the last 18 months.

Following the announcements of his inclusion in Slovakia's World Cup pool, perhaps Dusan is next in line for a decanter?


The Shed Go Marching On
The Shed Go Marching On

The third book in The Tannadice Trilogy, THE SHED GO MARCHING ON was recently launched at Tannadice.

Along with family and many friends, Steve was joined by Lorraine Kelly, resplendent in her tangerine coat.

Lorraine wrote the foreword for the book and was one of the first to receive her copy and she is pictured here with Steve’s grand-daughter Rio.

The Tannadice Trilogy is published by Arabest Publishing, and joining the first two books, the third volume is available through the usual outlets.


Click here for the Arabest Publishing website.

Toryglen Football Festival - 15th May
Dundee Men United for Maggie’s

United in the Press

By Michael Gibson

The season reached its conclusion with a win for Hibs at Tannadice on Sunday, but frankly more than one mind was on the game that would follow six days later – and accordingly, we’ll ignore that ultimately irrelevant defeat. It seems like eons since the victory over Raith last month, and with United having secured third place before April was out, the wait for Scottish Cup final day has been an agonising one. That day is, finally, nearly here though - just two more sleeps to go - and this week’s newspapers have offered a feast for followers of the famous Dundee United. Pages have been plastered with seemingly ubiquitous mentions of the ‘road to Hampden’, the now traditional player diary, and photographs of superstitious managers and coaches appearing uncomfortable as they tentatively hold the hallowed trophy - all, of course, secondary to the banalities of Old Firm hearsay. Anyone else just a tad excited?

That Hampden will be at near full capacity this weekend hasn’t escaped the attention of a rather hypocritical press which openly scoffed at the idea following Ross County’s humbling of Celtic in the semis. The Daily Record, having previously predicted at least 17,000 empty seats, seemed to take great pleasure in reporting this ‘surprise sell-out’. Anyone with even a passing interest in Scottish football would know that the absence of Rangers and Celtic in no way clouds the occasion – on the contrary, ticket sales enjoy a sharp rise when the Old Firm are otherwise engaged. Of course, the Glasgow-centric media, or the ‘Weegia’ to borrow a more direct phrase, will never understand this.

Assistant manager and all-round legend Paul Hegarty was out and about this week, offering his own Hampden disappointments as an instrument in motivating the players – Arabs of a more nervous disposition may look away now. The Sun’s Roger Hannah wrote: ‘The gut-wrenching agony of never winning the Scottish Cup still lives with Paul Hegarty every day. The pain of going so close to completing the full set of winners' medals as Dundee United captain. The regret of leading his heart-broken team-mates up those same steps to be handed losers' gongs. Hegarty admits his quartet of Hampden horrors still "eats away" at him a generation after the defeats. And the Arabs coach will use his personal pain to drive this United side to Scottish Cup Final glory on Saturday. He said: "It's going to be a great day - if they win it. But I can assure you, talking from my own experience, it's not nice losing and coming away without the Cup. We played Celtic twice, Rangers and St Mirren in Scottish Cup Finals. I would like the players to go away having the feeling that I never had. The experience of coming away from Hampden isn't great. It does eat away at me, still. We played four Finals. You'd like to think the law of averages means we would win one of the four. I'd have loved to have won a Scottish Cup at Hampden. But it wasn't to be. On the other side, I won a couple of League Cups and a Championship, so I've experienced that fantastic side of it as well. But you can't really explain that feeling when you lose a cup final. I think they know it because a lot of them have been to cup finals before. You just hope the players do what they've been doing for the last two or three seasons because the ultimate prize is the Scottish Cup. What they want to experience is being a winning team and the Cup coming back to Tannadice. I'm sure they'll give it their maximum."

Craig Conway was in similarly reflective mood in a piece by Stephen Halliday of The Scotsman: ‘Craig Conway began his only previous Hampden cup final on the substitutes' bench and ended it in despair after missing a crucial penalty kick. The Dundee United winger is seeking a far more fulfilling experience on Saturday. Two years ago, Conway was restricted to the role of late replacement as United twice threw away a winning position against Rangers in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final. His frustration intensified with failure to convert his team's second kick in the penalty shoot-out which would have given them a potentially telling 2-0 advantage at that stage Rangers took full advantage, recovering to win 3-2 on penalties and leave United struggling to comprehend how they had lost a final in which they were widely recognised as having been the better side. It remains a vividly bitter memory for Conway and one which will ensure he takes nothing for granted in this weekend's Active Nation Scottish Cup final against Ross County. Anyone who watched the game would say we dominated," recalled Conway. "We were so unlucky not to win it. I hit the post with my penalty and it went across the goal. It was agonising. It hurt for weeks. We all came back to Tannadice afterwards for a pre-planned function, but everyone was so down and didn't even want to have a drink. We were deflated and it was a horrible experience I don't want to experience again. If it goes to penalties, I'll take one, but I don't want it to come to that. We want to get the job done before then. There are a few boys like myself who want to go the next step now and win one. We don't want the heartache of losing out in such a big game”.

But enough of the naval gazing, and let’s look at something that bit more uplifting. Lee Wilkie has accepted Peter Houston’s offer to lead the team on to the park before kick-off, a terrific gesture from the club for a player who gave his all for United. The Daily Record’s Euan McArthur wrote: ‘Lee Wilkie last night revealed he was left speechless after being told he'd lead Dundee United out in Saturday's Scottish Cup Final. The recently-retired skipper was stunned as Tannadice gaffer Peter Houston invited him to take his position and lead the Tangerine troops out on to the Hampden pitch before kick-off. Still coming to terms with having lost his brave battle to save his career Wilkie admits he's hugely indebted to Houston for the gesture - on what is sure to be an emotional day for the former Scotland star. Wilkie said: "When Peter Houston phoned me and asked if I wanted to lead United out at Hampden on Saturday I was lost for words. Other than 'yes' there was nothing I could say. I can't thank the gaffer enough for what is an incredible gesture. To give up the chance to lead the team out himself says everything about Houstie as a person. To pretend I'm not hurting a bit would be a lie. When we get to Hampden though all I'll think about is seeing United go out and win the Cup. A long-term knee injury forced Wilkie to hang up his boots last month. Houston said: "Lee is our captain and obviously everyone wishes he would be out there playing. For me, giving him the chance to lead the boys out is the obvious thing to do." If only the big man was playing.

Former United manager Craig Levein nailed his colours firmly to the mast in a frank and delightfully partisan interview with Roger Hannah in The Sun: “I'm really excited already about the Cup Final. It is quite a strange feeling. I feel part of it but I'm not part of it. I was speaking to Gary Kirk on the phone the other night and he asked if I was coming back up to Dundee on the Saturday night. This competition started after I left United. I have had no input in it at all. I feel really this is Houstie, Kirky, Paul Hegarty and the players' doing. It's nothing to do with me. I want them to get all the plaudits they deserve. I want to maintain a bit of distance. "Nobody would be happier than me if they manage to lift the Cup, especially after what happened when I left. My wife and I are going to the final as guests of SFA president George Peat. I'm claiming no impartiality whatsoever - I'll be right behind Dundee United from first to last."

And another ex-United man, Willo Flood, offered his thoughts in the same paper: ‘Willo Flood reckons a Dundee United cup win would be a fitting tribute to Eddie Thompson. The Irishman was in the United side beaten on penalties by Rangers in the 2008 CIS Cup Final. It was billed as the Eddie Thompson Final in honour of the United chairman, who tragically was to lose his battle with cancer months later. Flood still feels the pain of Gers' late comeback and knows his former team-mates will have Eddie in their thoughts. The ex-Celtic star, who followed Gordon Strachan to Middlesbrough, said: "Losing that final was the worst moment of my career. We had the beating of Rangers and came so close, but it wasn't to be when it came to penalties. We were desperate to win for Eddie Thompson. He had done so much for the club and all of us. People were in tears and none of us really knew what to say. We had all wanted to see the chairman with the cup. Two years on it still hurts and I know all the lads who were involved that day feel the same. A lot of them will be playing against County. If they manage to win I'm certain they will all be thinking of the chairman when they get the Cup.”

Once an Arab, always an Arab then, exemplified further by Erik Pedersen, Kjell Olofsson and Lars Zetterlund’s interviews in the Evening Telegraph’s cup final pull-out, a supplement, while obviously a cash-cow to increase advertising revenue, was a brilliantly put-together piece which brought a lump to the throat. Erik the Viking, who will be at Hampden on Saturday, amplified his hero status among the Tannadice faithful by confirming the rumours about his United tattoo: ‘It takes the most passionate football fan to have the badge of his beloved team permanently inked on his arm. Yet that is what Erik Pedersen has done. “I wanted something that truly meant something special to me – and that was United”, he declared. The Norwegian defender was delighted to be coming back – and hopeful of a United win. “I’m really looking forward to coming over. The last time was back in 2002 or 2003. I’m really hoping we are sitting in with the fans as I’m really looking forward to seeing them again. I just want to have a big celebration back in Dundee. We don’t know what our plans are yet if we win but we just want to spend that time with the fans. I have some great memories of my time at United. I love the Scottish people and their attitude to the game. The celebrations after games were great and that is something I really miss.” Olofsson said: “We are all really looking forward to coming over for the game. I’m not sure whether we will be sitting with the supporters or not, as the club is organising out tickets. Hopefully, but we will be singing in the pub at least. I think United will win. I try to follow how they are doing and they seem to be playing very well. I have a lot of good memories from being at Dundee United – both for myself and my family. We had a great time in Dundee.” And Zetterlund added: “I’m really looking forward to coming back. Playing for United was the best time of my whole life. I really loved the city and the club. I have so many happy memories. When we finished third in the league it was brilliant. I really think United will win the cup. I don’t know much about Ross County but United should win if they play to their best.” Stirring words from genuine legends of United’s modern era.

Let’s hope the class of 2010 can award themselves such legendary status by winning the cup on Saturday. If not, next week’s column will be the longest suicide note in history – however, I’ve a feeling it will be a joy to write, that is, of course, if I’ve managed to miraculously sober up.

Bring it on.

End of Centenary Season Party
End of Centenary Season Party

DUBC Quiz Night
The Disabled Supporters Association of Dundee United (DSADU) Update

Cup Final Pictorial Special

To celebrate reaching the Active Nation Scottish Cup Final, the commercial department have produced a pictorial souvenir magazine for fans to keep as a memento of the occasion.

Priced at £4, this will hopefully become a keepsake for years to come and is the Dundee United equivalent of the programme for the Cup Final.

The magazine has been produced in limited numbers, but is on on sale from the ticket office. So snap up yours whilst they last, because when they’re gone, they’re gone!

iPhone Wallpapers
Iphone Wallpapers

If your iPhone or HTC phone is looking rather dull and lifeless and in need of a lift, why not give it a quick makeover and add one of the new absolutely free Dundee United Wallpapers that have recently been added to the Kitroom on ArabZONE.

The artwork has been done by Rorschach from the East Football Forum and he has kindly allowed us to offer them to all United fans via the ArabZONE website. Look out for more mobile phone wallpapers in the near future.

If you are interested in creating and volunteering wallpapers and other such downloads that we could use on the ArabZONE Kitroom then please get in touch with joe@dundeeunitedfc.co.uk.

 
Cup Final Preview
Preview

By Andy Harris

The most exciting preview of the season, up next: The Scottish Cup Final. Scottish football’s showcase finale on Saturday features our beloved Terrors against Highland outfit Ross County.

It’s a fitting end for United who have performed with verve, steel and no little skill all season. We have proven to be the best side in Scotland outside the Old Firm who felt the heat from Tannadice with regularity. Celtic had to take notice as their Champions League berth came under threat and Rangers dreams of a treble were shattered on an electric Wednesday night in Dundee.

For 16 long years Arabs have lived in hope of a cup glory. This never faded and the loyalty shown by the greatest fans in Scotland never waned even during some difficult periods. This season, a team worthy of this support has arrived and provided us with a day out in the sun at the home of football.

McLean, Sturrock, Golac, Brewster, all are names carved into the history of Dundee United football club. From ten to five on Saturday, can we add Houston, Swanson or Goodwillie?

Form can go out the window for this one. The last few games for United have been an audition process for a place in the starting line-up which Peter Houston is yet to reveal.

Football is not without heartache; it is worth saluting the efforts of Darren Dods, Paul Dixon and Lee Wilkie who miss out through injury.

One of the more intriguing aspects of this match is the opponents Ross County. Although finishing fifth in the First Division, they have shown incredible cup form, knocking out Hibs and Celtic on the way to the final. Manager Derek Adams is seen as one of the most promising young managers in the country and has been observing United for weeks.

This will only be the fifth encounter between the two sides in recent history, the last one being in the League Cup when United won 2-0 in Dingwall last September. Players to watch out for include Garry Wood, Michael Gardyne and Steven Craig.

But we have Andy Webster, David Goodwillie and Danny Swanson to name a few; quality throughout the team which is why we go into this game as favourites. Whether or not it’s a burden too heavy to bear; only Saturday’s performance can answer.

So this is it, the big one. A time for Arabs, a time for heroes.

COME ON UNITED!

Scoring Goals for Scotland’s Kids
Children1

CHILDREN 1ST, Scotland’s leading child welfare charity, have teamed up with Spar to organise football matches across the country and Dundee has been chosen as a location to hold one of the regional tournaments on 22 May. They are now appealing for keen footballers from the area to take part in games that could see them play in top football grounds across Scotland.

Ten five-a-side teams from the region are needed to play in this exciting match at Gussie Park. The first match kicks off at 5pm and an SFA referee will oversee each match. The winning team from all seven regions will then go on to compete against each other in Queens Park in Glasgow. The regional finalists will all receive a tour of Hampden and a team trophy.

Cassie Oliver, Corporate Account Manager for CHILDREN 1ST, said: “We teamed up with Spar to help create this tournament in support of our charity and its services. The money raised from this will go to children across Scotland who are most in need of help. We run a service in Dundee called Family Group Conferencing. They provide a safe environment where a young person can talk openly and honestly with their family about any issues they feel are affecting them and then work to resolve them. Fundraising initiatives like this are vital in ensuring that these services can continue.”

Derek Robertson on behalf of the Club declared: “Dundee United is delighted to help this worthwhile cause and to promote football in this way.”

The tournament is being backed by some of the biggest names in football, including Gordon Smith, the former Chief Executive of the SFA. He comments: "Using football to encourage well-being is fantastic - when it helps to raise money to protect Scotland's vulnerable children, it's even better! I would urge everyone to take part in this great event."

To reserve your place or to find out more information, visit www.children1st.org.uk.
Scoring Goals for Scotland’s Kids


Get your Company in with the Brickwork at Tannadice Park
Get your Company in with the Brickwork at Tannadice Park

As the Buy a Brick campaign continues to grow with countless numbers of mementoes from past and present United supporters, we now have the opportunity for businesses and companies to be part of the official Centenary Wall also.

If you wish to have a permanent advert for your business or company on display at Tannadice Park and be part of the Centenary Walkway then this is the ideal commercial opportunity for you.

The bricks are terracotta in colour and are three times the size of the normal supporters' mementos, they will carry your business logo and wording underneath which could include a phone number or email contact address. There are a limited number of these stones available so book early to avoid disappointment.

The total cost for the Company bricks are £100 + Vat each.

Please contact Paul Reid on 01382 832202 for more information on purchasing the stones.

Please make sure you have a jpeg or eps image of your business logo which can be emailed in order for the brick manufacture to inscribe your design.

Competition

Welcome to the Cup Final Competition!

The winner will be contacted by a member of the Commercial Department in the course of next week.

Prize: Executive hospitality for two at a forthcoming home match this season (with the exception of matches v Rangers & Celtic). Visit the hospitality section of the website for more info on the Executive Hospitality package at Dundee United.

1. Name the two players in the United Cup Final team of 1974 who went on to manage at the highest level of Scottish football.
2. True or false In the eighties, United contested four consecutive Scottish Cup Semi finals.
3. Who scored United’s first ever cup final goal?
4. Who is the youngest player to represent the club in a Scottish Cup Final?
5. In our 1994 Scottish Cup Final triumph, which influential international midfielder missed out because of suspension?

Please send your answers and full contact details to frontdesk@dundeeunitedfc.co.uk.

Stevie Campbell's Youth Season Review
Part 1

First and foremost I would like to say that I have now been here for four years and season 2009-10 has been my most enjoyable to date. There are several factors contributing to that. Firstly, I have worked with a very talented squad of young players, many of whom were already in United’s youth development system and for that we have to give credit to Graeme Liveston. I have some good contacts in the game and they helped me to enhance the squad with players we brought in from other places; for example Stuart Armstrong from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Grant Mosson from Celtic and Craig Hill from Ballinamallard in Northern Ireland.

Another factor which made the season so good was the facility for training at St Andrews on a superb surface instead of changing training venues from day to day as we did in the past. We have a great relationship with the staff over in Fife, both ground staff and those in the Sports Centre. It also enormously beneficial to have the first team in the same training area. After the young lads have carried out their set up duties for the first team, we just move to our own area rather than wasting time travelling to a different venue. Even in the winter months when it was impossible to train at St Andrews we had a fantastic facility at Soccerworld to fall back on.

I feel very fortunate and honoured to be in this job and I take great pleasure from seeing young players develop and this season has been particularly satisfying on that front. The result of that was four players, Dale Hilson, Ross Smith, Craig Hill and Ryan Dow making first team debuts. Craig and Ryan will now move out of the youths along with Scott Allan and hopefully fans will see more of them next term.

Although we always stress that player development is the most important objective in youth football, I have to say that this season has been very good in terms of results. We lost just three league games and one SFA Youth Cup tie. Even in the pre season we played well with just one defeat. If I was disappointed in any aspect of the league season it was the number of games we lost or drew from winning positions but the players have learned from this and that is the main thing.

Words and pic by Steve Gracie, Arabest Publishing.

For more photographs from recent youth team matches supporters can visit the Arabest Publishing Youths Photo Gallery.

Summer Holiday Courses
Summer Courses

Sports Development and the Scottish Football Association have teamed up with Dundee FC and Dundee
United FC to deliver a 6 week Summer Football Programme.

The programme allows boys and girls between the age of five and fourteen years the opportunity to participate in a safe and fun football education environment. We aim to promote the development of skills such as shooting, dribbling, passing and control including small sided games. The emphasis is firmly placed on individual fun, enjoyment and success on all courses.

Each course member will receive a certificate of attendance, a home match ticket, a photograph of you and your squad, and a gift.

WEEK 1 Mon 5th – Fri 9th July
VENUE Craigie High School 10am – 3pm
VENUE Gussie Park 10am – 3pm
VENUE Elliot Rd (Harris Acad) 10am – 3pm

WEEK 2 Mon 12th – Fri 16th July
VENUE Orchar Park HALF DAY ONLY 10am – 12noon
VENUE Elliot Rd (Harris Acad) 10am – 3pm

WEEK 3 Mon 19th – Fri 23rd July
VENUE Craigie High School 10am – 3pm
VENUE Gussie Park 10am – 3pm
VENUE Elliot Rd (Harris Acad) 10am – 3pm

WEEK 5 Mon 2nd – Fri 6th August
VENUE Craigie High School 10am – 3pm
VENUE Gussie Park 10am – 3pm
VENUE Elliot Rd (Harris Acad) 10am – 3pm

WEEK 6 Mon 9th – Fri 13th August
VENUE Elliot Rd (Harris Acad) 10am – 3pm

Application forms are now available from the usual outlets, including online.


DUFC Champions J League Finals
League Tables

Congratulations to all J League participants and in particular the fourteen teams who will compete in the DUFC Champions J League Finals on Sunday 16th May. I am sure if the previous years are anything to go by it will be a very enjoyable day for all, participants, parents and spectators. (The lower George Fox stand will be open for spectators, admission is free, through turnstiles 39-41).

KICK-OFF TIMES:

10am: Finalists from Saturday 10.10am P6 - S1 Group A, session, Liverpool v Real Madrid.

10am: Finalists from Saturday 10.10am P6 – S1 Group B, session, Panathinaikos v Fiorentina.

10.50am: Finalists from Saturday 11.20am P5 & 6 session, Liverpool v Bayern Munich.

10.50am: Finalists from Saturday 9.00am P4 & 5 session, Inter Milan v Newcastle.

11.40pm: PRESENTATIONS

12pm: Finalists from Sunday 10.40am P2 & 3 Group A session, Inter Milan v Villareal.

12pm: Finalists from Sunday 10.40am P2 & 3 Group B session, Manchester United v AC Milan.

12.50pm: Finalists from Sunday 9.30am P3 & 4 session, Fiorentina v Ajax.

1.40pm: PRESENTATIONS

All Players are to arrive via the George Fox Stand and register at least 15 minutes prior to stated KO time.

FINALS DAY

Due to our Champions J League Finals at Tannadice Park next Sunday 16th May, both J League sessions at Gussie Park scheduled to take place that day are now cancelled, this leaves everyone free to come along and join in the Finals Day Fun!

IMPORTANT DATES:

All J League sessions are back next Saturday 22nd, and Sunday 23rd May.

The current J League season will end on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June.

Get Your Kit On!
Get Your Kit on

This week's selected shot shows Stephen Wilson (middle), Jordan MacLeod (left) and Hazel MacLeod (right) all on their way home for the Scottish Cup Final leaving Brisbane Airport for the 27 hour flight to Glasgow...

If you have been up to something interesting, ping us with your photo on riki@dundeeunitedfc.co.uk.

If you now visit our Get your Kit on Gallery page, you will get an idea of what our new Gallery will look and feel like by clicking on the links leading to five archives. In fact, if you have submitted a picture over the last few years, there is a chance you will find it there.

We are currently working on a 'live' Gallery with more recent pictures, please check back for that soon...

This Week in History

13th - 19th May....

1965 - Finn Dossing (2) and Mogens Berg scored as United beat Aberdeen 3-0 at Tannadice in the final Section match of the Summer Cup, and went through to the Semi Final against Partick Thistle.

1974 – United made history as they appeared in their first ever Scottish Cup final, taking on Celtic at Hampden. Unfortunately, it was not a memorable first appearance as Celtic won 3-0.

1983 – Dens Park was the location in one of the most important matches in the club’s history, as United needed a win to secure their first ever Premier League Championship. A glorious Ralph Milne goal from nearly 35 yards gave United the lead, and Eamonn Bannon scored from a rebounded penalty. Iain Ferguson pulled one back before half-time, and as a nervous second half came to an end, Dens Park erupted in a sea of tangerine as United claimed the League title.

1993 – Jim McLean managed United for the last time as they faced Aberdeen at Tannadice in the final game of the season. Christian Dailly scored but United lost 4-1 as McLean stepped down to concentrate on his role of Chairman of the club.

1996 – A jam-packed Tannadice saw United go down 2-1 on aggregate to Partick Thistle in the Premier League play-off, and the club looked to be spending a second season in the First Division as the game entered the final minutes. But Brian Welsh popped up yet again with a last gasp equaliser, and Owen Coyle scored the winner in extra-time to take United back to the top flight on a highly emotional night at Tannadice.

2003 - A Jim Paterson goal gave United a 1-0 victory at Firhill against Partick Thistle and kept United off bottom spot in the last game of Ian McCall's first season. John Lambie retired as Thistle manager and received a standing ovation from both sets of fans.

This feature has been compiled by Bryan Orr and Scott Foran of the Federation of Dundee United Supporters' Clubs, plus material from Rags to Riches by Mike Watson and the Dundee United A - Z.

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