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ABANDONED MATCHES
Only four significant matches involving Dundee Hibs/United have been abandoned. All of them happened at Tannadice. The first occurred during the club’s inaugural season. A meeting between Dundee Hibs and Dundee Wanderers, on 25 April 1910 was brought to a premature end due to bad light.

The same problem also caused the abandonment of the Division Two fixture with Brechin City on 14 December 1935. United were winning 5–1 at the time but when the match was replayed, on 2 January, it ended in a 2–2 draw.
Almost 40 years later, on 3 November 1973, United were leading Falkirk 2–0 in a Division One fixture with only seven minutes remaining when fog made further play impossible. When the match was replayed 18 days later, United won 2–1.

The most recent abandonment came in a Premier Division match on 6 October 1990 against Dunfermline Athletic. Torrential rain caused the referee to abandon the game shortly after half time, with United 2 -1 ahead. United won 3–0 when the match was replayed four days later.

ABERDEEN FC
The club’s first meetings with Aberdeen were at reserve-team level – as far as Aberdeen were concerned. Dundee Hibs met Aberdeen ‘A’ in their first season in the Northern League in 1909.

The clubs did not meet at first-team level until Dundee United reached the First Division in 1925, and had three further seasons in that division between then and 1932. Thereafter they did not meet at League level until 1960, but since then the only season missed was the one following United’s relegation in 1995. The teams even met in the North American Soccer League in 1967, under the guises of Dallas Tornado (United) and Washington (Aberdeen).

During the 1980s the success enjoyed by United and Aberdeen in both domestic and European competition, at the expense of Celtic and Rangers, led to the two clubs being labelled ‘The New Firm’.

It’s a fact: Aberdeen hold the record for the biggest victory by a visiting team at Tannadice. The Dons’ 9–1 win came in a wartime North Eastern League fixture on 10 February 1945.

United’s record against Aberdeen in major competitions is:

Scottish League:
P 165 W 53 D 48 L 64 F 209 A 241

Premier League: P 126 - W 43 - D 36 - L 47 - F 159 - A 170


Scottish Cup: the clubs were drawn together in 1952, 1966, 1967 (semi-final), 1971, 1972, 1975, 1984, 1985 (semi-final), 1988 (semi-final), 1990 (semi-final), 1993, 1994 (semi-final), 2000, 2005 and 2006.

Record:
P26 - W 6 - D 9 - L 11 - F 21 - A 36


League Cup: the clubs were drawn together in 1961, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1973, 1981 (semi-final), 1982, 1985 (semi-final), 1988 (semi-final), 1997 (semi-final), 1999 (semi-final) and 2008 (semi final). They also contested the 1979 final.

Record:
P 24 - W 10 - D 5 - L 9 - F 39 - A 31


Summer Cup: The clubs met in sectional ties in both 1964 and 1965.
Record: P 4 - W 3 - D 0 - L 1 - F 9 - A 7

Notable transfers to: Francis Munro (1966), Mixu Paatelainen (1992), Robbie Winters (1998)
Notable transfers from: Bobby Temple (1938), Ray McKinnon (1995), Billy Dodds (1998).
 
AFRICA
Mvondo Atangana
United have visited Africa on two occasions. In June and July of 1963, the club ventured abroad for the first time for a tour lasting one month. A total of nine matches were played in Nyasaland (now Malawi), Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), South Africa and Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Five matches were won, two drawn and two lost, with a goals total of 29–16.
In 1972 the destination was Nigeria, where five games were played during the tour, which lasted for two and a half weeks. United won only one of their matches, losing two and drawing two.
Four Africans have signed for United, but none have been particularly successful. Jean-Jacques Misse-Misse (Guinea) was signed from Walsall in 1997, but made only four appearances. In 2000, Cameroon internationals Mvondo Atangana and Alphonse Tchami were joined by Joachim Fernandez of Senegal; only Atangana reached double figures in League appearances and all were gone by the following season.
 
AIRDRIE UNITED FC
The club was founded in 2002 following the collapse of Airdrieonians due to financial difficulties. The new club is entirely separate although they do have their home at the same ground.

United’s first competitive match with the new club was a Scottish League Cup tie at the Shyberry Excelsior Stadium, which Dundee United won 2-1 in October 2002. The clubs have since met on two occasions, both in the League Cup, with United winning 1-0 in 2006 at Tannadice, and again in a 2-0 home victory in 2008.

League Cup: the clubs have met on three occasions, in 2002, 2006 and 2008.
Record: P 3 - W 3 - D 0 - L 0 - F 5 - A 1

 
ALBION ROVERS FC
Albion Rovers were already members of Division Two when Dundee Hibs were elected to it in 1910. They remained together in that division until its suspension in 1915, but met less frequently in the inter-war period.
From 1946, life in the lower regions was the order of the day for both clubs until 1960. United then won promotion, consolidated their position in Division One, and the clubs have not met since in the League.
Notable transfers to: Bill Monteith (1911)

Notable transfers from: Tommy Campbell (1960), Tommy Dunne (1967)

It’s a fact: United last met Albion Rovers in a League match at Cliftonhill Park in February 1960. Despite his team’s 4–1 victory, manager Jerry Kerr was so impressed with the Rovers centre forward that he signed him three days later. Tommy Campbell scored nine times in the final seven matches of the season to help United secure promotion.

The playing record against Albion Rovers in major competitions is:
Scottish League:*
 
P 52
 
W 21
 
D 7
 
L 24
 
F 104
 
A 95
 
Scottish Cup:*
 
P 1
 
W 1
 
D 0
 
L 0
 
F 3
 
A 0
 
League Cup:*
 
P 6
 
W 3
 
D 1
 
L 2
 
F 16
 
A 11
 
 
Jimmy ALLAN (born 1897; died 1982)
He was appointed United manager following the termination of Bobby McKay’s contract on the outbreak of the Second World War.
Allan took the club to its first major cup final, in the Emergency War Cup, against Rangers at Hampden Park in May 1940, but resigned in July of that year when the club decided not to compete in season 1940/41.
He lived for much of his life in the Lochee district of the city and ran a barber’s shop there for more than 40 years. He had a brief senior career playing for Cowdenbeath and Falkirk before becoming trainer at Tannadice.
 
ALLOA ATHLETIC FC
Dundee Hibs’ first contact with Alloa came in the Central League of 1920/21 and both clubs were among those accepted into Division Two the following season.
The clubs have not played a League match since United were promoted in 1960.
Fact: When Alloa visited Tannadice for a Division Two match in April 1958, they triumphed 7–1 in one of United’s heaviest-ever home defeats.
Three of the goals were scored by Dennis Gillespie and the Alloa manager was Jerry Kerr; a year later both began careers at Tannadice which lasted well into the 1970s.
Notable transfers from: Dennis Gillespie (1959)
United’s record against Alloa in the major competitions is :
Scottish League:
 
P 54
 
W 25
 
D 11
 
L 18
 
F 122
 
A 100
 
(56%)
 
Scottish Cup:
 
P 6
 
W 2
 
D 3
 
L 1
 
F 13
 
A 10
 
 
Scottish League Cup:
 
P 5
 
W 5
 
D 0
 
L 0
 
F 17
 
A 2
 
 
 
ANGLO-SCOTTISH CUP
This trophy was competed for between 1975 and 1981 and the Scottish entrants were the top four clubs in the Premier Division the previous season which had not qualified for one of the European competitions. As a result, United took part only once. In season 1976/77 they played Aberdeen, winning the home leg 1–0 but going down 1–3 in the return at Pittodrie.
 
APPEARANCES
Top Ten Scottish League Appearances
1
 
Maurice Malpas
 
617
 
(1981– 2000)
 
2
 
Dave Narey
 
612
 
(1973–93)
 
3
 
Paul Hegarty
 
493
 
(1974–89)
 
4
 
Hamish McAlpine
 
477
 
(1969–85)
 
5
 
Doug Smith
 
456
 
(1959–76)
 
6
 
Paul Sturrock
 
386
 
(1974–89)
 
7
 
Dennis Gillespie
 
346
 
(1959–71)
 
8
 
Dave Bowman
 
338
 
(1986–98)
 
9
 
Andy Rolland
 
328
 
(1967–78)
 
10
 
Jim McInally
 
302
 
(1986–97)
 
 
ARAB Trust
The trading name for the Dundee United Supporters’ Trust, launched in February 2003. The Trust was formed as a not for profit, Industrial & Provident Society and is regulated under the Financial Services Act. This ensures that there is independent scrutiny and that the organisation is run on strict democratic principles.
The Trust was formed to provide United supporters with a recognised say in the affairs of the club by means of collective share ownership and in time, representation within the boardroom.
While for a number of reasons, ArabTRUST was not launched until 2003, Dundee United supporters were in the vanguard of the supporters’ trust movement, helping to establish Supporters Direct in Scotland in 2002. At the time of writing there are now well over 100 trusts throughout the UK and 24 in Scotland.
 
ARBROATH FC
Arbroath were regular opponents of Dundee Hibs in the club’s early days. They first met in a local competition, the Carrie Cup, at Gayfield Park in November 1909, and later in the Qualifying Cup and, of course, the Forfarshire Cup.
A League meeting had to await the reintroduction of Division Two in 1921, where they again met following the name change to Dundee United.
After sharing membership of the Southern League B Division in 1945/46, United and Arbroath were together for the first 15 years after the war. The only occasions on which the two clubs met in Division One were 1968/69, and between 1972 and 1975. Their last League meeting was at Tannadice in March 1975.
It’s a fact: The highest scoring drawn match in which Dundee United has been involved is 5–5. This has occurred on four occasions, two of them with Arbroath.
Notable transfers to: Frank Kopel (1982), Graeme Payne (1984)
The playing record against Arbroath in major competitions is:
Scottish League:
 
P 52
 
W 23
 
D 10
 
L 19
 
F 116
 
A 109
 
(54%)
 
Scottish Cup: the clubs were not drawn together until 1988, and met again in 1994.
Record:
 
P 2
 
W 2
 
D 0
 
L 0
 
F 10
 
A 2
 
League Cup: the clubs were drawn together in 1946, 1949, 1956, 1970 and 1977.
Record:
 
P 10
 
W 9
 
D 0
 
L 1
 
F 30
 
A 10
 
 
ARGENTINA
Although United have never visited Argentina they have met clubs from that country on two occasions. In May 1979, they drew 2–2 with San Lorenzo in the invitation Japan Cup tournament. Eight years later in another tournament, the Gold Cup played in Los Angeles, United fought out a 1–1 draw with Rosario Central.
The most notable connection with Argentina is Victor Ferreyra, the striker who joined up at Tannadice from San Lorenzo in October 1991 for a fee which equalled United’s then record of £350,000. After just 35 appearances, he departed for the Mitsubishi club in Japan in 1993.
A rather less memorable Argentinian to arrive at Tannadice was Walter Rojas, who never made a first-team appearance. He had apparently been recommended to Jim McLean by an agent in London and was signed for a fee of around £200,000 in the summer of 1991. It emerged that United had been the victim of duplicity; Rojas was well short of the required standard and his stay at Tannadice was a short one.
 
ATTENDANCES
Largest
The largest crowd ever to watch Dundee United was in excess of 100,000 for the formal opening of the Shah Alam Stadium in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur in July 1994.
The highest attendance at a competitive match was the 90,000-plus who watched the Emergency War Cup final against Rangers at Hampden Park on 4 May 1940.

Smallest
The smallest crowd at a competitive match was 85 for the Division Two visit to Edinburgh City on 15 December 1934.

Largest at Tannadice
The record for any match at Tannadice was the 28,000 all-ticket crowd which watched the Fairs Cup second round, second leg, victory over Barcelona on 16 November 1966. This is a record that will never be broken.
The record for a domestic match is 26,407 for the visit of Aberdeen in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on 23 February 1952.
The record attendance for a Scottish League match stands at 25,000, the official figure given for the city derby on 3 January 1927.

Smallest at Tannadice
The lowest home attendance for a first-team match is the reported figure of 200 for the Second Division visit of Edinburgh City on 18 November 1933.
The lowest attendance for a home Scottish League match in the top division was 1,250 for the visit of Falkirk on 21 November 1973. This was due to the game taking place on a Wednesday afternoon due to restrictions caused by the Mineworkers strike.

Average attendances
The highest average League attendance at Tannadice was 12,830 (Premier Division) in season 1988/89. The lowest was 1,700 for season 1937/38 in Division Two.
The lowest average for a season in which United were in the top division of the League was 5,517 in 1973/74 (Division One).
The highest average during a season in which United were not in the top division of the League was 10,400 in B Division, 1946/47.
 
AUSTRIA
United have twice met Austrian clubs in European competition, and won both times. The European Cup quarter-final of 1984 sent United to the capital city of Vienna. Taking an early lead through Derek Stark, United narrowly lost 2-1 after conceding two late goals. The away goal proved significant as Davie Dodds scored the solitary goal of the home leg, putting United into the semi finals of the European Cup.
Later that year, United returned to Austria to face Linz ASK in the second round of the Uefa Cup. A 2–1 away win in the first leg was followed by a 5–1 victory at Tannadice.
 
AYR UNITED FC
It was the formation of Ayr United which led to Dundee Hibs being admitted to the Scottish League. Both Ayr FC and Ayr Parkhouse were members of Division Two when they decided in 1910 to amalgamate to form Ayr United, thus creating the League vacancy which the Hibs filled.
The clubs first met later that year in Division Two, and did so again in the two which followed. They were regular League opponents between 1946 and 1960, always in the lower division. Since Dundee United gained promotion in 1960 they have spent only eleven seasons together, three in the Premier Division, the most recent being 1977/78.
Notable transfers to: Derek Frye (1979)
Notable transfers from: Herbert Dainty (as player/manager, 1915)
The playing record against Ayr United in major competitions is:
Scottish League (total):
 
P 66
 
W 25
 
D 14
 
L 27
 
F 128
 
A 132
 
(48%)
 
Premier Division:
 
P 12
 
W 8
 
D 2
 
L 2
 
F 27
 
A 11
 
(75%)
 
Scottish Cup: the clubs were drawn together in 1950, 1963, 1969, 1970 and 1984.
Record:
 
P 9
 
W 6
 
D 2
 
L 1
 
F 18
 
A 8
 
League Cup: the clubs were drawn together in 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1974, 1981 and 1986.
Record:
 
P 13
 
W 7
 
D 1
 
L 5
 
F 28
 
A 26
 

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