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Hamilton held a Division One place continuously from 1906 until 1947, thus restricting United’s contact with them prior to World War Two to their four seasons in the top division between 1925 and 1932. During the 1950s, their status as a club waned more or less as United’s rose, with the result that since 1960 the clubs have spent just four seasons together. The last League meeting came in the First Division in April 1996, at Firhill Park, which Hamilton were using as a temporary home.
The playing record against Hamilton Academical in major competitions is:

Scottish League (total):
P 46
W 21
D 7
L 18
F 92
A 82
Premier Division:
P 8
W 6
D 1
L 1
F 20
A 3

Scottish Cup: the clubs have been drawn together on three occasions, 1976, 1978 and 2002.
P 3
W 3
D 0
L 0
F 12
A 1

League Cup: the clubs were drawn together in 1948, 1964, 1979 (semi-final), 1981, 1989, 1993 and 1994.
P 10
W 6
D 1
L 3
F 33
A 15

Notable transfers from: Duncan Ogilvie (1948), Paul Hegarty (1974)
From the mid-1980s, the Scottish football media seemed obsessed with the fact that, as Dundee United found it next to impossible to win at Hampden Park, they were somehow cursed by what was termed ‘The Hampden Hoodoo’.
Did it really exist? Of course it did, eventually coming to be believed by some of the players, who admitted that it added to the pressures which already existed when facing a match at the national stadium. To some extent, therefore, it thus became a self-fulfilling phenomenon.
Between 1974 and 1991, including replays, Dundee United visited Hampden Park eight times for semi-finals (winning twice) and ten times for finals, winning not a single one. Spooky, or what?
On many of those occasions, United were expected to win so it was rather ironic that when the spectre of the hoodoo was finally exorcised in 1994 few observers gave them even a ghost of a chance. Ivan Golac’s team having disposed of Aberdeen after a semi-final replay (both matches at Hampden), Rangers lay in wait for what they and many others saw as the formality of adding the Scottish Cup to the League Cup and League championship trophies they had already collected that season. Prior to the final, Golac was asked by a journalist what he thought of the so-called Hampden Hoodoo. With a wave of his hand, he replied along the lines of ‘that was then, this is now . . .’, and the rest is history. So is the hoodoo.
David HANNAH (born 1973)
The youngest member of the Scottish Cup-winning team, he had made only seven first-team starts before the final and in all probability owed his place to the fact that Billy McKinlay had been ruled out through suspension.
Having been in contractual dispute with the club for more than a year, he was transferred to Celtic for £650,000 in December 1996. He returned to the club in 1999 but was freed in 2002 and later joined Ross County.
The first contact between the clubs came in the breakaway Central League of 1920/21, though it was Hearts A team (and that of Falkirk) which participated along with 16 of the smaller clubs, including Dundee Hibs.
A meeting at first-team level had to await Dundee United’s promotion to Division One in 1925, but between then and World War Two the clubs met almost as often in the Scottish Cup as in the Scottish League. Indeed, following United’s relegation from Division One in 1932, they did not meet Hearts in a League match until 1960. Since then there have been only five League seasons when they have not met, Hearts spending four in the First Division to United’s one.
The playing record against Hearts in major competitions is:

Scottish League (total):
P 127
W 41
D 35
L 51
F 159
A 168
Premier Division:
P 89
W 28
D 26
L 35
F 94
A 107

Scottish Cup: the clubs were drawn together in 1926, 1935, 1938, 1967, 1968, 1974 (semi-final), 1984, 1986 (semi-final), 1995 and 1997.
P 15
W 5
D 5
L 5
F 27
A 29

League Cup: the clubs were drawn together in 1962, 1969, 1970, 1977 and 1984 (semi-final).
P 10
W 5
D 1
L 4
F 15
A 13

Notable transfers to: Willie Pettigrew (1981), Eamonn Bannon (1988), Steven Pressley and Gary McSwegan (1998)

Notable transfers from: Alan Gordon (1969), Tommy Traynor (1970), George Fleming (1972), Scott Crabbe (1992)

It’s a fact: When United and Hearts met in the Scottish Cup in 1926 two matches, including extra-time in the replay at Tynecastle, could not separate the teams. In anticipation of a larger crowd, United controversially conceded ground rights for the third game, then were faced with a crisis when goalkeeper Bill Paterson sustained an injury. Manager Jimmy Brownlie, who had officially retired as a player two years earlier, was still registered as a player and was the only other keeper on the books. At the age of 40 he had no alternative but to play, though his lack of match fitness was a major factor in United’s narrow 0–6 defeat.
Paul HEGARTY (born 1954)
Paul Hegarty (picture courtesy of DC Thomson & Co Ltd.)
Signed from Hamilton Accies in November 1974 as a striker, few could have predicted the outstanding success Paul would have as a United player.
After three years manager Jim McLean switched him to central defence, where he began to form the partnership with David Narey which would endure for more than a decade of excellence. Hegarty soon earned the first of his Scotland caps and, as captain, led United to their League Cup and League championship triumphs as well as many cup finals and memorable European occasions. His total appearances of 706 first-team matches place him third in United’s all-time list.
His was an outstanding contribution to the club and this was recognised with a testimonial year and, in 1990, the waiving of a transfer fee when he moved to St Johnstone. His success continued when he won a First Division championship medal with them before moving to Forfar Athletic as player/manager later that year. He remained for a year and a half, then was out of the game for a short spell before returning to Tannadice as a coach in 1992. He joined Hearts in the same capacity in 1995 before becoming Assistant Manager to Roy Aitken at Aberdeen. He took over as interim Manager after Aitken was dismissed but, despite keeping Aberdeen from being relegated, did not retain the position at the end of the season. He subsequently returned to a coaching position at Tannadice and again became Manager on a temporary basis when Alex Smith left the club in October 2002. Unfortunately, results did not improve and Paul left the club in January 2003, though he returned to the game in a coaching capacity with Livingston in 2004.
A former Lawside Academy pupil. Jim Henry signed for United in 1967 from Carnoustie Juniors. The young left half won his first major honour on 2 September 1970 when he was chosen to play for the Scottish League against the League of Ireland at Celtic Park. In 1972 Jim was due to sign for Fulham for a reported fee of £50,000, however, a few days later he was back at the club after the transfer fell through. He later joined Aberdeen in 1974 for a fee of some £20,000. While he was with United he played in ninety-four league and cup games and scored seven goals.

After two spells in the States, Jim finished his career with Forfar Athletic.
The Edinburgh club holds the distinction of being the first ever opponents of Dundee Hibs. The common name and Irish connection made the choice an obvious one and the clubs played out a 1–1 draw before around 7,000 spectators at Tannadice on 10 August 1909.
The first competitive meeting between the clubs came during United’s Division One debut season in 1925. The clubs met again in Division Two in 1932/33 in what proved to be their last League encounter for 27 years.
Since 1960, the only seasons in which they have not met on League business were 1980/81, when Hibernian spent a season in the First Division, and 1995/96, when United suffered a similar fate.
The playing record against Hibernian in major competitions is:

Scottish League (total):
P 135
W 51
D 38
L 46
F 184
A 166
Premier Division:
P 899
W 42
D 30
L 27
F 113
A 88

Scottish Cup: the clubs were drawn together in 1924, 1932, 1958, 1976, 1982, 1985, 1990 and 2003.
P 12
W 4
D 3
L 5
F 15
A 13

League Cup: the clubs were drawn together in 1963, 1971, 1972, 1986, 1993 (semi-final), 1997 and 2001.
W 2
D 1
L 7
F 11
A 22

Notable transfers to: Alan Gordon (1972), Darren Jackson (1992), Michael O’Neill (1993), Brian Welsh (1996)

Notable transfers from: Davie Hogg (1968)
United’s first Dutch opponents were ADO Hague in the North American Soccer League in 1967 with United winning 2–1 in Dallas. In 1973 United first visited the country for a pre-season tour and met three Dutch First Division clubs.
The 1982/83 Uefa Cup handed United a tough draw against PSV Eindhoven. Their task appeared even more arduous when the Dutch side left Tannadice with a 1–1 draw, but in the return one of United’s finest away performances in Europe produced a superb 2–0 win. The large number of Arabs who had made the journey were ecstatic as goals from Paul Hegarty and Billy Kirkwood made it a night to remember.
If that encounter represented one extreme of emotion, the next with a Dutch club, in the same competition, did the opposite. United emerged with some credit from a first-leg 0–1 defeat against Vitesse Arnhem, having seen nothing to make them believe the deficit could not be overturned at Tannadice. However, 7 November 1990 turned into the heaviest home defeat suffered by the club in almost fifty European ties. In scoring four without reply, the Dutch served up a devastating display which left United’s players chasing shadows.
Such was the effect that the Arnhem defeat had on Jim McLean that he decided to learn from football in Holland and appointed a coach from that country on a temporary basis. Abe Grittner worked with the players on what was described as ‘flexibility of movement and action, allied to maximising skills’. McLean had long been an admirer of the Dutch approach to football, especially its coaching and training methods, and for that reason took his squad to that country for pre-season training in 1990 and 1991. In the main, non- or lower League clubs provided the opposition.
He also signed three Dutch players. In 1989 full back Freddy van der Hoorn joined from Den Bosch for £200,000 and became a huge favourite with Arabs. His five years at Tannadice included an appearance in the 1991 Scottish Cup final, but he had fallen from favour with Ivan Golac by the time he was transferred to the Belgian League club Aalst in 1994. Goalkeeper Guido van de Kamp was also popular with the fans following his arrival from BVV Den Bosch in 1991. He was a member of United’s 1994 Cup-winning team, but never played another competitive match for the club.
Gijs Steinmann joined from FC Utrecht for £100,000 in the aftermath of the Arnhem defeat in November 1991, but played only 16 League games during his stay. He then sought to return to Holland, but when his request was refused he walked out on the club and was never seen again.
In December 1996 manager Tommy McLean paid Queen’s Park Rangers £100,000 to renew acquaintance with goalkeeper Sieb Dykstra, who had played for him at Motherwell.
John HOLT (born 1956)
John Holt (picture courtesy of DC Thomson & Co Ltd.)
Born in Dundee, he joined United as an apprentice from school in 1972 and made his first-team debut in January 1974, just two months after his seventeenth birthday. A hard-working and tough-tackling midfielder, he went on to make in excess of 400 appearances over 14 years at Tannadice, sharing in all of the club’s successes, as well as many cup final disappointments.
Shortly after the Uefa Cup final of 1987 he was transferred to Dunfermline Athletic, and a year later to Dundee FC. John went on to be player/manager with Forfar Athletic then manager of Deveronvale and Montrose before returning to Tannadice as one of the SFA Community Development Officers. He subsequently became a coach at Tannadice but left the club in January 2003.
United have visited Hungary on only one occasion. They met Diosgyori VTK from the provincial city of Miskolc in the Uefa Cup of 1979/80. Having eliminated Anderlecht in the first round, hopes were high that the Hungarians would follow suit. Diosgyori not only eliminated United on a 4–1 aggregate, but became only the second club (Newcastle United were the first, in 1969) to win at Tannadice and also to win both legs of a European tie.
Duncan HUTCHISON (1903 - 1973)
It is no exaggeration to say that no player captured the imagination of the fans at Tannadice to the same extent as the man they nicknamed ‘Hurricane Hutch’.
That aptly summed up his all-action style of powerful running and explosive shooting which brought him goals at a startling rate. His 64 in only 73 League games between 1927 and 1929 led to United receiving a bid which they could not refuse from Newcastle United, and sadly Hutchison left Tannadice after only two years; it was a decision which provoked a furious reaction among supporters, including match boycotts.
When, after spells at Derby County and Hull City, Hutchison returned to Tannadice in June 1935, the tremendous enthusiasm of his initial stay was instantly re-created. He showed that, despite being 32, he remained a prodigious goalscorer, adding 55 over the following four League seasons.
When his playing career came to an end Duncan, having no interest in entering management, became proprietor of a bar in the city centre and re-named it, with characteristic flourish, the United Bar; it remained for many years a magnet for United fans or anyone else who wanted to reminisce about ‘the good old days’ with one of the club’s all-time greats.
Duncan Hutchison’s link with United was restored in 1953 when he became a director. He remained on the board, having a brief spell as chairman in the mid-’60s, until his death in 1973.
A publican who was one of the group of city businessmen which bought out the Dundee Hibs committee in November 1922. He became club treasurer, a vital position given the club’s precarious financial state.
Hutchison was a driving force in ‘modernising’ the club. He was in no doubt that the Irish connection represented excess baggage which was preventing its development and stated publicly that he was aware of people in Dundee who were willing to invest in the club, but would not do so until its image was changed and it had regained its Scottish League membership. Both aims were eventually achieved with intensive lobbying of other clubs, primarily by Hutchison, at a time when Dundee Hibs could scarcely justify its claim for a League place. Had League membership not been regained, the necessary finance to restructure the club would not have been forthcoming and it is quite likely the club would have gone out of existence – and Dundee United would never have existed.
William Hutchison is, in fact, one of the two men responsible for introducing the name Dundee United to Scottish football. When Dundee FC objected to the use of the name Dundee City, it was Hutchison and chairman James Dickson who travelled to Glasgow for a meeting with the SFA Council on 17 October 1923 to suggest the name United as a compromise.
He was chairman of the club between 1925 and 1929. He then resumed his previous position as treasurer, but resigned as a director in 1932 in protest at the board’s decision to dismiss manager Jimmy Brownlie.
That was not the end of his involvement, however. He returned to the board, as chairman, in June 1938 as the result of another takeover and remained there until the wartime close-down of season 1940/41.



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