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Andy Rolland
Andy Rolland

Date & Place of Birth: 12th November 1942, Fife
Date Signed: 29th September 1967
Previous Clubs: Cowdenbeath
Position: Defender
Debut: 30th September 1967 v Airdrieonians
First Goal: 28th October 1967 v Falkirk
Last Appearance: 11th March 1978 v Queens Park
Total Appearances: 440
Total Goals Scored: 37
Later Clubs: Fort Lauderdale Strikers (USA), Los Angeles Aztecs (USA), Dunfermline Athletic, Cowdenbeath.
Inducted to Hall of Fame: January 2009

Andy Rolland was a reliable defender who spent eleven years at Tannadice and in that time he achieved the status of legend for his consistent performances.

As early as February 1967, Manager Jerry Kerr had the player on his radar, whilst both Rangers and Clyde were also keeping tabs on him.

However, it was United who made a bid of £10,000 to bring Andy to Tannadice and he made his debut in a Scottish League match. Although his first game for United was at left back, Andy spent most of the season playing inside left or inside right and towards the end of the campaign he was switched to right back. In the following season he was the regular in that position but was often pitched into the forward line.

His strong running and tough tackling made him a formidable opponent and during 1969-70, he frequently fell foul of referees. With his disciplinary record receiving a little too much press attention he requested a transfer. However, after reconsidering, he withdrew his request. For the next eight years the right back position belonged to Andy. During his United career he played an important part in the run which took United into their first Scottish Cup final against Celtic in 1974. Despite a good performance, United lost and Andy collected a runners-up medal as a second half substitute.

Andy took part in many memorable matches in both domestic and European competition. Teamed with Jim Cameron, he provided a solid full back pairing which helped United achieve a fifth place finish in both 1968-69 and 1969-70. On each occasion, that brought European football to Tannadice in the following campaigns, giving Andy the chance to play against some of football’s top teams - Newcastle United, Grasshoppers of Zurich and Sparta Prague. Texaco Cup football in the following years brought strong English opposition to Tannadice and Andy revelled in the challenge. There were further European adventures as United met teams from far flung corners in the next few years. Andy played his part as the Terrors built a reputation on the continent, facing some tough tests and long journeys against teams such as Jiul Petrosani, Bursapor and FC Porto.
Andy Rolland

Andy was a mainstay in the side which struggled through the first year of the newly formed Premier Division in 1975-76, narrowly avoiding relegation. In the two years that followed he helped to establish United in the top echelon of Scottish football before he was released in May 1977. He then moved to the USA to continue his career before returning to Scotland with Dunfermline Athletic and then Cowdenbeath, where he spent some time as manager. Andy then returned to the junior ranks where he had first started playing.

Andy never received the full recognition at international level that most United fans thought he was worthy of. His only international honour came in a Scottish League match against their English counterparts in March 1976. At Tannadice he was recognised as a fully committed player and one who is still greatly admired by the fans.

Andy Rolland
Dundee United Career Stats
Andy Rolland Stats

Click here for the other Hall of Fame Legends:-

Lennart Wing, Kenny Cameron, John Holt, Frank Kopel, Erik Pedersen, Duncan Hutchison, Johnny Coyle, Jimmy Briggs, Doug Smith, Dennis Gillespie, Finn Dossing, Hamish McAlpine, Stewart Fraser, Dave Narey, Paul Hegarty, Ralph Milne, Eamonn Bannon, Maurice Malpas, Peter McKay, Billy Hainey, Ian Mitchell, David Dodds, John Clark, David Bowman, Paul Sturrock

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