The Glenrothes Arabs
Glenrothes Arabs We are a Dundee United Supporters Club from the heart of Fife, serving Glenrothes and the surrounding area, currently with a membership from Glenrothes, Markinch, Kirkcaldy, Leven, Burntisland, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Texas & New South Wales!

The origins of the club go all the way back to the early 1980's, and we have supplied transport and match tickets for Arabs in Fife ever since. On matchdays we leave from The Prinlaws pub in Leslie for every home game, and try to go to as many away games as we can, depending on numbers - other pick up points can also be arranged. As we are members of the Federation of Dundee United Supporters Clubs we will always obtain tickets for all those big matches and also receive subsidised bus travel from time to time.

If you are interested in coming along on the bus to a United match, or just wish to find out more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

A BRIEF HISTORY...
Young Arabs with the League Championship trophy 1983
Glenrothes Arabs in Gothenburg for the UEFA Cup Final in 1987
Player of the Year Dance 1988
Glenrothes Arabs in Antwerp 1989
During the 1979/80 season, Frank Houston and Jim Mulholland decided to share transport to United games, taking a car to the matches with their sons in tow to watch Jim McLean's side become a force in Scottish Football. Before long they were joined by others local United fans, including brothers Derek and Stuart Jenkins, and decided to start up a Supporters Club, advertising for new members in the local newspapers. As time went on they started getting interest from other towns and villages in Fife and were running a 25 seater bus to most matches as United became Premier Division Champions in 1983.

As United took on the Elite of European Football throughout the 1980's, the running of the DUSC Glenrothes Branch was handed over to Alex Paton, who ran the club with the help of his daughter Stephanie until the early 1990's, with the bus size reaching a 40 plus seater, regularly leaving from the Woodside Inn in Glenrothes. During this time the Club became an inaugral member of the Federation of Dundee United Supporters Clubs when it began in 1991.

With Jim McLean 1993
With the Scottish Cup 1994
The back of the bus 1997
The Glenrothes Arabs flag in Andorra 1997
In the 1992/93 season Andy Woodrow took over the running of the club, and along with the help of Bryan Orr they gave the Club a much needed kick up the arse, trimming the bus size down to a more managable 16 seater with a regular squad of Arabs attending every week. The Club was also given a new name - "THE GLENROTHES ARABS" - and a new logo, in the same season that Jim McLean stepped down as United manager after over 20 years. In his first full season in charge of the Supporters Club, Andy had the task of arranging buses for several Scottish Cup away days, including three trips to Hampden, as United finally lifted the Scottish Cup in 1994 under new manager Ivan Golac.

The Glenrothes Arabs membership began to grow again during the mid-90's, and even relegation from the Premier League in 1995 failed to put us off following the team, as we travelled far and wide across the country with an ever growing band of Arabs from Fife as the team spent a season in the First Division under manager Billy Kirkwood, before returning to the top flight to finish third with Tommy McLean's Scandinavian Revolution and qualify for Europe once again. By this time Lawrence Lindsay, who had been a member since the mid-80's and had been bus convenor for the previous two seasons, was now running the Supporters Club single handedly. We also branched out into merchandising, with Glenrothes Arabs T-Shirts and hats available for the first time.

With Ivan Golac and our Magic Hat 2004
At the Scottish Cup Final 2005
Glenrothes Arabs on the pitch at Tannadice May 2010
Glenrothes Arabs with the Scottish Cup 2010
Advert in the Match day Programme 1992 As United chopped and changed managers (Tommy McLean, Paul Sturrock, Alex Smith, Paul Hegarty), and leadership of the football team changed from Jim McLean to Eddie Thompson, Lawrence - known as Doddy due to his uncanny resemblance to Daniel O'Donnell - remained in charge of the Glenrothes Arabs until 2003, when he handed over the reigns to Bryan Orr and moved through to the West of Scotland due to work committments.

Bryan has been running the Glenrothes Arabs ever since, in which time Eddie Thompson guided United through some tough times before stablising the clubs fortunes with the appointment of Craig Levein as manager in 2006. Unfortunately just as things were turning round for the club, Eddie past away in 2008, but his legacy lived on as United won their 2nd Scottish Cup in 2010 under manager Peter Houston.

Over the past 30 years we have ran buses to not only towns and cities that have had teams in the Scottish Premier League, but have also provided transport to other places across the Scotland, including Alloa, Dumfries, Arbroath, Huntly, Stranraer, Dumbarton, Berwick, Greenock, Stirling, Dingwall and Montrose. We have also had a number of our members travel all over Europe to watch United, including countries like England, Northern Ireland, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Romania, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Andorra and Finland. And of course there are the countless trips to Hampden Park for Cup Finals, Semi Finals and to see our United players play for our country.... that's what following United is all about.
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