The Glenrothes Arabs
United In Europe
For the first 50 years of the Club's history, United languished in the lower reaches of the Scottish League, sometimes flirting with finacial ruin and banruptcy, but occassionally gaining promotion to the top Division only to find themselves relegated within a year or two. This all changed in the late 1950's with the appointment of Jerry Kerr as manager, who won the Club promotion to Division One in his first season, and over the next five years built a side that was able to solidify it's place in Scotland's top League. Kerr's team finished in 5th place at the end of the 1965/66 season, the highest finish the Club had ever had, and United qualified for European Football for the first time in their history.

Jim McLean took over from Kerr in 1971, and took the Club to new and unexpected heights. After surviving a relegation battle by goal difference in the first year of the Premier Division in 1976, United went on to qualify for European Football for the next 15 years in a row, playing in European competitions in every season from 1977/78 to 1990/91. Under McLean's management the club became well known throughout the continent, defeating teams such as Barcelona, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Monaco, Werder Bremen, PSV Eindhoven and Anderlecht, whilst running teams like Juventus, Roma, Manchester United & IFK Gothenburg close on several occassions. United even went as far as to reach the Semi Finals of the European Cup in 1983/84 and the Final of the UEFA Cup in 1986/87.

During McLean's 20 year spell as manager at Dundee United the Club only failed to qualify for Europe on 5 occasions. However after his retirement in 1993 United's standards dropped, and they only qualified 4 times over the next 15 years. It wasn't until the arrival of Craig Levein and Peter Houston that United began to challenge for a European place again.

This section of our website covers every match United have played in European competitions over the years, including line ups, scorers, appearances, photos and video clips.

PLEASE NOTE: Only the 1966/67 and 1969/70 seasons have been completed so far. More will be added later. However, all statistics and the Interactive Map are currently up to date.

1966/67 - FAIRS CUP
Progress: 2nd ROUND
Opponents: Barcelona / Juventus
Barcelona
1969/70 - FAIRS CUP
Progress: 1st ROUND
Opponents: Newcastle United
United v United
1970/71 - FAIRS CUP
Progress: 2nd ROUND
Opponents: Grasshoppers of Zurich / Sparta Prague
Henry celebrates Reid's late winner
1974/75 - CUP WINNERS CUP
Progress: 2nd ROUND
Opponents: Jiul Petrosani / Bursaspor
Andy Rolland v Petrosani
1975/76 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 2nd ROUND
Opponents: IBK Keflavik / FC Porto
Narey scored twice v Keflavik
1977/78 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 1st ROUND
Opponents: KB Copenhagen
1977/78 Squad
1978/79 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 1st ROUND
Opponents: Standard Liege
Sturrock v Liege
1979/80 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 2nd ROUND
Opponents: Anderlecht / Diosgyori VTK
Frank Kopel scored v Anderlecht
1980/81 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 2nd ROUND
Opponents: Slask Wroclaw / KSC Lokeren
Pettigrew scores v Slask Wroclaw
1981/82 - UEFA CUP
Progress: QUARTER FINALS
Opponents: AS Monaco / Borussia Moenchengladbach / Winterslag / Radnicki Nis
Sturrock scores v Borussia
1982/83 - UEFA CUP
Progress: QUARTER FINALS
Opponents: PSV Eindhoven / Viking Stavanger / Werder Bremen / Bohemians of Prague
Milne celebrates v Werder Bremen
1983/84 - EUROPEAN CUP
Progress: SEMI FINALS
Opponents: Hamrun Spartans / Standard Liege / Rapid Vienna / AS Roma
The players celebrate v Rapid Vienna
1984/85 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 3rd ROUND
Opponents: AIK Stockholm / LASK Linz / Manchester United
Hegarty scores against Man Utd
1985/86 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 3rd ROUND
Opponents: Bohemians of Dublin / Vardar Skopje / Neuchatel Xamax
Sturrock v Xamax
1986/87 - UEFA CUP
Progress: FINAL
Opponents: RC Lens / Universiti Craiova / Hajduk Split / Barcelona / Borussia Moenchengladbach / IFK Gothenburg
Gallacher v Barcelona
1987/88 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 2nd ROUND
Opponents: Coleraine / Vitkovice
Ferguson scores v Vitkovice
1988/89 - CUP WINNERS CUP
Progress: 2nd ROUND
Opponents: Floriana / Dinamo Bucharest
Meade scoring against Floriana
1989/90 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 2nd ROUND
Opponents: Glentoran / Royal Antwerp
Mixu scores v Antwerp
1990/91 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 2nd ROUND
Opponents: FH Hafnarfjordur / Vitesse Arnhem
United in Arnhem
1993/94 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 1st ROUND
Opponents: Brondby IF
McKinlay v Brondby
1994/95 - CUP WINNERS CUP
Progress: 1st ROUND
Opponents: Tatran Presov
Presov at Tannadice
1997/98 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 2nd QUALIFYING ROUND
Opponents: CE Principat / Trabzonspor
Olofsson v Trabzonspor
2005/06 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 1st QUALIFYING ROUND
Opponents: MyPa 47
Disappointment at Tannadice
2010/11 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 1st QUALIFYING ROUND
Opponents: AEK Athens
Dixon v Athens
2011/12 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 1st QUALIFYING ROUND
Opponents: Slask Wroclaw
Goodie scores v Slask
2012/13 - UEFA CUP
Progress: 1st QUALIFYING ROUND
Opponents: Dinamo Moscow
Watson scores v Dinamo
PLAYING RECORD
PL W D L GF GA
110 46 30 34 168 116
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BY COMPETITION
Fairs Cup Cup Winners Cup Fairs Cup European Cup
MAP OF EUROPE
Euro Map
ALPHABETICAL
An Alphabetical List of United's European Opponents
AEK Athens
Anderlecht
Barcelona (1966)
Barcelona (1987)
Bohemians Dublin
Bohemians Prague
B. Moenchengladbach (1981)
B. Moenchengladbach (1987)
Brondby
Bursaspor
Coleraine
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APPEARANCES
Top 10 List of matches played in European Competitions
Dave Narey 76
Paul Hegarty 68
Maurice Malpas 60
Paul Sturrock 60
Hamish McAlpine 52
Eamonn Bannon 51
Billy Kirkwood 44
John Holt 43
Davie Dodds 40
Ralph Milne 41
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GOALSCORERS
Top 10 List of goals scored in European Competitions
Ralph Milne 15
Paul Hegarty 12
Paul Sturrock 11
Davie Dodds 11
John Clark 9
Eamonn Bannon 8
Ian Redford 7
Dave Narey 6
Gary McSwegan 6
Robbie Winters 6
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THANKS TO:
Steve Gracie, Niall Harkiss, Peter Rundo, Mike Watson, Andy Boyd, DC Thomsons, The Daily Record, Historical Newspapers
Centenary Book
Historical Newspapers
Steve Gracie Books
Arab Archive
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