The Glenrothes Arabs


1st July

1967 - United, playing as Dallas Tornado, lost 2-0 to Aberdeen, who in turn were appearing as Washington Whips, in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, as both teams played as guests in the United Soccer Association.

2003 - Manager Ian McCall signed Mark Kerr from Falkirk as he started to rebuild the United squad.

2nd July

1986 - Striker Davie Dodds left the club to join Neuchatel Xmax of Switzerland.

3rd July

1968 - Manager Jerry Kerr signed talented inside forward Alex Reid from Rangers.

2001 - Ex-Kilmrnock striker Jim McIntyre joined United from Reading.

4th July


5th July

1967 - In their second last game as Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association, United beat the San Fransisco Golden Gate Gales, represented by Dutch side ADO Den Haag, with goals from Finn Dossing and Jackie Graham giving them a 2-1 win in Dallas.

1995 - Midfielder Jim McInally signed for Raith Rovers after 8 years at Tannadice.

6th July


7th July


8th July

1967 - In their final game representing Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association, United drew 2-2 with the Los Angeles Wolves, represented by Wolverhampton Wanderers, with goals from Jackie Graham and Jim Cameron.

9th July

1980 - League Cup winner George Fleming left Tannadice for St Johnstone after over 8 years at United.

10th July

1991 - After 7 years at the club, goalkeeper Billy Thomson left United for Motherwell.

11th July

1991 - Jim McLean signed goalkeeper Guido Van de Kamp from Dutch club Den Bosch for 40,000.

2003 - Ian McCall continued his rebuilding as he signed experienced midfielder Derek McInnes from West Bromich Albion and Falkirk striker Collin Samuel.

12th July


13th July

1988 - After 9 years, two League Cups, a League Championship and a UEFA Cup final, Eamonn Bannon left Tannadice to return to his first club Hearts.

14th July

2000 - Manager Paul Sturrock signed St Johnstone and Northern Ireland international defender Danny Griffin for 600,000.

15th July

1993 - One of Ivan Golac's first tasks as manager was to oversee the transfer of Duncan Ferguson to Rangers, which brought a British record transfer fee of 4 million to Tannadice.

16th July

1994 - In a pre-season tournament in Malaysia, Billy McKinlay scored to give United a 1-1 draw with Selangor in front of an incredible crowd of 80,000.

1996 - After helping United back into the Premier Division, Christian Dailly was transferred to Derby County for 500,000.

17th July

1991 - Maurice Malpas became player/coach under Jim McLean at Tannadice.

18th July

1962 - Jerry Kerr signed promising 16 year-old Ian Mitchell.

1995 - After United's drop to the First Division, Billy Kirkwood sold Jerren Nixon to FC Zurich for 200,000.

1998 - A pre-season match at Love Street saw United beat St Mirren 2-1 with goals from Roger Boli and Joe Miller.

19th July

1996 - Craig Brewster became one of the first players to leave Tannadice under the Bosman ruling, and signed for Greek club Ionikos.

20th July

1982 - United went down 3-1 to Malmo FF during a Scandinavian pre-season tour. Paul Hegarty scored for United.

1994 - New signing Dragutin Ristic scored as United drew 1-1 with Bayern Munich during a pre-season tournament in Malaysia.

21st July

1987- In a pre-season tournament in Norway, Ian Redford scored from the penalty spot to give United a 1-1 draw with Lilliestrom.

1989 - Jim McLean signed Dutch defender Freddie Van der Hoorn from Den Bosch for 200,000.

1992 - Duncan Ferguson scored in a friendly at Bayview, but United are held 1-1 by East Fife.

22nd July

1971 - On a tour of South Korea, United beat Seoul Paiikho 1-0 with the goal coming from Alex Reid.

1982 - United beat Ringsted 5-0 in a pre season tour of Scandinavia before the 1982/83 season, with Paul Sturrock (2), Eamonn Bannon, Billy Kirkwood and Richard Gough scoring.

1995 - Goals from Roy McBain, Andy McLaren and Robbie Winters helped United defeat Finnish side Kings 3-0 during a pre season tour.

23rd July

1987 - A Hamish French goal gave United a 1-0 win over Tromso during a pre-season tournament in Norway.

1992 - Gary Bollan scored the only goal of the game in a friendly match against Brechin City at Glebe Park.

1997 - United travelled to Andorra to take on CE Principat in the UEFA Cup and won 8-0 with goals from Robbie Winters (4), Gary McSwegan (3) and Lars Zetterlund. Erik Pedersen had the chance to score his first goal for the club, but missed a first half penalty.

24th July

1961 - Liverpool manager Bill Shankly signed Dundee United centre half Ron Yeats for 30,000, the largest fee the club had ever received for a player at the time.

1971 - United drew 3-3 with Chung Yong during a pre-season tour of South Korea. Jackie Copland, Alan Gordon and Kenny Cameron got United's goals.

1993 - Goals from new signing Chris Myers and Christian Dailly gave United a 2-0 win over Brechin City during a pre-season friendly at Glebe Park.

25th July

2000 - In his second testimonial match, Maurice Malpas captained United to a 2-1 over Everton.

1982 - During a pre-season tour of Scandinavia, United beat Herfolge 2-0 with goals from Davie Dodds and Alex Taylor.

1995 - Billy Kirkwood continued to rebuild the team for the challenge of the First Division by signing ex-Rangers players Steven Pressley and Sandy Robertson from Coventry City for a reported 750,000.

26th July

1971 - United defeated Seoul Paiikho for a second time in their final match of a tour of South Korea. Goals from Alex Reid, A Gordon and Kenny Cameron (2) gave United a 4-3 win.

1986 - Goals from Ian Redford (2) and John Clark gave United a 3-0 win over Montrose in a pre-season friendly at Links Park.

1995 - In the lead up to a season in the First Division, manager Billy Kirkwood sold defender Gordan Petric to Rangers for 1.5 million.

2007 - Twenty years after their last visit during United's famous run to the UEFA Cup final, Barcelona returned to a packed Tannadice as the clubs met in a friendly during the Catalonian's pre-season visit to Scotland. United held the La Liga giants until the last 10 minutes, when Barry Robson had a headed goal ruled out by the referee and then Barca were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes. Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry, making his debut for the Spanish giants, saw his spot kick saved by United keeeper Gzregorz Szamotulski, but then scored from the rebound to finish the game 1-0.

2008 - After the success of the previous years meeting between the clubs, United faced Barcelona again in a pre-season friendly. United started well and Prince Buaben put United 1-0 up in the first half with a header, but Thierry Henry equalised within a minute. Argentinian star Lionel Messi made an appearance in the second half and stole the show, scoring a hat trick with Samuel Eto'o also scoring in a 5-1 defeat for United.

27th July

1981 - In a pre-season friendly at Shawfield, goals from John Reilly and Paul Sturrock (2) gave United a 3-0 victory over Clyde.

1984 - During a tour of Germany, United drew 1-1 with Rott Weiss Esse with Eamonn Bannon scoring for United.

1991 - In a pre-season friendly, Dundee United defeated Dunbar United 11-1 with goals from Hamish French (4), Duncan Ferguson (3), John Clark, Jim McInally, Mark Perry and Scott Kopel.

28th July

1979 - Ralph Milne scored on his first team debut as United beat Dunfermline 3-0 in a Drybrough Cup match. Frank Kopel and Paul Sturrock also scored.

2001 - In the opening match of the 2001/02 season, Jim Hamilton scored a last minute equaliser against his former club in the Dundee Derby to give United a 2-2 draw at Tannadice, where Charlie Miller scored for United in the first half.

2003 - Manager Ian McCall signed Trinidad and Tobago internationalist Jason Scotland.

29th July

1963 - Francis Munro signed for Dundee United after a spell at Chelsea.

1975 - Andy Gray scored a hat-trick against Elgin City in a pre-season friendly. Billy Steele also scored as United won 4-0.

1978 - Goals from Graeme Payne, Paul Sturrock and Davie Dodds gave United a 3-0 win over Raith Rovers at Starks Park in a friendly match before the start of the 1978/79 season.

30th July

1988 - Ex-Arsenal and Sporting Lisbon striker Raphael Meade signed for Dundee United.

1997 - United equalled a Scottish club record in their UEFA Cup 2nd Leg match against CE Principat from Andorra when they won 9-0 to give them a 17-0 aggregate score. United's goalscorers were Kjell Olofsson, Lars Zetterland, Robbie Winters (2), Andy McLaren, Gary McSwegan (3) and Steven Thompson.

2003 - A pre-season friendly at Tannadice saw Ian McCall's new look United side beat Everton 1-0 with a Collin Samuel goal.

31st July

1974 - Jackie Copland scored a hat-trick in a pre-season friendly against Elgin City as United won 3-0.

1991 - A testimonial match for Maurice Malpas saw United beat Rangers 3-1 at Tannadice, with Michael O'Neill and Hamish French (2) scoring for United.

1999 - New signing Joaquim Ferraz came of the bench to score the winner in a 2-1 win over Dundee at Tannadice in the first game of the 1999/2000 season. Magnus Skoldmark had put United ahead in the first half.

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