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1st June

1966 - United started a tour of Iceland and Denmark with a 7-2 win over Icelandic team Fram in Reykjavik. Ian Mitchell scored four goals with Finn Dossing, Tommy Neilson and Billy Hainey scoring the others.

1983 - Dave Narey, Eamonn Bannon and Richard Gough appeared for Scotland as they faced England in a British International Championship match at Wembley, but lost 2-0.

1984 - Dundee United full-back Maurice Malpas made his full international debut for Scotland in a 2-0 defeat away to France in the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, where Richard Gough also played for his country for the 14th time.

1994 - The third game of United's end of season tour in Trinidad saw yet another 1-1 draw with the Trinidad & Tobago International team as Andy McLaren scored for United.

1998 - 16 year old David McCracken signed full-time for Dundee United after progressing through the youth system. The defender would become a first team regular over his 8 year spell at the Club, making 203 appearances and scoring 8 goals.

2nd June

1965 - Mogens Berg pulled a goal back for United in the 2nd leg of the Summer Cup Final in front of over 18,000 at Tannadice, but United lost out 3-2 on aggregate to Motherwell.

1979 - In the Japanese Kirin Cup Semi-Final, United drew 1-1 with Italians Fiorentina, with Ray Stewart scoring United's goal, taking his goal tally to 5 in 4 matches. United then won the penalty shoot out 4-2 to reach the Final of the competition where they would face Tottenham Hotspur.

On the same day, United captain Paul Hegarty won his fifth cap for Scotland in a friendly match against Argentina at Hampden Park. Dave Narey made his fourth appearance for the national side, as Leeds United's Arthur Graham scored for Scotland in a 3-1 defeat, as Argentina's Diego Maradonna scored his first goal for his country.

1994 - United finished off their end of season tour of Trinidad and Tobago with a 4-2 win over Tobago International XI, with Craig Brewster and Paddy Connolly getting two goals each. Due to injuries, a consequent shortage of players led to coach Gordon Wallace, aged 50, playing the entire match thus becoming the oldest player ever to play for United.

3rd June

1966 - Goals from Finn Dossing (2) Ian Mitchell and Dennis Gillespie gave United a 4-0 win over KR of Reykjavik in their second match of a tour of Iceland and Denmark.

1967 - In United's second match as Dallas Tornado in the newly formed United Soccer Association, the team drew 0-0 with Brazilian side Bangu, who were representing Houston Stars, in front of 16,431 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

1972 - In their third match of a close season tour of Nigeria, United went down 2-0 to Kaduna Bees.

1992 - Dundee United defender Maurice Malpas entered the Scotland Hall of Fame with his 50th cap in a 0-0 draw with Norway, where he captained the national side for the second time. Jim McInally also appeared as a substitute for his 7th appearance in a Scotland jersey at the Ullevi Stadium in Oslo.

4th June

1969 - During a tour of North America, United defeated Dallas Tornado 2-0 with goals from Davie Wilson and Ian Mitchell. United had represented Tornado two years before in the North American Soccer League.

1979 - After defeating Fiorentina in the Semi-Finals, United reached the Final of the invitational Kirin Cup in Japan at the end of the 1978/79 season, where they faced Tottenham Hotspur in Tokyo's Olympic Stadium, but lost out 2-0 to the English side.

1986 - United defenders Maurice Malpas and Richard Gough and striker Paul Sturrock all play in Scotland's opening match of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, at the Estadio Neza in Nezahualcoyotl, where they narrowly lost out 1-0 to Denmark. Eamonn Bannon also came off the bench to make his 10th appearance for Scotland.

5th June

1999 - Dundee United striker Billy Dodds received his 8th cap for Scotland in a disappointing 1-1 draw with the Faroe Islands at the Toftir Stadium in the European Championship Qualifiers. Allan Johnston scored but Matt Elliott was sent off.

6th June

1966 - United defeated KSI Iceland 6-0 during their tour of Iceland & Denmark. Ian Mitchell (2), Orjan Persson, Lennart Wing, Finn Dossing and Dennis Gillespie scored United's goals.

1972 - United drew 1-1 with the Mighty Jets in Jos during their end of season tour of Nigeria. Billy Gray scored for United.

7th June

1910 - Dundee Hibs were elected into the Scottish Second Division after a vacancy was left when Ayr FC and Ayr Parkhouse merged to form Ayr United.

1967 - In their third game playing as Dallas Tornado in the newly formed United Soccer Association, United were beaten 4-1 by Vancouver Royals, who were represented by a Sunderland team that included Scotland and Rangers legend Jim Baxter in their side. Billy Hainey scored a first half equaliser for the away team at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, but the English outfit were too strong for United in the second half.

1969 - A Dennis Gillespie goal gave United a 1-0 win over Juventus in their last game of a North American tour.

1979 - In a European Championship qualifier match in Oslo, United captain Paul Hegarty played for Scotland as they beat Norway 4-0, with goals from Joe Jordan, Kenny Dalglish, John Robertson and Gordon McQueen.

1995 - Billy McKinlay scored his 4th goal for his country as Scotland beat the Faroe Islands 2-0 in a European Championship Qualifier in Toftir, where John McGinlay also scores.

8th June

1986 - A club record for United as four players, Eamonn Bannon, Richard Gough, Maurice Malpas and David Narey all started for Scotland in a World Cup Finals match against West Germany at the Estadio La Corregidora, Queretaro, Mexico. Gordon Strachan scored a memorable goal to put Scotland in the lead, but West Germany came back to win 2-1.

9th June

1999 - Billy Dodds won his 9th cap for Scotland in an important European Championship Qualifying match at the Sparta Stadium in Prague. After leading 2-0 with goals from Paul Ritchie and Allan Johnston, Scotland eventually lost 3-2 to the Czech Republic.

10th June

1966 - 18 year-old goalkeeper Hamish McAlpine signed for Dundee United. McAlpine would go on to become one of the greatest ever servants to the Club, making 688 apearances in a 20 year spell at Tannadice, where he helped the Club win their first three major trophies.

1967 - United, playing as Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association, lost their fouth match 2-0 to Brazilian side Bangu, who were representing Houston Stars, in front of 20,375 at the indoor Astrodome in Houston.

1972 - Alan Devlin scored for United as they went down 4-1 to Stationery Stores in their last game of a Nigerian tour.

11th June

1990 - Former Dundee United defender Richard Gough made his 50th appearance for Scotland in their opening game of the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Unfortunately, Scotland lost 1-0 to Costa Rica in Genoa, where United defender Maurice Malpas won his 35th cap, equalling Dave Narey's record number of caps for the club.

12th June

1966 - Goals from Ian Mitchell (2), Orjan Persson and Finn Seemann gave United a 4-2 win over Aalborg during a tour of Iceland and Denmark.

1983 - In their first of three matches against the home nation during an end of season tour of Canada, Scotland won 2-0 with goals from Gordon Strachan and Mark McGhee. Dave Narey, Eamonn Bannon, Paul Sturrock and Richard Gough all made an appearance.

1992 - Dundee United's Maurice Malpas won his 51st international cap for Scotland on familiar territory, as they faced the current holders Holland at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg. Scotland narrowly lost 1-0 as the national team appeared in their first ever European Championship Finals, and Duncan Ferguson made his 3rd appearance for his country.

13th June

1986 - Richard Gough, David Narey and Paul Sturrock played for Scotland in a crucial World Cup Finals match against Uruguay at the Estadio Neza in Mexico. Scotland needed to win to go through to the next round, but could only manage a frustrating 0-0 draw and went out of the competition.

14th June

1966 - Finn Dossing scored a hat-trick against his old team, Viborg, as United won 5-3 during a tour of Denmark and Iceland. Ian Mitchell and Bobby Carroll scored United's other goals.

1967 - United faced Hiberian in the Cottom Bowl in Dallas, where both clubs were guest teams in the United Soccer Association, representing Dallas Tornado and Toronto Ciry respectively. The match finished in a 2-2, with Dennis Gillespie and Billy Hainey scoring for United.

1987 - United went down 2-0 to Guadalajara in a Los Angeles Gold Cup match.

15th June

1982 - Dundee United defender David Narey received his 14th cap for Scotland as they faced New Zealand in their opening game of the World Cup Finals in Spain. Scotland won 5-2 in Malaga with goals from Kenny Dalglish, John Wark (2), and John Robertson.

1992 - In Scotland's second match in the European Championships in Norrkoping, Sweden, a cruelly deflected cross comes off the shin of Maurice Malpas and landed in the net to help Germany to a 2-0 victory.

16th June

1983 - David Narey, Richard Gough and Paul Sturrock appeared for Scotland in a 3-0 win over Canada, in Edmonton, in their end of season tour. Gough scored his first goal for his country, with Charlie Nicholas and Graeme Souness also scoring.

1990 - Scotland had to win to stay in the competition as they played Sweden in their second match of the World Cup Finals in Italy. Dundee United's Maurice Malpas played as Scotland won 2-1 with goals from Stuart McCall and Mo Johnston in Genoa.

17th June

1967 - In United's sixth game during their summer stay in America as Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association, they lost 4-1 to Clevland Stokers, England's Stoke City, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, where United's Jackie Graham scored for The Tornado against England's World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

18th June

1982 - Dundee United's David Narey scored a never to be forgotten goal against Brazil in Seville to put Scotland 1-0 up in their second match of the World Cup Finals in Spain, but Brazil came back in stunning form to win 4-1.

1987 - A year after signing an S-Form with United, 17 year old defender Alex Cleland signed full time with United. The full back would go on to make 183 appearances for the Club, scoring 10 goals, and was a member of the team that won the 1994 Scottish Cup. On the same day, Jim McLean also signed Hamish French from Highland League outfit Keith, who went of to play 97 matches for United, with 17 goals to his name.

1992 - Dundee United's Jim McInally won his 8th cap in Norkopping, as Scotland played their last game of the group stages of the European Championships in Sweden. Scotland beat CIS 3-0 with goals from Paul McStay, Brian McClair and Gary McAllister but it wasn't enough and they went out of the competition.

19th June

1963 - United were invited to take part in a close season tour of South Africa & Rhodesia, and the Club's first ever match outside of the UK was, ironically, in the town of Blantyre, Rhodesia. United defeated the Nyasaland National team 10-2, with goals from Ian Michell (4), Benny Rooney (2), Dennis Gillespie (2), Jim Irvine and Walter Carlyle.

1968 - A Kenny Cameron hat-trick and a goal from Finn Seemann gave United a 4-1 win over Viking Stavanger during the club's end of season tour of Norway.

20th June

1968 -United were beaten 3-1 by Brann Bergen in their second match of a Norwegian tour, with Kenny Cameron scoring for United.

1983 - Dave Narey won his 25th cap for his country during a tour of Canada, where Scotland beat the home nation 2-0 in their third match in Toronto. Paul Sturrock and Richard Gough also played as ex-United striker Andy Gray scored twice.

1989 - 16 year old Gary Bollan signed full time for Dundee United, just a year after sgining an S-Form from Fairmuir Boys Club. Bollan went on to play 72 times in the United first team, scoring 4 goals, and part of the squad that won the 1994 Scottish Cup in 1994.

1990 - Maurice Malpas won his 37th cap for Scotland in the last group match of the World Cup Finals in Italy. The Scot's were unlucky to lose 1-0 to Brazil in Turin, and other scores made sure Scotland went out in the first round.

21st June

1967 - United beat Boston Rovers at the Manning Bowl in Massachusetts whilst playing as Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association. Two goals from Mogens Berg, and one each from Finn Seemann and Jackie Graham gave United a 4-1 win over the Boston side, who were represented by Irish side Shamrock Rovers.

1975 - Spartak Moscow beat United 3-1 in a close season tournament in Leon, where Andy Gray scored United's goal.

1985 - JIm McLean signed two promising youngsters for United, with Billy McKinlay arriving from Hamilton Thistle and Brian Welsh joining from Tynecastle Boys Club. Both players would spend nearly 10 years at Tannadice in the United first team, with McKinlay making 284 appearances, scoring 31 goals, and Welsh playing in 177 matches, scoring 14 times. Both players were heavily involved in United's successful 1994 Scottish Cup run.

22nd June

1975 - United's close season tournament in Leon came to an end with a 2-0 defeat against Spanish side Salamanca.

1979 - After a falling out with regular goalkeeper Hamish McAlpine, manager Jim McLean talked 39 year-old Ex-Chelsea and England international Peter Bonetti into coming out of retirement to sign for the Club. However, after just 7 games, McAlpine returned to Tannadice and the No.1 jersey, and Bonetti went back to his retirement.

1982 - David Narey won his 16th cap as Scotland drew 2-2 with USSR in their last group match of the World Cup Finals in Spain. Joe Jordon and Graeme Souness scored in Malaga but it wasn't enough and Scotland went out.

23rd June

1963 - In the second game of the Club's first ever overseas tour, United beat North Rhodesia in front of a crowd of 4000 in Kitwe, with Dennis Gillespie (2), Ian Mitchell and Walter Carlyle scoring in a 4-3 win.

24th June

1985 - Two promising youngsters signed for United, with Billy McKinlay arriving from Hamilton Thistle and Brian Welsh joining from Tynecastle Boys Club.

25th June

1967 - United, playing as Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association, lost 1-0 to the Detroit Cougars at the Tiger Stadium in Detroit, where Northern Ireland side Glentoran were playing as The Cougars.

1968 - In their last game of a tour of Norway, United were beaten 2-0 by Lyn Oslo.

1999 - Manager Paul Sturrock signed striker Joaquim Ferraz from Portuguese outfit Belenenses under freedom of contract. Ferraz would spend only one season at Tannadice, scoring 8 goals in 36 appearances, but he gained a reputation for scoring late winners in the Dundee derby matches.

26th June

1963 - During the Club's first ever trip overseas, United played North Rhodesia for a second time, as Dennis Gillespie and Ian Mitchell scored in a 2-2 draw in Luanshya.

1992 - Brian Clough signed Dundee United midfielder Ray McKinnon for Nottingham Forest for a reported fee of 750,000. The promising 22 year-old had made 62 appearances and scored 7 goals for United since making his debut three years before, and would return to United three years later.

2011 - A youthful United side took to the field in the first of their pre-season matches in Ireland, where Johnny Russell and David Goodwillie scored in a 2-1 win over Drogheda United at Hunky Dory Park.

27th June

1967 - United lost 4-1 to the New York Skyliners at the Yankee Stadium in New York City, during their summer as Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association. Finn Dossing scored for United against Uruguayan side C.A. Cerro who were playing as the New York side.

2003 - Ian McCall started to build his own team at Tannadice as he signed goalkeeper Tony Bullock from Ross County, with young defender Jamie McCunnie heading in the opposite direction.

28th June

1984 - Manager Jim McLean signed Scottish International goalkeeper Billy Thomson from St Mirren for 70,000. Thomson started off as back up for Hamish McAlpine, but would soon replace the legendary keeper to make the No.1 jersey his own, making 234 appearances, and was a vital part of the side that reached the 1987 UEFA Cup Final.

2011 - In the second of their pre-season warm up matches in Ireland, Garry Kenneth scored in a 1-1 draw with Bohemians at Dalymount Park in Dublin.

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