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1st October

1969 - In the clubs fifth match in Europe, United lose 1-0 as they travel the short distance to St James' Park to take on Newcastle in the Inter Cities Fairs Cup 1st Round.

1980 - United beat Slask Wroclaw 7-2 in the UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg at Tannadice. Goals from Derek Stark, Paul Hegarty, Willie Pettigrew (2), Graeme Payne and Davie Dodds (2) take United through after the 0-0 draw in Poland.

1986 - Goals from Ralph Milne and Tommy Coyne take United through to the 2nd round of the UEFA Cup as they beat French team RC Lens 2-1 on aggregate in the 1st round 2nd leg at Tannadice.

1992 - A player swap deal brings Hearts player Scott Crabbe to Tannadice, with Alan Preston heading to Tynecastle.

2nd October

1965 - United beat Partick Thistle 5-2 at Tannadice with goals from Denis Gillespie, Frank Munro, Benny Rooney, Finn Dossing and Tommy Neilson.

1974 - After winning the 1st leg at Tannadice 3-0, United struggle in Romania as Juil Petrosani pull two goals back, but United go through 3-2 on aggregate.

1979 - After drawing 0-0 at Tannadice in the 1st leg, Frank Kopel scores a wonder goal to give United a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in Belgium, and take United through to the 2nd round of the UEFA Cup on away goals.

1982 - Goals from Ralph Milne and Davie Dodds give United a 2-2 draw with Celtic at Tannadice.

1996 - Ten years after first signing for United from Coventry City, Jim McInally returns to Tannadice when Tommy McLean signs him from Raith Rovers.

3rd October

1959 - Jim Irvine scores his 9th goal in 6 games as United beat Brechin City 3-1 at Tannadice, with Dennis Gillespie and Watt Newton also scoring.

1984 - 1-0 down after the 1st leg in Sweden, goals from Ralph Milne (2) and Paul Sturrock help United beat Stockholm 3-0 at Tannadice to go through to the 2nd round of the UEFA Cup.

1990 - United struggle against FH Hafnarfjordfur in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Cup 1st round tie. 3-1 up after the 1st leg in Iceland, an own goal and a goal from Paddy Connolly save United's blushes for a 2-2 draw to take the club through to the next round.

1992 - A late Duncan Ferguson header at Pittodrie gives United a 1-0 win over Aberdeen, as Scott Crabbe makes his debut for United.

4th October

1952 - United beat Stenhousemuir 4-0 at Ochilview with goals from Peter McKay (3) and Frank Quinn.

1989 - Goals from Jim McInally and Maurice Malpas give United a 2-0 win over Aberdeen at Tannadice.

1995 - At East End Park, United defeat Dunfermline Athletic 4-0 in the League Challenge Cup Semi-Final. Dailly, Winters(2) and Johnson score the goals.

1997 - Two goals from Robbie Winters and a goal on the stroke of half-time from Andy McLaren put United 3-0 up at the interval at East End Park in gale force winds, but Dunfermline have the advantage in the second half to finish the game 3-3.

1998 - United beat Aberdeen 1-0 at Tannadice, Gary McSwegan scoring the winner in his last match for United before leaving for Hearts as his contract comes to an end.

5th October

1963 - Tommy Millar, Jim Irvine, Dennis Gillespie and Ian Mitchell all grab two goals each in a 9-1 hammering of Airdrieonians at Tannadice, with Jimmy Briggs getting the other goal.

1988 - After a 0-0 draw with Floriana in Malta in the European Cup Winners Cup 1st round, new signing Raphael Meade comes off the bench in the second leg at Tannadice to score the goal that takes United through to the second round.

2002 - Steven Thompson scores at Easter Road but United lose 2-1 to Hibs. Following this result Alex Smith is sacked as manager and is replaced by United legend Paul Hegarty who stands in as caretaker boss.

6th October

1973 - Goals from Andy Gray, Pat Gardner, Andy Rolland and George Fleming give United a 4-0 win over Clyde at Tannadice.

1982 - After a 3-1 win at Pittodrie in the 1st leg of the quarter final against Aberdeen, a Paul Sturrock penalty at Tannadice is enough to take United through to the semi finals of the League Cup with a 4-1 aggregate score.

1990 - With the score at 2-1 to United, the match against Dunfermline at Tannadice is abandoned shortly after half-time after torrential rain.

1995 - Manager Billy Kirkwood signs ex-Rangers striker Gary McSwegan from Notts County for 350,000.

7th October

1972 - Two goals each for Kenny Cameron and Pat Gardner give United a 4-1 win over Motherwell at Fir Park.

1978 - Billy Kirkwood scores to give United a 1-1 draw with Rangers at Ibrox.

1995 - Gary McSwegan makes his United debut at Boghead, but United suffer a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of Dumbarton.

8th October

1955 - United beat Arbroath 4-2 at Gayfield with goals from Johnny Coyle (2), Jim Coyle and Maurice Milne. United have now gone 9 games without defeat since the start of the League campaign.

1983 - Richard Gough and Billy Kirkwood get the goals as United beat Celtic 2-1 at Tannadice.

1986 - Own goals from Motherwell defenders John Philliben and Fraser Wishart help United to a 4-0 win at Tannadice, with Iain Ferguson and Tommy Coyne also scoring.

1988 - Mixu Paatelainen scores two as United beat Hamilton Accies 4-0 at Douglas Park, with Raphael Meade and Ian McPhee scoring the other two goals.

9th October

1965 - A Lennart Wing penalty, two goals form Jimmy Briggs and another from Finn Dossing see United win 4-2 at East End Park against Dunfermline.

1984 - After a 2-1 win at Tynecastle in the 1st leg of the League Cup semi final, goals from Eamonn Bannon, Billy Kirkwood and Davie Dodds give United a 3-1 win over Hearts at Tannadice to take United trough to their fourth League Cup final in 6 years.

2001 - A Jim Paterson goal in extra-time sees United go through to the quarter finals of the League Cup, as United beat St Johnstone 3-2 at Tannadice. Jim Hamilton had scored a late equaliser after Steven Thompson had given United an early lead.

10th October

1964 - United beat Third Lanark 4-1 at Tannadice, with goals from Lewis Thom, Jimmy Briggs, Doug Soutar and Stuart Fraser.

1987 - Iain Ferguson scorers with a second half header against his old club Rangers to give United a 1-0 win at Tannadice. Former United hero Richard Gough makes his debut for Rangers after returning to Scotland from Tottenham Hotspur.

1998 - In a European Championship qualifier against Estonia at Tynecastle, United striker Billy Dodds comes off the bench and turns the game around with two goals in the last twenty minutes to win the match 3-2 for Scotland.

11th October

1969 - Goals from Ian Scott and Alan Gordon (2) give United a 3-1 win over Ayr United at Tannadice.

12th October

1957 - Stuart Fraser makes his United debut at Glebe Park as United draw 1-1 with Brechin City.

1974 - Tommy Traynor scores a hat-trick against his former team Hearts as United win 5-0 at Tannadice. Doug Houston and Andy Gray also score.

1994 - United midfielder Billy McKinlay scores his 3rd goal for Scotland in a 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands in a European Championship Qualifier at Hampden. John McGinlay, John Collins (2) and Scott Booth also score.

1998 - Paul Sturrock makes his second major signing as manager, bringing Canadian centre-half Jason De Vos to Tannadice from Darlington for 400,000.

1999 - United stage a late come back in the 3rd round of the League Cup at McDiarmid Park as Hugh Davidson and Jan Telesnikov score against St Johnstone to win the match 2-1.

13th October

1982 - United striker Paul Sturrock scores his second goal for Scotland as he comes of the bench for the second goal in a 2-0 win over East Germany in a European Qualifier at Hampden, where Dave Narey wins his 17th cap. John Wark also scores.

1990 - A late Willie Miller own goal at Tannadice gives United a 1-0 victory over Hibs.

1995 - Manager Billy Kirkwood signs ex-Airdrie striker Owen Coyle from Bolton Wanderers for 400,000, as Billy McKinlay's 1.75 million transfer to Blackburn Rovers is completed.

2001 - A Jim Hamilton double and a Danny Griffin free-kick give United the points as they fight back to beat Hibs 3-1 at Tannadice.

14th October

1966 - Manager Jerry Kerr signs Jim Cameron, Gerry Henron and Walter Smith from junior club Ashfield.

1978 - Frank Kopel scores the only goal of the match as United beat Celtic 1-0 at Tannadice.

1995 - Owen Coyle scores on his debut as United beat St Johnstone 2-1 at Tannadice, with Jim Bett also netting for United.

1998 - United striker Billy Dodds scores against the Faroe Islands in a 2-1 European Championship Qualifier win at Pittodrie, his third goal for Scotland in 4 days after his double against Estonia at Tynecastle. Craig Burley also scores.

15th October

1966 - Orjan Persson, Billy Hainey, Ian Mitchell and Lennart Wing (penalty) score in a high scoring match at Tannadice, as United beat Clyde 4-3.

1997 - In the League Cup semi-final at Tynecastle Park, Robbie Winters scores two and Craig Easton scores his first goal for United as they beat Aberdeen 3-1 to go through to the final against Celtic.

2002 - In his 7th game for Scotland, United striker Steven Thompson scores against Canada in a 3-1 friendly win at Easter Road, where Paul Gallacher makes his 2nd appearance for his country. Future United striker Stevie Crawford is the other scorer with two goals.

16th October

1965 - Finn Dossing scores the quickest goal ever scored by a United player when he puts the ball in the net after just 14 seconds as United beat Hamilton Accies 7-0 at Tannadice, with all the goals coming from Frank Munro (2), Finn Dossing (2), Lennart Wing (penalty) and Billy Rooney.

1982 - A 6-0 thrashing of Morton sees Davie Dodds score a hat-trick, with Dave Narey (2) and Billy Kirkwood also scoring.

1993 - Craig Brewster scores his first goal for United in a 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle at Tannadice, with Scott Crabbe also scoring.

17th October

1989 - United become the first British club to play in Belgium since the Hyssel Stadium disaster, as they travel to play Royal Antwerp in the 2nd round of the UEFA Cup. A disappointing night sees United lose the 1st leg 4-0.

1999 - Goals from Billy Dodds and Steven Thompson see United win their second derby of the season as they beat Dundee 2-0 at Dens Park.

18th October

1952 - Another Peter McKay hat-trick sees United win 3-1 against Dumbarton at Boghead.

1983 - In the European Cup 2nd round, United travel to Belgium for the 1st leg against Standard Leige, and bring back a 0-0 draw for the second leg at Tannadice.

2003 - After returning to Tannadice after spells with Reading and Kilmarnock, Andy McLaren scores his 3rd goal in 6 games with the winner in a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

19th October

2002 - After taking over from Alex Smith, Paul Hegarty's first game in charge sees United take a 2 goal lead with goals from Jim McIntyre and Derek Lilley, but Livingston come back for a 3-2 win at Tannadice.

20th October

1956 - Johnny Coyle scores a hat-trick and Maurice Milne grabs two as United beat Third Lanark 5-2 in the 4th round of the Scottish Cup at Tannadice.

1982 - Two goals from Ralph Milne and one from Paul Sturrock give United a valuable 3-1 away win in Norway against Viking Stavanger in the 1st leg 2nd round of the UEFA Cup.

21st October

1970 - In the 2nd round of the Inter Cities Fairs Cup, United go down 3-1 in the 1st leg to Sparta Prague in Czechoslovakia, Tommy Traynor scoring United's away goal.

1971 - On 21st October 1971 he was transferred back to the club in a straight swap deal that saw Alec Reid moving to Newcastle.

1971 - Ex-United hero Ian Mitchell returns to Tannadice after a spell with Newcastle United, as Alex Reid goes to Newcastle in a player swap deal.

22nd October

1955 - United beat Dumbarton 4-1 to go through to the 5th Round of the Scottish Cup to set up a home tie against Dundee. Archie Aikman, Maurice Milne, Jimmy Reid and Johnny Coyle all score in the victory at Tannadice.

1959 - Ex-Hearts and East Fife wing-half Tommy Neilson signs for United, as Jerry Kerr rebuilds the team.

1968 - Goalkeeper Sandy Davie leaves United for Luton Town in a deal worth 8,000 after 6 years at Tannadice.

1986 - In the 2nd round of the UEFA Cup at Tannadice, two goals from Ian Redford and one from John Clark give United an impressive lead against Universitatea Craiova from Romania in the 1st leg.

23rd October

1954 - After finishing 2nd bottom in the B Division at the end of the previous season, United have to play in the preliminary round of the Scottish Cup, losing 3-1 to Forfar Athletic at Tannadice.

1974 - United are held to a 0-0 draw at Tannadice by Bursaspor of Turkey in the 1st leg of the European Cup Winners Cup 2nd round.

1985 - Ian Redford and Richard Gough score as United beat Yugoslavian team Vardar Skopje 2-0 at Tannadice in the 1st leg of the 2nd round of the UEFA Cup.

24th October

1965 - Jerry Kerr signs Finn Seemann from Lyn Oslo in Norway.

1979 - In the 2nd round of the UEFA Cup, United lose the 1st leg 1-0 in Hungary to Diosgyor Miskoic.

1983 - Jim McLean signs ex-Rangers hero Derek Johnstone on loan from Chelsea.

1990 - United travel to Holland to take on Vitesse Arnhem in the 2nd round of the UEFA Cup, narrowly losing the 1st leg 1-0.

25th October

1966 - An historic win for United, as they win 2-1 at the Nou Camp in their first ever European match. Goals from Billy Hainey and Finn Seemann (penalty) give United a shock lead over the Inter Cities Fairs Cup holders for the 2nd leg at Tannadice.

1984 - Eamonn Bannon (penalty) and Billy Kirkwood score for a 2-1 win over LASK Linz in the UEFA Cup 2nd round 1st leg tie in Austria.

1997 - A Robbie Winters goal after a mistake from Rangers keeper Andy Goram and a Steven Pressley penalty give United a 2-1 win over the champions at Tannadice.

26th October

1974 - Andy Gray scores a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Dumbarton at Tannadice.

1981 - After losing the 1st leg of the semi-final of the League Cup at Tannadice 1-0, United fight back at Pittodrie with goals from Paul Sturrock (2) and Ralph Milne to beat Aberdeen 3-1 on aggregate and go through to the final against Rangers.

1985 - Two goals from Eamonn Bannon and one from Paul Sturrock give United a 3-0 win over Celtic at Parkhead.

1988 - In the 2nd round of the European Cup Winners Cup, United lose 1-0 to a late goal from Dinamo Bucharest of Romania in the 1st leg at Tannadice.

1996 - Kjell Olofsson and Erik Pedersen make their United debuts as trialists in a 1-0 victory over Hearts at Tannadice. Robbie Winters scores the winning goal.

27th October

1923 - Newly renamed Dundee United play their first ever match, which ends in a 3-0 defeat at Boghead against Dumbarton.

1934 - United beat Brechin City 8-0 at Glebe Park to record their highest ever League win away from home.

1979 - George Fleming scores two goals as United beat Kilmarnock 4-0 at Tannadice, with Willie Pettigrew and Billy Kirkwood also scoring.

28th October

1984 - United appear in their fourth League Cup final, this time against Rangers at Hampden, losing 1-0 to an Iain Ferguson goal in front of 44,698.

2007 - Lee Wilkie puts United in front against Rangers at Tannadice, but Rangers are awarded a penalty in the second half to make it 1-1. Straight away Jordan Robertson is pulled down in the box and Barry Robson scores the winner from the penalty spot as United continue their great start to the season to go joint 2nd in the SPL.

29th October

1991 - Goals by Ray McKinnon, Darren Jackson (penalty) and Duncan Ferguson give United a 3-2 win over Rangers at Tannadice.

1996 - Tommy McLean signs his third Scandinavian player in a matter of days, bringing ex-Gothenburg player Lars Zetterlund to Tannadice from Orebro for 100,000.

30th October

1971 - United lose a high scoring match 3-5 to Falkirk at Tannadice, with Billy Gray, Alan Gordon and Jackie Copland scoring.

1987 - Jim McLean signs Finnish youngster Mixu Paatelainen from Valkeakosken Haka for 100,000.

2006 - After a short spell in charge at Raith Rovers, former Hearts and Leicester City boss Craig Levein is appointed manager of Dundee United after the departure of Craig Brewster.

31st October

1979 - Jim McLean signs ex-Hearts midfielder Eamonn Bannon from Chelsea for 165,000, and he makes his debut that night in a 0-0 draw with Raith Rovers in the quarter finals of the League Cup.

1987 - Mixu Paatelainen makes his debut for United at Tannadice, scoring to give United a 2-1 lead at half-time over St Mirren after Iain Ferguson's earlier goal. But the Buddies fight back for a 3-2 win.

1989 - After losing the 1st leg of the UEFA Cup 2nd round tie against Antwerp 4-0 in Belgium, things look even worse at the start of the 2nd leg as United go down to a further two goals. But goals by Michael O'Neill, Mixu Paatelainen and John Clark save some face as United win the second leg but go out 6-3 on aggregate.

2007 - After a blistering 1st half team performance from United, First Division leaders Hamilton Academical make a game of it in the 2nd half, but a Noel Hunt hat-trick sees United win 3-1 at Tannadice to go through to the semi finals of the League Cup.

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