The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Glorious sunshine greeted the teams who were playing tribute to one of United's finest ever servants. The weather contrasted starkly with the wind and rain which prevailed when the original match had to be postponed because of the Cup replay with Dundee, which was played in monsoon conditions. Spurs had £3.5m worth of talent on view in Paul Gascoine and Paul Stewart, but it was Paul Walsh who caught the eye. There were problems for us when first Jim Mclnally and then Paul Sturrock limped off. Spurs had slightly the better of the first half, but we stepped up a gear in the second half and got our noses in front when Mixu Paatelainen nodded the ball back to Alex Cleland who steered a low shot past Mimms in the 53rd minute. Spurs equaliser came 17 minutes later in the most unfortunate manner in view of the occasion. Paul Walsh harried the United defence and Dave Bowman was hurried into a clearance which struck Dave Narey of all peopie and rebounded past a helpless Billy Thomson. At the end of the day a draw was a fair result and entertained the 9,685 who turned up to pay tribute to the man who has made more appearances than any other United player past or present — Dave Narey.Jim McLean paid tribute to the classy defender, "There have been many notable contributions to United's success in recent years, but nobody I feel has contributed more than David Narey. When I reflect on my managerial career at Tannadice I am conscious of how fortunate and lucky I was to sign him in the beginning because it is a well known story that at the time Dave put pen to paper, I had never even seen him play. His efforts on behalf of the club since have been nothing short of magnificent. His nature of never being a wanderer is partly the reason we have been able to rely on the talents of Dave for so long a period, because more ruthless people would have made it impossible for Dundee United to hold on to a player of his calibre. For that reason alone it is absolutely essential that he gets the full reward from his testimonial year and. in particular, this afternoon's match, Several years ago I stated that Dave could play with the Brazilians and still not look out of place. Few players from this country fall into that category, but Dave certainly does, and I don't think I can afford him any greater tribute."