On This Day: March 26th (Today)
Below is a list of events that happened on this day throughout United's history.
|2014||vs. Inverness CT (H)||League (Premiership)||2 - 1|
|1994||vs. Aberdeen (A)||League (Premier Division)||0 - 1|
|1988||vs. Celtic (A)||League (Premier Division)||0 - 0|
|1983||vs. Hibernian (H)||League (Premier Division)||3 - 3|
|1977||vs. Celtic (A)||League (Premier Division)||0 - 2|
|1966||vs. Clyde (A)||League (Division One)||1 - 4|
|1960||vs. Alloa Athletic (A)||League (Division Two)||2 - 3|
|1955||vs. Hamilton (H)||League (B Division)||1 - 2|
|1938||vs. Leith Athletic (A)||League (Division Two)||0 - 5|
|1927||vs. Aberdeen (A)||League (Division One)||2 - 2|
|Venue||Pld||Won||Drn||Lst||For||Agst||+ / -|
|1999||vs. Forfar Athletic (A)||Friendly||6 - 2||X|
|1921||vs. Raith Rovers (A)||Loftus Cup||1 - 3|
|1910||vs. Dundee W'drs (H)||Carrie Cup League||1 - 0|
The players listed below were signed by United on this day, in the year specified.
1914 - Willie Cavanagh
Willie signed from Dundee Violet. He played in several positions during his time at Tannadice and remained with Dundee Hibs until January 1915, at which time he volunteered for military service. He remained a registered player all through the years of WW1, finally being released in April 1920.
1942 - Eric Hampson
Eric was with Stoke City reserves. He was briefly stationed locally with the RAF and turned out for United in the spring of 1942. Permission was then received to play him in 1942-43 but it appears he then left the area.
1942 - David S Low
David was a player with local club Matrix. He turned out regularly until the end of 1941-42. He was re-signed for the next campaign but after just a few games he left.
1955 - Jimmy Reid
Jimmy was St Joseph’s, making his first appearance for United as a trialist and was signed immediately. He featured regularly in the line up throughout the next season and re-signed for 1956-57, becoming the first choice again. Bury made an offer and he joined them in January 1957, still just twenty years old. After a move to Stockport County he was back at Tannadice in August 1959 but left three months later to join East Fife.
1971 - Joe Watson
Joe joined United on a free transfer from Nottingham Forest. He played regularly until late September 1971 when a back injury sidelined him for several weeks. When he returned, Joe played mainly in the reserves for the rest of the season and at the end of 1971-72, he was released and joined Forfar Athletic.
He later emigrated to Australia, and won over 40 caps for the Australian international side, and played against Scotland the World Cup Play-Off matches in 1985.
1975 - Derek Stark
Derek was a schoolboy international who joined United on a provisional contract from Glenrothes Juniors in 1975. A cultured tough tackling defender who was just as capable in midfield, he was drafted into the squad for season 1976-77 and became a regular in the reserve line up. He made his first team debut a year later in August 1977 against East Fife in a friendly. Another season developing in the reserves brought a first appearance in major competition in May 1978, in a league match against Clydebank. From the start of the next season, Derek was established in the defence and for six years he was a regular in the side.
Originally a central defender, he was used more often as a full-back, and it was in this position that he appeared in the Club's first ever League Cup final in December 1979. After the 0-0 draw with Aberdeen at Hampden Park, the midweek replay was hosted at Dens Park, and it was Stark's low cross into the box that allowed Willie Pettigrew to put United ahead in the first half. United eventually ran out 3-0 winners to lift their first ever piece of silverware.
The following season he helped United retain the trophy, playing in every round except the final itself, where he collected a winners medal as an unused substitute in the 3-0 victory over Dundee. Further Cup Final appearances followed, with runners-up medals in the Scottish Cup and the League Cup in 1981.
Although offered a full-time contract on several occasions, Derek remained a part-time player for the early period of his career, but was made redundant from his job at a coachworks company in Kinross. In December 1981, he walked out on United with the intention of joining the Police force, but was soon talked back into returning, eventually signing a full-time contract in 1982.
A versatile player who, along with John Holt and Billy Kirkwood, could be relied upon to fill any outfield position, he was a vital member of the side that won the Premier League Championship in 1982-83. He missed only four of the 36 League matches of that campaign, as United became champions of Scotland for the first time.
Derek was not known for his goal scoring, but when he did find the net, it was often spectacular. His first United goal came against Morton in March 1979, a blistering shot from at least 30 yards out that would have ended up in the allotments behind Tannadice if it wasn’t for the net. This goal was included in the BBCs Goal of the Season competition that year, but it wasn't his most famous goal, with his long rang effort against AS Roma in the European Cup semi-final of 1984 being the first memory when Stark’s name is mentioned.
Unfortunately the 1983-84 season was to be Derek's last in senior football. Playing with a knee injury from the start of that campaign, it was towards the end of that season that a cyst on his cartilage began to cause problems. Several operations over the next 15 months failed to solve the problem, and in September 1985 he was forced to retire from the game at the age of 26.
Returning to his idea from four years earlier, he then became a police officer with Fife Constabulary. For his contribution to the 1982-83 championship success, and the run to the European Cup semi-final, he ranks amongst the Club legends, and was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in February 2015.
1998 - Iain Jenkins for a fee of £150,000
Iain had been with Everton, Bradford City (loan) and Chester City. He signed for United, becoming a regular in the line up over the remainder of the campaign. In the next two seasons, severely restricted by injuries, Iain made just ten appearances. He had trials at Blackpool before leaving to join Shrewsbury Town in July 2000.
1998 - Julian Alsford for a fee of £100,000
Signed from Chester City and after playing in just three first team matches and a short loan spell at Barnet, he was released, returning to Chester City.
The players listed below were born on this day.
1999 - Louis Appere
1984 - Graeme Holmes
Graeme was a product of the youth system at Tannadice and was a regular in the Under-21/reserves. He went on loan to Dumbarton in the first half of 2004-05 and he was released at the start of the next campaign. In November 2005 he joined Airdrie United.
Few of you will realise it but last weekend's BBC TV "Sportscene" almost had to be broadcast via the satellite - with commentator Archie McPherson anchoring the show from Yugoslavia! For it was only at the last gasp that the big fellow managed to talk his way out of a serious problem at Belgrade Airport. You see, Archie did not discover until after the long coach journey north from'the city of Nis that he had left his passport in the hotel. However, thanks to the more than able assistance of the United interpreter in a long and often delicate dialogue with the Yugoslav officials, the BBC man was allowed to board the United charter flight at the eleventh hour. I bet that the Bulgarian referee didn't have any problem making his way home to Sofia!!