Dundee United: The Official Centenary History

Author

Mike Watson & Peter Rundo

Published

2009

Synopsis

Reflecting the many colourful events it has encountered over the past 100 years, 'The Official History of Dundee United' records all the high and low moments the club has enjoyed, profiles famous players, events and personalities from each era and includes coverage from behind-the-scenes events as revealed by club minute books, dating back to its foundation in 1909. A comprehensive statistical history of each season is also presented in the latter part of the book. Illustrated throughout with match images, portraits and memorabilia, this is both a fascinating and beautifully presented account of one of Scottish football's great institutions and a must-have for all true fans of Dundee United.


Rags to Riches - The official history of Dundee United

Author

Mike Watson

Published

1985, 1992 (Revised Edition)

Synopsis

This official history of Dundee United charts its rise from beginning life at a derilict ground and even 50 years later languishing near the bottom of the second division. However by its 75th anniversary the same club were Scottish League champions, and in 1987 became the only Scottish club to reach the final of the UEFA Cup. It is a story of dramatic transformation from Rags to Riches.


Tannadice Idols: The Story of Dundee United's Cult Heroes

Author

Paul Smith

Published

?, 2010 (Second Edition)

Synopsis

The bond between the Tannadice faithful and their playing idols has been an endearing constant for generations of United supporters. But what elevated the chosen stars to cult status? Why have a select band reached out to touch the Tannadice fans in a way that mere mortals could only dream of? Tannadice Idols explores 20 of the most loved characters ever to have pulled on the famous shirt and explores the reasons behind their affinity with Arabs followers through the ages. Some have wowed the crowd with their brilliance, some earned plaudits for their heart on sleeve attitude and others stood out from the crowd in appearance alone. Through interviews with hand picked idols as well as observations from supporters and media professionals, Tannadice Idols casts a fresh eye over the most memorable relationships between United players and fans. You can discover the truth behind the musical tributes penned in honour of the cult heroes, the stories behind the local rivalry which spawned a sense of purpose shared by stars and supporters as well as the background to the cross continent games of cat and mouse which brought some of the cherished overseas talents to Tayside in a fast paced tribute to Dundee United's cult heroes.


Dundee United, Champions of Scotland 1982/83

Author

Peter Rundo

Published

2003 (Hardback), 2005 (Paperback)

Synopsis

The achievements of Dundee United in the early 1980s are astonishing. During that period manager Jim McLean believed that to compete with Rangers and Celtic was a bit like a corner shop successfully taking on Tesco. But in season 1982/83 the men from Tannadice did just that and won. United hadn't won a thing until their League Cup triumph of 1979. Just four years later came the crowning glory as the Tangerines annexed the league title in May 1983. The class of '83 saw the best squad of players ever to sport United's colours. Unlike so many clubs today, Dundee United didn't buy their way to success - instead, McLean was given enough time to fashion a championship winning squad. All but two of the thirteen core players who brought the title to Tannadice started their careers at the club. This, therefore, is a David and Goliath story, detailing one of the finest periods of Scottish football when the Old Firm had no choice but to bow before Dundee United - Champions of Scotland.


The Tannadice Encyclopedia: A-Z of Dundee United

Author

Mike Watson (with Matthew Watson)

Published

1997

Synopsis

Dundee United has a history of triumphs and demoralizing defeats. From the founding father Pat Reilly to the current manager Jim McLean, from goalscoring legend Duncan Hutchison to Kjell Olafsson, from the extremes of losing membership of the Scottish league to being crowned its champions and from bankruptcy to the UEFA cup final, this book covers the history of the club. Information is presented in alphabetical order.


Jousting With Giants - The Jim McLean Story

Author

Jim McLean (with Ken Gallacher)

Published

1987

Synopsis

For 15 years Jim McLean has bossed the biggest little club in the land — Dundee United, bringing undreamed of success to the United fans. Now, for the first time, he has gone public. In Jousting With Giants, he reveals the secrets behind the successes he and his players have shared. He tells of the managerial offers from Scotland and England, talks of the players he has handled as the United boss, and the stories behind United's European triumphs and epic battles. Now, in Jousting With Giants. McLean the man and McLean the manager are shown as never before.


Kissing Strangers (The Day We Won The Cup)

Author

Gwen McIlroy

Published

2008

Synopsis

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A View From The Ground

Author

Gwen McIlroy

Published

1993

Synopsis

This is a story of a very ordinary season. It is a chronicle of Dundee United in the season 1992-93 as seen through the eyes of a United fan and, as such, is an examination of both the team and those who follow it. It also is intended to be a tribute to Jim McLean and all that he has achieved at Tannadice. This book is a humorous, often painful, view from the terraces which, though full of wit and whimsy, also tackles serious issues. It is very much concerned with the current condition of Scottish Premier Division football and so, as we travel through the season, we look closely at all the other teams we encounter -their player their fans, their grounds, their toilets!


Dundee United - Who's Who?

Author

Pat Kelly

Published

1998

Synopsis

A source of reference on players, directors, managers and other staff of Dundee United Football Club from its formation to the present day.



Dundee United Greatest Games: The Tangerines' Fifty Finest Matches

Author

Mike Watson

Published

2014

Synopsis

From the thousands of matches ever played by Dundee United, stretching from the early years at Tannadice to the SPL era, here are 50 of the Terrors' most glorious, epochal and thrilling games of all! Expertly presented in evocative historical context and described incident-by-incident in atmospheric detail, Dundee United Greatest Games offers a terrace ticket back in time, taking in everything from Scottish Premier Division and Scottish Cup glory to nationally celebrated European nights. An irresistible cast list of club legends - Jimmy Briggs, Finn Dossing and Maurice Malpas, Duncan Ferguson, Richard Gough, Billy and Davie Dodds - springs to life in a thrilling selection of underdog upsets, the club's first major cup win after 70 years, a landmark European Cup semi and UEFA Cup Final. In all, a defining journey through the highlights of Tangerines history which is guaranteed to make any fan's heart swell with pride.


Whats it all about Ralphie? My Story

Author

Ralph Milne (with Gary Robertson)

Published

2009

Synopsis

Ralph Milne was born in Dundee and lived out many a young footballer's dream. On leaving school he signed for Dundee United and gradually forced his way into a team full of great players. With electrifying pace and exceptional talent he quickly established himself as a fans' favourite, producing some dazzling performances at home and on the highest of European stages. He was part of the legendary team which defied all the odds to win the Scottish Premier Division in 1983. However, behind the scenes his volatile relationship with manager Jim McLean culminated in him leaving for Charlton. After unhappy spells there and at Bristol City he made a dream move to Alex Ferguson's Man United. Ralph struggled to produce his stunning performances of old and retired a few years later. Many believe he could and should have done so much more but a personal battle with alcohol probably decided otherwise. In the eyes of Dundee United fans, he will always be a legend and was inducted into the club's Hall Of Fame earlier this year. This is his remarkable story.


Across The Great Divide

Author

Jim Wilkie

Published

1984

Synopsis

Dundee. To football fans, it has been the subject of great curiosity for as long as the game has been played professionally. How does a relatively small and economically challenged city manage to sustain two senior clubs which, perversely, play across the road from one another? And why has this rivalry not suffered the scourge of sectarianism which has blighted football elsewhere in Scotland? Things are changing. The economic, cultural and academic life of the City of Dundee has flourished in recent years. Meanwhile, as revolution sweeps the international footballing world, the scales of success - which determine the balance of soccer power on Tayside - are showing faltering signs of movement. The Jim McLean era has ended, but will Dundee's Italian risorgimento succeed? Should there be only one team? First published in 1984, Across the Great Divide has been revised to update the historical perspective on professional football in the City of Discovery.


A Kind of Madness

Author

Gwen McIlroy

Published

1998

Synopsis

You could search long and hard for a word to describe the kind of season Dundee United had in 1997/98, but nothing springs as instantly to mind as 'crap'. Who then, would write a book about an eminently forgettable year? Who would burn the midnight oil, and allow her own kind to scrutinise and discuss her feelings about the club she has supported since 1980? There's no money in it, There's no glory either. So it has to be the kind of individual who has tangerine blood coursing through her veins, or someone who is completely insane. This is a tale of love, and of pasision and devotion. But then isn't love a kind of madness?


Tormented: The Andy McLaren Story

Author

Andy McLaren (with Mark Guidi)

Published

2007

Synopsis

Andy McLaren is a professional footballer with an extraordinary story to tell. While playing for Reading in 2000, he failed a random drugs test and was immediately banned from football. He was forced to admit to being an alcoholic and a cocaine abuser, and checked in to the Priory clinic in Glasgow. After working hard to overcome his addictions, he resurrected his career with Kilmarnock later the same year and gained a national cap when Scotland played Poland in 2001. But what had made him resort to drink and drugs?

In Tormented, McLaren reveals how psychoanalysis helped him come to terms with the fact that he had been a victim of abuse as a child, and how this had led him down the path of alcohol and drug addiction. He documents his difficult journey to sobriety, during which he contemplated suicide, and explains how he coped with the shocking truths from his past. Tormented is a powerful, honest tale of a man whose career never hit the heights that his talents merited. It is the most revealing book written by any footballer, and his remarkable story, laced with hope and humour, will be an inspiration to men and women in every walk of life.


Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Author

Ian Redford

Published

2013

Synopsis

In an era before big money arrived, Ian Redford, the son of a farmer, was stigmatised as football's rich kid. But, in reality, there was no silver spoon. And at an early age, when it was discovered that Redford was completely deaf in one ear, he was advised not to play contact sport of any kind. But this did not deter him from pursuing his dream of being a professional footballer. Football has been a key part of Ian Redford's life but behind the success and the goals, his family has been touched by tragedy. When Ian was seven years old, his baby brother contracted leukemia and his death five years later devastated Ian's family. It was an event the family would never recover from but it also gave the young Ian Redford the motivation to succeed which he channelled into his football. It was the start of his own journey which gave him challenges and opportunities he could never have dreamt of. Insightful, moving and entertaining, Ian Redford's autobiography is a fascinating read throughout as his journey takes him from rural Perthshire to the biggest football stages and on to, amongst other things, a spell as a FIFA registered players' agent and brief career as a businessman in Eastern Europe with Sergei Baltacha as they discovered how not to deal with the local Russian mafia.


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