Steve Gracie's Comprehensive History of United
While we provide the statistics and facts, they merely scratch the surface where it concerns the detailed history of Dundee United. In his trilogy, Dundee United FC - A Comprehensive History, author and historian Steve Gracie (left) covers the first 100 years of the club's history in outstanding detail.
A Passion for Survival chronicles the early years of Dundee Hibernian/Dundee United and its players from the humble beginnings of 1909 through the troubled 1920s and 1930s, and the years of two World Wars. The Club only came through those difficult times because the men who ran it had a passion for the survival of Dundee United. In this volume, the reader will find an in depth review of each season with facts disclosed, hitherto lost in the mists of time. There are also detailed profiles of all the players who have made their mark for the Tannadice side during the period.
The Rise of the Terrors is the second book in a series of three which chronicle the progress of Dundee United FC from the founding of the Club in 1909. This volume continues the story just after the Second World War and details the history season by season from 1945 to 1979. In the late 1940s success looked a long way off and the 1950s witnessed some difficult times for Dundee United. However, events towards the end of the decade turned the fortunes of the Club around. The achievements of the 1960s brought First Division stability and the foundations laid by the Directors and Manager Jerry Kerr, were further improved with the arrival of Jim McLean in the 1970s. He took the Club to another level, allowing the fans to witness their first Scottish Cup final and regular European football.
The Shed Go Marching On is the third and final book in a trilogy charting the first 100 years of Dundee United FC from its foundation in 1909. This volume picks up the story from 1979 and details the history of the Club until 2009.
The Club passed a momentous milestone in 1979, winning national silverware for the first time and within twelve months added a second trophy. A Scottish League championship came next and during the 1980s there were many more finals, including the UEFA Cup. However, it was not until 1994 that the Scottish Cup was added to complete a full set of domestic honours. The Club then faced a period of fluctuating fortunes until the arrival of a Craig Levein as Manager in 2006. Since then the Club has fared well and the future is looking bright.
Steve's books are available from the ticket office within the Dundee United Club Shop, Grouchos (Dundee), and Amazon.