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Dundee United

Formed 1909 as Dundee Hibernian.
Re-formed as Dundee City 1923.

Elected to Scottish Division Two 1910. Transferred to the Eastern League 1915.

SFL membership reinstated 1919 and 1920 but resigned on both occasions without competing.

Founder member of the reformed Scottish Division Two 1921. Dropped out in 1922.

Elected back into Scottish Division Two 1923.

Kit History

 

 

 

Dundee Hibernian

 

1909

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1909-1910 r s B

1910-1913 r B

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1913-1915 f r s B D

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1919-1922 f r s B

 

 

 

Dundee City

 

1923

 

Became Dundee United October 1923

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Aug-Oct1923 a f r s B

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Nov 1923-1925 B

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1925-1927 r s B

Aug-Oct'27 Home r

Nov'27-28 Home r B

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1927-1928 Away r

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1928-1929 Home r

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1929-1930 f r B

Away kit 1928-1929
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1930-Oct 1932 r B

Oct 1932-1934 r B

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1934-1936 r B

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1936-1937 B

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1937-1940 a f r B

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1945-1948 r

1948-Dec1949 r

Jan1950-1955 r t

1955-1957 r

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1957-1958 B

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1958-1959 f B D

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1959-1960 A

1958-59 kit used in cold weather until 1961

1960-1961 r

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1961-1962 r

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1965-1966 r

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1966-1969 c d r

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1969-1971 a r

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1971-1972 a

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1972-1973 B

1973-1974 alt a r

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1973-1976 a r y

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1977-1979 c f w

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1979-1983 w

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1983-1984 m

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1984-1987 p x

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1987-1988 m p

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1988-1989 m p w

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1989-1991 p z

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1991-March 1992 z

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April '92-1993 k n p q z

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1994-1996 m p z

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1996-1997 p z

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1998-1999 f p

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1999-2000 o p

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2000-2001 n z

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2001-2002 b m C

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2002-2003 j m C

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2003-2004 i

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2004-2006 f i

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2005-2006 alt z

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2006-2007 f u z

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Dundee United 2007-2008 Kit

2007-2008 f v z

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2008-2009 f v

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2012-2013 f

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Background

dundee hibernian 1921During the late 1870s and 1880s Irish communities throughout Scotland, inspired by the examples of Hibernian (Edinburgh) and later Celtic (Glasgow), formed their own teams. In Dundee two such clubs were formed in 1879: Dundee Hibernian wore green and black stripes and lasted only four seasons, closing down in 1883. Dundee Harp (who wore plain green shirts) were more durable but in April 1894 they were suspended by the Scottish FA for non-payment of match guarantees and shortly afterwards they closed down too. In September 1894 a new Dundee Hibernians club was formed but they lasted only two seasons before going the way of their predecessors in 1896.

In August 1909 the third Dundee Hibernian club was formed with the express purpose of gaining admittance to the Scottish Football League. Although they represented the city's Irish/Catholic population, the club adopted a non-sectarian approach to the recruitment of players and backroom staff. They moved into Clepington Park, former home of Dundee Wanderers and renamed it Tannadice. After a single season in the Northern League Dundee Hibs were elected to fill the vacancy in the Scottish Second Division created by the amalgamation of Ayr and Ayr Parkhouse. They competed at this level without distinction until 1915 when the Second Division was suspended. The member clubs then formed regional competitions and Hibs joined the Eastern League.

The first derby against their near neighbours and arch-rivals Dundee FC was played in 1915, the Dens Park club (who played in the First Division) running out 4-0 winners.

Events immediately after the war are confused. At the AGM held on April 3 1919 the league management committee put forward a proposal that the Scottish League should continue with 22 rather than 18 clubs in a single division. Aberdeen, Dundee and Raith Rovers were to be readmitted automatically, leaving one vacancy. Dundee Hibs applied but were unsuccessful and subsequently resigned their membership of the SFL in protest at the refusal of the league's decision not to reinstate the Second Division (creating a cozy closed shop for the top clubs.)

Dundee Hibernian rejoined the Eastern League, which they won in 1920. In June 1920 the club successfully re-applied for Scottish League but once again the member clubs refused to allow the Second Division to restart and Hibs joined the rebel Central League instead.

The new competition proved highly successful, not least because members offered higher wages than those permitted in the Scottish League, resulting in a number of players defecting. In 1921 the First Division clubs agreed to reinstate the Second Division by incorporating the Central League and introducing automatic promotion and relegation for the first time. A condition of the arrangement was that the two bottom clubs would drop out at the end of the season in order to even up the numbers.

dundee hibernian crest 1923Unfortunately, Dundee Hibernian finished the season in one of these positions and lost their place. The following season they played in the Scottish Alliance where they performed poorly and the club went bust at the end of the season. A consortium of local businessman stepped in with a plan to broaden the club's appeal by abandoning its Irish roots. The reformed club was named Dundee City and the green jerseys were discarded in favour of white and black. A campaign was launched to secure election back into the Second Division, which proved successful but following objections from Dundee FC, the club’s name was changed to Dundee United in October 1923. While this matter was in dispute, the club continued to be known as Dundee Hibernian and their new club crest featured the letters "DH" superimposed on the city's coat of arms.

dundee united fc crest 1956In 1925 and 1929 the reformed club won the Second Division championship and they were promoted as runners-up in 1931 but their career in the First Division proved brief on each occasion.

dundee united fc crest 1958The first appearance of the classic lion rampant crest was on the match programmes from the 1956-57 season. This did not, however, appear on the team shirts and instead a much more prosaic badge with "DUFC" sewn on in plain, non-serif font was worn from 1958.

In 1959-60, United won promotion after twenty-seven undistinguished seasons in the Second Division but this time they consolidated. During this period they wore predominantly all-white kits.

dundee united fc crest 1969In the 1967 United were invited to in the United States as Dallas Tornadoes in the short-lived United Soccer Association during the close season, wearing "Columbia blue and burnt orange." In 1969 the wife of the manager persuaded the board to adopt these colours for domestic competition to achieve a more modern image. As blue was worn by their rivals Dundee FC, black was substituted instead and a snazzy new version of the lion rampant badge appeared on the players' bright orange shirts for the first time.

dundee united fc crest 1973The arrival of Jim McLean as manager in 1971 and the introduction of a strong youth policy marked their transition from an average First Division side to one that would challenge the dominance of the Old Firm. Instead of a badge, the club's initials were sewn onto their shirts in various styles in the early Seventies.

dundee united fc crest 1983In 1979-80, United won the Scottish League Cup, retaining it the following season. In 1983 they won the Premier Division title and were hailed, along with Aberdeen as the “New Firm.” The following season United reached the semi-finals of the European Cup and in 1987 they were beaten finalists in the UEFA Cup. The classic crest was reintroduced in this period with several variations, such as the shape (or absence) of the supporting shield.

dundee united fc crest 1993McLean retired in 1993 after a remarkable 22 years in charge and his place was taken by Ivan Golac who won the Scottish Cup in his first season in charge, the first time the Tannadice club had won the competition and their seventh final since 1974. A very smart circular version of the club crest was introduced in 1993 that incorporated their old and new colours.

In 1995 United were relegated to the First Division, but bounced back the following dundee united fc 2009-10 centenary crestseason after a dramatic extra-time win in the play-off against Partick Thistle. The following season they finished third in the Premiership.

Since that success, United struggled to maintain their status in the top flight but some of their previous glory returned with a second Scottish Cup win in 2010, which happily marked their centenary. A special crest was worn in that season that included a little green as a reminder of United's origins.

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