2009–10 Dundee United F.C. season

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Dundee United
2009–10 season
Chairman Stephen Thompson
Manager Craig Levein (until 23 December 2009)
Peter Houston (caretaker until 28 January 2010; permanent from then)
Scottish Premier League 3rd
Scottish Cup Winners
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League:
Jon Daly (13)
All:
David Goodwillie (15)
Highest home attendance 11,100 (v Celtic, 22 November 2009)
Lowest home attendance 6,000 (v Hamilton, 17 October 2009)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2009–10 season covers the period from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 and was the club's 101st season, having been founded as Dundee Hibernian in 1909.

Review and events[edit]

A number of players joined and left the club in early pre-season. Striker Danny Cadamarteri signed on a Bosman transfer from Huddersfield Town, while goalkeeper Steve Banks arrived as player/goalkeeping coach after negotiating his release from Hearts. Former England under-18 cap Jennison Myrie-Williams arrived after leaving Bristol City while Michael McGovern, who had been signed as back-up on a one-year deal last summer, left the club after failing to make a first-team appearance. Warren Feeney's loan spell also came to an end and wasn't renewed, while a handful of under-19 players were either released or allowed to move to lower league clubs.

Chronological list of events[edit]

This is a list of the significant events to occur at the club during the 2009–10 season, presented in chronological order. This list does not include transfers, which are listed in the transfers section below, or match results, which are in the results section.

Match results[edit]

Dundee United have played twelve competitive matches during the 2009–10 season.[7]

Friendlies[edit]

The club failed to retain the Keyline Cup they won last year by finishing third in the six-team tournament when they visited Oban in mid July. A series of domestic friendly matches sandwiched a trip to the Republic of Ireland before the club's centenary friendly draw at home to Newcastle United. A friendly win at home to FA Premier League side Blackburn Rovers was the club's last pre-season encounter, although in late July, the club confirmed a November friendly with rivals Dundee to mark the opening of the club's new floodlights. United ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Andis Shala, Danny Cadamarteri and Jon Daly.

Scottish Premier League[edit]

The Scottish Premier League 2009-10 season began on Saturday 15 August 2009 with United featuring in the first live SPL match on ESPN two days later, beating Heart of Midlothian. United failed to make it two wins from the opening two matches – last achieved in the 1992-93 season – when they were held to a goalless draw at St Mirren, although they followed up with a 2-1 win at home to Falkirk a week later. The first weekend in September saw an international break with United coming close to ending their seventeen-year wait for a victory at Celtic Park, drawing 1-1. The following week, United's unbeaten start to the season ended when Motherwell won 1-0 at Tannadice, although United responded with an away win against St Johnstone. Successive draws against Hibernian and Hamilton Academical followed before United won the first New Firm derby of the season. At the start of November, United's televised match at home to Rangers was abandoned at half-time due to torrential rain, with Rangers leading 1-0. In United's next match, two Damian Casalinuovo goals saw off Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, for the club's second successive away win; on 22 November, at the 39th time of asking, United finally defeated Celtic in a league match, winning 2-1. United continued their unbeaten run with a hard-fought 2-2 draw away to Motherwell, despite having two players sent off, and followed up with a home win against St Mirren. A 0-0 draw at Hearts preceded a defeat at home to Rangers, in what turned out to be Craig Levein's final match, before another 0-0 draw at home to Kilmarnock. United finally scored in the following match but incredibly lost 7-1 at Rangers, with Kris Boyd scoring a quintuple against United for the second time in his career. A further defeat to Aberdeen followed before a three-game winning streak against Hamilton, Hibernian and Falkirk. St Johnstone were the visitors to Tannadice in a 3-3 draw to close out January. United started February with a pulsating 4-4 draw at Kilmarnock, before a shock defeat at home to Hamilton. A further defeat at Celtic Park followed before a Morgaro Gomis double helped United to three points at home to basement club Falkirk.

Upcoming Scottish Premier League fixtures are the intellectual property of the Scottish Premier League. For upcoming Scottish Premier League fixtures, see the official Dundee United FC website

Scottish Cup[edit]

Main article: Scottish Cup 2009-10

Dundee United played Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round on Saturday 9 January 2010, winning 2-0. The fifth round draw gave United another away tie – against St. Johnstone – for five consecutive cup ties this season. United gained revenge for the McDiarmid Park defeat in the League Cup, winning 1-0 before being drawn away again, this time to Rangers. After forcing a replay at Tannadice, they saw off Raith Rovers to proceed to the final at Hampden. A pair of goals from Craig Conway in the final against Ross County ensured Dundee United's first Scottish Cup title since 1994. The Ross County game had the most Arabs ever at one match.

League Cup[edit]

Dundee United joined the League Cup 2009-10 campaign in the second round where they beat Alloa Athletic. United won at Ross County in the third round to progress to the quarter-finals, where they were handed a third successive away tie, losing to fellow SPL side St Johnstone.

Player stats[edit]

During the 2009-10 season, United have used 29 different players on the pitch. The table below shows the number of appearances and goals scored by each player.[8]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Scottish Premier League Scottish Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 England GK Nicky Weaver 18 0 18 0 0 0 0 0
1 Slovakia GK Dusan Pernis 9 0 7 0 2 0 0 0
2 Republic of Ireland DF Sean Dillon 24 0 20 0 1 0 3 0
3 Scotland DF Andy Webster 21 3 18 3 1 0 2 0
4 Scotland DF Lee Wilkie 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
5 Scotland DF Darren Dods 23 1 20 1 1 0 2 0
6 Scotland MF Craig Conway 27 3 22 3 2 0 3 0
7 England MF Jennison Myrie-Williams 20 2 18 2 0 0 2 0
8 Scotland MF Scott Robertson 11 0 9 0 0 0 2 0
9 Republic of Ireland ST Jon Daly 16 7 14 7 2 0 0 0
10 England ST Danny Cadamarteri 18 4 16 4 0 0 2 0
11 Spain ST Francisco Sandaza 32 10 28 10 1 0 3 0
12 Scotland MF David Robertson 10 0 8 0 2 0 0 0
13 England GK Steve Banks 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
14 Scotland MF Danny Swanson 24 4 20 3 2 1 2 0
15 Ghana MF Prince Buaben 25 2 22 1 2 0 1 1
16 Senegal MF Morgaro Gomis 26 3 22 3 2 0 2 0
17 Scotland MF Mark Fotheringham 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
17 Latvia DF Pāvels Mihadjuks 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
18 Scotland DF Garry Kenneth 20 1 16 1 2 0 2 0
19 Switzerland DF Mihael Kovačević 23 0 20 0 1 0 2 0
20 Germany ST Andis Shala 8 1 7 0 0 0 1 1
21 Argentina ST Damián Casalinuovo 24 7 20 6 2 1 2 0
23 Scotland DF Paul Dixon 25 0 21 0 2 0 2 0
24 Scotland MF Greg Cameron 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
25 Scotland ST David Goodwillie 26 10 22 5 2 4 2 1
26 Scotland MF Ryan McCord 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
29 Scotland ST Johnny Russell 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
38 Scotland ST Dale Hilson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
43 Scotland DF Ross Smith 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
63 England MF 'Ashley Hadden 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

The club confirmed the pre-contract signings of three players in June, with Slovakian goalkeeper Dušan Perniš to follow in January. Scotland international Andy Webster followed on a season-long loan deal[9] - some eight years after nearly signing from Arbroath,[10] and former Manchester City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver signing on a short-term contract.[11] In late September 2009, midfielder Mark Fotheringham was signed on a three-month contract ahead of his January 2010 move to Anorthosis Famagusta. In February, Latvian defender Pāvels Mihadjuks signed a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Date Player From Fee (£)
1 July 2009 England Banks, SteveSteve Banks Heart of Midlothian Free
1 July 2009 England Cadamarteri, DannyDanny Cadamarteri Huddersfield Town Bosman
1 July 2009 England Myrie-Williams, JennisonJennison Myrie-Williams Bristol City Free
15 July 2009 Scotland Webster, AndyAndy Webster Rangers Loan
18 July 2009 Argentina Casalinuovo, DamiánDamián Casalinuovo Free Agent Free
5 August 2009 England Weaver, NickyNicky Weaver Free Agent Free
25 September 2009 Scotland Fotheringham, MarkMark Fotheringham Free Agent Free
1 January 2010 Slovakia Perniš, DušanDušan Perniš MŠK Žilina Bosman
8 February 2010 Latvia Mihadjuks, PāvelsPāvels Mihadjuks Free Agent Free

Out[edit]

Youngster Ross McCord joined Stirling Albion on loan (where older brother Ryan had a previous loan spell), while Danny Grainger joined rivals St Johnstone.[12] In late August, Damián Casalinuovo joined Raith Rovers on a month's loan deal, with Johnny Russell following suit upon the Argentine's return. Marco Andreoni and Conor Grant joined Forfar Athletic on short-term emergency loans in October, with Greg Cameron and Kevin Smith joining Raith on a similar deal. In December, Keith Watson also undertook a temporary move to Fife, joining East Fife.

Date Player To Fee (£)
1 July 2009 Scotland McCord, RossRoss McCord Stirling Albion Loan
15 July 2009 England Grainger, DannyDanny Grainger St Johnstone £40,000[13]
27 August 2009 Argentina Casalinuovo, DamiánDamián Casalinuovo Raith Rovers Loan
26 September 2009 Scotland Russell, JohnnyJohnny Russell Raith Rovers Loan
23 October 2009 Scotland Andreoni, MarcoMarco Andreoni Forfar Athletic Loan
23 October 2009 Scotland Grant, ConorConor Grant Forfar Athletic Loan
20 November 2009 Scotland Cameron, GregGreg Cameron Raith Rovers Loan
27 November 2009 Scotland Smith, KevinKevin Smith Raith Rovers Loan
3 December 2009 Scotland Watson, KeithKeith Watson East Fife Loan

Awards[edit]

The club has received three awards during the 2009-10 season, with Craig Levein winning Manager of the Month, and Danny Cadamarteri and Andy Webster winning Player of the Month.

Manager of the Month[edit]

November 2009
April 2010

Player of the Month[edit]

September 2009
November 2009

Playing kit[edit]

Home colours
Away colours
Centenary colours

The jerseys were sponsored for a second season by JD Sports' Carbrini Sportswear label,[14][15] with the firm also sponsoring the shorts. Nike began their four-year deal of kit production with the club's centenary home strip unveiled in mid-June,[16] with the away strip to follow on 24 July. Dundee-based cosmetic car repair specialists Dents8 began a two-year sponsorship of the home and away shorts and the first team's socks.[17]

The club has a third strip, a centenary strip, to mark the club's foundation in 1909. Previously, the last third strip used was in the 2002–03 season. The strip was used in the November 2009 friendly against Dundee but remains unused in competitive competition.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Argentinian touch saves United’s Irish opener". The Courier. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  3. ^ Spence, Jim (2009-07-28). "Dundee United dealt double blow". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  4. ^ McDaid, David (6 October 2009). "Brown adds to Scotland casualties". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 7 October 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Craig Levein on brink of becoming new Scotland boss". BBC Sport. 23 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Clock-watching Peter". Evening Telegraph. 1 February 2010. Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "2009-10 - First Team Fixtures & Results". Dundee United F.C. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  8. ^ "Dundee Utd 2009–10 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  9. ^ Law, Gareth (2009-07-14). "United's Webster loan deal". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  10. ^ "WEBSTER BID PROGRESSES". Dundee United FC. 2001-03-26. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  11. ^ "NICKY WEAVER JOINS UNITED". Dundee United FC. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  12. ^ "Tuesday's Scottish gossip". BBC Sport. 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  13. ^ Reoch, Paul (2009-07-16). "Grainger ‘over the moon’ at move". The Courier. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  14. ^ Roache, Ian (2008-04-14). "United unveil new sponsor". The Courier. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  15. ^ Wood, Zoe (2008-04-13). "JD Sports scores Scots shirt deal". London: The Observer. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  16. ^ "United launch centenary strip". Evening Telegraph. 2009-06-15. Archived from the original on 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  17. ^ "DENTS8 SUPPORTS DUNDEE UNITED". 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 

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