Dundee United F.C. in the 1970s

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This page covers the seasons from 1970–71 to 1979–80.

1970–71[edit]

The club finished the Division One season in sixth place, missing out on European qualification by one place as rivals Dundee pipped them by two points. Aberdeen knocked United out of the Scottish Cup in the fourth round while the club failed to get past the League Cup first round. United were knocked out of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in the second round by Czechoslovakian side TJ Sparta ČKD Praha.

Home colours[1]
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
5 Dundee 34 14 10 10 53 45 +8 38 1971–72 UEFA Cup First round
6 Dundee United 35 14 8 13 53 54 −1 36
7 Falkirk 34 13 9 12 46 53 −7 35

Source: Soccerbase
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

1971–72[edit]

The club finished the Division One season in ninth place, with Jim McLean beginning a 22-year managerial spell with the club in December 1971, taking over from Jerry Kerr. Aberdeen knocked United out of the Scottish Cup for the second year running, this time in the third round, while the club again failed to get past the League Cup first round. In the Texaco Cup, United were beaten 8–5 on aggregate by eventual winners Derby County in the first round.[2]

Home colours[1]
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
8 St Johnstone 34 12 8 14 52 58 −6 32
9 Dundee United 34 12 7 15 55 70 −15 31
10 Motherwell 34 11 7 16 49 69 −20 29

Source: Soccerbase
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

1972–73[edit]

The club finished the Division One season in seventh place, in Jim McLean's first full season since taking over from Jerry Kerr. Rangers knocked United out of the Scottish Cup third round, while the club reached the League Cup second round. In the Texaco Cup, United were again beaten in the first round, this time on penalties by Leicester City after a 3–3 aggregate draw.[2]

Home colours[1]
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
6 Ayr United 34 16 8 10 50 51 −1 40
7 Dundee United 34 17 5 12 56 51 +5 39
8 Motherwell 34 11 9 14 38 48 −10 31

Source: Soccerbase
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

1973–74[edit]

The club finished the Division One season in eighth place, again sandwiched between Ayr United and Motherwell. The club reached their first Scottish Cup Final this season, only to be beaten by Celtic. In the League Cup, the club failed to get past the first round while in the Texaco Cup, United were eliminated in the semi-finals after extra time by eventual winners Newcastle United.[2]

Home colours[1]
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
7 Ayr United 34 15 8 11 44 40 +4 38
8 Dundee United 34 15 7 12 55 51 +4 37 1974–75 European Cup Winners' Cup First round
9 Motherwell 34 14 7 13 45 40 +5 35

Source: Soccerbase
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

1974–75[edit]

The club finished the Division One season in fourth place, in the last season before the formation of the Premier Division. The club were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Aberdeen for the third time in five years, this time in the fourth round, while once again United failed to get past the League Cup first round. In the Cup Winners Cup, United were eliminated in the second round by Turkish side Bursaspor.

Home colours[1]
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
3 Celtic 34 20 5 9 81 41 +40 45 1975–76 European Cup Winners' Cup First round
4 Dundee United 34 19 7 8 72 43 +29 45 1975–76 UEFA Cup First round
5 Aberdeen 34 16 9 9 66 43 +23 41

Source: Soccerbase
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

1975–76[edit]

The club finished the season in eighth place, in the first season of the new Premier Division, avoiding relegation on goal difference. The club were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Hibernian in the fourth round after a replay, while once again United failed to get past the League Cup first round. In the UEFA Cup, United were eliminated in the second round by Portuguese side Porto.

Home colours[1]
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
7 Aberdeen 36 11 10 15 49 50 −1 32
8 Dundee United 36 12 8 16 46 48 −2 32
9 Dundee (R) 36 11 10 15 49 62 −13 32 Division One

Source: Soccerbase
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

1976–77[edit]

The club finished the season in fourth place, in the second season of the new Premier Division. The club were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by St Mirren in the third round, while once again United failed to get past the League Cup section.

Home colours[1]
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
3 Aberdeen 36 16 11 9 56 42 +14 43 1977–78 UEFA Cup First round
4 Dundee United 36 16 9 11 54 45 +9 41
5 Partick Thistle 36 11 13 12 40 44 −4 35

Source: Soccerbase
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

1977–78[edit]

The club finished the season in third place in the Premier Division. The club lost to Rangers in the Semi final, United also lost on penalties to Hearts after the sides drew over two legs in the Quarter Final stage. In the UEFA Cup, United were eliminated in the first round by Danish side Copenhagen.

Home colours[1]
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
2 Aberdeen 36 22 9 5 68 29 +39 53 1978–79 European Cup Winners' Cup First round
3 Dundee United 36 16 8 12 42 32 +10 40 1978–79 UEFA Cup First round
4 Hibernian 36 15 7 14 51 43 +8 37

Source: Soccerbase
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

1978–79[edit]

The club finished the season in third place, finishing just four points behind champions Celtic. The club were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by St. Mirren in the third round, while Celtic knocked United out of the League Cup in the second round. In the UEFA Cup, United were narrowly eliminated in the first round by Belgian side Standard Liege.

Home colours[1]
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
2 Rangers 36 18 9 9 52 35 +17 45 Template:Fb round2 1979-80 CWC PR
3 Dundee United 36 18 8 10 56 37 +19 44 1979–80 UEFA Cup First round
4 Aberdeen 36 13 14 9 59 36 +23 40

Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

1979–80[edit]

The club finished the season in fourth place, beating Rangers to a UEFA Cup place on goal difference. The club were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Rangers in the fourth round, while the club became League Cup Winners for the first time defeating Aberdeen 3-0 in the Final replay at Dens Park after a goalless draw at Hampden. In the UEFA Cup, United were eliminated in the second round by Hungarian side Diósgyőri VTK.

Home colours[1]
Away colours
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
3 St Mirren 36 15 12 9 56 49 +7 42 1980–81 UEFA Cup First round
4 Dundee United 36 12 13 11 43 30 +13 37
5 Rangers 36 15 7 14 50 46 +4 37

Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Historical Football Kits: Dundee United". Historical Football Kits. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  2. ^ a b c McColl, Brian. "Texaco Cup 1970-1975". Scottish Football History. Archived from the original on 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2008-06-19.