1987–88 Dundee United F.C. season
|Scottish Premier Division||5th (Cup Winners' Cup)
W16 D15 L13 F54 A47 P47
|Tennent's Scottish Cup||Runners-up|
|UEFA Cup||Second round|
|Top goalscorer||League: Iain Ferguson (11)
All: Iain Ferguson (16)
|Highest home attendance||20,846 vs Rangers (27 February)|
|Lowest home attendance||5,703 vs Motherwell (12 December)|
The 1987–88 season was the 79th year of football played by Dundee United, and covers the period from 1 July 1987 to 30 June 1988. United finished in fifth place, securing UEFA Cup Winners' Cup football for the following season, despite their Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic (Celtic qualified for European competition as league winners).
In the cup competitions, United lost in the final of the Tennent's Scottish Cup to Celtic and lost in the Skol Cup quarter-finals to rivals Dundee. Czechoslovakian side Vítkovice ensured United wouldn't repeat last season's UEFA Cup run, beating them in the second round.
All results are written with Dundee United's score first.
|8 August 1987||Rangers||A||1–1||39,120||Beaumont|
|12 August 1987||Motherwell||H||1–1||6,633||Redford|
|15 August 1987||Morton||H||3–1||6,641||McInally, Redford, Sturrock|
|22 August 1987||Hearts||A||1–4||14,548||Ferguson|
|29 August 1987||Aberdeen||A||1–1||16,000||Redford|
|5 September 1987||Celtic||H||0–0||16,192|
|12 September 1987||Hibernian||H||1–2||7,920||Hegarty|
|19 September 1987||St Mirren||A||0–2||3,807|
|26 September 1987||Falkirk||H||3–0||6,240||G McLeod, Sturrock (2)|
|3 October 1987||Dundee||A||1–1||11,497||Ferguson|
|6 October 1987||Dunfermline||A||0–0||7,558|
|10 October 1987||Rangers||H||1–0||18,214||Ferguson|
|17 October 1987||Aberdeen||H||0–0||11,281|
|24 October 1987||Celtic||A||2–1||31,032||Ferguson, Clark|
|28 October 1987||Hibernian||A||1–0||9,250||McKinlay|
|31 October 1987||St Mirren||H||2–3||7,607||Ferguson, Paatelainen|
|7 November 1987||Motherwell||A||1–2||2,927||Ferguson|
|14 November 1987||Dunfermline||H||1–0||8,699||Paatelainen|
|18 November 1987||Hearts||H||0–3||14,258|
|21 November 1987||Morton||A||1–0||3,000||Ferguson|
|24 November 1987||Falkirk||A||1–4||4,000||G McLeod|
|28 November 1987||Dundee||H||1–3||13,625||Clark|
|5 December 1987||Rangers||A||0–1||41,159|
|12 December 1987||Motherwell||H||3–1||5,703||G McLeod, Paatelainen, Ferguson|
|16 December 1987||Hibernian||H||1–2||6,095||Ferguson|
|19 December 1987||St Mirren||A||1–2||3,517||McPhee|
|26 December 1987||Celtic||H||1–0||18,458||French|
|2 January 1988||Aberdeen||A||0–0||21,500|
|9 January 1988||Falkirk||H||0–0||6,617|
|16 January 1988||Dundee||A||2–0||13,651||Bannon, Paatelainen|
|3 February 1988||Hearts||A||1–1||13,710||Redford|
|6 February 1988||Morton||H||2–0||6,566||Redford (2)|
|13 February 1988||Dunfermline||A||3–0||7,159||Gallacher (3)|
|27 February 1988||Rangers||H||1–1||20,846||Paatelainen|
|5 March 1988||Hibernian||A||0–0||8,401|
|19 March 1988||Aberdeen||H||0–2||10,403|
|26 March 1988||Celtic||A||0–0||34,933|
|30 March 1988||St Mirren||H||5–1||6,294||Bowman, Ferguson, French, Irvine (2)|
|2 April 1988||Dundee||H||1–0||13,874||French|
|16 April 1988||Motherwell||A||2–4||3,822||Clark, J McLeod|
|23 April 1988||Dunfermline||H||2–2||8,263||McInally, Ferguson|
|30 April 1988||Morton||A||4–0||2,000||Paatelainen (4)|
|4 May 1988||Falkirk||A||2–1||4,500||Welsh, Gallacher|
|7 May 1988||Hearts||H||0–0||9,820|
Tennent's Scottish Cup
|30 January 1988||Arbroath||A||7–0||5,905||Malpas, Bannon, Irvine (2), Paatelainen
|20 February 1988||Airdrieonians||A||2–0||6,727||Hegarty, Bannon|
|12 March 1988||Dundee||A||0–0||19,355|
|15 March 1988||Dundee||H||2–2||17,055||Bannon (2)|
|28 March 1988||Dundee||A||3–0||19,152||Redford, Ferguson, McLeod|
|9 April 1988||Aberdeen||N||0–0||20,488|
|13 April 1988||Aberdeen||N||1–1||17,288||Paatelainen|
|20 April 1988||Aberdeen||N||1–0||19,048||Ferguson|
|14 May 1988||Celtic||N||1–2||74,000||Gallacher|
|19 August 1987||Partick Thistle||H||2–0||6,075||McPhee, Ferguson, Gallacher, Sturrock|
|25 August 1987||Raith Rovers||A||2–1||6,500||Sturrock, Malpas|
|2 September 1987||Dundee||A||2–0||19,817||Ferguson|
|16 September 1987||Coleraine||A||1–0||6,500||Sturrock|
|30 September 1987||Coleraine||H||3–1||8,430||Clark, Gallacher, Sturrock|
|21 October 1987||Vítkovice||H||1–2||8,938||Ferguson|
|4 November 1987||Vítkovice||A||1–1||12,549||Clark|
During the 1987–88 season, United used 31 different players comprising four nationalities. Maurice Malpas featured in all but one of United's 60 matches. The table below shows the number of appearances and goals scored by each player.
|No.||Pos||Nat||Player||Total||Scottish Premier Division||Tennent's Scottish Cup||Skol Cup||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup|
During the 1987–88 season, two United players were sent off. Statistics for cautions are unavailable.
The club signed three players during the season with a total public cost of at least £200,000 (one figure unknown).
Four players were sold by the club during the season with a public total of at least £80,000 (some figures unavailable).
The jerseys were sponsored by Belhaven Beers for the first time.
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