2007–08 Dundee United F.C. season

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Dundee United
2007–08 season
Chairman Eddie Thompson
Manager Craig Levein
Clydesdale Bank Premier League 5th
Scottish Cup Fifth round
CIS Insurance Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Noel Hunt (13)
All: Noel Hunt (18)
Highest home attendance 13,613 (vs Celtic, 22 May)
Lowest home attendance 5,845 (vs Inverness CT, 1 December)
Home colours
Away colours

Dundee United finished the Scottish Premier League 2007–08 season in 5th place with 52 points. Noel Hunt was the top scorer with 18 goals.

Review and events[edit]

The pre-season period began with two new permanent signings at the club, Polish goalkeeper Łukasz Załuska and Darren Dods having signed deals in June. Irishman Willo Flood also arrived from Cardiff City on a season-long loan deal. In July, former Ajax youngster Prince Buaben signed after a successful trial and was joined by a second Polish keeper, Grzegorz Szamotulski, in time for the league season. Englishman Jordan Robertson became the second long-term loan signing when he arrived from Sheffield United in late August.

A number of players who were out of contract left the club following the end of the 2006–07 season. Lee Mair signed a pre-contract deal with Aberdeen and Derek Stillie moved to England to pursue a law career. David McCracken and Collin Samuel were both released. Also leaving the club were a number of younger players who had failed to earn extensions to their contracts. These were Gregg Burnett, Barry Callaghan and Ross Gardiner. All had played at least once for the first team.

The first game of the season was home to Aberdeen in the SPL, and ended in a 1–0 victory.[1] As the season progressed, United maintained their high league table position, ending 2007 in 4th place.

The club lost to Rangers in the CIS Insurance Cup final in March, losing on penalties. The Scottish Cup campaign was ended by St Mirren in the fifth round.

Chronological list of events[edit]

This is a list of the significant events to occur at the club during the 2007–08 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 played a total of 46 competitive matches during the 2007–08 season,[20] as well as four first team pre-season friendlies. The team finished fifth in the Scottish Premier League.

In the cup competitions, United were runners up in the final of the CIS Insurance Cup, losing on penalties to Rangers. United lost to St Mirren in the Scottish Cup fifth round, after a replay.

Scottish Premier League[edit]

Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source: BBC Sport website: Scottish Premier
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Scottish Cup[edit]

CIS Insurance Cup[edit]

Early stages of the 3–1 home CIS Cup win against Hamilton on 31 October
Home team Score Away team Additional information

Source: BBC Sport website: Scottish Cups
a.e.t. = after extra time; agg. = aggregation score; pen. = decision by penalties.

Player stats[edit]

During the 2007–08 season, United used 30 different players on the pitch. The table below shows the number of appearances and goals scored by each player.[21]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Clydesdale Bank Premier League Scottish Cup CIS Insurance Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Poland Łukasz Załuska 18 0 14 0 2 0 2 0
13 GK Scotland Euan McLean 7 0 6 0 1 0 0 0
21 GK Poland Grzegorz Szamotulski 21 0 18 0 0 0 3 0
2 DF Republic of Ireland Sean Dillon 39 2 32 2 3 0 4 0
3 DF Norway Christian Kalvenes 23 2 18 1 1 0 4 1
4 DF Scotland Lee Wilkie 37 4 30 3 3 0 4 1
5 DF Scotland Darren Dods 39 2 32 1 3 0 4 1
8 DF England Daniel Grainger 16 0 14 0 2 0 0 0
18 DF Scotland Garry Kenneth 20 1 19 1 0 0 1 0
24 DF Scotland Stuart Duff 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
24 DF Switzerland Mihael Kovačević 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0
6 MF Republic of Ireland Willo Flood 43 0 35 0 3 0 5 0
7 MF Scotland Mark Kerr 37 0 29 0 3 0 5 0
11 MF Scotland Barry Robson 24 12 21 11 1 1 2 0
11 MF Scotland Jim O'Brien 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0
12 MF Scotland David Robertson 24 6 19 6 1 0 4 0
14 MF Scotland Steven Robb 13 0 12 0 0 0 1 0
15 MF Scotland Craig Conway 19 2 15 1 2 0 2 1
16 MF France Morgaro Gomis 43 1 35 1 3 0 5 0
17 MF Scotland Greg Cameron 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
20 MF Ghana Prince Buaben 29 2 23 2 1 0 5 0
23 MF Scotland Danny Swanson 13 2 11 2 2 0 0 0
32 MF Scotland Fraser Milligan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
9 ST Republic of Ireland Jon Daly 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
10 ST Republic of Ireland Noel Hunt 43 18 35 13 3 0 5 5
22 ST England Jordan Robertson 18 4 14 3 1 0 3 1
22 ST Suriname Mark de Vries 17 3 13 2 2 0 2 1
25 ST England Eric Odhiambo 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
26 ST Scotland David Goodwillie 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
30 ST Scotland Johnny Russell 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

Playing kit[edit]

Home colours
Away colours

The jerseys were sponsored for a second[47] (and final) season by Anglian Home Improvements (who again sponsored Motherwell). The sponsor logo is displayed as a simple font across the chest, with white logo for the home top and black logo on the change strip.[48] The shorts were again sponsored by Ole International after the Spanish property firm extended the deal for a second year.[49] The shorts logo is displayed on the right hand side, above the club badge.[49] The expiry of both deals at the end of the season means the club will have at least one new sponsorship for 2008–09, as the option of a third year of shirt sponsorship[47] was passed for a new one-year deal with JD Sports' Carbrini Sportswear label for 2008–09.[50][51]

The club has no third strip, with the last third strip used in the 2002–03 season.

Awards[edit]

Craig Levein (October 2007)
Lee Wilkie (October 2007), Barry Robson (January 2008)
Danny Grainger (January 2008), Garry Kenneth (March 2008)
Willo Flood (2007–08)

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