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The Final Countdown

The Complete Story of Dundee United’s 1986/87 UEFA Cup Campaign


By any standards, 1987 was a special year for Dundee United.

Led by their legendary manager Jim McLean, the Tangerine Terrors humbled some of world football’s biggest stars on the way to reaching the UEFA Cup final. As the local newspaper, The Courier was there every step of the way. Now, 30 years on, we have opened our archives to bring you the remarkable story exactly as it was reported.

You’ll find out how McLean drove his players to levels Scottish football may never see again. You’ll observe the manager’s mastery of the media and how he foresaw the threats now plaguing the game in Scotland. But you’ll also discover why a show of sportsmanship amid the pain of defeat means the greatest achievement of all may belong to the fans. Collated and reproduced for the first time, this is the story all Dundee United supporters will want to read.


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Edited by Richard Rooney.

Hardback, 152pp


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