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The Federation of Dundee United Supporters Clubs, Fans United & Dundee United Supporters’ Foundation are pleased with the announcement by Dundee United Football Club that Mr Stephen Thompson is stepping down as Chairman .
We think this a sensible measure given the continued difficulties of the Club on and off the park.
We would also urge Mr Thompson to relinquish his majority shareholding of the Club as soon as possible and let Dundee United move forward and ‘ heal ‘ as a Club after a traumatic few years.
A possible candidate to take over the Chairman’s role would be Mike Martin, who to many Arabs has gone under the radar as Director on the board and has recently purchased a 33% shareholding of the Club. This, however would be of great concern to all groups given Mr Martin’s seven year involvement at the Club as a full Director and close ally of Mr Thompson with both men presiding of the Club both on and off the park over the past few years.
The thought of Mr Thompson continuing to be owner and major shareholder of the club along with Mr Martin as Chairman or continuing as Director of the Club is a major concern and we would question how much change this action would make.
However, we welcome the two new additions to the Board, Mr David Dorward and Mr Jimmy Fyffe and wish them every success in their new posts.
The Federation, Fans United & Dundee United Supporters’ Foundation urges all Arabs to get behind the team and hope that we can gain promotion this season.
The DUSF Steering group committee
UNITED: McAlpine, Stark, Kopel, Fleming, Hegarty, Narey, Bannon, Sturrock, Pettigrew, Holt, Kirkwood Subs: Philip, Payne
Dens Park, Dundee, Referee Brian McGinlay (Balfron) Attendance 28,933
After a dull 0-0 draw on the Saturday the SFA for once saw sense and agreed to stage the replay at Dens Park. Under the floodlights this became a momentous night in our history as an inspired United trounced their New Firm rivals. 70 years after being founded as Dundee Hibernian, Dundee United, under manager Jim McLean had won their first major trophy .
“The first game was one of the worst finals ever. I remember Jim McLean laid into me at full time for not tracking back after Stuart Kennedy, probably one of the first overlapping full backs. I argued with Jim “Do you want me to be an attacker or a defender!” I fell out with him which was not a wise thing to do, but thankfully he picked me for the replay. That game was the highlight of my career, my first winners medal. The reason I joined United was the quality of players they had and the team ethic, and what a team it was. Sturrock, Narey, Hegarty, Bannon, Payne, Kopel, Holt, Hamish, fantastic players, you could go through the whole team, all great characters. Even the less well known players played an important part. George Fleming for example did an important job and he was a great talker and motivator on the park. When Eamonn Bannon and I joined it seemed to complete the jigsaw It was a privilege to play with them all.
It was a terrible wet night at Dens and I remember my first goal. I actually missed the ball with my left foot but it stuck in the mud, landed at my right and I put it away. My second, a header, came from a great cross from Paul Sturrock and I stuck it past Bobby Clark. Paul was a great provider for me! Eamonn Bannon played a major role in that goal with a typical mazy run across the park. It was a great victory as Aberdeen were firing on all cylinders at that time. I remember Jim McLean talking to Directors Bill Littlejohn and Johnston Grant in the Boardroom after the match with them saying it was the best day of their lives as they never thought United would win a major trophy.
I didn’t celebrate too much after the game as my wife Audrey was pregnant with my son Craig and I wanted to get back to her, but I made up for it the following year when we retained the trophy and I have a picture of Craig in the League Cup! I still think of that when I see players drinking out the cup after they’ve won it!
The United fans were always great with me and I’m delighted to be involved with the Foundation and will do what I can to help. At Motherwell it was a slow start and it took a while to get going but it is thriving now, and I am sure the United Foundation will be the same. It is all about helping the club and I am sure it will get there.”
Both were very interested on the progress of the Foundation and are keen to help out in any way they can. It was great to hear from two real gentlemen and true legends of the past that still have a deep affection for Dundee United, and we are extremely grateful for their support and encouragement. Thanks guys!
To join Finn and Willie just go to our Pledge page now.
Derek in his 13 years at Tannadice, earned the respect of everyone at the club from Directors, players, employees and of course all United fans. He was a Founder Member of Arab Trust and was the driving force in opening up share ownership to fans. When appointed to the Board he brought great integrity and financial acumen to his position as Director. However it was his ability to communicate and resonate with the supporters that most United fans will remember him for. He became a vital link between the boardroom and the fans in the stands.
The DUSF are immensely proud that Derek’s wife Sheila and their daughters Lyn and Caryn have agreed to accept our invitation of Honorary Membership, it means a lot.
Sheila said, “Derek was always a passionate advocate of supporters being involved in the running of their football clubs. I am sure he would have been fully behind the aims and objectives of the Foundation and on behalf of Lyn, Caryn and our grandchildren Lauryn, Ethan and Owen Derek we are delighted for the Robertson family to be an Honorary Member. It is a great tribute to Derek’s love of Dundee United and his work on behalf of the fans of the Club”.
The Robertson family join other Foundation Honorary Members , ex-players , Finn Dossing, Willie Pettigrew and Billy McKinlay.
We now have more than 40 Founder Members who have signed up with the Foundation. Many thanks to all of them for their support, Founder Membership will remain open until 11th September (a day we all remember) and it would be great to get to 5-0! So if you are interested please message or email us at email@example.com for an application form or visit https://dusf.scot/founder-members/
A big thanks also to those of you that have joined the Foundation through our web site. If you would like to become a Member please visit our site atwww.dusf.scot where you can make a monthly pledge.