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Is Dundee United really slang for idiot in Nigeria?

Plus: the greatest goal difference between two teams finishing next to each other in the league table and has a footballer ever done jury service? Mail us here or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“I’ve recently discovered that, in Nigeria, Dundee United is slang …

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The season six British clubs made it to semi-finals in Europe (and four lost)

The semi-finals of the European Cup, Uefa Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup all featured a British team in 1983-84By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog of the Sport NetworkWhen the semi-finals for the European Cup, European Cup, Uefa Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup…

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Hamish McAlpine, the goalscoring goalie who inspired a piano ballad

Who do you turn to when your strikers keep missing penalties? Your crossbar-swinging, songwriter-bothering, Grace Kelly-impressing goalkeeperBy Graeme Webster for Nutmeg, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkA pulsating Scottish Division One match between…

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The forgotten story of … Dundee United’s glory years under Jim McLean | Daniel Harris

There has never been a manager like Jim McLean, the tactical genius, bully, visionary and ‘absolute bampot’ behind unimaginable success in the 1980s

Tony Soprano once noted that “‘Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation”, but he was only partially right. We are nothing if not our memories, so it makes little sense not to glory in them, all the more when circumstances take a turn for the worse. And for Dundee United – for Scottish football in general – that is irrevocably the case, so, T, with all the love and respect, “vaffanculo”.

Founded in 1909, Dundee United spent their first 62 years doing not very much: they won the second division title twice, but otherwise not even an international cap. Things improved when Jerry Kerr was appointed manager in 1959 – he established the club in the top flight and led them into Europe for the first time, but that was pretty much it. United did, though, achieve brief notoriety during the freezing winter of 1962-63, using a tar-burning truck to thaw the Tannadice pitch and removing all the grass in the process, before pouring on a load of sand and applying whitewash like a goth doing their eyebrows; such did they earn their nickname “The Arabs”.

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Scottish roundup: Liam Boyce inspires Ross County’s win over Inverness

• Louis Moult’s goal rescues Motherwell
• Marcus Haber sparks Dundee’s win

Liam Boyce scored a first-half double as Ross County moved into the top six of the Scottish Premiership with a 3-2 win over local rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The result ended a series of five successive wins in Dingwall for Inverness.

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Scottish roundup: Ali Crawford scores as Hamilton draw with Inverness

• Aberdeen four points behind Rangers
• Inverness move off bottom of the table

Inverness battled back to draw 1-1 with Hamilton. The in-form Ali Crawford gave Hamilton a 16th-minute advantage with a clever free-kick curled in at the goalkeeper’s near post.

Caley Thistle were denied a penalty when Dan Seaborne appeared to handle the ball on the line, but Larnell Cole restored parity early in the second period with a powerful half-volley that went in off the crossbar. The result was enough to see Caley, who began the day bottom of the table, leapfrog Partick Thistle.

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Scottish roundup: Hearts survive after St Johnstone’s Swanson strikes

• Callum Paterson rescues point after goals from Hearts old boy and Chris Kane
• Dundee climb off foot of table with controversial 2-0 win

Callum Paterson’s header for Hearts denied St Johnstone a win at Tynecastle. The 22-year-old Scotland defender jumped above the visiting defence to meet a corner-kick with just three minutes remaining.

Paterson’s sixth goal of the season restored parity following Chris Kane’s strike 60 seconds earlier, which had looked set to earn Saints three points.

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It sounds vindictive but relegating your rivals can be as good as winning a trophy

On the night Leicester became English champions, another fairytale took place in Scotland: a boyhood Dundee fan scored the goal that relegated Dundee United

By Alan Pattullo for Nutmeg magazine, part of the Guardian Sport Network

If I am being honest, the realisation of the fairytale that was Leicester City’s Premier League title win annoyed me a little, as much as I was cheered by the achievement itself. What anguished me was the timing. Chelsea’s late equaliser against Spurs, confirmed Leicester’s success, came just a few minutes after 18 year-old Craig Wighton scored what was in my eyes a rather more significant winning goal for Dundee against Dundee United.

And what a story: a teenager, one who grew up supporting Dundee, scoring the last-minute winner to send Dundee United down under the noses of their own supporters. (Disappointingly, trepidation served to keep the number of visiting fans down when, ideally, they would all have been there to take their medicine.)

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Scottish roundup: Paul McGowan seals fine win for Dundee at Ross County

• Chris Erskine scores as Partick beat Inverness
Rangers held by Hamilton at Ibrox

Two goals from Rory Loy and a second‑half strike from Paul McGowan gave Dundee a fine start to their season with a 3-1 win at Ross County. Mark O’Hara’s surge and cross set up Loy to strike low past Scott Fox. Loy then converted a penalty four minutes before half-time after O’Hara was fouled.

McGowan then connected with a precision pass from Michael Duffy on the counter-attack to put the game beyond the reach of County, who scored too late to be threatening through the substitute Craig Curran.

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Scottish roundup: Murray scores two as Dundee United sink Kilmarnock

• Dundee United sign off with victory
• Inverness beat Dundee to seventh place

Kilmarnock’s preparations for their Scottish Premiership play-off final against Falkirk suffered a setback following a 4-2 home defeat to relegated Dundee United in the final round of Premiership games.

Mark Durnan headed United into a 12th-minute lead with only his second goal of the season – his other also coming against Killie in January – but the much-changed home side turned the game around with two strikes inside seven minutes. Craig Slater’s shot was too powerful for the goalkeeper, Luis Zwick, to handle and Kallum Higginbotham slotted in the rebound – his third goal in four games – in the 27th minute. Tope Obadeyi then beat the onrushing Zwick to register his first goal of 2016 to put the hosts 2-1 in front.

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Mixu Paatelainen parts company with Dundee United

• Finn leaves after relegation from Premiership
• ‘It has been a difficult winter’ he admits

Dundee United have announced their head coach Mixu Paatelainen has left the club following their relegation from the Scottish Premiership.

The 49-year-old Finn’s position was always likely to be under threat after a disappointing season ended with defeat to the local rivals Dundee on Monday which confirmed they would be playing Championship football next season.

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Celtic struggle for draw while Dundee United move closer to relegation

• Ronny Deila urges Celtic to work hard and have fun for remainder of season
• Dundee United fans protest after 3-1 defeat by Hamilton

Ronny Deila, the departing Celtic manager, watched his players struggle for a point in a 1-1 home draw with Ross County and urged them to have fun in the remaining four games of the season.

Deila announced last week that he would be leaving at the end of the season but instead of quelling increasing dissatisfaction among the Celtic fans, several banners in a half-full stadium expressed disgruntlement with the board and the players.

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Conrad Logan the hero as Hibs defeat Dundee United to reach Cup final

Hampden Park witnessed redemption for Jason Cummings as Hibernian moved to within a game of ending an appalling Scottish Cup run but the man of the moment, and this match, was to prove an unlikely one.

Conrad Logan’s last professional outing was in December 2014, for Rochdale in a League One match against Notts County. The goalkeeper suffered a serious injury in that encounter and was released by his parent club, Leicester City, the following summer.

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Defender Gavin Gunning leaves Dundee United days after handball incident

• Irishman picked up ball inexplicably during league game
• Club say ‘private matter’ was a decision by mutual consent

Dundee United have parted company with the defender Gavin Gunning by mutual consent, the club said on Tuesday, three days after the Irishman inexplicably picked up the ball and walked off the field during a match.

The 25-year-old was playing in Saturday’s league match against Inverness when he scooped up the ball, walked to the touchline and claimed he was injured. He was ordered to return to the pitch by United’s manager, Mixu Paatelainen.

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Scottish roundup: Alex Schalk’s goal seals top-six spot for Ross County

• Dundee United closer to relegation
• Boyd eases pressure on Kilmarnock

Ross County secured a top-six finish as the Scottish Premiership drew towards its split after a 1-0 win against Partick Thistle at the Global Energy Stadium.

The first shot on target turned out to be the only goal of the game. Alex Schalk scored in the 14th minute when he fired the ball past Ryan Scully into the far corner of the net from the edge of the 18-yard box.

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Scottish roundup: Ryan Dow keeps Dundee United’s survival hopes alive

• Motherwell move up table with win at Inverness
• Dundee United record vital win in bid for survival

Dundee United boosted their chances of staying in the Scottish Premiership with a vital 1-0 win at St Johnstone in which they played with 10 men for the final half-hour.

Mixu Paatelainen’s team stoically defended a first-half lead secured by St Johnstone transfer target Ryan Dow to narrow the gap on second-bottom Kilmarnock to five points, with a game in hand. Ultimately, the home side could not capitalise on the dismissal of Coll Donaldson on the hour mark.

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Scottish roundup: Billy McKay heads Dundee United into the semi-finals

• Two goals from Henry Anier not enough for Ross County
• Arnaud Djoum’s header earns Hearts win

A last-minute winner from Billy McKay gave 10-man Dundee United a 3-2 victory in a thrilling Scottish Cup quarter-final against Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium.

Liam Boyce headed County into the lead midway through the first half but Henry Anier levelled after 57 minutes.

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Never mind England in 1966, here’s Scotland conquering Europe in 1967

Celtic won five competitions, Dundee United beat Barcelona home and away, Rangers made it to the Cup Winners’ Cup final and the national team beat England at Wembley. Scottish football may never enjoy success like this again

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

The English tend to go on about 1966. Such boastfulness about something that happened five decades ago can frustrate the rest of the UK and, more probably than not, the rest of the world. So it is high time that the balance was redressed and some of the limelight shared around a little more equitably by focusing on the remarkable events of the following year and the Caledonian joy that was the 1966-67 season.

In many ways this was an even more exceptional year, as the Scots not only recorded one of their most famous international victories but also seriously challenged and shook the accepted order of European club football. This was not just about cocking a snook at the Auld Enemy, however pleasurable that must have been, but it was the year that Scotland became the veritable kings of the continent. Nothing like it had happened before and nothing like it has been close to matching those notable achievements since. In fact, in light of the current state of Scottish football this purple patch may never be seen again.

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Scottish roundup: Jamie Walker’s penalty gives Hearts win over Killie

• Kane Hemmings scores his 20th goal of the season
• Motherwell move above Partick with a 3-1 win

Dundee United improved their Scottish Premiership survival chances with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over a lacklustre Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium.

The United captain, Paul Paton, headed the visitors into the lead with 10 minutes played and two goals in six minutes midway through the second period from Billy McKay and substitute Ryan Dow wrapped up the points.

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Scottish roundup: Paul Paton renews survival hopes for Dundee United

• Ian McShane’s free kick seals County’s win
• Lee Clark draws first match as Killie manager

Dundee United retained hope of staying in the Scottish Premiership with a 2-1 win over Hearts at Tannadice as both teams finished the game with 10 men.

Paul Paton was the hero for Mixu Paatelainen’s men as his spectacular 88th-minute winner from 25 yards out helped them to reduce the gap on second-from-bottom Kilmarnock to 11 points with a game in hand.

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