The Truth Behind Why Dundee United Fans Are Called Arabs

Many football fans have their specified names matching the team’s name. However when it comes to Dundee united fc, there is a distinct parallel seen as they are often referred to as Arabs instead of “Dundee’s” or something familiar. Why? Well those who are Dundee United mad will be able to tell you.


The most common myth of how Dundee United FC got the term Arabs spread has something to do with an uprising. The myth purported that due to an Arab uprising in one of the far west countries, slogans of “United Arabs” were used in newspapers and other authority papers. With this happening and Dundee united playing several games at the time, the nickname was adopted.Reality

The origin of the term dates back to the 1960s. This comes about as when Dundee united fc was ready to play their matches, they were denied due to the fact that the Tannadice was filled with ice. To be able to ensure that there is tie against Albion Rovers and be able to participate in Scottish cup, Dundee hired a tar burner to melt the ice off. However the result was disastrous as the pitch was let with no grass. To ensure that the game would still go on, the football directors ordered sand to be spread across the pitch and have some lines painted on it and it was declared playable. In the game united won, gaining the much needed tie against the Albion Rovers, making some fans comment to the new surface like Arabs.

However with such glory on their feet, supporters of Dundee United FC should not let such an opportunity pass and adopted the name Arabs for themselves. Subsequent matches ensured that the name stuck, as fans wore interesting gears mimicking Arab headgear. Still not until 1970s to 80s was the name fully adopted. This came about as a progression to the semifinals and finally finals, an identity was needed which was given by the term “Arabs”. By the 1990s even the official club was selling souvenir gears adorning Arab keffiyehs in black white and tampering. This way the name Arabs stuck with Dundee united fans, while Dundee united fc attaining the name Terrors.

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St Mirren Preview

It’s that special time of year again, that particular point in the season which all fans look forward to. It’s what many fans call the biggest date in the football season; it is Scottish Cup Third Round day! Buoyant by a decent run in the league and boosted by a run to the Semi Final of the CIS Cup, Motherwell travel to Paisley to take on run-away Division One leaders St. Mirren at Love Street!

However, Terry Butcher certainly has some selection problems to contend with ahead of the game. Northern Irish International Stephen Craigan will miss the game due to a suspension carried over from last year’s competition. Also missing the trip will be youngsters Paul Quinn and Shaun Fagan who have both picked up a flu-like virus during the week. They will join long-term absentees Scott Leitch, Jim Paterson and Kenny Wright on the sidelines. Terry also has a selection dilemma with the return from suspension of Alan McCormack. The on-loan Preston midfielder has been in explosive form this season but the return of Kevin McBride and subsequent goal last week means Butcher will have to think long and hard about who gets the nod for the right-midfield slot!

St Mirren have been flying this season and will be up for the game given it was ‘Well that knocked them out of the CIS Cup earlier in the season with two extra-time goals. Gus McPherson also has a few injury problems of his own with Kirk Broadfoot and Hugh Murray definitely missing the game. John Sutton has been struggling with a virus all week and Billy Mehmet is sidelined with a foot knock. However, Saints will have two new signings in the squad with former Dundee winger Iain Anderson and ex-Dundee Utd keeper Tony Bullock joining up during the week!

‘Well boss Terry Butcher told the official ‘Well site “We shouldn’t fear anybody and with our away record, which is good, we should be confident. We have also won three of our last four games, and the one at Easter Rd was lost with one bad 45 mins. We have five or six players back since the CIS game and we have improved since then, but so have St. Mirren as they push for promotion to the SPL.”

“It would be good to have two cup runs after disappointing defeats to Inverness and Kilmarnock in the last two seasons. If we get through tomorrow who knows what might happen. We need to look to get through and it is not about the performance but getting through and that is what Cup football is all about.”