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SourcesThe Comprehensive History of Dundee United
Rags To Riches: The Official History of Dundee United
Dundee United: Official Centenary History
Peter Rundo & Mike Watson
About The Archive
Created in 2006 by Niall Harkiss, the Arab Archive was born on the back of a substantial collection of Dundee United match programmes and a keen interest in MySQL database development. The two passions were combined and a comprehensive match, opponent and player database was the result. Eight years on, we can now claim to have EVERY major competitive match, player, appearance and goal for Dundee Hibernian and United, from 1909 to the present day, recorded in the Archive database - making it the most interactive and accurate record of Dundee United statistics anywhere.
The Archive's statistical offering however, would be a mere snippet of United's competitive history were it not for the further contribution of Dundee United historian Steve Gracie, the author of the excellent "Dundee United FC - A Comprehensive History" series. Thanks to years of research, Steve has preserved the detailed history of United from the club's burgeoning years up to its centenary and in doing so, has worked with the Archive to ensure its records are verified as complete and accurate.
Thanks to the tireless scanning efforts of programme collectors Shug Falconer, Keith Wilson and John Myles, we have been able to add the front covers of almost every match programme issued since 1960, both home and away, enabling us to provide a little extra colour to match histories.
Bryan Orr, of the popular Glenrothes Arabs website, joined the Archive team as a co-administrator in 2013, introducing many new sections, such as On This Day and most notably the innovative Hall of Kits section, featuring several high resolution photographs of United kits, past and present, each snapped by Bryan himself.
More recently, Graeme Webster spent countless hours on the digitization of match reports from old home programmes using optical character recognition. As well as preserving writing that had been lost in the annals of time, his reports have added some literary detail to our match records.
Over the past year, the Archive has continued to grow thanks to the collaboration of many supporters from all over the world. Using social media to continue to promote and preserve the history of the Club, we have received contributions via email, suggestions forums, Twitter and Facebook that have helped to ensure our player profiles and match records continue to grow in detail.