On sale now — The Final Countdown: The complete story of Dundee United’s 1986/87 UEFA Cup campaign

The Courier has produced a special souvenir book to mark 30 years since Dundee United reached the UEFA Cup final.

Here’s our guide to what you’ll find in the book, and how you can secure your copy.


What’s it all about?

Thirty years ago, a Dundee United side led by legendary manager Jim McLean upset all the odds by reaching the UEFA Cup final.

The Tangerine Terrors humbled some of world football’s biggest stars on the way to reaching the 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.


Tell me about the book

The book is compiled from The Courier’s in-depth coverage across the whole season.

We’ve scanned the pages to bring you the feel of what it was like to be a Dundee United fan in the 1980s reading about the team’s latest news in the morning paper.

The book tells the story from the club's and the fans' side as the remarkable run to the final progressed.© DC Thomson
The book tells the story from the club’s and the fans’ side as the remarkable run to the final progressed.

It contains all the build-up, match previews, match reports and photos. But there is also a wealth of behind-the-scenes content: the stories of the fans who travelled to the away games, the mascots, the foreign fans being welcomed in Dundee.

There are also full reproductions of extremely rare exclusive interviews from the time with McLean, his wife Doris, and the club’s then chairman George Fox.

There’s also a new foreword by former club captain Paul Hegarty as he recalls how United’s fans were hailed as the best in Europe.

It’s a 152-page hardback book that would make a great keepsake for any United fan young or old.


When is it out and what does it cost?

Now! The book is in stock and you have various ways of securing your copy.

It costs £14.99.



You can buy the book online, from DC Thomson, from Dundee United, or from Waterstone’s in Dundee.


1: Online

You can order your copy from the DC Thomson shop and have it sent anywhere in the world.

To do so, click here.


2: From DC Thomson in Dundee

Copies of the book are available to buy now from the reception area at the DC Thomson offices in Meadowside, Dundee.

Copies are on sale from DC Thomson reeption in Meadowside, Dundee.
Copies are on sale from DC Thomson reception in Meadowside, Dundee.


3: From Dundee United

The book is on sale from Dundee United’s club shop, beside Tannadice.

It was officially launched there on May 22.

2017-05-18 Final Countdown Book Launch

Former players Dave Narey, Paul Hegarty, John Holt and Dave Bowman were there to sign copies.

4: From Waterstone’s in Dundee


Copies are also now available from Waterstone’s book shop, 35 Commercial Street, Dundee, DD1 3DG.