Scientist’s have claimed that staring at the colour Tangerine improves your IQ – so proof that supporting Dundee United is the intelligent choice…
1909: The Club Origins…
The City of Dundee witnessed the launch of Dundee Hibernian in 1909, a club for Dundee’s Irish community to associate with, so it made sense that they played in a traditional green strip.
In 1923, on the edge of bankruptcy, the club severed its Irish links, adopted the new name of Dundee United and decided to drop green from the strip, instead resorting to a more plain black & white approach to kit design.
Then in 1969 the club decided that a more modern look was required and the ‘Tangerines’ were born.
Although the colour itself did have some significance, because at that time Dundee United were in America representing Dallas Tornado in an American Soccer League. When the club was given a Tangerine strip to wear it inspired the to adopted the colour more permanently.
The Tangerine colour has been very good to Dundee United. It has seen us through our most successful period, accompanying us as we won 2 League Cups, 1 Scottish Cup and our greatest achievement of winning the Scottish Premier League in 1982/83.
United also wore their Tangerine colours on the way to the European Cup semi-final against AS Roma and in 1986/87 the United supporters impressed IFK Goteborg officials so much, during our encounter in the UEFA Cup Final, that they even adopted our Tangerine colour for the clubs away top.
Nowadays the colours tangerine & black are always associated with Dundee United.
Imagine all those European sides who travelled to Tayside throughout the late 70s and 80s only to be dazzled by United’s skill, flair and the brightness of our Tangerine jerseys.
Perhaps one of the reasons for our downward spiral since then has been due to the tangerine colour fading in the wash?
In the words of Sue Barker on ‘A Question Of Sport’…..’It’s a lovely shade of Tangerine’ and I personally can’t disagree.
The Only Team In…….Scotland
Dundee United are the only team in Scotland who can truly claim to be Tangerine, but not the only UK club.
English side Blackpool can also claim to have Tangerine amongst their official club colours, and scarily enough they used to be sponsored by Telewest Communication at the same time United were aswell…