As United supporters began to look forward to the start of the 2000/01 campaign, ArabFC was approached by ‘Total Football’ magazine…
ArabFC was asked to complete a short questionnaire, the answers for which would be used in the pre-season edition of ‘Total Football’ magazine.
Below are the answers which ArabFC submitted to the magazine:-
1.Last Season’s Defining Moment (20 words – does not need to be an on-pitch event):
[Friday 3rd December ’99]- Top scorer Billy Dodds exerts his contract clause and stabs United in the back to sign for his beloved Huns.
2. A Few Words About the Gaffer + A Rating Out Of Ten (20-25 words):
[Paul Sturrock (6/10)]- He’s not just the manager and an ex-star player, because…….’Luggy Is An Arab’…..who’s looking to youth development for long-term success.
3. Style of Play (20-25 words):
[#@*$#!?#&]- Notoriously Scotland’s most negative team, playing too deep and defensively. Too predictable going forward, but hopefully a few creative new signings will improve the situation.
4. High Point of 99/00 (20 words):
[Sunday 17th October 1999]- Like the United of old, they put DundeeFC to the sword. In a classy 2-0 victory, which had Arabs gasping for more.
5. Low Point of 99/00 (20 words):
[Saturday 06th May 2000]- Humiliation at Dens Park, as United crumble 3-0 with no fighting spirit. Allowing DundeeFC to become the city’s superior team for 2nd year in-a-row.
6. Player of the Season 99/00 (20-25 words):
[Alan Combe] – The best uncapped Scotland goalkeeper around. He has improved dramatically
since he signed from St.Mirren, but only shades the award over retiring star Maurice Malpas.
7. Must Try Harder 99/00 (20 words):
[The Whole Team]- The effort shown from last seasons squad was well below par. It is simply not acceptable stuff from a club such as United.
8. Best Goal For 99/00 (20-25 words):
[Saturday 11th September ’99]- David Hannah’s 35yard wonder goal against Hibernian at Tannadice, which glided into the top of Gottstakson’s goal. It should have been nominated for Goal-Of-The-Last-Millennium.
9. Best Goal Against 99/00 (20-25 words):
[Saturday 18th September ’99]- Andy Dow’s freekick from just outside the area, which curled effortlessly over the defensive wall and ended just inside Combe’s right-hand post. Concluding 618 goal-less minutes for Aberdeen.
10. Best Player Against 99/00 (20-25 words):
[Russell Latapy]- Hibernian’s Trinidad and Tobago wing-wizard ran rings around United’s defenders and showed the type of creativity missing from our own ranks.
11. How About A New Nickname?
[The Arabs]- I would prefer to stick with our present nickname, because I am ‘Proud to be an Arab’
12. Player To Watch This Year 00/01 (20 words):
[Anastasios Venetis]- United’s young Greek midfielder who is fast becoming a firm fans favourite. He will be a tremendous asset for United over future years.
13. If your team was a TV show, which one would it be (25 words):
[‘The Muppets’]- 11 Under-21 players are in the squad, who are young enough to watch the Muppets. But its unfortunate that they’re heavily influenced by them as well.
14. Position This Season:
[Head Xth] Head – 7th/8th
[Heart Xth] Heart – 3rd/4th