Eddie Thompson, The late Chairman assumed control of Dundee United in September 2002. A well-known United supporter, he had a lengthy association with the Club being responsible for the VG shirt sponsorship in the 80s.
He was also a founding member of the Dundee United Business Club and was a member of the SPL Board. He was founder and Chief Executive of the convenience store chain Morning, Noon & Night before its sale to Scotmid in 2004 and was involved with the Scottish Retail Consortium, CBI Scotland and the British Retail Consortium.
He was awarded the OBE in June 2005, in recognition of his services to the Scottish grocery industry and his work as Chairman of the Scottish Retail Consortium.
Thanks to Eddie’s generosity he donated 10 shares to enable ArabTRUST to get on the first rung of the shareholding ladder. Eddie passed away on 15th October 2008
Ivan Golac, The appointment of the former Yugoslav international to the manager’s job at Tannadice in July 1993 stunned Scottish football. Of all the Premier Division clubs, Dundee United would have been the last choice of most people to break the mould by introducing the country’s first overseas manager. It was a bold decision by Chairman Jim McLean and his fellow directors and was rewarded with another mould being broken ten months later when Golac brought the Scottish Cup to Tannadice for the first time in 1994.
Golac had had a successful career in his native country as well as a spell with Southampton. Managerially he had earned his spurs with Partizan Belgrade, so he arrived with sound credentials. Unfortunately, Scottish football – and, as it turned out those in charge of Dundee United – were not ready to accept quite such a radical departure from the norm. Golac’s unconventional training methods and his devil-may-care comments to the media caused concern. The Cup triumph was almost certainly due to his ability to motivate the players for the big occasion, but he proved unable to repeat the act when it came to the bread-and-butter of the League.
In his first season, United finished only two points clear of relegation, a fact lost amid the euphoria of the Cup win. However, the following season’s form was never convincing and it was clear that he did not command universal support. United’s Premier Division status was under threat and when defeat at Hearts broke their hold on the Scottish Cup, the board acted quickly and Golac left the club by mutual consent.
After less than two years, Ivan Golac was gone, but he will not be easily forgotten. Whatever their opinion of his reign as a whole – and opinions differ greatly – Golac did deliver the Holy Grail which many Arabs had all but given up hope of seeing: tangerine and black ribbons attached to the Scottish Cup.
Jimmy Briggs, signed for the club in June 1955 from St. Mary’s Youth Club. He was the son of ‘Toddler’ Briggs, a nickname his dad had picked up during his junior playing days.
'Gunboat' made his first team debut on 14 September 1955 against Forfar at Tannadice and with his no nonsense style of play, went on to become an important member of the team that established Dundee United as a leading force in Scottish football .
After fifteen faithful seasons with the club, he was released in 1970 and went on to join Montrose.
He was inducted in to the 2008 Dundee United Hall of Fame. Jimmy passed away on 9th April 2011.