Dundee United’s glory years under Jim McLean: part one of two – podcast | Football


The best stories from the beautiful game that you may never have heard before, written by some of the world’s leading sports journalists, and spanning more than 100 years of sporting history from across the footballing planet.
In this episode: the first of a two-part feature-length story about Jim McLean, the tactical genius, bully, visionary and ‘absolute bampot’ behind Dundee United’s

unimaginable success in the 1980s

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European Cup Semi Final, Roma 3-0 Dundee United (agg 3-2), 25 April 1984
McLean was attacked by Roma players and officials, the majority of punches absorbed by John Gardiner, the reserve goalie, and Walter Smith, his famously tidy assistant [there are famous and brilliant photos of Di Bartolomei giving McLean the finger.

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