Dundee United were relegated in May 2016 in a humiliating defeat at Dens Park to Dundee – who followed them through the trap door not long after. Their retina burning strips will now return to the Scottish Premiership after four years of touring the lesser grounds of Scottish full-time football, with Saints travelling to Tannadice for the first match of the 2020/21 season.
To make sure we’re fully up to speed ahead of Saturday’s game, here are a few facts you may have forgotten about our near neighbours in their absence
1 – Their manager was sacked at McDiarmid Park
“It’s easier to stop than it is to create.” Those were the words of a bitter Jackie McNamara at the end of the 2014 Scottish Cup final. Never mind the fact his team had just failed to do either in the biggest game of the season. Fast forward to September 2015 and McNamara’s hold on the United job is on the proverbial shoogly peg. Could his side get some breathing space with a win at McDiarmid Park? Things looked promising – a first half penalty led to Alan Mannus being sent off and United taking a one goal lead.
But Tommy Wright – as always – had the hex over the former Celtic and Scotland defender. A header from Graham Cummins and a delicious Simon Lappin lob saw Saints win 2-1 and McNamara unceremoniously sacked in a McDiarmid Park side room. You love to see it.
2 – Their new manager has a truly absurd name
3 – Their most famous fan is Timmy Mallett
The wacky kids TV star, artist and musician – pictured in the video above with the actress who plays Lorraine on ITV morning telly – is a regular visitor to Tayside and appears to have taken United as his team. Given his poor taste in shirts, glasses and pop music it is little surprise he’s fallen under their spell.
4 – They lost the 2014 Scottish Cup final
OK, we doubt you forgot about that one…