The club came into being in 1909 as Dundee Hibernian, taking over the Clepington Park ground of Dundee Wanderers and renaming it Tannadice Park.
Their first game was a friendly match against Edinburgh Hibernian in August 1909, a match that ended in a 1-1 draw.
The club was saved from going out of existence by a group of local businessmen, renamed Dundee United and re-entered into the second division in 1923-24.
In 1924-25 the club were Champions of Scottish Division Two although relegation back to the basement division soon followed in 1926-27.
In the sixties one influx of Scandinavian players saw United as early pioneers in the importation of foreign players.
The 1979-80 season saw the club win its first silverware when they lifted the Scottish League Cup following a 3-0 trouncing of Aberdeen. In 1980-81 season saw United retain the League cup when they beat deadly rivals Dundee 3-0 in the final.
In 1982-83 they won their first League championship when they pipped Celtic and Aberdeen to the Premier League title.
The following season they entered the European Cup and progressed to the Semi-Final stage before losing 2-3 on aggregate to AS Roma.