New Firm (Scotland)

The New Firm ( German The new resistant ) are the derbies between the Scottish football clubs FC Aberdeen ( also known as The Dons, The Reds and The Dandies known) from Aberdeen in the North East and Dundee United ( also known as The Tangerines, The Terrors and The Arabs known ) from about 70 miles, about 112 km further south of Dundee. Aberdeen and Dundee are to Glasgow and Edinburgh the third - or fourth-largest city in the country. The term New Firm was established in the early 1980s when the two clubs had their most successful period and newspapers coined the term. The name New Firm is a derivative of the traditional Old Firm ( The old German -resistant ) between the most successful Scottish football club Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic.

Denmark has since 1992 another Derby under the name New Firm There, the team of FC Copenhagen and Brøndby IF face.


The FC Aberdeen was built in 1903 by the merger of the clubs Aberdeen, Victoria United and Orion. After the introduction to the Scottish Second Division 1904/ 05 is increased after one year in the then highest league Scottish First Division and has been continuously top notch. The roots of Dundee United go back to the year 1909. There were founded on 24 May of the year of the Irish immigrant community and the Dundee Hibernian modeled Hibernian Edinburgh. In financial difficulties intervened in 1923 businessmen from the city to the club under the arms. To open the club to a wider audience, one designated by Dundee United.

The beginning of the New Firm heralded the final of the League Cup 1979/80. The Dons and the terror stood on December 8, 1979 against at Hampden Park. On the way to the final switched Aberdeen both the Glasgow Rangers and Celtic Glasgow. The Final match ended in a goalless 0-0 draw and so they met four days later to replay the Dens Park Dundee FC again. With two goals from Willie Pettigrew and a goal by Paul Sturrock, the Tangerines decided the final 3-0 for itself. A year later succeeded the D.U.F.C. at Dens Park against city rivals Dundee FC to defend the title. It was previously in the quarterfinals to the encounter between the rivals. Dundee moved to 0-0 and 1-0 in return game in the semi-finals. In the third final in a row ( 1981/82 ) subject to the Rangers with 1:2 gates after you turned off the Aberdeen FC in the semifinals.

The Aberdeen FC was able to secure against the overwhelming competition from Glasgow Rangers and Celtic for the Scottish Cup in 1980. Aberdeen was after the FC Kilmarnock 1965, the first team that broke through the row of the series champions from Glasgow. In the years 1982 to 1984 was followed by three Cup wins, there completed the Dandies after 12 years, the dominance of the Glasgow club. 1970 Aberdeen itself was the last team that the winning streak of the Celtic and Rangers crossed. Also, the league title in 1984 and 1985 were each with seven points clear of Celtic Glasgow to Aberdeen. The biggest success of the Dons was winning the European Cup Winners' Cup 1982 /83. In the final in Gothenburg Ullevi you rank as outsiders Real Madrid coach Alfredo Di Stéfano 2-1 after extra time down. Aberdeen is by Celtic Glasgow ( 1967) and Glasgow Rangers (1972 ) the third Scottish winner of the European Cup. On top of the Dandies emerged as the winners of the 1983 UEFA Super Cup against Hamburger SV, 0-0 and 2-0 show. As defending one was intercepted in the following season in the European Cup in 1983/84 on the way to the final by FC Porto in the semis. Closely associated with the success of the Reds is the legendary coach Alex Ferguson, who was responsible for the Aberdeen FC from 1978 to 1986, before he took a seat on the coach chair of Manchester United.

In 1925 the first league game between the clubs took place. After four Erstligaspielzeiten between 1925/26 and 1931/32 Dundee United had descended after a 19th place from the Scottish Football House of Lords. A Derby pause, broken only by a quarter-final in the Scottish FA Cup 1951/52, that would last nearly thirty years. It was not until the 1960/61 season they returned, and the competitors met again on league level. Jim McLean took over in 1971 as coach of the Arabs, and it should keep to 1993. 1983 celebrated Dundee United 's first league title. Previously, in 1980 and 1981 in the Scottish League Cup success. The sporting highlight of terror was reaching the finals in the UEFA Cup 1986/87 that they lost after return game ( 0:1 and 1:1 ) against Sweden IFK Gothenburg.

At the end of the 1980s as well as Dundee United Aberdeen moved back into second place behind the Glasgow clubs back. With front seats are qualified for the UEFA Cup, but a championship is no longer jumped out of it. Overall, both teams were able to still three Cup wins ( 1990 Aberdeen and Dundee 1994, 2010) retract. In the league season 1994/95 it was very bad for both teams, as the Reds and the Tangerines fought together against relegation. At the end of the FC Aberdeen prevented with the penultimate place in the table the first descent of Scotland's top flight. Dundee United on the other hand had to make their way to the First Division. But it was a brief visit, for the season 1996/97 reported one with a third place and qualification for the UEFA Cup 1997/98 back. In 2000, the team landed in Aberdeen in last place. The second division prevented only the increase in the Scottish Premier League from 10 to 12 clubs. In the following years until today Aberdeen and Dundee were located alternately between the seats for international business and the relegation zone.


Overall, Dundee United and Aberdeen FC met 228 times in successive Championship, Cup and League Cup. It does not include unofficial games like friendlies or other cup competitions.

Lists of games

Games in league play

The undated Games are numbered as an exact order within the season is not known.

Scottish FA Cup

Scottish League Cup