Hall Of Fame Inductees 2011
In 2011, the Club inducted the following players into the Hall of Fame:- Kenny Cameron, John Holt, Duncan Hutchison, Frank Kopel, Erik Pedersen and Lennart Wing.
Total Apps: 170 Goals: 83
Kenny had been with Dundee and then Kilmarnock, before he joined United in 1968. Astonishingly, he recorded a total of 15 goals, including four hat-tricks, before the new season got under way.
He continued in great scoring form in his first season, ending the campaign as Scotland’s top scorer with 36 goals. Over the next five years he was a regular in the front line whilst he graduated as a coach and when he was released in May 1974, he joined Montrose as player/coach, later becoming their manager.
After he left Montrose, he used his football knowledge as a scout and helped United find many of the young players who would emerge over the years. He was also a coach at Tannadice for fifteen years.
Total Apps: 405 Goals: 24
John first signed for United on an S form in 1973, when he was with Invergowrie Boys Club. An early introduction to the senior side propelled him into the Scotland professional youth squad. In his first few seasons at Tannadice, John had some tough competition but gradually became established in the side from 1977 onwards. He collected League Cup winners’ medals in 1979 and 1980 and was also part of the League Championship squad. He has runners-up medals from three Scottish Cup finals, two League Cup finals and the UEFA Cup final.
John was a regular in the side for the best part of ten years but left United to join Dunfermline Athletic for £50,000 early in 1987-88. He later returned to United as SFA Community Development Officer and became part of the management team during Paul Hegarty’s brief period in charge of United in 2003. In 2012 he was back at Tannadice coaching United Academy youths.
Total Apps: 215 Goals: 122
Duncan joined United in July 1927, after being released by Dunfermline Athletic. Quickly earning the nickname “Hurricane Hutch”, he was a regular in the side for two full seasons, completing both as top scorer. As United began season 1929-30 in Division One, the player was in top form but when an offer of around £4,000 was received from Newcastle United, he decided it was time to try his luck at a higher level and moved south.
He was then with Derby County and Hull City and in June 1935 he returned to Tanadice in a swap deal involving Bobby Yorke. In his second spell he took on the role of a supporting forward but he had lost little of his attacking prowess and found the net often as a regular in the side over the next four seasons.
He was invited to join the Board at Dundee United in 1953 and took temporary charge of team matters between the resignation of Willie MacFadyen and the appointment of Reggie Smith as Manager. In 1963 Duncan became Chairman of Dundee United. He was in that position for just a brief spell but remained a Director until his death in 1973.
Total Apps: 407 Goals: 13
Frank began his senior career at Manchester United, making 12 appearances before moving to Blackburn Rovers, who released him in December 1971. He became Jim McLean’s first United signing at the beginning of 1972 and played just occasionally over the rest of the season but then became a stalwart of the side for ten years. A member of the team who won the Clubs first major honour with the League Cup win in 1979, he followed that up with a second League Cup winner’s medal in 1980. He also gained runners-up medals from Scottish Cup finals in 1974 and 1981.
In February 1982, he was released and was quickly appointed player/coach at Arbroath but returned to United for short spells in December 1983, April 1985 and August 1988 to help out in the reserves.
Total Apps: 84 Goals: 0
Erik was a Norwegian international signed from Viking Stavanger in 1996. Previously he had been with ODD Grenland BK and Tromso IL. He spent his first two seasons as a first choice in the side after making his debut as a trialist. In November 1997, he collected a runners-up medal in the League Cup final. In his third and last season with he made just a handful of appearances due to injuries. Erik left in May 1999 to return to Norway, where he rejoined ODD Grenland BK.
Total Apps: 86 Goals: 9
Lenny signed from Orgryte in January 1965. He was a fire-fighter in his home town and had to obtain a leave of absence to play for United. A Swedish international, he went on to become a regular in the side for the rest of that season and the next two. Along with Orjan Persson, he was the first United player to be capped at full international level. When his contract expired he returned home but continued to play part time football, signing for Orgryte in 1967.