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Dundee Utd pays tribute to legend Kopel

Dundee United have paid tribute to club legend Frank Kopel who has passed away aged 65.

Kopel, who was inducted into the Tannadice Hall of Fame, has died following a long battle with vascular dementia for which he was diagnosed six years ago.

A statement on the club's official website touched on the career of the great Kopel who played over 400 times for the Tangerines between 1972 and 1982.

"Everyone associated with Dundee United will be saddened to hear that Frank Kopel has lost his brave battle against his cruel illness," read the statement.

"Frank was the first signing made by manager Jim McLean and for almost a decade was a fixture in the side at left-back. In his 10 years at Tannadice, his steady, reliable performances contributed to the success of Dundee United throughout the 1970s.

"His status as a legend was of course secured as part of the side which won the club's first major trophy in 1979, but even before that he was an integral part of the side which continued to ensure United's place in the top flight of Scottish football.

"An indication of the affection with which he was held by all Arabs is illustrated by the fact that a supporters' club was named in his honour and by the genuinely warm welcome he received at the many club and supporters' functions and events he attended over the years.

"Our thoughts are with his wife Amanda, his son Scott, and all of his family and friends at this very sad time."

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