All Hearts fans will have their own memories of that fateful day in 1986 when Dundee dealt the Jambos’ title hopes a fatal blow on the last day of the season at Dens
Bobby Glennie’s Dens memories.
We venture back in time again with Billy Campbell's Ghost, he talked with Bobby Glennie and his memories playing for the mighty Dee.
But, back in season 1977/78 it was Hearts who put Dundee's bid for glory on hold for another season as the Dark Blues made their second vain attempt to get out of the backwater of First Division football.
At the end of the first season of the brand new Premier League, it was Dundee who unfortunately were relegated along with St.Johnstone but only after a brave fight with our street neighbours and Aberdeen, with goal difference the deciding factor.
People still say to this day that we never recovered from our term in the lower league - I would say that there must be an element of truth in that although Simon and Jim are doing their damnedest to ensure that the only way is up for our club.
Look what happened to the survivors - Aberdeen and United since then - a total of sixteen trophies between them including a European win plus another final and all three domestic honours!
Quite astonishing - Dundee reached a League Cup Final while in the lower league. One can only wonder what might have happened if Dundee had stayed up instead of one of our derby rivals!
In season 1976/77 a superb St. Mirren and a slick Clydebank left Dundee to languish in the First Division for a second year which was to prove very competitive as Hearts joined Dundee in the 'First' and made it two big teams that everyone wanted to beat that season.
These two could still draw the crowds with players such as Billy Pirie, Eric Sinclair and latterly that season, Bobby Glennie, and in the Hearts team, the exciting Rab Prentice and a sprightly Eammon Bannon (with hair! – apparently, the only difference between Eammon and the Edinburgh Festival is that the Festival has a fringe!).
Bobby Glennie joined Dundee that season around February and became a regular fixture towards the end of the promotion challenge. Bobby remembers that season well, particularly as it reached its climax with the great prize - a return to the Premier League - the only place to be in Scottish football.
Bobby was a youthful 20 when he arrived at Dens from Aberdeen. As Bobby says, 'After realising that with the likes of Miller, McLeish, Garner and McLelland at Pittodrie, competition for a first team place was going to be difficult! It was good sense for me to play first team football and what better place than the club I supported - and still do! '.
Bobby soon settled in at centre half and remembers, ‘After I joined up at Dens, Dundee only suffered one defeat towards the end of that season but with a number of drawn games had allowed both Morton and Hearts to sneak fractionally ahead and the last game of the season was a win or bust match against the already promoted Morton at Cappielow while Hearts had to drop at least one point at Gayfield.
The promotion battle had caught the imagination of the fans that season and Dundee had home crowds of 13,000 and 14,000 in successive games at Christmas and early in the New Year the clash with Hearts at Tynecastle had pulled in a mammoth 19,000 with an estimated 6000 from Dundee which still stands as a First Division record and is unlikely to be beaten unless one of the Old Firm ever get relegated! - Some hope!
The division boasted quality players such as those mentioned earlier and Morton displayed the talents of a young Mark McGhee and the irrepressible Andy Ritchie!
Dundee headed for Cappielow on the last day of the season, 29 April 1978 with around 7000 fans in a crowd of 12,500 all hoping the day would go their way!
Morton had beaten Airdrie at home in the midweek to clinch the title and should have been fairly relaxed on the Saturday. As it was they were very relaxed!
Bobby Glennie remembers that Morton had the perfect start. 1 They went one up in 21 minutes through Russell but Ian Redford knocked one in to allow us to go in at half-time level.
We had another blow with around twenty minutes to go when another defence splitting pass from Andy Ritchie let Russell in to score a second! ‘I then scored a rare goal to equalise and in a frantic finish Billy Pirie put us in the lead which we held till the end to win 3-2.’
'The fans had heard a rumour that Hearts had drawn at Gayfield and were celebrating and demanding we come out for a lap of honour but word had filtered through that they had in fact won with a single goal from Eammon Bannon.
The lads were sick and very subdued on the way home and the fans were obviously the same way.
Albert Kidd (can I mention him?) played for Arbroath that day but did Dundee no favours while other stalwarts of the successful Hearts side were Cammy Fraser and Jim Jeffries.
From a personal point of view it was a disastrous day as I also lost my watch on the Cappielow terracing due to much jumping around and cheering as we all believed Dundee had done it that day - It was not to be and Dundee faced a financially crippling third season in the First Division.
Dundee finally went up to the Premier League the following season with Hibs and this three year period probably did untold financial damage to the club as well as affecting the morale of the support, with the main beneficiaries perhaps being our neighbours across the road. ·
Bobby Glennie went on to captain his beloved Dundee and earned the respect of the Dundee support to such an extent that he is still stopped in the streets of Dundee today by people he doesn’t know - but they know him. Bobby doesn't mind this one bit and I think in footballing circles that this is the mark of utmost respect for a player who played for the jersey and earned the admiration of all Dark Blue fans.
Bobby recalls many excellent players at Dens and is yet another who rates Jocky Scott as one of the best. 'He had everything and was a bit of a hero for me. I also rated Gordon Wallace highly and Eric Sinclair was magnificent. Jimmy Murphy was a player who had incredible skill and if Jimmy had a poor game it did not get to him at all. More recently, I rate Jim Duffy as one of the best in the business.'
'I faced many quality players but Charlie Nicholas could beat people with ease - a really exciting player and Mark McGhee always gave me a hard time- even he didn't know what he was doing at times!'
Bobby wouldn't include any Arabs in his choice of quality players although I detected a well disguised admiration for one or two - very diplomatic Bobby!
Bobby rates the 5 - 1 win over Celtic, a 4 - 3 win at Tannadice and the 1980 League Cup Final as the the highlights of his career. Bobby now works for Trojan which seems appropriate as he certainly played like one and is turning out for the Violet these days but is plagued by pelvic problems.
He has two young lads who are keen football fans but one is giving him a dilemma as he favours the 'other lot' although as in the words of Glennie Senior, 'I’ll soon put him right!'
We're sure you will Bobby as many fellow professionals found out over the years!
One memory which is very special is his goal against Aberdeen at Dens caught by the TV cameras forever, 'It was so far out I couldn't believe it and neither did Cammy Fraser who kept telling me it was only 20 or so yards. We eventually got hold of a measuring machine from Wullie Robertson, the groundsman, and looked at the TV film to mark the spot - I reckon it was around 35 yards! Cammy to this day still tries to play it down.' Our Cammy jealous? - surely not!
Bobby still has it on tape 'somewhere in the attic' and will surely keep it as an outstanding memory of a great career.
When Bobby finally hangs up his boots he intends to get back on the terracing at Dens to support Dundee - and hopefully he'll have TWO sons with him!