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      1973-74 A Cup Double This Time

      It is interesting to note the great coverage in England of Arsenal's attempt to achieve a unique cup double in England this season and the more unusual circumstances of them playing the same opponents in both Wembley finals - Sheffield Wednesday.

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      1971-72 then AC Milan Again

      While all Rangers fans are rubbing their hands at the prospect of a European Cup Final against the seemingly invincible Italians of A.C. Milan, Dundee fans can recall with some pride our club's record against the Latin giants.

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      Divided We Stand?

      Sometimes it's difficult to shake off the feeling that Dundee supporters actually want their managers to fail. All manner of reasons given over the years as to why no matter the man in charge, he simply isn't the right guy for the job.

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      Winging It

      Most Dee’s will have been saddened by the recent departure of Craig ‘CW33’ Wighton to Hearts. The parallels between the journey he is setting out on and the one taken by his now ex-manager, Neil McCann, just over 20 years before him, also something that won’t have escaped those of a Dark Blue persuasion.

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      Eh Mind O' Duffy (Part 2)

      Back at Dens it became apparent that not everyone was dismayed by the departure of Duffy, George Shaw making a surprise return to The Dee. The striker, who had arrived at Dundee from Partick Thistle in 1994 alongside his teammate Gerry Britton (the duo’s appearance going a long way to softening the blow of Billy Dodds’ sale to St Johnstone) having recently departed Dens under a cloud. Starting the season by signing monthly deals with Duffy, the fans’ favourite would end up with a short-term loan at League of Ireland club Home Farm, before potential moves to Real Mallorca and Lleida in Spain and Germans, Stuttgart Kickers, in reality, turned out to be nothing more than the offer of a trial with each of the respective clubs.

      Available to teams out with his homeland on a free, the fact that Scottish teams would still have to part with cash to secure the in-demand striker’s services scuppered a move to St Johnstone, whose offer for Shaw was £15,000 short of the £60,000 Dundee were demanding. Although Dunfermline were willing to meet that asking price, but couldn’t agree personal terms with the player.

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      Eh Mind O' Duffy (Part 1)

      Back in 1996 I began keeping a scrapbook detailing the fortunes of Dundee Football Club. Clippings from newspapers and other little oddities such as team-photo prints and the prospectus trying to cajole fans into buying shares in the club, all stored away for posterity. Twenty-two years later, one of my daughters was tasked with retrieving the surprisingly un-battered books (67 of the 70 that were filled - 3 remain missing in action) from our loft and for the first time in over two decades I’ve been reliving Dens days of yore. 

      With The Dark Blues having reached the semi-finals of the Coca Cola Cup and been riding high at the top of the old first division early in the season, by the time book two of the scrapbook years came to an end, much of that early optimism had frittered away. A run of poor form - especially in front of goal - found The Dee’s trailing St Johnstone by a massive 11 points as they battled for the one and only automatic promotion spot into the land of milk and honey, known otherwise as The Scottish Premier League.

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      Eh Mind O’ Charnley

      Back in 1996 I began keeping a scrapbook detailing the fortunes of Dundee Football Club. Clippings from newspapers and other little oddities such as team-photo prints and the prospectus trying to cajole fans into buying shares in the club, all stored away for posterity. Twenty-two years later, one of my daughters was tasked with retrieving the surprisingly un-battered books (67 of the 70 that were filled - 3 remain missing in action) from our loft and for the first time in over two decades I’ve been reliving Dens days of yore.

      Do you remember Mark Ward? Laurent Croce? Ole Petter Skonner? No? Neither do I, but they all played a part in book two of the scrapbook years, Dundee looking yet again to drag themselves out of the 1st Division (remember that?) while struggling to score goals on the field of play and looking like a soap opera off it.

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