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    • By UWTB1893
      Our last tie against the Honest men in this competition happened all the way back in 1991 and it was the Ayrshire team who proceeded into the next round with a 4-2 victory.

      DUNDEE qualified for the last 16 by finishing up as the second-best runner up along with Queen of the South, St Mirren and Partick Thistle while Ayr won their group just like Ross County, St Johnstone, Dunfermline, Livingston, Motherwell and Kilmarnock. All these teams were joined by Celtic, Hibs, Aberdeen and The Rangers who all received a bye due to partaking in European action.

      Our season hasn’t gotten off to the start that we would have hoped it had but the signs are there that if a striker (one or two, I’m not fussy) and a new left back can be brought in, we will be looking quite decent this season.

      Defeats to St Mirren and Aberdeen has left us will nil points when it could have easily have been, at a minimum, four points. Other fans may say otherwise but that’s what I’ve seen through my dark blue tinted glassed.

      The Dee need the win after the last two weeks and with players such as Karl Madianga, Elton N’Gwatala and Jesse Curran finding their feet In the first team and exciting the fans, there is an expectation within some of us that we can go out there, put on a good display and find that killer touch in front of goal that has eluded us.

      Midfielder Lewis Spence is fit after being taken off at half time against Aberdeen while Glen Kamara is back in training and may make an appearance.

      AYR UNITED got their league cup campaign off to flyer with four wins out of four, scoring twelve and only conceding one. Lawrence Shankland showed the type of form that helped Ayr to the League One title last term that also attracted the interest from Dundee by netting seven of them including two hat-tricks.

      The Ayrshire team have also started off their Championship campaign brightly. They defeated recently relegated Partick Thistle on the opening day by two goals to nil and followed that up with a goalless draw up in Inverness against Caley Thistle. There are worse ways to start the season and Ayr have certainly hit the ground running.

      Lawrence Shankland is the obviously the main man to watch out for with nine goals to his name already this term but Dundee should be wary of his striking partner Michael Moffatt who scored thirteen goals in the previous season, contributing also with seventeen assists.

      Head To Head
      P110 W59 D24 L27 F234 A147

      Home
      P57 W38 D11 L8 F146 A64

      Away
      P52 W20 D13 L19 F85 A80
      League Cup
      Head To Head
      P11 W7 D2 L2 F23 A16

      Home
      P6 W4 D0 L2 F16 A12

      Away
      P5 W3 D2 L0 F7 A4

      Records vs Ayr United


      Most Goals Scored In One Match
      Davie Balfour: 4 goals, 5-2, Dens Park, March 18th 1931

      Most Goals Scored In The League Cup
      Eric Sinclair: 3

      Most Goals Scored In All Competitions
      Alan Cousin: 8 goals (7 League, 1 League Cup)

      Record Attendance at Dens Park
      20,000, 1-0, September 17th 1921 and January 26th 1952, Scottish Cup Round 1

      Biggest Win
      7-1, Dens Park, November 29th 1919

      Ticket Information - From The Official Dundee Website Tickets for the match against Ayr United at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park are now available and the prices are follows:
      Adults: £18
      Over 65s and Full Time Students: £12
      Under 18s: £6
      Tickets are available from the ticket office, in person or by phone on 01382 889966 (Option 1) or online at www.dundeefc.co.uk
    • By UWTB1893
      Our last tie against the Honest men in this competition happened all the way back in 1991 and it was the Ayrshire team who proceeded into the next round with a 4-2 victory.

      DUNDEE qualified for the last 16 by finishing up as the second-best runner up along with Queen of the South, St Mirren and Partick Thistle while Ayr won their group just like Ross County, St Johnstone, Dunfermline, Livingston, Motherwell and Kilmarnock. All these teams were joined by Celtic, Hibs, Aberdeen and The Rangers who all received a bye due to partaking in European action.

      Our season hasn’t gotten off to the start that we would have hoped it had but the signs are there that if a striker (one or two, I’m not fussy) and a new left back can be brought in, we will be looking quite decent this season.

      Defeats to St Mirren and Aberdeen has left us will nil points when it could have easily have been, at a minimum, four points. Other fans may say otherwise but that’s what I’ve seen through my dark blue tinted glassed.

      The Dee need the win after the last two weeks and with players such as Karl Madianga, Elton N’Gwatala and Jesse Curran finding their feet In the first team and exciting the fans, there is an expectation within some of us that we can go out there, put on a good display and find that killer touch in front of goal that has eluded us.

      Midfielder Lewis Spence is fit after being taken off at half time against Aberdeen while Glen Kamara is back in training and may make an appearance.

      AYR UNITED got their league cup campaign off to flyer with four wins out of four, scoring twelve and only conceding one. Lawrence Shankland showed the type of form that helped Ayr to the League One title last term that also attracted the interest from Dundee by netting seven of them including two hat-tricks.

      The Ayrshire team have also started off their Championship campaign brightly. They defeated recently relegated Partick Thistle on the opening day by two goals to nil and followed that up with a goalless draw up in Inverness against Caley Thistle. There are worse ways to start the season and Ayr have certainly hit the ground running.

      Lawrence Shankland is the obviously the main man to watch out for with nine goals to his name already this term but Dundee should be wary of his striking partner Michael Moffatt who scored thirteen goals in the previous season, contributing also with seventeen assists.

      Head To Head
      P110 W59 D24 L27 F234 A147

      Home
      P57 W38 D11 L8 F146 A64

      Away
      P52 W20 D13 L19 F85 A80
      League Cup
      Head To Head
      P11 W7 D2 L2 F23 A16

      Home
      P6 W4 D0 L2 F16 A12

      Away
      P5 W3 D2 L0 F7 A4

      Records vs Ayr United


      Most Goals Scored In One Match
      Davie Balfour: 4 goals, 5-2, Dens Park, March 18th 1931

      Most Goals Scored In The League Cup
      Eric Sinclair: 3

      Most Goals Scored In All Competitions
      Alan Cousin: 8 goals (7 League, 1 League Cup)

      Record Attendance at Dens Park
      20,000, 1-0, September 17th 1921 and January 26th 1952, Scottish Cup Round 1

      Biggest Win
      7-1, Dens Park, November 29th 1919

      Ticket Information - From The Official Dundee Website Tickets for the match against Ayr United at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park are now available and the prices are follows:
      Adults: £18
      Over 65s and Full Time Students: £12
      Under 18s: £6
      Tickets are available from the ticket office, in person or by phone on 01382 889966 (Option 1) or online at www.dundeefc.co.uk

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    • By UWTB1893
      Back in them days, the semi-final was contested over two legs and the first happened at Somerset Park on November the 5th between the Division One sides.

      6,801 supporters witnessed Dundee take the lead through Eric Sinclair and it would require a late equaliser from Bobby Connor to give Ayr a draw against a Dundee side that had been struck down with a flu virus.

      Dundee manager Donald Mackay described the dressing room at half-time, “like a casualty clearing station.”

      MacKay also said after the match: “We wanted a good result in the 1st leg of the Bell’s League Cup semi-final at Ayr and came out in a keenly contested tie with a 1-1 draw.

      “There were questions marks about the goal we lost near the end, but it was the first we had conceded on seven games in the competition.

      “Jim Murphy, George McGeachie, Peter Mackie and Bobby Glennie were affected by a flu type virus and George and Peter had to come off.

      “Now we have it all to do at Dens Park. One pleasing feature was that we stretched our unbeaten run to a dozen games.”

      The 2nd leg took place on November 19th, on a cold, rainy night in front of 9,439 supporters at Dens Park. The South Enclosure was shut due to work taking place which diluted the atmosphere that the stand normally produced.

      Dundee took the lead through Billy Williamson but Ayr equalised thanks to Gerry Christie. The Dark Blues were then dealt a massive blow when Stewart MacLaren and Eric Schaedler suffered a clash of heads and were stretchered off to be replaced by Peter Mackie and Les Barr. Ayr then took the lead in the second half through Billy McColl. This would not stop the Dee who laid siege on the Ayr goal with Cammy Fraser eventually levelling the score. In dramatic fashion near the end, Eric Sinclair would not only score the goal to win the match, but to send Dundee into their first final since 1973.

      “That was a real thriller but we got a tremendous backing from the crowd and after beating Aberdeen in the previous round, we feared nobody,” said a delighted Cammy Fraser.

      Fraser wasn’t the only one to praise the crowd after reaching the final.

      “I give full credit to the players, but we must not forget our supporters who were wonderful on that great occasion,” said Donald Mackay.

      “The support was wholehearted. They lifted the team when we needed it most and the boys responded magnificently.

      “It was a fine example of just what sincere support can mean for a team.”

      In the other semi-final that night, Dundee United bet Celtic 3-0 at Parkhead for a 4-1 aggregate victory to set up the first and only all Dundee Derby cup final.
    • By TheDarkBlues
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