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    Arran Hill (@Hillydfc) managed to grab hold of Kevin Bremner to speak about his time at Dens Park.

    You Started your career at Deveronvale in 1970's, when did you first hear of Dundee's interest in you?

    I had been released by Peterborough United after gaining promotion from the 4th division in season 90-91 and spoke to Bobby Wilson who sold me in October 1980 to Colchester United. He had a word with Gordon Wallace the Dundee manager at the start of 91-92 season. I played a trial game against Wimbledon and was signed after that.

    What was it that made you chose to join the club?

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    They gave me a chance and I was very grateful for the chance to continue my career.

    The season you joined the club we won the league. How did it feel to achieve that?

    I had been dumped by the new manager Simon Stainrod and left before the transfer deadline. He couldn't even tell me himself, Gordon Chisholm had to tell me I was no longer required.

    I can remember how it happened. I was a super sub for the first team and skipper of the reserves. Stevie Campbell was coming back from injury and Steven Frail and I were saying I don't think you'll get in our reserve team, you’re not good enough. Chris came into the changing room read out the team and my name never got mentioned. Chris spoke to me and told me that I wasn't in the managers plans and he didn't even want me playing in the reserves.

    How did I feel a big bit left out? No celebrations, no medal presentation, just a letter through the letter box with a medal in it

    Twenty-four appearances with six goals for club. What was your most memorable appearance/goal and why?

    Has to be the header against Partick Thistle which was on Sky Sports.

    Throughout your career, you played over 450 times North and South of the border. What was the difference between the Scottish and English game?

    I played most of my football in (English) Division Two and Three and they were on a par with the Scottish First division so I fitted in okay. Just a little bit older at the ripe old age of 34.

    The best manager and captain you worked with?

    Best manager has to be George Graham at Millwall. He took over at Christmas time, told his players you've got six weeks to play the way I want you to or I'll take in players who can. I joined the second week in February and by deadline day he had changed Nine out of the Eleven (players) we were 10 points clear off safety from the club at the bottom of the old Third Division.

    We lost once to Oxford who went up as champions out of the last Fifteen games and stayed up. We Improved next season then promotion the year after.

    Best captain Martin Hicks at Reading. Record breakers.

    Who were you closest too at your time at Dens?

    I Wasn't there long enough to form a really good relationship but was nicknamed Rory after changing my accent three times on the bus from Dundee to Clydebank. What happened was my registration hadn't gone through. I had to talk to Margaret the secretary at Peterborough which was a posh voice, then I had to speak to my mum from up North in a Doric chuchter accent. Then a mixture of both when talking to the players. I think it was Doddsie (Billy Dodds) or Stewart Beddie who gave me the Rory nickname.

    You left Dens to join Shrewsbury Town then onto Bora Rangers and finally Deveronvale. At Both Bora and Devernvale, you were Player-Manager. How did you transition from player to Player-Manager?

    It wasn't, easy especially at Brora as most of the players were amateurs. My skipper was great. He kept most of them in check but they all played Summer league football for their village teams in Caithness. We beat Caley in the semi-final of the Inverness Cup and lost to Ross County in the final after one of the amateurs gave away a penalty and was red carded in the first twenty minutes

    How did it feel to be leading goal scorer at Deveronvale and lead the team to victory in the Aberdeenshire shield?

    Vale was easier as it was the club I supported as a boy and played for them at the age of 19. We also beat Cove Rangers in the Aberdeenshire Shield to give Vale their first silverware since 1978 when we won the Bells cup against Huntley which I also played in.

    Have you any regrets from when you left Dens or what you would do differently?

    I never wanted to leave Dundee and was gutted I missed out on the Championship celebrations. I had tasted championship celebrations at Reading in season 85-86 and missed out big style at Dundee.

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