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  1. 4 points
    It may have only been a point gained, and one that even neutral observers agreed should have been three, but the April Sunday-Easter Fool draw with Hearts brought a lot of things into focus and for the first time in quite a while, seemed to please both the pro and anti-philosophy camps. Listening to the radio pre-game Richard Gordon on BBC Sportsound, as he so often does, described the Dark Blue faithful as ‘fickle’. A tag that many of our own number have also pinned on the Dens Park support. Not that he’s a favourite of many with Dundee leanings, but the Aberdeen stalwart Willie Miller, after agreeing with his...
  2. 2 points
    Yes, we concede too many soft goals and no, we don't seem to know how to close a game out but surely the antidote to those ills also comes from the ability to score more goals? I remember The Cobra and The Mongoose, but will anyone ever remember The Moose? Throughout my years following Dundee FC, the mighty Dark Blues have had all manner of animals ply their trade up front for the club. The Cobra and the Mongoose will have anyone who experienced the 80s purring about a dynamic duo who could reduce the top flight’s defences to quivering wrecks with the merest Keith Wright knock down and Tommy...
  3. 2 points
    Ecstatic one week, erratic the next and sometimes reaching the depth of despair, inconsistency was the order of the day. Although, and just like he did with his defence, with Neil McCann constantly shuffling his midfield cards and dealing out all manner of formations that required three, four or five players across the middle, not all the blame lies at the player’s feet. If there was one constant, in all honesty, it was change and our midfielders seemed, at times, utterly bemused by it all. So, let’s deal first with the also rans, the bit parts and the guys of which we can rightly ask, “is he still at Dundee???”...
  4. 1 point
    With a busy summer of recruitment rounded out by the signing of Livingston ‘keeper Robert Douglas, Dundee fans entered the 1997/98 season not just with the perennially unwanted tag of favourites around their necks but with the actual belief that this time a squad might have been assembled that was capable of living up to those expectations. A solid, if not quite spectacular pre-season tour of England kept spirits high - although manager John ‘Cowboy’ McCormack had been scathing about his players even after a few wins - but, as ever, none of that meant anything until the real ball came out on Saturday the 2nd of August 1997 when...
  5. 1 point
    Even following the worst of seasons, after a few weeks most football supporters can’t wait for the whole thing to start again. However, as the 1996-97 season came to an end with yet another failed tilt at the title, or indeed even a play-off spot, there was palpable excitement amongst the Dark Blue faithful. Over the next few weeks barely a day would go by without another reason for that anticipation to build and build, with reports of player acquisitions and a change of owners being a constant feature in the local and national press. So much so that the latest tales from the scrapbooks focuses fully on a period...
  6. 1 point
    DUNDEE v MOTHERWELL, SCOTTISH CUP FINAL 1952 I must add that this has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that they beat United to prevent them completing their full complement of domestic honours! (honest!) What is important about their victory, and that of Hibs in last season's Skol Cup is that it proves that Scottish football is not a two horse race, or three or four for that matter for the domestic honours in the game. Even recent beaten finalists such as Airdrie and Dunfermline show that honours are within the reach of perhaps around twelve teams realistically, although this probably excludes the league as resources and quality should...
  7. 1 point
    However with five clubs guaranteed to outstrip us in terms of cash on the park, what exactly does that mean? In practice it’s led to a pair of spoilt manager’s who only have to pretty much ask for a new player in order for one to appear in their squad. Does that mean we’ve aspirations, or just the inability to spend wisely? Squad size and results would certainly suggest the latter. So is this really the best way of using the cash we have at our disposal? I think most Dundee supporters would agree that as a club we can't compete with Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen, Hearts or Hibs in terms...
  8. 1 point
    Making his Dundee debut in his teens, becoming the club’s youngest ever goal scorer along the way and having been lauded by his peers and elders are all bold boasts. And yet, it was his squirting, squirming trundler that sauntered its way through the entire Dundee United defence to nestle in their goal in the final moments of the never to be forgotten Doon Derby that will always see ‘CW33’ as part of our club’s history. That Craig leaves an impressive legacy at Dens is an understatement, especially considering he’s still only 21. With so much going his way, Wighton’s departure for a reported £250,000, doesn’t seem that much of...
  9. 1 point
    With the distinction between midfielder, winger, forward and striker constantly blurred in the DFC line-up, let’s begin by looking at the two players who were seldom, if ever, deployed as out and out strikers. Breaking into the team at the tender age of 16 and being lauded by managers, players, pundits and fans alike, the lad brave enough to own the (CC) 33 shirt, Craig Wighton, really has to be commended for taking any part in our season whatsoever. Battling to overcome injury for most of 2017/18, that Craig not only made a contribution over the closing weeks of the season, but actually managed to stamp his authority on a...
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      The sale of Jim Hamilton to Hearts for £200,000 highlighted the two other major issues Dundee faced at the time. Namely a budget that barely seemed able to cover the heating bill, never mind a promotion push and the complete disinterest of the club’s latest white knight turned villain, Canadian ‘business man’ and club owner Ron Dixon.
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      You'd have thought so but given the mess Budge and levein have made and the panicked statements from Budge there must be a doubt there. 

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    • End? of Season Report Card 2019/20
      A season yet to be finished or a season that never was? Promotion through reconstruction? Play-off bound? Or denied a crack at the top flight through our own fault or circumstances? Who knows? Either way now seems as good a time as ever to have a wee look back over what has been a (part) season that’s often promised much without ever really delivering.
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