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  1. 33 points
    Hi guys, Basically the page started in 2010 started out as a page against the 25 point deduction in the Deefiant season. The idea just came to me during the night and since then it has grown and grown to just under 10,000 members on Facebook. We are a group of 5 that are Dundee daft ! And we just want Dundee to be as big as possible, and one excellent way of promoting the Dee is through social media. We have had meetings with Scott Gardiner etc in the past and John Nelms, and everyone is fully behind the idea. Rather than just calling ourselves after our facebook page 'dundee fc news', we call ourselves TeamDee. Social media is a very powerful tool, that if used properly can have a great impact on the club. So the advert in America is to promote the Dee. The latest one will go live for the 4th July in the States, in Texas. Reaching an estimated 23 million people. We hope with the advert it promotes the Dee across there and in the long term attracts new supporters, especially with Dundee Juniors out there. We have other great ideas that we are working on, that will bring money for the youth development of the club, again through social media. We have added a bots for the messaging service on facebook, so that fans can be pointed in the right direction to info they require 27/7, 365 days a year. (We get a lot of questions about ticket news, prices etc...), so this bot does it for us. We have our main jobs, so this is just a wee thing on the side, our own time and money. Trying to help the club be the best it can be! Hope that helps
  2. 32 points
    New stadium being planned New training ground being planned Stable and ambitious owners Young, ambitious manager Young, talented and improving squad Fourth consecutive season of top flight fitba Home grown first team talent Expanded youth academy Dabs on the brink of oblivion I’m going to stop moaning about the prices for a bit... The only way we can make sure this all work is to get behind the club financially and support them from the stands whenever and wherever we can. Incredible to think where we were only a few short years ago. Firhill for thrills on Saturday.. Mon the fucking Dee ?
  3. 27 points
    I just wanted to let the board know that they have done a great job over the last month or so and made some very good decisions. Firstly they gave Hartley the time he deserved to turn it around. A lot of people (me included) threw the towel in with him after the Partick thistle horror show at dens. He turned it around in the Xmas fixtures. A lot more folk wanted him gone after the Aberdeen disaster. But the board showed loyalty and stuck by him. After hamilton they had no choice. Right call on reflection IMHO. Hiring mccann was a masterstroke. I thought they had lost the plot but they proved me wrong. They handled perfectly by saying the manager for these 5 games is a different type of manager that they need long term. Leaves the door open for mcan if he does well but also for a more experienced appointment if required. The u12s season ticket is something we should've done years ago but hats of for doing it. We will reap the rewards of this if we keep doing it for years to come. I've now got mine and my kids tickets. I can't overstate how important I think this is. New stadium? Well let's not get too carried away yet but sounds promising. finally, I fully expect the right decision to be made on the permanent appointment of our new manager. I know there's been a lot of negativety surrounding this season but I'm choosing to see the positives!! Mon the dee!!!
  4. 25 points
    When I opened this forum three years ago, it was because the forum I used to frequent became a cesspool of hate, personal attacks and in-fighting and I swore that I would not let that happen here. My attitude is and always has been to allow people on the forum to express their feelings regarding the club, team and players without it getting on a personal level with personal attacks on other members. I was criticised for probably being too harsh at times and being too rigid with the community guidelines and I relaxed on a few of these. I now know that this has been a mistake. Over the last few months I have had people telling me that they don't post or visit as much as they would like, due to the increasing nature of the personal attacks and toxic nature of some of the Topics and Posts on the forum. I find this extremely disturbing, because I always wanted member to be able to visit this forum knowing they could do so in a safe and secure environment away from the personal attacks and toxic nature you will find elsewhere. This forum is not Facebook or Twitter and while some people post hate in the disguise of freedom of speech, I will no longer tolerate some of the posts that have become all too frequent recently. It really saddens me when I hear from people that they don't want to post in fear of personal attacks or getting caught up in the infighting between certain posters all the time. This forum is for everyone, and I mean everyone and not just a select few and I now intend on getting this forum back to the way I intended it from the start. I will not lose good posters over those who feel that they think they own this forum. From now on, any personal attacks on any level will be met with a warning and if it continues, a ban will be put in place on the account. I would also like to reiterate, we have a no Political and Religion policy on this forum and these posts will be removed and I would ask members to please keep your posts on Topic as well. If you are unsure of our community guidelines please read here: https://www.thedarkblues.co.uk/community-guidelines/ Thank you for your understanding, and safe posting.
  5. 25 points
    Greetings. I registered on here just so I could comment on this. Tromsø fans loved Sofien Moussa. He was a great guy. He was a fighter, a 110% effort guy, and he was tough, he squared up to anyone and was not afraid to dish it out. He's dirty, he works hard, he wins every single header, and he stamps on people shins. We absolutely loved the guy. Unfortunately he had a training ground bustup with a ladyhandbag-wearing nancy named Wangberg, who was the Manager's lovechild. Said man has since been sacked by the club for failing to get results, and we've only just replaced him with Simo Valakari who I believed played for a few years in Scotland. Sofien Moussa would have played a lot more matches for the club if the manager hadn't been totally clueless. He scored in about half the matches he played, so it was about 50%. In terms of goalscoring ability, obviously this man is lethal if the ball finds his head in the box. It will be in the net. He also shoots the ball harder than Chuck Norris kicks, although he is no Maradona on the ball. Weaknesses, he is not very fast. Can get sent off for dirty play, nasty two foot challenges or even slapping someone. If you have ever seen Dean Windass then this guy is pretty much a clone of Dean Windass.
  6. 22 points
    I've had a chance to try and look a bit more into this guy and find out what I can. In a bit of information bias in trying to find the good stuff about him out, he seems to have some search results that implies that he was well thought of at Tromsø in 2016 with his ability to create many chances for others and a strike rate of 0.25. Both Norway and his most recent league in Bulgaria rank above Scotland in the European league coefficient (and would probably hump our usual crop of qualified teams) so I wouldn't really put this on par with a punt from a foreign lower league as that doesn't really do the guy justice. The structure of the leagues the guy has been playing in with less games and late growth in his career is worth consideration. From what I understand, he won his first move into the top flight at the age of 26 in Tunisia and was a hit which won him a move to a more lucrative league in the Romanian top flight and he then won an even better move. It's pretty hard to piece together his history with non English articles but there doesn't really seem to be any failure story, his career has moved very fast and he's effectively moved up a level with each of his moves and only really been playing full time for three years. It'd be interesting to find out a bit more about how McCann come to know about him but being signed and paraded as our number 9 certainly does show a lot of belief in the guy. It's pretty easy to come out with 'we need goals' and sneer at his record for not fulfilling that and playing in distant leagues (ranked superior to our football) but actually coming up with that is not that easy. Solution - Rory Loy; Answer - Can't play as focal point of attack and winger or Allan needs to drop out, Solution - Kane Hemmings/Nadir Ciftci/Dimitar Berbatov; Answer - $$$$$$, Solution - [insert lower division player]; Answer - completely untested. Whether we like it or not, we're not going to get the ideal fit for everything and I'm frankly quite amazed that we've really pushed the boat out this summer in the way we have (i.e. Allan and numbers probably pushing the budget) already after reading the accounts and considering what last season must have cost us. Another side of the coin is to think 'Where were we without a target man last season?' and consider the games without Haber last season. Having this option may seem counter productive but when you have Wolters, Allan, Wighton, Deacon, McGowan and Faissal all pretty much fulfilling the attacking three secondary attacker role (and then Williams, Vincent and O'Hara playing there at points too), the squad looks awful unbalanced with only one striker capable of playing as a target man. We saw what happened in the Aberdeen demolition when the ball was hoofed forward with no one capable of holding it and one injury or suspension to Haber and playing against us becomes a case of just forcing us into a desperate long ball game towards Faissal - we're not only not going to score, we're going to put the defence under a lot more pressure. To be quite frank, I don't mind people questioning McCann's tactical ideas or having lively discussion and expressing disappointing in a convergence from their sort of views but it's really got to the level where I think people are unnecessarily wanting to demean the guy himself before he's set foot on the pitch and have reduced a professional footballer who has obtained interest from reasonable levels across the continent as a pub team player. The first time he misses a sitter or doesn't look properly match fit is going to be a complete nightmare with how some of our support will be ready to pounce and seek validation from their definitive statement.
  7. 22 points
    Obviously there's already another long thread about potential replacements but I think we Dee owe Terry a huge debt of gratitude for keeping us in the premier league. There's no doubt in my mind we were down under Hartley and the turn around that McCann oversaw was remarkable. Thanks Neil, forever a dee legend. He's Blue, He's white.....
  8. 21 points
    McCann has mentioned a few things. At 11.59pm the deal was done. For a club record. We couldn't really say no. Scott Allan got his agent to text McCann and wanted to leave. Why would we want him here? Scott Bain was never playing for us again and we managed to get rid of him and get a fee. Is that not good business? We have recalled a player to loan him out again? So how can we call Celtic for doing it with Allan? McCann wanted Murray. For a while. Not a panic loan and Murray himself is baffled why he has been loaned out. He will be wanted to prove Lennon made a mistake. Only good for us. The board didn't do bad here. They also got Low and Vincent out the door. Williams is gone too. 2 promising youths on and a decent replacement keeper? Have a think back to Stephen Hughes, yon klock c**t and umpteen other rubbish loans in January and bad mistakes. Take a breath people.
  9. 20 points
    "Coach McCann is a real neat soccer guy, who knows that the Team Dundee franchise need more goalshots if they want to be a franchise in the EPL Scotland next season. Coach Hartley was a humungous dorkazoid whose soccer coaching manual made us look like real dumbasses in the last game against the Hamlington Academy franchise. Coach McCann is an awesome soccer guy and will be super pumped to make the players in the outfield and those in the sub shack kick fantastic goals to avoid relegationization to the EPL Scotland One Division." Probably something along those lines.
  10. 18 points
    I’m convinced of it.. We’ve lost that game but the result today was freakish in the extreme. It was a joy to watch that young Dundee midfield completely dominate a Premiership team on their own patch. We have lots to be excited about with these young lads coming of age in our first team - Hendry, Spence, Kamara, Curran, Kerr & Waddell are all superb prospects and more than capable of holding down a place in our team by the looks of it. Meekings is looking very good on his way back from serious injury and I still believe there is a lot more to come from both Deacon and Wolters. We’re looking well balanced, we’re working hard with and without the ball and we look capable of cutting teams open every time we go forward. Our attacking options ain’t great but you’d like to think we can’t be as profligate and unlucky in front of goal as we were today for much longer. If we pick the right attacking blend from what we have and get a bit of confidence infront of goal, somebody will be getting a thumping from us very soon. Hopefully Motherwell on Wednesday... We’ll be absolutely fine this season and if we improve up front, I believe we can still push for the top half of the league.
  11. 18 points
  12. 18 points
    People want to chill out. Saying same old pish and we are gonna struggle. Have a look at yourself. It's the first game of the season.
  13. 18 points
    Wonder if Hartley will play his defence lawyer out of position?
  14. 18 points
    Last 6 games Deefiance level of support and the 12th man stuff guys needed here! Backing the team is all that matters.. get out and support! Don care what you think of the manager, what matters is the team need our backing right now and we should give them it till the very last game. All that matters right now is that we get behind the team and give them that 12 man support and lets start that with this weekend against Hamilton. Please post on your Facebook or Retweet this to get this out there (use the social media links below)! Anyone who says they are not going this Sat will get banned from this forum.............................................................
  15. 17 points
    Have you been taking mind-altering drugs today mate? That lower league club across the street are a fucking joke. They sold their star players before a major cup final to the team they were playing in the final. They've been a laughing stock ever since with their chairman desperately trying to escape. They've been haemorrhaging cash on a monthly basis and begging for handouts from rich fans to stop them going under. They were relegated by Dundee at Dens, yes relegated by Dundee at Dens, and we've been laughing ever since. In the ascendancy because they beat Falkirk? The same Falkirk that shipped four to the mighty Queen of the South a few weeks back, the same Falkirk who are in ninth place and heading for League One? I don't think so. Bad runs are inevitable when you're a top flight club. Good results are inevitable when you're a full-time club in the lower leagues. Even Kerno won a few games. United are shite and they're new manager won't last a year. The Hungarian has had four jobs in seven years since leaving Hearts and never made it beyond a season at any of them. His reputation is based on one decent season at Tynecastle and as one Jambo put it, "The manager of the year award was a joke, finishing 3rd in the SPL on a budget the size of ours doesn't equate to being the seasons best manager." By the way, did I mention that we relegated those cunts at Dens?
  16. 17 points
    It happened and it can never unhappen. Never forget.
  17. 17 points
    The only funeral party I've attended in recent years was, coincidentally, at Dens (2nd May 2016)....it was well attended (10,088), menu was good value for money (£25), and the deceased was laid to rest with great ceremony, though a few of the mourners were visibly moved to tears. But to be serious....the elderly father-in-law of an old friend is not expected to see out the next week or two, and likely to only have a handful of relatives & former neighbours attending the Crematorium service. Last time I was in his house (5+ years ago), I'm certain I was talking to him about an old team photo of the Dee on his wall. I'll mention Dens to his daughter, she might think it would be an appropriate venue.
  18. 16 points
    Emotionally drained after that. Was convinced we'd get punished for our profligacy but thankfully their chances to equalise went just over or just wide. Overall it was a brilliant team performance. Just like in the Rangers game it looked like we wanted it more. Incredible desire and commitment and some real moments of quality. O'Hara was sensational and Kamara was on another level but it seems a bit unfair to single out players when everyone gave so much. Both our goals were out of this world and we could actually have had three or four goal of the season contenders given the quality of our strikes. Moussa somehow failing to roll the ball into the empty net was excruciating but who cares? We got the points anyway. Was great to see the passion from the players at the end. Superb support from the travelling Derry and the players clearly appreciated it.
  19. 16 points
    Still a young laddie learning the trade. Funny how home grown youngsters are afforded the luxuary of any amount of errors yet any young player brought in is written off at the drop of a hat.
  20. 16 points
    Improved kids ST deals and improved young adults ST prices. Wingers and creative midfielders Beer festivals and now an open training session with a kids promotion on 12th July. Well done DFC.. Somebody, somewhere is listening.
  21. 16 points
    I have a friend who is a MD of a Company with bigger turnover and asset value than DFC. He is responsible for designing and delivering the Business Plan and creating a vision and ethos for the Company. He is the leader when it comes to everything and is the fall guy if the Company goes through hard times. Day to day (and despite hiring people to help) he has ultimate responsibility for profit and loss, management accounts, cashflow, Business Development, Marketing, HR, Training Programmes etc. He also deals with PR and communication issues and is responsible for H&S and Quality Mgt. He also answers to the board etc and is a Director too. I doubt if Helms job spec looks any different. So when people asks what he does all day: that's what he's doing. Managing and Directing the things that keep DFC going and growing, things most of us have never experienced: bank negotiations, asset negotiations etc. He's understabdky got little to do with the football side except for attempting to hire people and give funds to ensure the Business Plan is hit. No MD in Nelms position would publicly state their aim is to finish Top 10 so of course he had to show a plan that said Top 6, new stadium, USA game: otherwise he'd be accused of being under ambitious. Create a Family Day that gets 6500 fans in and expect to get slated about pricing, entertainment etc. And it was obviously his fault the team got beat as well. Part and parcel of being an MD. Bowl of sh**e with two spoons every day. That's why he gets a big salary: he makes all the decisions whilst everyone else doesn't or snipes by the sidelines. Part and parcel of an MDs role is to hire and unfortunately make people redundant. No Business always grows and no Business Plans are consistently met. Nelms stood up yesterday and appears to have handled the dismissal of Hartley with professionalism and grace: in my view he appears to have handled the communications and process very well. Regards whether he took too long we will never agree on this. But i can see both sides. But I have no doubt that the decision that he alone had to make and act on yesterday was a massive decision for our club and he would not be under any illusions. And if it goes wrong he is as much in the firing line as Hartley. And that's where I have little doubt that he has a 3 to 5 year plan with various scenarios and contingencies written into it; he'd be a fool not to and his Board wouldn't accept it. From what I've seen Nelms is a good MD. I don't need to know every day what he's doing because I'm not that interested in what terms x are supporting our cashflow or whether y is taking us to a tribunal. We all present ourselves as knowing better than football managers as we've either played junior football or FIFA 2017 but let's not try and pretend we can all be MDs.
  22. 15 points
    Simon Murray was not brought to Dens to replace Hendry or Allen, he is on loan because as everyone agreed we needed a striker. Nm had wanted him at the start of the season. Whether he turns out to be the new Tommy Coyne or is punted back to the Hibees we will have to wait and see. Had we had loaned him the week before the transfer day fiasco he wouldn't be getting this level of abuse, some will never forgive him for his celebrations when at the Dabs, some think he is gash, fair enough, what he doesn't merit is being made the scapegoat for Hendry or Allen going. The level of abuse towards him both at the game today and on social media is way over the top, I don't particularly rate him but really hope he does well to get it up the boo boys.
  23. 15 points
    Would just like to say when done to Matty Henvey for getting his first senior goal for the club. It couldn't have come at a better time
  24. 15 points
    imagine you’ve been embarassingly sh**e for a whole season. You’ve let a two-goal derby lead slip, taken four at Hamilton, rushed a keeper in so he could play another derby only for him to flog it, had a defender pick up the Ball and walk off, invaded the pitch at Airdrie and replaced one belter of a manager with another who asked ‘what’s the f**king point?’ Imagine if one of the high points of that miserable season - coming back from 2-0 down in a derby - actually helped set up the doomsday scenario. Imagine all you had left was singing about James McPake’s knee. Imagine after all that it came to pass that after all that your fate was going to be determined by your local rivals who you’ve spent more than a decade lording it over, whose turmoil you’ve used as a crutch to deflect from your own failings and who you absolutely spanked just over a year ago as your players talked about winning trebles. But now you have to face up to the fact that they the ones to hammer the nail in your coffin are actually much better than you and you realise what an arrogant set of deluded b******s you’ve been. That at your lowest footballing moment ‘at least we’re not as sh**e as Dundee’ doesn’t cut it anymore. And that the game aleady guaranteed to be the most painful of your life is going to be made 10 times worse by the gloating b******s in the home end. You worry for the future and want the reassurance offered by a multitude of like-minded souls but you can’t even grab that under the circumstances. So you sh**e it. You don’t go. You show yourself up and your club as much smaller than you think they are, despite the fact you love nothing more than a crowd w**k. The scale of the humiliation was evident by the fact hardly any of them could face it. And that’s why, for me, 6-2 doesn’t even come close.
  25. 15 points
    Decent turnout tonight. Everyone there bar Bain. All pretty chatty and photos were no problem. Mark O'Hara further enhanced his recent hero status by telling my young lass that he knew her and that he'd remembered she'd been a mascot at the Motherwell game. She was fairly chuffed.
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