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  • Programmes From the Past
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    We have already had an interview with Ally Donaldson this week so it's only fitting that the next instalment for 'Programmes From The Past' looks at the goalkeeper in questions testimonial.

    After 408 appeara5a04646553577_Page1.thumb.jpg.6c56a7a88481a2ef57beebea553f44fb.jpgnces and a club record 126 clean sheets, Ally was awarded a testimonial at the end of the 1979-80 season against nearest rivals, Dundee United.

    Dundee had just suffered relegation from the Premier Division a few weeks before with the club finishing second bottom, behind Kilmarnock, seven points adrift to them.

    A 2-0 defeat to Celtic at Dens Park on the last game of the season was to prove to be his last in a competitive match for Dundee due to a fall out with Don MacKay who would take over from Tommy Gemmell at the end of that season.

    Donald's last win in a Dundee top would however prove to be quite spectacular. Celtic visited Dens Park knowing a win would edge them that further to the League title but an already relegated Dundee side would not only beat them but do so 5-1. Many a Celtic fan note that score as the day their titles hopes crashed and burned. So Donaldson's last win with Dundee would be against Celtic and his last competitive game, also against Celtic but on different occasions.

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    Donaldson would play in every game except one that season, an Anglo-Scottish Cup tie at home to Sheffield United. All together in his final season, he would play 46 times also adding five clean sheets to his record.

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    His testimonial would take place four days after the end of the season on a Sunday. Dundee United provided a strong team for the opposition and the game would prove to an eventful match with goals galore.

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    A crowd of 4,874 turned up to see the match end 4-4. Dundee's goals came from Billy Williamson, Eric Sinclair, Ian Redford and Peter Mackie.


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    That was that. The end of Ally Donaldson's career with Dundee. It had been eventful for the big keeper. One that will keep his name in the Dundee history book for many years to come. A place in the Dundee Hall of Fame was deservedly given to him in 2016.

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    The squads that day were:

    Dundee: Donaldson, Kennedy, Schaedler, Strachan, McPhail, Glennie, Duncan, Ferguson, Fleming, Shirra, Murphy, Barr, Sinclair, McGeachie, McLaren, Mackie

    Dundee United: McAlpine, Kopel, Stark, Philip, Hegarty, Narey, Sturrock, Payne, Pettigrew, Bannon, Holt, Gray, Dodds, Milne, Addiso, Cochrane

    Attendance: 4,874

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