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  • Scottish Cup Semi Final 2003: Dundee 1-0 Inverness

    The first ‘Programmes from the Past’ this year looks back to when Dundee took part in their first Scottish Cup Semi Final since 1987, when they took on Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park on the 20th April 2003.

    Dundee’s road to what would ultimately end in the team reaching the final started off with a 2-0 victory away page 1.jpgto Partick Thistle. Georgi Nemsadze and Gavin Rae gave the Dee a deserved passage into the next round.

    Next up was a visit from struggling Aberdeen and goals from Steve Lovell and Nacho Novo once again ensured a safe route into the next round of the cup and our first back to back victories at home against the Granite City club since 1964. Falkirk would then be the opposition that stood between Dundee and a long overdue visit to the national stadium and they would push The Dee all the way.

    In what would be the last ever cup tie at Brockville, the match would end one a piece with Nacho Novo grabbing our equaliser to see this tie going the extra mile with a replay at Dens.

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    A massive Dundee support of just under 10,000 fans turned out but Falkirk drew thirst blood by taking an early lead. Fabian Caballero would draw the teams level and yet again after ninety-minutes, the game was level with a goal apiece. Dundee flexed their muscle and in Extra-Time, Mark Burchill and a Steve Lovell double killed off the tie and sent the huge Dens Park crowd happy into the night.

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    The scene was now set, Dundee would take on Inverness Caley Thistle who had seen off Raith Rovers, Hamilton and Celtic on route to Hampden.

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    The tie was originally pencilled in to be played on a Monday night but both clubs protested to the SFA to bring the tie forward a day to the Sunday which was agreed.

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    Of the 14,429 supporters there that day, around 10,000 of them were Dundee fans who hadn’t seen the Dee play in this venue since the 1995 League Cup Final.

    Dundee were understandably the strong favourites for this tie but Caley were the ones who threatened first through a Bobby Mann header and a Paul Ritchie whose shot went just passed the post. Then Julian Speroni pushed a long-range drive from Dennis Wyness on to the post. The Dark Blues would eventually find their feet and just before the half hour mark, nearly took the lead when Steve Lovells shot caught the legs of Mark Brown and went agonisingly past the post.

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    In the second half, Dundee would have a marvellous chance to take the lead after Caballero broke the offside trap but his lobbed shot over the Caley keeper floated over the bar. It wouldn’t be long until Dundee would take the lead.

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    Caballero waltzed past two defenders before teeing up Nemsadze on the edge of the box and despite scuffing his shot, it made its way in off the post to the keepers left hand side. The fans erupted into jubilant celebrations and when they finally died down, a sense of relief seemed to be in the air.

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    Dundee had another opportunity to seal the win Zura Khizanishvili created and ran from his own half with the ball but his attempt whistled over the bar.

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    It would not matter as the final whistle went and Dundee would participate in their first Scottish Cup Final since 1964 and against the same team from that year, Rangers. As the fans celebrated in the stand at Hamden, it soon dawned on may that the club would also be making a welcome return to a major European competition for the first time since 1974.

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    One player who wouldn’t make the final would be towering defender Lee Wilkie whose booking meant he would have to sit in the stands for the game.

    “I remember it clearly to this day and I didn’t make a movement towards him and, even if the referee was giving a foul, it should never have been a booking.

    “Knowing that was me out of the final was hard to deal with and there was still a game to be won and I had to concentrate on that.”

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    A jubilant Jim Duffy was quick to praise his players on reaching the final.

    “Dundee have had phenomenal sides since 1964 but for one reason or another, they never got to the Scottish Cup Final.

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    “Now we are there and that speaks volumes for my players. Today they had to show a really determined mentality and dig out the result. We have had plaudits for playing good football this season, and deservedly so -today we deserve plaudits for perseverance.”

    "Inverness closed us down and deserve credit," said Duffy. "Georgi didn't play well today, but the fans will always thank him for that goal."

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    The teams that day were:
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    Dundee (4-3-3): Speroni; Mackay, Wilkie, Khizanishvili, Hernandez; Rae, Nemsadze, Brady; Milne (Novo, 62), Lovell (Mair, 88), Caballero. Substitutes not used: Langfield (gk), Beith, Robb.

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle (4-4-2): Brown; Tokely, McCaffrey (Christie, 83), Mann, Golabek; Hart, Duncan (Bagan, 83), McBain, Robson; Wyness, Ritchie. Substitutes not used: Fraser (gk), Stewart, Keogh.

     

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      Hibs: McArthur, Smith, Schaedler, Spalding, Black, Blackley, O’Rourke, Stanton, Gordon, Cropley, Duncan.
      At this time Dundee were becoming favourites for the cup and with Celtic in the semis it was a chance to avenge previous semi defeats.
      I was on a residential pre-university course at St.Andrews and five of us sneaked away to Hampden where we were again disappointed as Dundee fell to the Celts yet again by 1-0 with captain Tommy Gemmell caught dribbling on the edge of his box only for Ronnie Glavin to dispossess him and score the winner.
      This ended the Dundee dream of double cup honours but the quality of football then even moved a couple of journalists to forecast Dundee for league honours the following season - we all know they were wrong but the football and challenge made by this club then still gives me my greatest memories of supporting the Dees and as I mentioned earlier in this article wouldn’t it be just marvellous to see some of these old triumphs on a centenary video - what about it board members?
    • By Billy Campbell's Ghost
      90 SECONDS TO GO! ....... DRAMA IN THE CUP FINAL
      It was Dundee versus Rangers, who incidentally were aiming for only the second domestic treble of their illustrious history.
      While Dundee, still displaying the artistry of the championship winning side of two years earlier were determined to continue their excellent form which had taken them to this, their first final since 1952 when they were rocked by an unfancied Motherwell side.
      The teams lined up as follows:
      Rangers: Ritchie, Shearer, Provan, Greig, McKinnon, Baxter, Henderson, McLean, Millar, Brand, Wilson.
      Dundee: Slater, Hamilton, Cox, Seith, Ryden, Stuart, Penman, Cousin, Cameron, Gilzean, Robertson.
      Rangers had most of the play in a first half full of excitement although Dundee showed they would always be dangerous with some intelligent breaks into attack, making sure the Gers were always on their toes. There were so many talented players on view that the football couldn't fail to be of the highest quality.
      Still, half-time was reached and stalemate, with the main talking point being the outstanding display from Dundee goalie Bert Slater and the general view that whatever the final outcome, his performance would be remembered by everyone who witnessed it that day.
      Bert, now living in Brechin has an incredible recollection for facts, figures, incidents and personalities from his playing career.
      'I remember the game vividly. I had won a Scottish Cup winners medal with Falkirk in the 1957 final against Killie after a replay, and being only 20 at that time was enthralled by it all.' 'I was determined in 1964 to soak up the whole sense of occasion and instill in my memory the whole day and what it meant as one doesn't know if these days will happen again!' 'It was rare to reach two cup finals in these days with two so-called provincial clubs, as it probably is today, although Dundee were not really a provincial club, being champions two seasons earlier!'
      The second half was what most fans will remember about this marvellous cup final as in the 71st minute Rangers finally broke the deadlock with a simple goal from a Jimmy Millar looping header that Ralph Brand dummied and wrong-footed Bert.
      Before Bert had time to let this get to him Dundee had equalised straight from the kick-off as Alex Stuart sent a great ball through to Kenny Cameron and he struck a venomous hook shot scorching into the Rangers net that Billy Ritchie hardly saw!
      Back to square one and Rangers set about swarming around the Dundee goal for a late winner which seemed destined never to arrive.
      People were looking at their watches and making arrangements for the replay when with 90 seconds to go and ingenious switch paid the full dividend for the Light Blues.
      Their two superb wingers, Willie Henderson and Davie Wilson had been kept in check all afternoon by the Dundee full-back pairing of Hamilton and Cox and decided to swap wings in a final effort to swing the game. Dundee's fatal error was not to switch the full-backs with the wingers.
      Henderson for the first time got past his marker and chip a beauty into the Dundee goalmouth where Jimmy Millar was waiting unmarked and almost leisurely glanced the ball past Slater. The deadlock was broken and in injury time Rangers added an almost incidental third when Brand knocked a parried Wilson shot past Slater to really wrap it up for Rangers.
      What was to be ' Slater's Final' had suddenly become in the eyes of the Rangers fans 'Henderson's Final' although to this day I don't think anyone would take anything away from Bert's performance that day.
      Bert rates that display pretty highly in his career, ‘I would say that game and the European Cup tie against Anderlecht in Brussels were the two best games of my life, although if I had the chance to change anything in my career I don' t think I would. I had a fantastic footballing career from the moment I was signed for Falkirk from Broughton Star by Bob Shankly at the tender years of 17.
      I then joined Bob's brother Bill at Liverpool and won a Second Division winners medal at Anfield while Dundee were winning the Scottish title in 1961/62.
      One Shanks sold me to the other and I found myself playing European Cup football which brought another host of memories including being protected by the Black Watch in Cologne after a battle on the field with the Germans and photographers popping flash-guns about two inches from my face in Milan even when play was at the other end of the park!
      'I played with and against some marvellous players and find it hard to single out any of the Dundee team who were all brilliant although Gilzean and Smith were immense. Gordon Smith had won three Scottish league medals with three different clubs, none of which were the old firm and that is a record that only he has achieved. I think that says it all about Gordon as a player.
      'I played with Hunt, Yeats and St. John at Anfield and against the likes of Law and Charlton and these guys were all great players. My all time favourite though was the Falkirk full-back, Alex Parker, who represented Scotland in the World Cup in Sweden in 1958 and just oozed sheer class.'
      Bert could have talked all day if I had the time and I would have been a willing listener because what came over in my chat with him was the feelings and emotion he still had for the game and his memories which he obviously cherished so dearly.
      Something Bert told me that not many folk will know to this day is that the very next morning after the Rangers cup final, Jimmy Millar, the scorer of two of the Gers’ goals visited Bert's house and OFFERED Bert his WINNER' S medal - a gesture that Bert has not forgotten to this day. Jimmy felt Bert had earned it and this offer is surely the one of the greatest shows of respect any player could have had for his fellow professional.
      Unknown to Bert I spoke to Jimmy Millar, now Mine Host at the Duke's Head Bar in deepest Leith, and he recalled both the game and his wonderful gesture although he quipped 'You must be joking!' when I tried to ask him about the medal incident, which came over to me as modesty from another old timer only too happy to chat about the old days.
      The last word went to Jimmy Millar who although acknowledging that Bert Slater was the best man on the park that day observed that Rangers should have been 6 - 1 up at half-time!
      Maybe it's time to leave this story and start researching the next Memory match!
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