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  • Past Encounters: Dundee Defeat Ayr To Reach The League Cup Final

    This Saturdays League Cup Clash Against Ayr United At Dens Park May Conjure Up Past Memories Of Previous Encounters For The Older Generation Of Dundee Fans But For The Younger Ones Out There, We Once Took On Ayr In This Very Competition With A Place In The 1980-81 Final At Stake.

    Back in them days, the semi-final was contested over two legs and the first happened at Somerset Park on November the 5th between the Division One sides.

    6,801 supporters witnessed Dundee take the lead through Eric Sinclair and it would require a late equaliser from Bobby Connor to give Ayr a draw against a Dundee side that had been struck down with a flu virus.

    Dundee manager Donald Mackay described the dressing room at half-time, “like a casualty clearing station.”

    MacKay also said after the match: “We wanted a good result in the 1st leg of the Bell’s League Cup semi-final at Ayr and came out in a keenly contested tie with a 1-1 draw.

    “There were questions marks about the goal we lost near the end, but it was the first we had conceded on seven games in the competition.

    “Jim Murphy, George McGeachie, Peter Mackie and Bobby Glennie were affected by a flu type virus and George and Peter had to come off.

    “Now we have it all to do at Dens Park. One pleasing feature was that we stretched our unbeaten run to a dozen games.”

    The 2nd leg took place on November 19th, on a cold, rainy night in front of 9,439 supporters at Dens Park. The South Enclosure was shut due to work taking place which diluted the atmosphere that the stand normally produced.

    Ferguson  Schaedler 19 Nov 80.jpgDundee took the lead through Billy Williamson but Ayr equalised thanks to Gerry Christie. The Dark Blues were then dealt a massive blow when Stewart MacLaren and Eric Schaedler suffered a clash of heads and were stretchered off to be replaced by Peter Mackie and Les Barr. Ayr then took the lead in the second half through Billy McColl. This would not stop the Dee who laid siege on the Ayr goal with Cammy Fraser eventually levelling the score. In dramatic fashion near the end, Eric Sinclair would not only score the goal to win the match, but to send Dundee into their first final since 1973.

    “That was a real thriller but we got a tremendous backing from the crowd and after beating Aberdeen in the previous round, we feared nobody,” said a delighted Cammy Fraser.

    Fraser wasn’t the only one to praise the crowd after reaching the final.

    “I give full credit to the players, but we must not forget our supporters who were wonderful on that great occasion,” said Donald Mackay.

    “The support was wholehearted. They lifted the team when we needed it most and the boys responded magnificently.

    “It was a fine example of just what sincere support can mean for a team.”

    In the other semi-final that night, Dundee United bet Celtic 3-0 at Parkhead for a 4-1 aggregate victory to set up the first and only all Dundee Derby cup final.

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      The Dee need the win after the last two weeks and with players such as Karl Madianga, Elton N’Gwatala and Jesse Curran finding their feet In the first team and exciting the fans, there is an expectation within some of us that we can go out there, put on a good display and find that killer touch in front of goal that has eluded us.

      Midfielder Lewis Spence is fit after being taken off at half time against Aberdeen while Glen Kamara is back in training and may make an appearance.

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      Head To Head
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      P15 W9 D1 L5 F38 A13

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      P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 
       
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      Home Record Attendance and Lowest
      High: 7,000, 5-0, August 13th 1938 
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    • By UWTB1893
      PREVIEW
      After the horror show that DUNDEE served up last weekend, the Dee bounced back with a 2-0 victory away to Petehead. Kharl Madianga grabbed his first goal in the dark blue while Jean Alassane Mendy made it two goals in three since joining us. 

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      Steven Caulker and Jesse Curran will have also put themselves in the frame for a starting spot following their displays. Nathan Ralph is also available for selection along with Glenn Kamara.

      BRECHIN CITY will travel to Dens with nothing to play for and licking their wounds following a midweek 7-1 defeat to soon-to-be group winners Dunfermline.

      They will have Euan Smith and Andy Jackson available for this tie while Giuiliano Morena, Jordan Sinclair and Ryan McGeever will miss out.

      After failing to win a single game last season, Brechins league cup campaign has seen them draw against Peterhead but lose out on penalties for the bonus point and grabbed their first win in 241 days with a victory away to Stirling Albion.

      The last time the clubs met was also in this competition and it was also the first time ever we had been drawn in the league cup. The match ended 2-2 with our goals coming from Leigh Griffiths and Brechins from Rory McAllister. Brechin would win the tie 3-1 on penalties.

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      Head To Head 
      P15 W9 D1 L5 F38 A13

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      P1 W0 D0 L1 F2 A2 
       
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      Home Record Attendance and Lowest
      High: 7,000, 5-0, August 13th 1938 
      Low: 1,841, 0-1, April 11th 2006

      TICKET INFORMTION
      Tickets for the match against Brechin City at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park are on sale from the Ticket office. The prices are as follows:
      Adults: £12
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      There will be cash turnstiles in both the Bobby Cox Stand and the Main Stand for home supporters
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