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  1. All these events occurred on September 24th 1988, well over 30 years ago. There is however another episode that took place that day. It was the last time that Dundee managed to beat Celtic on our home turf of Dens Park. Celtic were the reigning Scottish Champions and Scottish Cup winners and that season they had only been defeated a total of five times. However, at the beginning of the new campaign, they had lost the same number of matches since August. Dundee’s start had also been indifferent. Our only wins so far were in the Skol Cup against QOTS and Falkirk before Rangers put us out of the competition and in the league, we had drawn our first three matches but were on a two-match losing streak going into this tie. It’s hard to believe now that when Tommy Coyne hit the winner on the 28th minute to give the Dee their first victory that would also see the Dee move off second bottom and leapfrog the Glasgow club, that it would be our last success against them in the City of Dundee. Tommy Coyne was Dundee’s top marksman the previous year with 37 goals with 33 of them coming in the league. He was the top scorer in Scotland and third in Europe but he had yet to find the net in seven appearances in 1988-89. When interviewed during the week on the 22nd before this tie, Coyne said to the press regarding his goal drought, “If only I could get one goal. I wouldn’t mind even if it went off my back!” It wouldn’t quite be that way but it was close as Coyne would net his first of nine goals that season before a £500,000 move to the opposition he would score the winner against. Keith Wright dummied a pass from Wes Saunders, taking Lex Baillie right out the game and ran down the left wing before putting in a low cross which Coyne managed to connect with his thigh to guide it into the back of the net, passed Alan Rough in goal who was making his debut. Since then, our record against Celtic at Dens has been P27 W0 D7 L20 F12 A51. Can we banish the 30-year-old record on Sunday? Celtic are on a nine-match unbeaten run whilst Dundee have only won once in fifteen attempts at home in the league this season. It looks grim when I point out that but as usual, I’ll go into this match with a dose of optimism.
  2. How could a season of administration that saw us stare closure in the face, be handed a 25 point deduction that left us 20 adrift of our nearest rivals and seemingly destined for 3rd tier football for the first time in our 109 years history could turn into one of the most magical experiences of my life? Never in all my time as a Dundee FC fan have I experienced as many emotional states as I have this season. There was the subdued start of a new campaign, the game at Cowdenbeath which left me shocked to my very core then, just when it felt like things couldn’t get worse, our plunge into administration for a second time. This left me fearing that the plug was about to be pulled on the club I love’s life support machine but from that moment of despair my predominant feelings have been a mixture of pride, excitement, determination to keep my club here and most importantly....... BELIEF! I really haven’t seen any other fans rally around their club in which the way we did. Granted we have the ‘Been there and done that’ t-shirt but to me, this time it was different and I actually feared that Dundee FC would become no more. But then we faced Partick at home, just after receiving the shock news of the 25 point penalty, and this is a match that will be forever etched in my mind. Not for the result, not for the goal from Jamie Adams in the dying minutes, and not even for the effort and fight the players showed on the park and would be the defining characteristic of the season. No, the thing that will stay with me forever was the atmosphere that day. Like every other team in any other country, Dundee have their share of boo boys but, for this game, they didn’t turn up. Instead they were replaced with a larger-than-average crowd of people shouting nothing but encouragement and roaring their support. I even managed to persuade a friend of mine, who is an Arab for his sins, to come along and take in the match in which he did with quiet enthusiasm, especially when the winning goal went in. From that day on _______ __________ (name deleted due to a pending superinjunction as the Arab in question seeks to preserve his credibility around Tannadice) has been constantly reminded that he Derry Rhumba’d with such passion that I think he secretly bleeds blue blood! Speaking of that Derry Rhumba, the way the spiritual home of the Dundee support exploded when the winner went in off Jamie’s knee/shin/bum/who cares was nothing short of amazing. I saw people climbing on people who were climbing on people and it’s fair to say a few must’ve suffered injuries to their phones, glasses or person as they were caught in this sea of celebration. In all my years supporting Dundee, I think this was the only time when I have deliberately broken off from the celebrations just so I could stand back and look in awe at the South Enclosure. Hell I even gave my dad a tap on the shoulder so he could share my amazement in the wild scenes all around us. From then on I had faith that we could beat the challenges left for us by the people who had got us in this mess and those who had handed us the football equivalent of capital punishment. I believed we could, and clearly so did the players who took us on a quite incredible journey. Gary Harkins’ free kick and Neil McCann’s winner against Raith. Standing in the rain to see us equal the club’s unbeaten record. Seeing a lifelong Dundee fan make his debut and playing his part as the league leaders were put to the sword. Watching the loony tunes pitch invasion at Falkirk Stadium...this season had more than a touch of the fairytale about it. The team have been an absolute joy to watch and the players deserve to take their place among the greats of Dundee’s history. The run they went on to ensure that we are still here, especially the fact they had seen their mates lose their jobs and have their own futures thrown into doubt, is something that has me bursting with pride. Never before have I seen a bond between players and fans like I have here and I am proud to say that I have been a part of it. I have never been prouder to be a Dark Blue and, for everything we have achieved over the past season I salute Barry Smith, his players, the staff at Dens, and my fellow Dark blues. Now we look to the future and hope that the dark days are behind us. People say you learn from your mistakes and it’s safe to say that we have more than our fair share to learn from but I believe that this time it will be different for Dundee FC. We have a proud tradition to uphold in this city and I now look forward and dream that we can bring the glory days back to Dens Park with honest hard work. And I will always get a shiver down my spine when I remember how it felt to look onto the Derry when the ball hit the net at that Partick game.
  3. UWTB1893

    Happy Birthday Danny!

    Thanks @TheDarkBlues 34 years young today
  4. Since making his debut back in 2013-14, Cammy Kerr has amassed over 100 appearances for his boyhood club and has also went to on to captain the side on numerous occasion. The arrival of James Horsfield on-loan from Scunthorpe United however has seen Kerr have to make do with a place on the bench and with his contract up in the summer, Kerr insists that he will keep working hard to win back his place in the staring XI and a new contract. “My contract is coming to an end and I want to be playing so I am in the strongest possible position to secure a new one,” said Kerr. “Everyone knows that I am a big fan of the club and proud to have captained them many times so not playing is frustrating. All I can do is work really hard.”
  5. Robson was a transfer deadline day signing for Jim McIntyre as he looked to turn around the Dark Blues fortunes in the league and it was one that the midfielder was eager to accept. Making his debut in the one-all draw with Hamilton but he was forced off after 61-minutes and with an injury and missed the Kilmarnock match a few days later. He made his comeback this weekend in our 2-1 victory over Livingston but was an unused substitution. Despite his career up North not getting off to the start he would have liked, Robson spoke to his parent club’s website safc.com bout how his move to Dens came around and how important it is for him to be paying first-team football. “I’m hoping to get some more experience and first-team games under my belt,” said Robson. “The chance to play in some big games was obviously a big draw because it’s been difficult so far this season having been injured. “Hopefully the experience will stand me in good stead for the rest of my career and importantly next season. “I’m looking to play as much as I can now for the rest of season as I have been very unlucky with injuries. “I know how important it is to be playing men’s football at this stage of my career - it’s what I want to be doing and I can only benefit from it. “Having spoken to the gaffer (Jack Ross), Potts (John Potter) and Fowl (James Fowler) about loan moves, we agreed this would be a good move for me. There’s a lot of important games coming up in Dundee’s schedule so it will be a great experience. “It’s been good so far and I’m really enjoying being up there with Andrew Nelson. All the lads have been great with me and I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”
  6. It looked like the same old hard luck stories of past would be n the cards again when Livingston went ahead just minutes after being reduced to 10-men following a reckless challenge by Shaun Byrne. Dundee did push forward but would go int the break still behind after failing to put a shot on target. That however all changed in the second half. Andrew Nelson put the teams back on level terms with a fantastic looping header from a Scott Wright cross. Following an awful challenge on substitute Jesse Curran on the edge of the Livi box, Wright would step up with less than ten minutes to play and tucked away a delicious free-kick that even ‘Glorious’ Gary Harkins would have been proud of. This was Dundee’s second victory in five matches and this sees them move above Hamilton in 10th on goal difference.
  7. Can I blame predictive txt on my phone for that? Haha
  8. Aye, hands up, it was me that made the mistake. Published it instead of saving it as a draft so I could look over it for any silly mistakes and add the highlights etc. I thought I got it without anyone realising the most glaring one
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