Alan Gilzean is nicknamed ‘The King of White Hart Lane’ by the Tottenham support but in the special programme printed in his honour for this Sundays League Cup tie against Dunfermline, he is described as ‘The King of Dens Park’ which I’m sure everyone will agree upon.
As the hearse drove passed Dens, fans, officials and players stood in silence. Then in a in a moment to show our appreciation to the man who helped deliver our first and only league title and who also holds so many records at the club, a round of applause broke out among the young and old.
It was a sad but fitting moment for everyone in attendance.
He was a huge part in our greatest ever team who became the kings of Scotland and took Europe by storm by reaching the European Cup Semi-Final but he will remain much more than that to the supporters.
A League title winner in '62, record top goalscorer, top European goalscorer, most goals in one season, most goals in a single match and most hat-tricks. His legacy will live on forever at Dundee.
The sad news was broken this afternoon on Twitter by his ex-team-mate from his Tottenham days, Jimmy Greaves.
Alan Gilzean or 'Gillie' as he was fondly known as by his fellow players and supporters, was often labelled by fans as the greatest ever player to play for Dundee.
During his time at Dens, he helped the club clinch our only league title, reach the last four on the European Cup and reach the Scottish Cup Final in 1964. It was also during that run to the Scottish Cup Final that Gillie scored a club record 52 goals in a season, a feat that still stands today and will unlikely ever be beaten.
Gillie also holds the record of most goals scored for Dundee with 169 in 190 appearances.
His last game for Dundee came on the 5th December 1964 at Dens Park when Dundee and St Johnstone drew 4-4 with Gilzean netting a hat-trick before his career with Dundee drew its final curtain.
He would go onto enjoy a hugely successful career with Tottenham where he would play 439 times for the London team, finding the back of the net 133 times. During his career with Spurs he would win the FA Cup, The UEFA Cup and The League Cup twice.
Alan Gilzean played 22 times, scoring 12 for Scotland during his career and was inducted into Dundee and Scottish Footballs Hall of Fame in 2009.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.