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  1. Hector Nicol’s song ‘Up Wi’ The Bonnets’ pays homage to the great Dundee side who became the Champions of Scotland for the first and only time on the last day of the of 1961/1962 season. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can now read the matchday programme in full along with a few extra pages from that night’s Sporting Post. The programme includes notes and comments, the team line-ups, that days fixtures and a hell of a lot of advertisements. Who cares about adverts though? It’s the programme from the day we won the league! Most present-day Dundee supporters weren’t lucky enough to see the side in action that Bob Crampsie described as the best footballing team that Scotland ever produced but that doesn’t stop fans of all ages celebrating them as heroes to this day. We are reminded of these players and their accomplishments on a regular basis and rightly so. For the fans that were there to witness this marvellous event, a mere mention of this will bring a wry smile along with the words, “I was there.” Saturday, 28th April 1962 was the day when Dundee stood at the top of Scottish football. We were the best team in the county and about to clinch our greatest-ever achievement. With the sun shining down on Muirton Park, over 20,000 Dundee supporters would make the short trip to Perth as they hoped to see to the coronation of the new kings of Scotland. Dundee went into the match needing only a point to clinch their first title. A dramatic midweek had seen them beat St Mirren at home while closest challengers Rangers stumbled to a 1-0 defeat against Aberdeen. St Johnstone also needed a point, but to stave off relegation. Ian Ure recalled in his book, Ure’s Truly, that: “A message was passed to the players that they could collect £50 each if thy made it a draw. The idea was treated with contempt and only served to double our determination.” Dundee had previously lost the League Championship on the last day of the 1948/49 season with defeat away to Falkirk but there would be no similar heartbreak for players and supporters this time around. The Gods were smiling on the Dark Blues and the team grabbed their shot at glory with both hands, an emphatic 3-0 win (Gilzean 2, Penman) sealing the title. When the final whistle went, the team were mobbed by wave after wave of Dundee supporters as their joy at seeing The Dee finally winning the top prize was too much for them to remain in the terraces. The heroes were lost among the thousands who swarmed the turf before being hoisted upon the shoulders of delirious fans. Some players attempted to make their way up to the directors’ box only to be swallowed up by jubilant Dees in the Muirton stand. For the 6,000 or so St Johnstone fans in attendance, the sight of Dundee fans holding a party on their own patch compounded their misery. They sat 5th bottom of the league at kick off time, only to find themselves relegated to the Second Division on goal average (this being before the introduction of goal difference) 90 minutes later. The celebrations continued through the night and beyond for everyone of a Dark Blue persuasion. Thousands lined the streets of Dundee to welcome the team bus home and cheer them as manager Bob Shankly, captain Bobby Cox and the rest of the immortals acknowledged the huge support from the balcony of City Chambers. That night’s Sporting Post headline was one of the simplest in the illustrious history of that publication but ‘It’s Dundee’s League’ said all that you needed to know and remains a joy to read nearly six decades on. Goalkeeper Pat Liney later admitted that no one at the club expected to be challenging for the title that year. “I remember it like it was yesterday especially as our triumph was so unexpected,” he said. “If you had said to me at the start of the season that we would be top four or five then we would have settled for that. “We started the season not expected to win the League and we also did not do too well in the League Cup sections that opened the season. There was no big thing that just happened, we clicked together and with Rangers two points behind, we ended up at St Johnstone needing a point to win the League. The team were a close-knit unit with seven of them living in one big house in Roseangle, a vital factor in Dundee’s success, according to Pat. “We lived together, played football together, went to the dancing together and became great friends together,” he recalled. More importantly, they became Champions together and, for that, we Dundee fans will forever be grateful.
  2. Dundee travel to Arbroath this weekend with only victory in the plans
  3. Arbroath are the visitors to Dens this weekend with Dundee looking to head to the international break with 3 points gained .
  4. Last game of the season for Dundee, first in charge for James McPake as caretaker manager
  5. The most important seven days, so far this season for Jim McIntyre and his Dundee side
  6. Celtic visit Dens this weekend and survival in the Premier League does not get any easier for Dundee.
  7. The SPFL have confirmed the TV selections for the next two Dundee Derbies. This will mean that the fixtures for November and December have both been switched to Friday nights, each fixture now kicking off on a Friday night at 19:45 (7.45pm). The rearranged dates and times are: Friday, 8th November, 7.45pm, Friday 27th December, 7.45pm Both games will be live on BT Sport.
  8. The Dark Blues fell behind early on when but quickly managed to get back on level terms. The first half was an entertaining affair with Dundee having the best chances to put themselves into the lead but the tempo whittled down during the second 45, with Dundee failing to cause any real threat except from a Graham Dorrans free-kick. Queens looked more dangerous on the break as Dundee found themselves in familiar territory of being unable to break down the opposition defence. Post Match, James McPake spoke of his frustration after another uneventful evening for his strikers and ultimately, another match without a victory. “It’s another missed opportunity and another game where the main problem was in the final third. “The frustration is we’re just not winning enough games, whether it’s home or away. That has to turn. “I’m picking positives so I don’t sound like a broken record – there was a lot of character shown after going a goal down. We then controlled the game. “We need to be better at the top end and that’s where my frustration lies tonight. “It was similar last week. We had chances to win. It’s a point but for me it’s two points dropped. “We know it will turn. We’re back at home next week and we need to be ready for it.”
  9. After declaring his interest in bringing his old teammate to Dundee last week, it seemed all had gone quiet on that front but McPake has managed to get the deal over the line and Dorrans will now be in tomorrows squad for our visit to Greenock to take on Morton. The ex-Scotland international has had to endure an injury ravaged Rangers career but will no doubt see this as the ideal opportunity to kick-start his career. There was rumoured to be interest from other Premiership clubs along with some interest from England but McPake has got his man and the fans will be hoping this move gives the team that vital creative spark that seems to have been missing.
  10. The Dundee manager was full of praise for the free-agent but did mention that any potential deal would have to be within budget. Dundee’s owner Tim Keyes today did however say in an interview with The Courier today that they “increased the budget a little” to bring in Kane Hemmings and that “the budget is always fixed but flexible,” so It may give McPake some hope that a deal can be struck to add Dorrans into his squad. “When a player like that pops up you'd be mad not to try and have a look at it," McPake said. "Would I like him? Absolutely, but I'm also very aware of the budget the board have already given me. "Graham will have a lot of options. I like him as a person, as a footballer. We've spoken about a lot of stuff but not money. If I had a chance to bring him here within budget and make it work then I would. "When I got the job, I jokingly said to him over a beer and a bite to eat 'I'm going to get you to Dundee' - I don't know if it's an option now or not.” "There's a hunger there, and a frustration from the last two years that his boyhood club hasn't worked out for him, but that's completely down to injury. "I know he's desperate to play football. He feels he's in good condition. He's had a real bad time of it with his knee. "He is looking to play football at a place he can reignite his career - he is far from finished and will be a good addition for someone."
  11. Relegation was confirmed after last week's defeat at home to Hamilton, which meant that today's match was the first of two meaningless ties before the end of the 2018/19 campaign. Kenny Miller netted the only goal of the game after being set up by fellow striker Andrew Nelson. Miller's goal put him into the club's history books as our oldest ever goalscorer, at 39 years and 121 days, replacing Gordon Smith, who had previously held the record after he scored for the Dark Blues in a 2-0 win away to Falkirk in the penultimate match of the 1962-63 season. Smith was 38 at the time, but was just a few days away from his 39th birthday. After the match, McIntyre praised Miller's goal, which ended the club's longest run of league defeats dating back to 1898-99.
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