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  1. Another mistake in defence gifts Hearts an early goal as Dundee lose at Home. A scrappy affair in the box as O'Dea fails to clear the ball and gifts Clare an easy chance in front of goal. Dundee 0 - 1 Hearts.
  2. How did you rate Jim McIntyre's team selection, substitutions and performance today?
  3. The ref against Heart was Nick Walsh. How did you rate his performance in this game?
  4. Your three word match report for the game against Hearts today?
  5. TheDarkBlues

    League Preview: Hearts

    When and Where Dundee FC host Heart of Midlothian at The Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park on Saturday 9th March, and kick-off is at 15:00 GMT (3pm). This game will not be shown to UK viewers on TV. However, DeeTV subscribers can watch the game live (Outside the UK) or listen to live Audio (World Wide). You can also follow the game live on Dundee Football Clubs Twitter account @DundeeFC and normally at the Dark Blues forum for the fans live account of the game. Our Opposition Heart of Midlothian formed in 1874 and are currently managed by ex Dundee United manager Craig Levein. Hearts went into Administration on 17 June 2013 and on the 19th on June the administrators BDO were appointed to run the club. As well as the signing embargo, Hearts were to be deducted a third of the previous season's points tally which meant the club would start the 2013/2014 season with −15 points. On 2 December, Hearts' creditors agreed to the CVA deal proposed by "The Foundation of Hearts". Hearts relegation from the Scottish premiership was confirmed on the 5th of April 2014. On May 12th 2014 Ann Budge took over control ending Vladimir Romanov's with Hearts. The club officially exited administration on 11 June 2014, also bringing to an end the signing embargo that had been imposed upon the club a year earlier. Hearts earned an immediate return to the Scottish Premiership by clinching the 2014–15 Scottish Championship title with seven games remaining. They finished 21 points ahead of city rivals Hibernian and 24 points ahead of The Rangers. Championship winning manager Robbie Neilson left the club during the 2016-17 season, and was replaced by Graig Levein. Team News Dundee are still without long term injuries Meekings, Hamilton and Davies. There have been hints that both Nelson and Curran should be fit for the game, but we should know more closer to the game. Last Time Out The last time these two sides met were on the 23rd of January 2019 and Dundee walked out of Tynecastle with a massive 2-1 win against The Jam Tarts and moved off the bottom of the table. Read the Dundee FC Online Match-Report. This was the first game where Jim McIntyre's new signings Andrew Nelson and Andy Dales featured, and straight off they were causing problems for the Hearts defence. It was Kusunga who opened the scoring in the 23rd Minute, he picked up the ball midway into the Hearts half and charged forward playing a neat one two with Nelson in the box and fired a low shot past Doyle. There's not many defender who you will see scoring goals like that. Dundee pressed Hearts looking for a second goal, Dales with a dipping shot just over the crossbar and C Curran and J Curran working together but C Curran's header was well saved by Doyle. The Jambos equalised in the 40th minute via a free-kick just outside the box. Lee's free-kick hit off the head of J Curran looping over Dieng inside the far post which saw the teams all square 1 - 1 at the interval. Dundee came out in the second in pretty much as they did in the first half and were causing the Hearts back line all manners of problems. New striker Nelson got his Dundee career off to a flying start and he opened his account in the 62nd minute. Nathan Ralph placed a long ball up the left side which was fluffed by Shaughnessy, C Curran took advantage of this mistake and setup Nelson to toe poke the winner past Doyle from near the penalty spot. Match Officials Still to be announced. Notable Player Links Neil McCann, David Witteveen, Thomson Allan, Craig Beatie, Stephen Frial, Cammy Fraser, Jim Hamilton and Tosh McKinlay Stats Dundee have won two, drawn two and lost two in their last six matches. Hibernian have won 3 and lost three in there last 6 games. The last time these two clubs met, Dundee won 2-1 at Tynecastle to move off the bottom of the league. However, Dundee suffered a 3 - 0 defeat to Heart at Dens Park on Tuesday the 23rd of October under Jim Mcintyre's first game in charge. The last six league games between the two sides: 23-Jan-19 Hearts 1 - 2 Dundee 23‑Oct‑18 Dundee 0 - 3 Hearts 01‑Apr‑18 Dundee 1 - 1 Hearts 12‑Dec‑17 Hearts 2 - 0 Dundee 30‑Sep‑17 Dundee 2 - 1 Hearts 08‑Apr‑17 Hearts 1 - 0 Dundee Trivia Albert Kid smashed the Hearts of the Hearts fans in the last game of the season. He came of the bench to score two goals which saw Celtic win the league. Paul Hartley played for both Edinburgh clubs before he came Dundee manager in 2014.
  6. When and Where Dundee FC host Heart of Midlothian at The Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park on Saturday 9th March, and kick-off is at 15:00 GMT (3pm). This game will not be shown to UK viewers on TV. However, DeeTV subscribers can watch the game live (Outside the UK) or listen to live Audio (World Wide). You can also follow the game live on Dundee Football Clubs Twitter account @DundeeFC and normally at the Dark Blues forum for the fans live account of the game. Our Opposition Heart of Midlothian formed in 1874 and are currently managed by ex Dundee United manager Craig Levein. Hearts went into Administration on 17 June 2013 and on the 19th on June the administrators BDO were appointed to run the club. As well as the signing embargo, Hearts were to be deducted a third of the previous season's points tally which meant the club would start the 2013/2014 season with −15 points. On 2 December, Hearts' creditors agreed to the CVA deal proposed by "The Foundation of Hearts". Hearts relegation from the Scottish premiership was confirmed on the 5th of April 2014. On May 12th 2014 Ann Budge took over control ending Vladimir Romanov's with Hearts. The club officially exited administration on 11 June 2014, also bringing to an end the signing embargo that had been imposed upon the club a year earlier. Hearts earned an immediate return to the Scottish Premiership by clinching the 2014–15 Scottish Championship title with seven games remaining. They finished 21 points ahead of city rivals Hibernian and 24 points ahead of The Rangers. Championship winning manager Robbie Neilson left the club during the 2016-17 season, and was replaced by Graig Levein. Team News Dundee are still without long term injuries Meekings, Hamilton and Davies. There have been hints that both Nelson and Curran should be fit for the game, but we should know more closer to the game. Last Time Out The last time these two sides met were on the 23rd of January 2019 and Dundee walked out of Tynecastle with a massive 2-1 win against The Jam Tarts and moved off the bottom of the table. Read the Dundee FC Online Match-Report. This was the first game where Jim McIntyre's new signings Andrew Nelson and Andy Dales featured, and straight off they were causing problems for the Hearts defence. It was Kusunga who opened the scoring in the 23rd Minute, he picked up the ball midway into the Hearts half and charged forward playing a neat one two with Nelson in the box and fired a low shot past Doyle. There's not many defender who you will see scoring goals like that. Dundee pressed Hearts looking for a second goal, Dales with a dipping shot just over the crossbar and C Curran and J Curran working together but C Curran's header was well saved by Doyle. The Jambos equalised in the 40th minute via a free-kick just outside the box. Lee's free-kick hit off the head of J Curran looping over Dieng inside the far post which saw the teams all square 1 - 1 at the interval. Dundee came out in the second in pretty much as they did in the first half and were causing the Hearts back line all manners of problems. New striker Nelson got his Dundee career off to a flying start and he opened his account in the 62nd minute. Nathan Ralph placed a long ball up the left side which was fluffed by Shaughnessy, C Curran took advantage of this mistake and setup Nelson to toe poke the winner past Doyle from near the penalty spot. Match Officials Still to be announced. Notable Player Links Neil McCann, David Witteveen, Thomson Allan, Craig Beatie, Stephen Frial, Cammy Fraser, Jim Hamilton and Tosh McKinlay Stats Dundee have won two, drawn two and lost two in their last six matches. Hibernian have won 3 and lost three in there last 6 games. The last time these two clubs met, Dundee won 2-1 at Tynecastle to move off the bottom of the league. However, Dundee suffered a 3 - 0 defeat to Heart at Dens Park on Tuesday the 23rd of October under Jim Mcintyre's first game in charge. The last six league games between the two sides: 23-Jan-19 Hearts 1 - 2 Dundee 23‑Oct‑18 Dundee 0 - 3 Hearts 01‑Apr‑18 Dundee 1 - 1 Hearts 12‑Dec‑17 Hearts 2 - 0 Dundee 30‑Sep‑17 Dundee 2 - 1 Hearts 08‑Apr‑17 Hearts 1 - 0 Dundee Trivia Albert Kid smashed the Hearts of the Hearts fans in the last game of the season. He came of the bench to score two goals which saw Celtic win the league. Paul Hartley played for both Edinburgh clubs before he came Dundee manager in 2014. View full match preview
  7. Bobby Glennie’s Dens memories. We venture back in time again with Billy Campbell's Ghost, he talked with Bobby Glennie and his memories playing for the mighty Dee. But, back in season 1977/78 it was Hearts who put Dundee's bid for glory on hold for another season as the Dark Blues made their second vain attempt to get out of the backwater of First Division football. At the end of the first season of the brand new Premier League, it was Dundee who unfortunately were relegated along with St.Johnstone but only after a brave fight with our street neighbours and Aberdeen, with goal difference the deciding factor. View full blog
  8. TheDarkBlues

    1977-78 Bobby Glennie Remembers

    Bobby Glennie’s Dens memories. We venture back in time again with Billy Campbell's Ghost, he talked with Bobby Glennie and his memories playing for the mighty Dee. But, back in season 1977/78 it was Hearts who put Dundee's bid for glory on hold for another season as the Dark Blues made their second vain attempt to get out of the backwater of First Division football. At the end of the first season of the brand new Premier League, it was Dundee who unfortunately were relegated along with St.Johnstone but only after a brave fight with our street neighbours and Aberdeen, with goal difference the deciding factor. People still say to this day that we never recovered from our term in the lower league - I would say that there must be an element of truth in that although Simon and Jim are doing their damnedest to ensure that the only way is up for our club. Look what happened to the survivors - Aberdeen and United since then - a total of sixteen trophies between them including a European win plus another final and all three domestic honours! Quite astonishing - Dundee reached a League Cup Final while in the lower league. One can only wonder what might have happened if Dundee had stayed up instead of one of our derby rivals! In season 1976/77 a superb St. Mirren and a slick Clydebank left Dundee to languish in the First Division for a second year which was to prove very competitive as Hearts joined Dundee in the 'First' and made it two big teams that everyone wanted to beat that season. These two could still draw the crowds with players such as Billy Pirie, Eric Sinclair and latterly that season, Bobby Glennie, and in the Hearts team, the exciting Rab Prentice and a sprightly Eammon Bannon (with hair! – apparently, the only difference between Eammon and the Edinburgh Festival is that the Festival has a fringe!). Bobby Glennie joined Dundee that season around February and became a regular fixture towards the end of the promotion challenge. Bobby remembers that season well, particularly as it reached its climax with the great prize - a return to the Premier League - the only place to be in Scottish football. Bobby was a youthful 20 when he arrived at Dens from Aberdeen. As Bobby says, 'After realising that with the likes of Miller, McLeish, Garner and McLelland at Pittodrie, competition for a first team place was going to be difficult! It was good sense for me to play first team football and what better place than the club I supported - and still do! '. Bobby soon settled in at centre half and remembers, ‘After I joined up at Dens, Dundee only suffered one defeat towards the end of that season but with a number of drawn games had allowed both Morton and Hearts to sneak fractionally ahead and the last game of the season was a win or bust match against the already promoted Morton at Cappielow while Hearts had to drop at least one point at Gayfield. The promotion battle had caught the imagination of the fans that season and Dundee had home crowds of 13,000 and 14,000 in successive games at Christmas and early in the New Year the clash with Hearts at Tynecastle had pulled in a mammoth 19,000 with an estimated 6000 from Dundee which still stands as a First Division record and is unlikely to be beaten unless one of the Old Firm ever get relegated! - Some hope! The division boasted quality players such as those mentioned earlier and Morton displayed the talents of a young Mark McGhee and the irrepressible Andy Ritchie! Dundee headed for Cappielow on the last day of the season, 29 April 1978 with around 7000 fans in a crowd of 12,500 all hoping the day would go their way! Morton had beaten Airdrie at home in the midweek to clinch the title and should have been fairly relaxed on the Saturday. As it was they were very relaxed! Bobby Glennie remembers that Morton had the perfect start. 1 They went one up in 21 minutes through Russell but Ian Redford knocked one in to allow us to go in at half-time level. We had another blow with around twenty minutes to go when another defence splitting pass from Andy Ritchie let Russell in to score a second! ‘I then scored a rare goal to equalise and in a frantic finish Billy Pirie put us in the lead which we held till the end to win 3-2.’ 'The fans had heard a rumour that Hearts had drawn at Gayfield and were celebrating and demanding we come out for a lap of honour but word had filtered through that they had in fact won with a single goal from Eammon Bannon. The lads were sick and very subdued on the way home and the fans were obviously the same way. Albert Kidd (can I mention him?) played for Arbroath that day but did Dundee no favours while other stalwarts of the successful Hearts side were Cammy Fraser and Jim Jeffries. From a personal point of view it was a disastrous day as I also lost my watch on the Cappielow terracing due to much jumping around and cheering as we all believed Dundee had done it that day - It was not to be and Dundee faced a financially crippling third season in the First Division. Dundee finally went up to the Premier League the following season with Hibs and this three year period probably did untold financial damage to the club as well as affecting the morale of the support, with the main beneficiaries perhaps being our neighbours across the road. · Bobby Glennie went on to captain his beloved Dundee and earned the respect of the Dundee support to such an extent that he is still stopped in the streets of Dundee today by people he doesn’t know - but they know him. Bobby doesn't mind this one bit and I think in footballing circles that this is the mark of utmost respect for a player who played for the jersey and earned the admiration of all Dark Blue fans. Bobby recalls many excellent players at Dens and is yet another who rates Jocky Scott as one of the best. 'He had everything and was a bit of a hero for me. I also rated Gordon Wallace highly and Eric Sinclair was magnificent. Jimmy Murphy was a player who had incredible skill and if Jimmy had a poor game it did not get to him at all. More recently, I rate Jim Duffy as one of the best in the business.' 'I faced many quality players but Charlie Nicholas could beat people with ease - a really exciting player and Mark McGhee always gave me a hard time- even he didn't know what he was doing at times!' Bobby wouldn't include any Arabs in his choice of quality players although I detected a well disguised admiration for one or two - very diplomatic Bobby! Bobby rates the 5 - 1 win over Celtic, a 4 - 3 win at Tannadice and the 1980 League Cup Final as the the highlights of his career. Bobby now works for Trojan which seems appropriate as he certainly played like one and is turning out for the Violet these days but is plagued by pelvic problems. He has two young lads who are keen football fans but one is giving him a dilemma as he favours the 'other lot' although as in the words of Glennie Senior, 'I’ll soon put him right!' We're sure you will Bobby as many fellow professionals found out over the years! One memory which is very special is his goal against Aberdeen at Dens caught by the TV cameras forever, 'It was so far out I couldn't believe it and neither did Cammy Fraser who kept telling me it was only 20 or so yards. We eventually got hold of a measuring machine from Wullie Robertson, the groundsman, and looked at the TV film to mark the spot - I reckon it was around 35 yards! Cammy to this day still tries to play it down.' Our Cammy jealous? - surely not! Bobby still has it on tape 'somewhere in the attic' and will surely keep it as an outstanding memory of a great career. When Bobby finally hangs up his boots he intends to get back on the terracing at Dens to support Dundee - and hopefully he'll have TWO sons with him!
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  10. The club have just announced a ticket deal for our next two games at home against Hearts on the 9th and Celtic on the 17th of this month. Dark Blue fans can get a deal on both 'Category A' games for just £44, that is a saving of £12 on both adult tickets. Prices for the package are as follows: Adult: £44, Concessions: £33 (Over 65 or Students with valid student photo ID), Under 18's: £22, Under12's: £11 There are a limited number of tickets for the AWAY end for the match against Celtic. These tickets are available only for locally based Celtic fans. Fans should be aware that proof of identity and address will be required to purchase these tickets AWAY tickets are priced at £30 each and are limited to 2 per person and are only available in person at the ticket office at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park. Home tickets can be bought at the ticket office, in person or by phone, or via the official website where you will be able not only to choose your seat but check on the view from seats in a particular area.
  11. Billy Campbell's Ghost

    1964-65 Hearts Broken - But Not By Albert Kidd

    DUNDEE BREAK HEARTS TITLE HOPES WITH MAGNIFICENT SEVEN! Without raising the pain barrier too much too soon, I will skip back three decades to another season when again our Edinburgh friends were beaten by a whisker to League glory, this time by Kilmarnock in season 1964-65 by what was then goal-average (goals for, divided by goals against) and not the goal-difference mentioned above that we know today. Unusually, the race for the title did not involve either of the Old Firm and both Hearts and Killie were playing such attractive football that the football fans of Scotland outwith the Old Firm welcomed another break in the Glasgow dominance of football honours. The Jambos and our own Dark Blues had both won titles in 1960 and 1962 respectively and Scottish fans of these clubs would have celebrated as long as possible had they realised the dominance round the corner! - Nine-in-row-Celtic, and the year 1980 before a great Aberdeen team under Alex Ferguson would again break the monotony of the roll of honour in Scottish football. Therefore the early sixties and the days of the Mersey Sound were days to be revered for provincial football fans, notably Dundee, Hearts and Kilmarnock. While the Beatles were entertaining at the Caird Hall, the local heroes of Dens Park were dishing out their own form of entertainment at a football ground near you! Three seasons on, during season 1964-65, it was the turn of Hearts and Killie to stir the hearts of their fans towards glory. Hearts were to meet Dundee at Tynecastle in a league fixture that season that would ultimately have a significant and decisive impact on Hearts title aspirations. Dundee's league-winning team of 1962 was breaking up and stars such as Alan Gilzean, Ian Ure, and Gordon Smith were no longer around and although quality players were still in abundance at Dens, any hopes of emulating the achievements of these immortals was beyond even the talents of a quality Dundee pool that season. Bob Shankly had also departed Dens for the Manager's job at Hibs so under the temporary stewardship of coach Sammy Kean, Dundee headed to Tynecastle with the hopes of sneaking an away point against one of the champions-elect. On the 27 February, 1965 the teams that trotted out were: Hearts: Cruickshank, Shevlane, Holt, Polland, Anderson, Higgins, Jensen, Ferguson, Wallace, Gordon and Hamilton. The Dundee line-up was Donaldson, Hamilton, Cox, Cousin, Easton, Stuart, Murray, Penman, Cameron, Cooke and Robertson. Well the result that day made all of Scotland sit up and question whether the Hearts title bid was serious and whether they had the tenacity to keep it going. The severity of the damage was a 7-1 victory for manager-less Dundee in front of an astonished Tynecastle audience! Rubbing salt into the wounds for Hearts was that all eight goals were scored by Dundee with the Hearts effort being an o.g. from Dundee's Alan Cousin. I managed to track down Alan Cousin in his capacity as a Deputy Headmaster at Lornshill Academy in Alloa, where he has spent a happy 16 years, with his wife, Anita incidentally, a fellow teacher at the same school! Alan remembered the astonishing result and how Dundee took Hearts apart with a devastating display of football that left the Tynecastle players and crowd shell-shocked and completely demoralised. Kenny Cameron and Andy Penman both had a hat-trick each with Alan Cousin sticking one in at both ends to balance his contribution for the day! As Alan recalls, 'My goal for Dundee that day was a good one, with me dribbling round Jim Cruikshank in the Hearts goal to slip it into the net, and I remember Charlie Cooke complaining that he hadn't scored that day'! Of course Charlie was the king of the dribble and was a bit cheesed off that he hadn't got in on the act.' 'The game got easier as it went on and at the time we had no idea the damage it would do to Hearts title aspirations as we all know now that they lost 2-0 at home to Killie on the last day of the season to be pipped for the title on goal average. Even if they had kept the score down a little they would have won the title that year'! Alan gives a different perspective on the times he had at Dens Park with the view that a secret weapon of the 1962 team may have been LAUGHTER. Alan explained, 'all the lads got on famously together with no cliques and our travels abroad included a number of 'winding down' sessions where the celebrations of an excellent result on foreign soil were something special. Bob Shankly was a tough disciplinarian but recognised the need for a happy squad. We always seemed to be laughing and maybe that is the secret of a good team spirit and in turn good performances on the park - where players will play hard for one another' Even the differences in ages between the likes of Andy Penman at 19 and Gordon Smith in his 30's had no effect on the camaraderie at Dens and with Alan Cousin only sharing his footballing duties, with teaching the togetherness feel still came through. In fact while I was talking to Alan I had an uncanny feeling of affection and a bond with these lads that I'm sure all Dundee fans who can recite 'that team' can identify with. I was too young to be part of it but, strangely feel I was, and I'm sure this was due to stories of a Golden Age being told by my father who was and still is a great admirer of that era. Alan Cousin remembers the atmosphere in the town at that time as 'being fantastic with it affecting every strata of Dundee society - the city was at fever pitch and after the Old Firm, Dundee were the best supported team in Scotland! ' Alan has the 'usual' opinion on Gillie Senior as a player no-one could touch for finishing and Charlie Cooke as an outstanding talent who could turn a game with an instant flash of footballing genius. Opponents Alan remembers with relish are the two Hearts stalwarts of Dave Mackay and John Cumming who always gave him a tough time in more ways than one! Alan also rated highly the Rangers side of the early sixties with Jimmy Millar and Ralph Brand as two stars who enhanced an outstanding Rangers team. Alan still has Dundee connections and mentioned that there is a son of Cousin playing top-level sport in Dundee as well as son of Gillie! Alan's elder son, Michael is playing First Division rugby with newly-promoted Dundee High school FP while he completes a Phd at Dundee University in Neuro-Biology . Alan's other son, Martin represented Scotland at under 16-level cricket and these lads are proving the Cousin family have as much talent as their old man although it seems a shame neither can kick a round ball with the style of their dad! My impressions of Alan from our chat was that like all the other players I have chatted to for this series, he had very fond memories of his time at Dens Park and would always cherish the friendships and laughter he shared with his team-mates. If the current Dundee players are reading this and take anything from it I hope it is to make sure you enjoy your playing days lads, and remember to get the laughs going as it may help us to the trophy we all crave for. We have been praised for our cavalier style of football this season - why not the Laughing Cavaliers? Copyright unknown
  12. TheDarkBlues

    Video: Hearts 1 - 2 Dundee

    Dundee Move off Bottom Spot! | Ladbrokes Premiership Andrew Nelson’s Second half strike was enough to move Dundee ahead of St Mirren, handing Hearts a home defeat in the process.
  13. DUNDEE BREAK HEARTS TITLE HOPES WITH MAGNIFICENT SEVEN! Without raising the pain barrier too much too soon, I will skip back three decades to another season when again our Edinburgh friends were beaten by a whisker to League glory, this time by Kilmarnock in season 1964-65 by what was then goal-average (goals for, divided by goals against) and not the goal-difference mentioned above that we know today. Unusually, the race for the title did not involve either of the Old Firm and both Hearts and Killie were playing such attractive football that the football fans of Scotland outwith the Old Firm welcomed another break in the Glasgow dominance of football honours. The Jambos and our own Dark Blues had both won titles in 1960 and 1962 respectively and Scottish fans of these clubs would have celebrated as long as possible had they realised the dominance round the corner! - Nine-in-row-Celtic, and the year 1980 before a great Aberdeen team under Alex Ferguson would again break the monotony of the roll of honour in Scottish football. Therefore the early sixties and the days of the Mersey Sound were days to be revered for provincial football fans, notably Dundee, Hearts and Kilmarnock. While the Beatles were entertaining at the Caird Hall, the local heroes of Dens Park were dishing out their own form of entertainment at a football ground near you! Three seasons on, during season 1964-65, it was the turn of Hearts and Killie to stir the hearts of their fans towards glory. Hearts were to meet Dundee at Tynecastle in a league fixture that season that would ultimately have a significant and decisive impact on Hearts title aspirations. Dundee's league-winning team of 1962 was breaking up and stars such as Alan Gilzean, Ian Ure, and Gordon Smith were no longer around and although quality players were still in abundance at Dens, any hopes of emulating the achievements of these immortals was beyond even the talents of a quality Dundee pool that season. Bob Shankly had also departed Dens for the Manager's job at Hibs so under the temporary stewardship of coach Sammy Kean, Dundee headed to Tynecastle with the hopes of sneaking an away point against one of the champions-elect. On the 27 February, 1965 the teams that trotted out were: Hearts: Cruickshank, Shevlane, Holt, Polland, Anderson, Higgins, Jensen, Ferguson, Wallace, Gordon and Hamilton. The Dundee line-up was Donaldson, Hamilton, Cox, Cousin, Easton, Stuart, Murray, Penman, Cameron, Cooke and Robertson. Well the result that day made all of Scotland sit up and question whether the Hearts title bid was serious and whether they had the tenacity to keep it going. The severity of the damage was a 7-1 victory for manager-less Dundee in front of an astonished Tynecastle audience! Rubbing salt into the wounds for Hearts was that all eight goals were scored by Dundee with the Hearts effort being an o.g. from Dundee's Alan Cousin. I managed to track down Alan Cousin in his capacity as a Deputy Headmaster at Lornshill Academy in Alloa, where he has spent a happy 16 years, with his wife, Anita incidentally, a fellow teacher at the same school! Alan remembered the astonishing result and how Dundee took Hearts apart with a devastating display of football that left the Tynecastle players and crowd shell-shocked and completely demoralised. Kenny Cameron and Andy Penman both had a hat-trick each with Alan Cousin sticking one in at both ends to balance his contribution for the day! As Alan recalls, 'My goal for Dundee that day was a good one, with me dribbling round Jim Cruikshank in the Hearts goal to slip it into the net, and I remember Charlie Cooke complaining that he hadn't scored that day'! Of course Charlie was the king of the dribble and was a bit cheesed off that he hadn't got in on the act.' 'The game got easier as it went on and at the time we had no idea the damage it would do to Hearts title aspirations as we all know now that they lost 2-0 at home to Killie on the last day of the season to be pipped for the title on goal average. Even if they had kept the score down a little they would have won the title that year'! Alan gives a different perspective on the times he had at Dens Park with the view that a secret weapon of the 1962 team may have been LAUGHTER. Alan explained, 'all the lads got on famously together with no cliques and our travels abroad included a number of 'winding down' sessions where the celebrations of an excellent result on foreign soil were something special. Bob Shankly was a tough disciplinarian but recognised the need for a happy squad. We always seemed to be laughing and maybe that is the secret of a good team spirit and in turn good performances on the park - where players will play hard for one another' Even the differences in ages between the likes of Andy Penman at 19 and Gordon Smith in his 30's had no effect on the camaraderie at Dens and with Alan Cousin only sharing his footballing duties, with teaching the togetherness feel still came through. In fact while I was talking to Alan I had an uncanny feeling of affection and a bond with these lads that I'm sure all Dundee fans who can recite 'that team' can identify with. I was too young to be part of it but, strangely feel I was, and I'm sure this was due to stories of a Golden Age being told by my father who was and still is a great admirer of that era. Alan Cousin remembers the atmosphere in the town at that time as 'being fantastic with it affecting every strata of Dundee society - the city was at fever pitch and after the Old Firm, Dundee were the best supported team in Scotland! ' Alan has the 'usual' opinion on Gillie Senior as a player no-one could touch for finishing and Charlie Cooke as an outstanding talent who could turn a game with an instant flash of footballing genius. Opponents Alan remembers with relish are the two Hearts stalwarts of Dave Mackay and John Cumming who always gave him a tough time in more ways than one! Alan also rated highly the Rangers side of the early sixties with Jimmy Millar and Ralph Brand as two stars who enhanced an outstanding Rangers team. Alan still has Dundee connections and mentioned that there is a son of Cousin playing top-level sport in Dundee as well as son of Gillie! Alan's elder son, Michael is playing First Division rugby with newly-promoted Dundee High school FP while he completes a Phd at Dundee University in Neuro-Biology . Alan's other son, Martin represented Scotland at under 16-level cricket and these lads are proving the Cousin family have as much talent as their old man although it seems a shame neither can kick a round ball with the style of their dad! My impressions of Alan from our chat was that like all the other players I have chatted to for this series, he had very fond memories of his time at Dens Park and would always cherish the friendships and laughter he shared with his team-mates. If the current Dundee players are reading this and take anything from it I hope it is to make sure you enjoy your playing days lads, and remember to get the laughs going as it may help us to the trophy we all crave for. We have been praised for our cavalier style of football this season - why not the Laughing Cavaliers? Copyright unknown View full blog
  14. Dundee took the lead early on when Genseric Kusunga rallied up the park to slot home his first goal of the season but the Dark Blues were dealt a cruel blow when with minutes to go until the end of the first half, Hearts equalised through a free-kick which unfortunately deflected off of Jesse Currans head, looping into the back of the net. Despite this setback, Dundee would claw their way back into the lead when Craig Curran swopped on a defensive mistake to set up Andrew Nelson who hammered home the what would prove to be the winner. Hearts came at Dundee but the away team held out despite one or two near misses to claim a valuable win to start 2019 with a bang. It was a deserved victory for the Dee. In sharp contrast to the last time both sides met at Dens Park, Hearts took apart a shambolic Dundee side that night but, on this occasion, it was the boys in their white away tops who bullied their counterparts. McIntyre was obviously delighted with the win, and also the way his team dealt with the freak Hearts equaliser.
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    Dundee 0 - 3 Hearts

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    Winging It

    Making his Dundee debut in his teens, becoming the club’s youngest ever goal scorer along the way and having been lauded by his peers and elders are all bold boasts. And yet, it was his squirting, squirming trundler that sauntered its way through the entire Dundee United defence to nestle in their goal in the final moments of the never to be forgotten Doon Derby that will always see ‘CW33’ as part of our club’s history. That Craig leaves an impressive legacy at Dens is an understatement, especially considering he’s still only 21. With so much going his way, Wighton’s departure for a reported £250,000, doesn’t seem that much of a shock. However, unlike his manager before him, the major difference this time is that this youngster, so far, has failed to truly fulfil his potential. Most people believe that Wighton’s ultimate position within a team will be the traditional No.10 role as the playmaker sitting behind the front two; pulling the strings, tormenting opposition midfielders and chipping in with more than a few goals of his own. Hence, the question really needs to be, why have Dundee supporters, seldom, if ever, seen ‘The Wizard’, as he was dubbed by the likes of Gary Harkins no less, in that role? In truth, only his one-time Dundee managers, John Brown, Paul Hartley and Neil McCann, can answer that question. Instead, the role that the tricky ball player was most often asked to fill was one that has proved to be a poisoned chalice for many a Dee. All manner of players squeezed and squashed into a role that was never going to suit them. The dreaded wide left midfield berth… We don’t have to go any further back than last season to find Neil McCann asking the, admittedly at a much mower level, free scoring Faissal El Bakhtaoui to play on the left wing. The slightly built whippet looking a forlorn figure as games passed him by. Admittedly El-Bak would also be tried unsuccessfully in umpteen other positions, but as often as not the striker could be found struggling to take on the opposition right back and over hitting crosses into The Derry. So, obviously this is a weakness of Neil McCann’s managerial style? Well, probably yes, and possibly no, for he is not alone. From the top of my head Dee legends Jim Duffy and Jocky Scott were equally afflicted by a desire to utilise players completely unsuited to the role of a winger, as their wide left option. Don’t believe me? Well, ask yourself why Colin McMenamin, who scored a barrowload of goals for the likes of Livingston and Gretna before coming to Dundee, and Queen of the South and Ross County after his departure, had his early goal scoring form for The Dee’s ignored as Jocky asked him to protect the full back and whip in crosses from the left. After all, this was a player who needed to stop a stranger and ask him for directions if he found himself anywhere other than in the opposition’s penalty box. Something that could also be said for Rory Loy, a poacher who found himself, quite rightly, surplus to goalscoring requirements when Kane Hemmings hit a career high purple patch for Dundee. Harrying defenders and putting in crunching tackles was never on Loy’s agenda and arguably his spell under Paul Hartley’s tutelage ruined the striker’s career. Other less obvious ‘wingers’ to plough the wide left furrow at Dens include a couple of players whose own individual talent proved enough to rise above being played out of position. Leigh Griffith’s tenacity, blistering pace and accuracy from distance more than enough to hide his questionable deployment. While the glorious one, Gary Harkins, was (and still is) capable of mesmerising defenders with his fleet footwork and the merest shimmy of his ample hips. Still, like Craig Wighton, ‘GGH’ was a maestro you wanted pulling the strings from the centre of the park, devastating defences as he did so. Less successful was the man of not one goal, but of Juan, two three strikes against Dundee United, Juan Sara. Who, once the goals dried up under Jim Duffy’s direction, also found himself playing deeper and deeper and, on occasion, marginalised out on the left. With his confidence already shot through his sudden lack of goals, playing in a position that he was never suited to was only going to end one way. The DAB destroyer becoming a pale, impotent shadow of the player he had once been. However, the most ludicrous left winger I’ve seen in my time going to watch Dundee is actually one of our cult heroes. A goal scoring target man with time spent at Celtic, Aberdeen, Middlesbrough and Watford – and fresh from a reasonably prolific spell with Motherwell – Willie Falconer is undoubtedly one of the most effective, out and out, frontmen we’ve seen at Dens over the past twenty years. So what his manager at the time, the much moustachioed Jocky Scott, was thinking as Dundee lined up at home to Rangers on a cold February evening in 2000, with the hustling, bustling, centre back bursting Falconer hugging the left hand touchline, I don’t think anyone – including Jocky – will ever know. Old ladies used to ask ‘Big Wullie’ if he needed a hand to cross the street, so the only shock when the seasoned frontman spent 90 minutes falling over his own feet, hitting defenders with ‘crosses’ and losing the ball over and over, was that his manager didn’t see it coming. Rangers did and promptly left Dens with a victory of seven goals to one. To Willie’s great credit, he outlasted his manager at Dens, resisted Ivano Bonetti’s cull of Scottish players and went on to successfully partner no less than Claudio Caniggia in the Dee’s frontline. Quickly putting to rest one of the most bizarre midfield ‘experiments’ we’ve ever seen. In fairness to these strikers come left wingers, even players who were supposedly ‘meant’ to play out there, have found the position too much for them when they arrived at Dundee. Mark Gilhaney, having destroyed The Dark Blues for Hamilton Accies down the left wing on numerous occasions, looking like a lost wee laddie asking for his Mum when he pulled on a Dark Blue shirt. While Freddie Daquin is legendary for his ability to run down the wing and straight out of play. Although to be fair to the Frenchman, he proved just as adept at that skill on his favoured right flank as he did when hunting for some never to be found form on the left! And yet, last season, with the welcome exception of his top flight securing cross onto the head of Simon Murray, Randy Wolters made nearly all of these men look like world beaters. The burly, attitude packed wide-o showing up without a trick in his bag, or an end product to sell. But surely not every player to play wide left over the past few decades for Dundee has been absolutely, dreadfully awful in that role? Well, when he was played a little deeper, Gavin Swankie gave it a half decent go, while, to be fair, it’s hard to say that the much maligned Ryan Conroy doesn’t show up rather favourably against most of those both before and after his time at the club. Ryan’s wing-partner Nicky Riley, also gave it a half decent go when he was put on his less favoured side. While there’s no denying that the man of many, all and sometimes no midfield position at all, Greg Stewart, did a lot of his best work while playing down that flank. Although a certain Kevin Holt might not be so keen to agree... Hence, we might just need to go back to the gaffer, Mr Neil McCann, to unearth the last Dundee player to truly make the left wing his own. Dropping his shoulder to beat players, hitting the byline to expertly stick the ball on Jim Hamilton’s napper and scoring the occasional wonder goal, just as he did the night he helped send Dundee to the Coca Cola cup final. Which, of course, begs the questions of why our current manager, a man who spent years tormenting right backs, prefers such a narrow formation, and why can’t he find a left midfielder with even a tenth of the potency he possessed? With Craig Wighton now wearing the maroon of Hearts, who will be next to be left out in the cold? Well, we’ve already seen Jean Alassane Mendy run about lost against St Johnstone out there and, of course, one of Scotland’s most prolific goal scorers of the past couple of decades, Kenny Miller, become more and more frustrated as the curse tried to overcome him on his debut for Dundee. Calvin Miller, it’s over to you. No pressure now...
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    Dundee 2 - 1 Hearts

    Kerr Waddell scored deep into stoppage time to earn Dundee a 2-1 win over Hearts at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership. Hearts gave a debut to 16 year old midfielder Harry Cochrane but Waddell opened the scoring for the hosts before the break. Kyle Lafferty’s equaliser looked to have earned Craig Levein’s men a point before Waddell grabbed his second at the death.
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    Dundee 1 - 1 Hearts

    Hearts and Dundee picked up a crucial point apiece to boost their respective chances in their individual battles in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership. Ross Callachan and Sofien Moussa got the goals in the 1-1 draw, as Hearts consolidated their hold on the last top six place, while Dundee edged further clear of the relegation dogfight below them.
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    Dundee Sign Jack Hamilton From Hearts

    The 24-year-old product of the Hearts youth system comes to Dens Park on a three-year-deal. He made his debut for the Jam Tarts against Hibs in August 2014 following loan spells with Forfar, East Fife and Stenhousemuir. Jack has also represented Scotland from the under 15s to the under 21s and has also been called up to the senior squad numerous times but has yet to make an appearance. “Speaking to the manager he really sold the club to me. He was brilliant, he was very keen on getting me in and it’s something that I thought would be brilliant for me,” said Hamilton as he spoke to DEETV. It’s a massive club, a massive Premiership club that has real ambition so I thought it would be a great place to come and be involved.”
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    Dundee 1 - 1 Hearts

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  21. Go down 1 nil in the first few minutes and this brought us to life and we got an equalizer through Moussa in the 28th minute. A game I feel we could have gone on and won, but a point means that we are 4 points ahead of Partick. Dundee 1 - 1 Hearts
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    Hearts: The View From the Opposition

    Dundee are currently in the middle of an horrendous run of form at home which has seen five straight league defeats and the club teetering on the edge of the bottom two places in the table. Hearts away form isn't that much better either with only two wins on the road out of ten. Both teams are in need of a win. Hearts will be hoping to catch up on a resurgent Kilmarnock side in fifth place while Dundee are in dire need to ending their barren run of defeats at Dens and creating some breathing space between Partick Thistle and Ross County. In the lead up to Sundays game, we spoke to SPFL Blogger, Scotsman Sport online-writer and The Terrace Podcast editor-in-chief Craig Fowler to chat about his beloved Hearts. Hearts look destined for a third top six finish since promotion. This must have been the aim for the team at the start of the season but do you think that this term has been a disappointment for the club? Undoubtedly. It's hard to summarise expectations at the outset because of the whole Ian Cathro saga. As soon as Hearts lost to Peterhead in the Betfred Cup I think everyone knew it was going to be a tough season even if the club did the right thing, which they did, in binning the head coach. Probably the most disappointing aspect is that when Hearts finally did get on the right path - the clean sheet run, beating Hibs in the cup - it looked like the chance was really there to kick on and challenge Hibs for fourth place, but instead the two sides have gone in different directions, really. They've gotten better while Hearts have been weakened. Injuries have played a part but it goes back to the previous summer and how the squad was set up. There's a real imbalance and one or two key players being out causes the house of cards to come tumbling down. In the league you have also seen Hibs come out on top in the Edinburgh Derby with Hearts failing to find the net once. You did however get a win against them in the Scottish Cup which gave birth to Craig Leveins ‘Natural order’ comment. It must be tough to see a team you have normally dominated to have the upper hand? It's Hibs' best sequence of games against Hearts since the 1970s so there's absolutely no doubt this is tough to take. What's most troubling from a Hearts perspective is the general rejuvenation around Hibs. A couple of years ago Hearts were in the top flight averaging 16k a week while Hibs were in the second tier struggling to break 10k. Next season I wouldn't be too surprised if Hibs average a higher attendance than Hearts, which would be the first time that has happened for a long, long time. It's definitely the most positive I'm seen my Hibs supporting mates in years - probably a decade - while it's just a slog for Hearts fans right now. Steven Naismith was a massive coup for Hearts when you brought him in on-loan in January. Most clubs would love to have a forward line with a player of the calibre like him along with Kyle Lafferty. For any fans that have yet to see any Hearts matches, how has the signing worked out for the Jam Tarts? He's not quite lived up to the hype but I, for one, would still love to see him stick around for next season. He's lost a bit of the spark he once had - that little bit of explosiveness around the final third - but he's still technically and intelligently well ahead of most of his team-mates. He and Lafferty don't work particularly well in isolation because there's a lack of pace between the two, but they did link up well together in the recent win over Partick Thistle so there's perhaps more to come. Getting David Milinkovic fit again would be huge for the front three functioning well together. He's got that bit of pace and quickness that Hearts otherwise lack. I know you are in the process of watching every top flight match this season so you will have witnessed the good and bad that Dundee have produced. What’s your thoughts on our league position? Is it fully deserved or are you surprised? For a lot of the season I thought Dundee were in a false position and that it was only a matter of time before they figured things out and moved away from immediate danger of relegation. However, that was based on the assumption that they'd get a little bit more ruthless in the opposing penalty area and a bit more street-wise in their own. Seeing as that hasn't happened and we're now into the season's final quarter, I can't say I am surprised. You can knock the ball about with as much confidence as you like, but if you're poor in both boxes then there's only one thing that's going to happen. What players in our current team have impressed you and who should Hearts be weary of? Glen Kamara is probably the only Dundee player who has "impressed" me over the course of the season. If Neil McCann fancies another spectacular falling out with a first-team player, ala Scott Bain, I would love to see the defensive midfielder at Tynecastle. As for who Hearts should be wary of, Simon Murray didn't set the heather alight at Hibs and still managed to bag the winner in an Edinburgh derby. It would be typical of this season if he did likewise in a Dundee shirt. And vice-versa, what players should Dundee look out for in the Hearts team? Hard to say because it's always difficult to know who's going to play. Levein likes to chop and change his starting XI, often with little rhyme or reason. In attack, Lafferty is probably the only nailed-on starter if fit, so I'll have to plump for him. I'm not even a huge fan of the Northern Irishman, he's quite ungainly and a bit of a liability at times, and yet he's looking likely to be Hearts' first 20-goal season scorer since John Robertson. Football, eh? Dundee have went five home games without a win at home, only finding the net once and are in a battle to save their Premiership status. Can the Dark Blues end their run of bad form or will Hearts inflict more misery on the home support? While Dundee are on a terrible run at home, Hearts have been dreadful away from Tynecastle, where they are still undefeated. It's a problem that's been around for over a decade and means you can never be too confident going to watch the team away from home, even when they're good, which this team isn't. This one is a toss up.
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    Fixture Amendment: Hearts

    Dundee game against Hearts which was originally to played on Saturday 31 March has been moved to Sunday 1st April and the kick off will now take place at 12.30 pm. The newly scheduled game will be shown live on Sky Sports TV.
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