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  1. LEEDS & DUNDEE – THE FAIREST OF CITIES Dundee had already reached the League Cup final that season and gone down in heroic fashion to the all-conquering Celtic by an amazing 3-5, and this early season form was perhaps an indication of what was to come later that season in Europe! Dundee found themselves in the semis after a great run, taking the scalps of DWS Amsterdam, Royal Liege and FC Zurich on the way with an outstanding performance in Liege being the highlight - a 4-1 victory with ALL FOUR goals being scored by the great unpredictable, George 'Dandy' McLean evoking memories of another similar thumping of a greater Belgian name, Anderlecht, by the same score in Brussels in 1963. I believe that no Scottish player has equalled this feat away from home but I' m sure someone will let me know! By the time the semis came around Dundee found themselves in the exalted company of Leeds, Ferencvaros of Hungary and the then Italian cracks, Bologna. Dundee came out of the hat with Leeds, thus ruining the prospect of an all UK final. Dundee thus had a chance to avenge the fates of both Hibs and Rangers who Leeds had knocked out in earlier rounds that year. Could Dundee go one step further and be the first Scottish club to reach the Fairs Cup Final. Their barrier were the superb Leeds United team who had lost the previous year's final to Dinamo Zagreb and were determined to atone for this. They were even more determined to win this trophy as they had tossed away the English double by losing to an ordinary Everton side in the FA Cup semis and losing three league games in a row at the end of the league season to let Manchester City in for the League title. Dundee's gates had increased as they progressed in the tourney and for the Leeds game a healthy crowd of around 25,000 were in Dens Park with high hopes but respecting the reputation of a Leeds side that had earned the description of being 'unbeatable'. I was a young eleven-year-old in the stand enclosure with my father who had witnessed the great nights of 1962-63 and was no doubt wishing for more! I was just in awe of seeing players in the flesh who to me graced the pages of 'Football Monthly' and 'Goal' magazines –remember them? Bremner, Charlton, Jones, Giles, Sprake, one could go on – all Internationalists and superb at their craft. Dundee really had their hands full in this tie but still, hope reigns supreme with all football fans as far as their own team is concerned. I'll let Dundee's right back and Mr. Consistency, Bobby Wilson take up the story. Bobby is now manager at Ross County in Dingwall and remembers that season with great pride. Bobby recalled, 'Before half-time however we had drawn level and I had the distinction of grabbing the goal with a powerful header - it was a fantastic feeling and we had the whole of the second half to have a go at gaining a first leg lead. It was not to be and we faced the trip to Yorkshire having to beat Leeds on their own patch' - a fairly daunting task in these days - and nowadays as Rangers will find out soon! Dundee took around 4000 fans to Elland Road for the second leg on 15 May 1968 and faced a Leeds line up of: Sprake, Reaney and Cooper; Bremner, Madeley and Hunter; Greenhoff, Lorimer, Jones, Giles and Gray. Dundee had a late injury blow when poor Bobby Wilson himself had severe toothache and had to admit defeat to the pain and was replaced by Ronnie Selway, and had to watch from the stand. Over 28,000 watched Dundee line up: Donaldson, Selway and Houston; Murray, Easton and Stewart; Campbell, J. McLean, S.Wilson, G. McLean, and Scott. Dundee started brightly and looked the more likely to score in the first half as Bobby remembers, 'We were always confident in our own ability and while it was dreadful having to sit in the stand and watch the lads, especially with toothache, Ronnie Selway did a great job and I felt the boys could snatch a vital away goal. Billy Campbell tested Sprake with a shot he just got in the way of and as the game wore on we realised we would be out on away goals if it stayed at 0-0.' 'As we tried to push out of our own half from heavy second half Leeds pressure, they finally struck ten minutes from time when Scot Eddie Gray wheeled on a loose ball from a corner and lashed it into the roof of the net'. 'There was no way back and at the final whistle we just had to reflect on what might have been and take comfort in that we had just lost by the only goal to one of the finest sides in Europe – Leeds went on to beat Ferencvaros in the two-legged final by the only goal.' Don Revie, the late and legendary Leeds boss said after the game that Dundee had been more impressive than Hibs or Rangers and were undoubtedly one of Scotland's top sides - a real compliment from a master. Bobby had his chance for further glory at Dens and made up for the '68 League Cup defeat from Celtic by playing in the Dundee team who beat the Cels in 1973 at Hampden - laying on the goal for Gordon Wallace in fact - and enjoying more European nights against the likes of Cologne and A.C. Milan in 1972. He in fact scored the fourth and final goal that defeated Cologne and brought tears to the eyes of such notable Germans as Overath and Weber, who had scored against England in the World Cup Final of 1966. Bobby still has a great passion for the game and Dundee in particular and it is refreshing to talk to someone who enthuses in football and especially memories of great times that I for once can remember! Bobby has steered Ross County to two successive Highland League championships but his club will not be gracing Dens in the Scottish Cup this season as they went out two weeks ago to Cove Rangers with our own Ray Stephen grabbing two of the goals! One of Bobby's sons is now a pro and the other is a Dundee fan so perhaps we will see two young Wilson's at the club again to remind us of one of the best players to wear the coveted Dark Blue! Bobby. . . . . . Thanks for the Memory. View full blog
  2. TheDarkBlues

    1967-68 Leeds Fairs Cup Semis

    LEEDS & DUNDEE – THE FAIREST OF CITIES Dundee had already reached the League Cup final that season and gone down in heroic fashion to the all-conquering Celtic by an amazing 3-5, and this early season form was perhaps an indication of what was to come later that season in Europe! Dundee found themselves in the semis after a great run, taking the scalps of DWS Amsterdam, Royal Liege and FC Zurich on the way with an outstanding performance in Liege being the highlight - a 4-1 victory with ALL FOUR goals being scored by the great unpredictable, George 'Dandy' McLean evoking memories of another similar thumping of a greater Belgian name, Anderlecht, by the same score in Brussels in 1963. I believe that no Scottish player has equalled this feat away from home but I' m sure someone will let me know! By the time the semis came around Dundee found themselves in the exalted company of Leeds, Ferencvaros of Hungary and the then Italian cracks, Bologna. Dundee came out of the hat with Leeds, thus ruining the prospect of an all UK final. Dundee thus had a chance to avenge the fates of both Hibs and Rangers who Leeds had knocked out in earlier rounds that year. Could Dundee go one step further and be the first Scottish club to reach the Fairs Cup Final. Their barrier were the superb Leeds United team who had lost the previous year's final to Dinamo Zagreb and were determined to atone for this. They were even more determined to win this trophy as they had tossed away the English double by losing to an ordinary Everton side in the FA Cup semis and losing three league games in a row at the end of the league season to let Manchester City in for the League title. Dundee's gates had increased as they progressed in the tourney and for the Leeds game a healthy crowd of around 25,000 were in Dens Park with high hopes but respecting the reputation of a Leeds side that had earned the description of being 'unbeatable'. I was a young eleven-year-old in the stand enclosure with my father who had witnessed the great nights of 1962-63 and was no doubt wishing for more! I was just in awe of seeing players in the flesh who to me graced the pages of 'Football Monthly' and 'Goal' magazines –remember them? Bremner, Charlton, Jones, Giles, Sprake, one could go on – all Internationalists and superb at their craft. Dundee really had their hands full in this tie but still, hope reigns supreme with all football fans as far as their own team is concerned. I'll let Dundee's right back and Mr. Consistency, Bobby Wilson take up the story. Bobby is now manager at Ross County in Dingwall and remembers that season with great pride. Bobby recalled, 'Before half-time however we had drawn level and I had the distinction of grabbing the goal with a powerful header - it was a fantastic feeling and we had the whole of the second half to have a go at gaining a first leg lead. It was not to be and we faced the trip to Yorkshire having to beat Leeds on their own patch' - a fairly daunting task in these days - and nowadays as Rangers will find out soon! Dundee took around 4000 fans to Elland Road for the second leg on 15 May 1968 and faced a Leeds line up of: Sprake, Reaney and Cooper; Bremner, Madeley and Hunter; Greenhoff, Lorimer, Jones, Giles and Gray. Dundee had a late injury blow when poor Bobby Wilson himself had severe toothache and had to admit defeat to the pain and was replaced by Ronnie Selway, and had to watch from the stand. Over 28,000 watched Dundee line up: Donaldson, Selway and Houston; Murray, Easton and Stewart; Campbell, J. McLean, S.Wilson, G. McLean, and Scott. Dundee started brightly and looked the more likely to score in the first half as Bobby remembers, 'We were always confident in our own ability and while it was dreadful having to sit in the stand and watch the lads, especially with toothache, Ronnie Selway did a great job and I felt the boys could snatch a vital away goal. Billy Campbell tested Sprake with a shot he just got in the way of and as the game wore on we realised we would be out on away goals if it stayed at 0-0.' 'As we tried to push out of our own half from heavy second half Leeds pressure, they finally struck ten minutes from time when Scot Eddie Gray wheeled on a loose ball from a corner and lashed it into the roof of the net'. 'There was no way back and at the final whistle we just had to reflect on what might have been and take comfort in that we had just lost by the only goal to one of the finest sides in Europe – Leeds went on to beat Ferencvaros in the two-legged final by the only goal.' Don Revie, the late and legendary Leeds boss said after the game that Dundee had been more impressive than Hibs or Rangers and were undoubtedly one of Scotland's top sides - a real compliment from a master. Bobby had his chance for further glory at Dens and made up for the '68 League Cup defeat from Celtic by playing in the Dundee team who beat the Cels in 1973 at Hampden - laying on the goal for Gordon Wallace in fact - and enjoying more European nights against the likes of Cologne and A.C. Milan in 1972. He in fact scored the fourth and final goal that defeated Cologne and brought tears to the eyes of such notable Germans as Overath and Weber, who had scored against England in the World Cup Final of 1966. Bobby still has a great passion for the game and Dundee in particular and it is refreshing to talk to someone who enthuses in football and especially memories of great times that I for once can remember! Bobby has steered Ross County to two successive Highland League championships but his club will not be gracing Dens in the Scottish Cup this season as they went out two weeks ago to Cove Rangers with our own Ray Stephen grabbing two of the goals! One of Bobby's sons is now a pro and the other is a Dundee fan so perhaps we will see two young Wilson's at the club again to remind us of one of the best players to wear the coveted Dark Blue! Bobby. . . . . . Thanks for the Memory.
  3. Despite the scoreline suggesting that this tie was close, Dundee eased by our neighbours into the Quarter Finals of the League Cup. Dundee spurned many chances during the 90 minutes and could have easily of scored four, five or six goals in this game but at the end of the game, the victory and passage into the next round of the cup was all that mattered. Faissal El Bakhtaoui put the Dee ahead with a wonder strike but United would level the scoring before half time with Billy King finding the net. We found the winner through the unlikely Paul McGowan who's shot sailed into the net. After being the target from United fans in quite a few derbies, it was his turn to hand it back, something they moaned about for days.
  4. Dundee United claimed top spot of Group C in the League Cup after securing the bonus point on penalties after the match had ended 1-1. Paul McMullan gave the Arabs an undeserved lead just before half time but after the break, Mark O'Hara drew the sides deservedly level. Roarie Deacon had a glorious chance to win the match for the Dee but the winger hesitated and Harry Lewis saved his shot. Jack Hendry would then see his header hit off the base of the post right at the death so it was then onto penalties to decide who would win the bonus point. Deacon would miss the decisive penalty for it to end 4-3 to the Terrors.
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  6. UWTB1893

    McCann: The Result Flattered Us

    Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring after the Dundee defence were unable to clear their lines from an Ayr United goal kick. Substitute Sofien Moussa was then sent off after a second bookable offence following a 15 minute cameo and the opposition took full advantage of this when Shankland added a second. Our misery was further compounded when Moffat got in on the act to smack home a third in a day to forget for everyone associated with Dundee "The result flattered us," said McCann. "It’s Difficult to put my finger on it. It’s not often in management or playing in football that so many things are wrong in one game. Poor passing, poor application, we looked flat and everyone was waiting for someone else to step up for us." "The thing is we’ve played really well in the league and not taken chances, and the puzzling thing is we’ve prepared well and had a game plan. "We come out and put on such a weak perforce and it’s a sore one. It happened against Dunfermline as well so that tells me it’s a mindset thing. "I’m very angry about Moussa’s red, we had a word with him when it kept happening, and we can’t afford for things like that to happen. "Then Genseric has lost all his composure, he’s obviously hurting but it doesn’t help anything. The whole team and myself let the club down today, we should have enough, like we showed against Aberdeen last week and we didn’t show any of it today. And it hurts because we’re out the cup now. "That is not acceptable and I have to apologise to the supporters."
  7. 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. Dundee 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.
  8. UWTB1893

    Betfred League Cup Preview: Brechin City

    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. Elliot Parish was given a run out and returned with a clean-sheet which will undoubtedly give McCann a headache with who he feels should be tween the sticks. 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. Did You Know? Simon Lynch has scored the most goals for Dundee in this fixture with 4 in total. STATS Head To Head P15 W9 D1 L5 F38 A13 League Cup Head To Head P1 W0 D0 L1 F2 A2 Home P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Away P1 W0 D0 L1 F2 A2 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 Concessions: £6 The Ticket Office will open at 10am tomorrow. We would advise supporters who wish to purchase tickets to do so as early as possible to avoid delays. There will be cash turnstiles in both the Bobby Cox Stand and the Main Stand for home supporters
  9. 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. Elliot Parish was given a run out and returned with a clean-sheet which will undoubtedly give McCann a headache with who he feels should be tween the sticks. 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. Did You Know? Simon Lynch has scored the most goals for Dundee in this fixture with 4 in total. STATS Head To Head P15 W9 D1 L5 F38 A13 League Cup Head To Head P1 W0 D0 L1 F2 A2 Home P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0 Away P1 W0 D0 L1 F2 A2 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 Concessions: £6 The Ticket Office will open at 10am tomorrow. We would advise supporters who wish to purchase tickets to do so as early as possible to avoid delays. There will be cash turnstiles in both the Bobby Cox Stand and the Main Stand for home supporters View full match preview
  10. UWTB1893

    Betfred League Cup Preview: Peterhead F.C

    THE DEE need to deliver six-points this week in our ties with Peterhead and Brechin and by firing in plenty of goals to give the club the best possible chance to proceed from the group stages in second place. With Dunfermline unlikely to slip up in their last two games, that’s the situation we find ourselves in. Sunday was a horror show for the team and especially for the fans who watched the defeat to the Pars. It was lacklustre to say the least and Dundee were made to look like the Championship side instead of our opponents. The team lacked any urgency and it seemed like the eleven players on the park were total strangers and only met a few minutes before kick off. It was an unacceptable performance which all us supporters hope have been met with a swift boot up the 'erse.' Dundee also face the possibility of missing the three players who came off injured on Sunday, Sofien Moussa, Nathan Ralph and Genseric Kusunga. Also, still out of action will be Glenn Kamara and Roarie Deacon. Darren O'Dea has returned to training. PETERHEAD are already out of this competition so they have nothing to play for except getting fitness levels up and prepared for the start of their League One campaign. The Blue Toon have yet to find the back of the net so far in the League Cup but they still have the threat of Rory McAlister up top along with old foe Derek Lyle. Derek however is just recovering from a calf strain and with his partner due to give birth this week, may not yet make the match. Head To Head P3 W2 D0 L1 F5 A2 League Cup Stats Head To Head P3 W2 D0 L1 F5 A2 Home P1 W1 D0 L0 F4 A0 Away P2 W1 D0 L1 F1 A2 Top Goal Scorer vs Peterhead Greg Stewart: 2 Goals Biggest Win 4-0, Dens Park, August 2nd 2014, League Cup Round 1 Biggest Defeat 1-2, Balmoor Stadium, July 26th 2016, League Cup Group A Biggest Crowd: Balmoor 998, 1-2, July 26th 2016, League Cup Group A Lowest Crowd: Balmoor 844: 0-0 (Dundee Won 4-1 on Pens), July 31st 2012, League Cup Round 1 This match is Pay at the Gate and the prices are as follows: Adults: Stand £14, Ground £12 Concessions: Stand £7, Ground £6 Under 12s: Stand £2, Ground Free Trivia Dundee will face Peterhead for only the fourth time in a competitive match with all of them coming in the League Cup at the start of the tournament (Round 1 and the group stage).
  11. THE DEE need to deliver six-points this week in our ties with Peterhead and Brechin and by firing in plenty of goals to give the club the best possible chance to proceed from the group stages in second place. With Dunfermline unlikely to slip up in their last two games, that’s the situation we find ourselves in. Sunday was a horror show for the team and especially for the fans who watched the defeat to the Pars. It was lacklustre to say the least and Dundee were made to look like the Championship side instead of our opponents. The team lacked any urgency and it seemed like the eleven players on the park were total strangers and only met a few minutes before kick off. It was an unacceptable performance which all us supporters hope have been met with a swift boot up the 'erse.' Dundee also face the possibility of missing the three players who came off injured on Sunday, Sofien Moussa, Nathan Ralph and Genseric Kusunga. Also, still out of action will be Glenn Kamara and Roarie Deacon. Darren O'Dea has returned to training. PETERHEAD are already out of this competition so they have nothing to play for except getting fitness levels up and prepared for the start of their League One campaign. The Blue Toon have yet to find the back of the net so far in the League Cup but they still have the threat of Rory McAlister up top along with old foe Derek Lyle. Derek however is just recovering from a calf strain and with his partner due to give birth this week, may not yet make the match. Head To Head P3 W2 D0 L1 F5 A2 League Cup Stats Head To Head P3 W2 D0 L1 F5 A2 Home P1 W1 D0 L0 F4 A0 Away P2 W1 D0 L1 F1 A2 Top Goal Scorer vs Peterhead Greg Stewart: 2 Goals Biggest Win 4-0, Dens Park, August 2nd 2014, League Cup Round 1 Biggest Defeat 1-2, Balmoor Stadium, July 26th 2016, League Cup Group A Biggest Crowd: Balmoor 998, 1-2, July 26th 2016, League Cup Group A Lowest Crowd: Balmoor 844: 0-0 (Dundee Won 4-1 on Pens), July 31st 2012, League Cup Round 1 This match is Pay at the Gate and the prices are as follows: Adults: Stand £14, Ground £12 Concessions: Stand £7, Ground £6 Under 12s: Stand £2, Ground Free Trivia Dundee will face Peterhead for only the fourth time in a competitive match with all of them coming in the League Cup at the start of the tournament (Round 1 and the group stage). View full match preview
  12. The last time our two clubs met was also in this competition a few years back which unfortunately for us seen the Fife come out on top with a 3-0 victory at East End Park. Like most clubs in Scotland, it's been a busy summer for the Pars so we spoke to Pars Review to get the lowdown on his team. The Pars fell at the first stage of the play-offs last season despite from what I seen, having plenty of opportunities to make it to the semi-final. Undoubtable a disappointed end to the season but how would you rate your finish last term? We did very well in the fourth quarter of the League season after a very poor period between November to early March. Midfield was the issue and once the new trio of midfielders signed during January all settled in, results and form improved. All 3 of those players (Tom Beadling, James Craigen and James Vincent) are now back at our club for this season, although Beadling is injured and Vincent is also carrying a slight injury, restricting him to one sub appearance this season. We went into the playoffs with some confidence but a harsh red card in the first leg of the Dundee United 2 leg quarter final (which was overturned a week later on appeal) cost us a good chance of winning the home leg. We went 1-0 up at Tannadice and then missed a glorious chance to make it 2-0. United then scored twice and we were out. It’s been a busy summer for Dunfermline with plenty of players leaving and going. What players have you been disappointed to see leave and who has excited the fans the most upon their arrival? I think a certain Fassial El Bakhtaoui might get a mention. It's always disappointing to lose your captain (Callum Morris) plus the two top goal scorers (Nicky Clark and Declan McManus), plus one of the main attacking threats of the final few weeks of last season, Fraser Aird. The manner of Aird's departure was very disappointing, jumping ship to United after he told our club he would sign a new deal with us. Morris knocked back a new contract to play in England, then a few days later signed for Ross County! All 4 are good players but I am impressed by their replacements and genuinely believe we have a better squad now. Faissal is a great example of a player who 'belongs' at a certain club; he is loved at Dunfermline and we are delighted to have him back. Myles Hippolyte looks to be a good signing too, and the players who returned from last season, mentioned already, plus new arrivals such as the Longridge brothers, Aidan Connolly and Danny Devine, have all played well so far. We were told by Thistle fans that Devine was a poor player but he has looked very good so far. Your league campaign got off to a good start against Peterhead on Tuesday. How did Dunfermline play in their first competitive match of the 2018-19 season? We played very well in the second half against Peterhead last night. Some of the quick passing movements involving Higginbotham, Connolly, Longridge and Hippolyte was great to watch. The Championship looks like it will be very competitive this season but what are the expectations among the support with regards to the league and cups? The Championship will be very tough this season; at least 6 clubs have hopes of promotion. We have improved our league position every season under Allan Johnston and hope/expect to challenge for the title and to (at the very least) secure a top 4 finish again. You have James Vincent and Fassial El Bakhtaoui on loan from us but they will miss the tie on Sunday. Will they be massive losses to the team? The team has done well in pre-season and in the one Betfred game without Vincent and Faissal - Vincent has one sub appearance this season, while Faissal hasn't played at all so far. If both were fit and available, they would be an asset but with the midfield doing well and with new signing Hippolyte scoring last night, plus a goal from striker Andy Ryan, we can cope without the 2 players mentioned. Finally, What's your score predictions for Sunday? I'd be very happy with a draw; I have great memories of some tremendous Dundee v Pars games at Dens over the past 25 years. The clubs are similar in many ways but I have to make Dundee favourites given your Premiership status. I was at your game at Stirling at the weekend and your new players all looked very good. McGowan also impressed, with everything going through him in midfield. PREVIEW THE DEE got off to a flyer last weekend when they put four past Stirling Albion at Forthbank Stadium without reply. Sofien Moussa took his tally in this competition since signing last year to seven goals when he grabbed a double. Jean Medny also got off the mark as his Dundee career began with a goal after Moussa set him up to slot home. The pass wasn’t the best but Mendy was able to control the ball and slot it past the defence and goalkeeper between the sticks. Craig Wighton capped off a fine second half performance when he added No.4. Despite a few shaky moments in defence in the first half and a double-save from Jack Hamilton at the beginning of the second, the result was never in doubt against Stirling. DUNFERMLINE had to wait until midweek to get their campaign underway and did so with a 3-0 victory over Peterhead at East End Park. New signing Myles Hippolyte opened the scoring in the first half and despite Peterhead hitting the post and then following up the rebound by striking the bar, the Pars would put this tie to bed in the dying minutes through a Karl Higginbotham penalty and a solo effort from Andy Ryan. TEAM/INJURY NEWS Dundee were dealt the bad news when midfield maestro Glenn Kamara picked up a knock in training and will miss Sundays tie and may well miss the rest of the league cup ties. The player is wearing a protective boot which the club said is a precautionary measure. Head To Head P118 W47 D29 L42 F197 A174 League Cup Stats Head To Head P8 W4 D2 L2 F19 A13 Home P3 W2 D1 L0 F10 A3 Away P5 W2 D1 L2 F9 A10 Top Goal Scorer Alan Gilzean: 3 Goals Biggest Win 4-0, Dens Park, August 13th 1975 Biggest Defeat 1-3, East End Park, August 25th 2015 Trivia: Dundee haven't beaten Dunfermline in our last six meetings (D3 L3) which spans all the way back to January 2010! View full match preview
  13. The last time our two clubs met was also in this competition a few years back which unfortunately for us seen the Fife come out on top with a 3-0 victory at East End Park. Like most clubs in Scotland, it's been a busy summer for the Pars so we spoke to Pars Review to get the lowdown on his team. The Pars fell at the first stage of the play-offs last season despite from what I seen, having plenty of opportunities to make it to the semi-final. Undoubtable a disappointed end to the season but how would you rate your finish last term? We did very well in the fourth quarter of the League season after a very poor period between November to early March. Midfield was the issue and once the new trio of midfielders signed during January all settled in, results and form improved. All 3 of those players (Tom Beadling, James Craigen and James Vincent) are now back at our club for this season, although Beadling is injured and Vincent is also carrying a slight injury, restricting him to one sub appearance this season. We went into the playoffs with some confidence but a harsh red card in the first leg of the Dundee United 2 leg quarter final (which was overturned a week later on appeal) cost us a good chance of winning the home leg. We went 1-0 up at Tannadice and then missed a glorious chance to make it 2-0. United then scored twice and we were out. It’s been a busy summer for Dunfermline with plenty of players leaving and going. What players have you been disappointed to see leave and who has excited the fans the most upon their arrival? I think a certain Fassial El Bakhtaoui might get a mention. It's always disappointing to lose your captain (Callum Morris) plus the two top goal scorers (Nicky Clark and Declan McManus), plus one of the main attacking threats of the final few weeks of last season, Fraser Aird. The manner of Aird's departure was very disappointing, jumping ship to United after he told our club he would sign a new deal with us. Morris knocked back a new contract to play in England, then a few days later signed for Ross County! All 4 are good players but I am impressed by their replacements and genuinely believe we have a better squad now. Faissal is a great example of a player who 'belongs' at a certain club; he is loved at Dunfermline and we are delighted to have him back. Myles Hippolyte looks to be a good signing too, and the players who returned from last season, mentioned already, plus new arrivals such as the Longridge brothers, Aidan Connolly and Danny Devine, have all played well so far. We were told by Thistle fans that Devine was a poor player but he has looked very good so far. Your league campaign got off to a good start against Peterhead on Tuesday. How did Dunfermline play in their first competitive match of the 2018-19 season? We played very well in the second half against Peterhead last night. Some of the quick passing movements involving Higginbotham, Connolly, Longridge and Hippolyte was great to watch. The Championship looks like it will be very competitive this season but what are the expectations among the support with regards to the league and cups? The Championship will be very tough this season; at least 6 clubs have hopes of promotion. We have improved our league position every season under Allan Johnston and hope/expect to challenge for the title and to (at the very least) secure a top 4 finish again. You have James Vincent and Fassial El Bakhtaoui on loan from us but they will miss the tie on Sunday. Will they be massive losses to the team? The team has done well in pre-season and in the one Betfred game without Vincent and Faissal - Vincent has one sub appearance this season, while Faissal hasn't played at all so far. If both were fit and available, they would be an asset but with the midfield doing well and with new signing Hippolyte scoring last night, plus a goal from striker Andy Ryan, we can cope without the 2 players mentioned. Finally, What's your score predictions for Sunday? I'd be very happy with a draw; I have great memories of some tremendous Dundee v Pars games at Dens over the past 25 years. The clubs are similar in many ways but I have to make Dundee favourites given your Premiership status. I was at your game at Stirling at the weekend and your new players all looked very good. McGowan also impressed, with everything going through him in midfield. PREVIEW THE DEE got off to a flyer last weekend when they put four past Stirling Albion at Forthbank Stadium without reply. Sofien Moussa took his tally in this competition since signing last year to seven goals when he grabbed a double. Jean Medny also got off the mark as his Dundee career began with a goal after Moussa set him up to slot home. The pass wasn’t the best but Mendy was able to control the ball and slot it past the defence and goalkeeper between the sticks. Craig Wighton capped off a fine second half performance when he added No.4. Despite a few shaky moments in defence in the first half and a double-save from Jack Hamilton at the beginning of the second, the result was never in doubt against Stirling. DUNFERMLINE had to wait until midweek to get their campaign underway and did so with a 3-0 victory over Peterhead at East End Park. New signing Myles Hippolyte opened the scoring in the first half and despite Peterhead hitting the post and then following up the rebound by striking the bar, the Pars would put this tie to bed in the dying minutes through a Karl Higginbotham penalty and a solo effort from Andy Ryan. TEAM/INJURY NEWS Dundee were dealt the bad news when midfield maestro Glenn Kamara picked up a knock in training and will miss Sundays tie and may well miss the rest of the league cup ties. The player is wearing a protective boot which the club said is a precautionary measure. Head To Head P118 W47 D29 L42 F197 A174 League Cup Stats Head To Head P8 W4 D2 L2 F19 A13 Home P3 W2 D1 L0 F10 A3 Away P5 W2 D1 L2 F9 A10 Top Goal Scorer Alan Gilzean: 3 Goals Biggest Win 4-0, Dens Park, August 13th 1975 Biggest Defeat 1-3, East End Park, August 25th 2015 Trivia: Dundee haven't beaten Dunfermline in our last six meetings (D3 L3) which spans all the way back to January 2010!
  14. Stirling Albion will be our first opponents for the 2018-19 season and we were lucky enough to catch up with the Binos chairman Stuart Brown who took time out of his holiday abroad to speak to us. When Dave MacKay took over the reins at Stirling, he turned the team into one struggling at the bottom of the league to a side that finished 3rd the next season. That must have exceeded your expectations, especially since this was his first managerial role? Whilst our target at the beginning of the season was a Play Off spot, in all honesty, everyone at the Club, including Dave, was hugely disappointed that we didn’t achieve promotion. We got off to a fantastic start but injuries to key players and a loss of form for two sustained periods during the season were ultimately our downfall. Last season you finished one point away from second place in the group stages of the League Cup behind Falkirk and Inverness. Are you a fan of the new format which enters its third year this season? A huge fan! The straight knock out format was stale and unattractive to fans. We’ve been seeded to finish bottom of our group both years and we’ve finished third on each occasion. Aside from the footballing achievement, the financial benefit from doing so is considerable for a club at our level. MacKay has signed seven new players this summer. Is there anyone that we should be wary of out of your new recruits? All seven, Dave hasn’t signed them to make up the numbers! Seriously though, aside from those with a proven pedigree, I’m delighted for young Kevin Fell who was scouted for us playing Saturday morning amateur league football in Glasgow. He’s young, inexperienced and has loads to learn but his raw talent is there to be seen. I also understand a certain young goalkeeper, Calum Ferrie, is a very bright prospect but you won’t need to worry about him breaking your hearts on Saturday! Peter MacDonald is still a popular fans favourite with the Dundee support but could he be the man to break our hearts with a few goals on Saturday? What’s your score prediction? Peaso has plenty still to offer, including being a great influence on our youngsters but I’ll settle for a 90th minute winner from the penalty spot from him on Saturday! Finally, what's your expectations for Stirling this season? Pre-season has gone well but we’ve just been hit with the news that last year’s captain, Willie Robertson has had to put his footballing career on ice due to work commitments which leaves us short in midfield. Once we sort that and add one or two good loan signings, I’m confident we’ll be in the mix come next May. That said, I’m sure a good number of our rivals will be thinking similarly. Preview and Stats First up for The Dee in this seasons Betfred League Cup is a trip to Forthbank Stadium to take on League Two side Stirling Albion. In the Binos dugout will be a familiar face in the form of ex Dee Dave Mackay. Another face that one or two fans will recognise will be Championship hero Peter MacDonald who will more than likely be leading the attack. Stirling finished 3rd in League Two last year but unfortunately failed at the first hurdle in the Play-offs, beaten by Peterhead 4-0 over both legs. MacKay has been busy in the transfer market with seven new players recruited, Jason Marr (Albion Rovers), Neil McLaughlin (Motherwell), Jordan Allan (Elgin City), Kevin Fell (UB United), Danny Jardine (St Johnstone), Mark Stewart (Dumbarton) and Calum Ferrie (Dundee, loan). Neil McCann has himself been busy wheeling and dealing this summer. We have seen the arrival of five new faces going by the names of Jack Hamilton (Hearts), Karl Madianga (No Club), Elton N'Gwatala (Kidderminster), Nathan Ralph (Woking FC) and Jean Alassane Mendy (KSC Lokeren). Stirling finished 3rd in their group last season, narrowly missing out on second place by a point while Dundee made it to the quarter finals, beaten 4-0 at home to eventual winners Celtic. Head To Head P60 W42 D15 L3 F138 A50 League Cup P4 W3 D0 L1 F14 A4 Home P2 W2 D0 L0 F11 A1 Away P2 W1 D0 L1 F3 A3 Top Goal scorer in the League Cup vs. Stirling Bobby Flavell: 6 Most Goals Scored In One Match Bobby Flavell: 4 goals, 6-1, April 8th 1953, League Cup Group 4 Highest and Lowest Attendance At Stirling Highest: 15,000, 2-2, September 10th 1949 Lowest: 600, 3-0, March 6th 1968 View full match preview
  15. UWTB1893

    Betfred League Cup Preview: Stirling Albion

    Stirling Albion will be our first opponents for the 2018-19 season and we were lucky enough to catch up with the Binos chairman Stuart Brown who took time out of his holiday abroad to speak to us. When Dave MacKay took over the reins at Stirling, he turned the team into one struggling at the bottom of the league to a side that finished 3rd the next season. That must have exceeded your expectations, especially since this was his first managerial role? Whilst our target at the beginning of the season was a Play Off spot, in all honesty, everyone at the Club, including Dave, was hugely disappointed that we didn’t achieve promotion. We got off to a fantastic start but injuries to key players and a loss of form for two sustained periods during the season were ultimately our downfall. Last season you finished one point away from second place in the group stages of the League Cup behind Falkirk and Inverness. Are you a fan of the new format which enters its third year this season? A huge fan! The straight knock out format was stale and unattractive to fans. We’ve been seeded to finish bottom of our group both years and we’ve finished third on each occasion. Aside from the footballing achievement, the financial benefit from doing so is considerable for a club at our level. MacKay has signed seven new players this summer. Is there anyone that we should be wary of out of your new recruits? All seven, Dave hasn’t signed them to make up the numbers! Seriously though, aside from those with a proven pedigree, I’m delighted for young Kevin Fell who was scouted for us playing Saturday morning amateur league football in Glasgow. He’s young, inexperienced and has loads to learn but his raw talent is there to be seen. I also understand a certain young goalkeeper, Calum Ferrie, is a very bright prospect but you won’t need to worry about him breaking your hearts on Saturday! Peter MacDonald is still a popular fans favourite with the Dundee support but could he be the man to break our hearts with a few goals on Saturday? What’s your score prediction? Peaso has plenty still to offer, including being a great influence on our youngsters but I’ll settle for a 90th minute winner from the penalty spot from him on Saturday! Finally, what's your expectations for Stirling this season? Pre-season has gone well but we’ve just been hit with the news that last year’s captain, Willie Robertson has had to put his footballing career on ice due to work commitments which leaves us short in midfield. Once we sort that and add one or two good loan signings, I’m confident we’ll be in the mix come next May. That said, I’m sure a good number of our rivals will be thinking similarly. Preview and Stats First up for The Dee in this seasons Betfred League Cup is a trip to Forthbank Stadium to take on League Two side Stirling Albion. In the Binos dugout will be a familiar face in the form of ex Dee Dave Mackay. Another face that one or two fans will recognise will be Championship hero Peter MacDonald who will more than likely be leading the attack. Stirling finished 3rd in League Two last year but unfortunately failed at the first hurdle in the Play-offs, beaten by Peterhead 4-0 over both legs. MacKay has been busy in the transfer market with seven new players recruited, Jason Marr (Albion Rovers), Neil McLaughlin (Motherwell), Jordan Allan (Elgin City), Kevin Fell (UB United), Danny Jardine (St Johnstone), Mark Stewart (Dumbarton) and Calum Ferrie (Dundee, loan). Neil McCann has himself been busy wheeling and dealing this summer. We have seen the arrival of five new faces going by the names of Jack Hamilton (Hearts), Karl Madianga (No Club), Elton N'Gwatala (Kidderminster), Nathan Ralph (Woking FC) and Jean Alassane Mendy (KSC Lokeren). Stirling finished 3rd in their group last season, narrowly missing out on second place by a point while Dundee made it to the quarter finals, beaten 4-0 at home to eventual winners Celtic. Head To Head P60 W42 D15 L3 F138 A50 League Cup P4 W3 D0 L1 F14 A4 Home P2 W2 D0 L0 F11 A1 Away P2 W1 D0 L1 F3 A3 Top Goal scorer in the League Cup vs. Stirling Bobby Flavell: 6 Most Goals Scored In One Match Bobby Flavell: 4 goals, 6-1, April 8th 1953, League Cup Group 4 Highest and Lowest Attendance At Stirling Highest: 15,000, 2-2, September 10th 1949 Lowest: 600, 3-0, March 6th 1968
  16. The first set of fixtures will take place on the weekend of July 14th. Fixtures and TV dates will be announced next week.
  17. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 2 - 1 Forfar (League Cup)

    Although the Dee had to rely on a desperately late winner from Peter MacDonald they dominated throughout a highly entertaining game and should have had the tie sown up long before the end of normal time. Iain Campbell gave Forfar the lead with a penalty shortly before half time. Jim McAlister equalised shortly after the break. Kevin McBride was then sent off. The Dee were well on top but they couldn't grab a second goal before extra time when Forfar defender Stuart Malcolm was ordered off. Dundee passed up numerous chances, but eventually secured a deserved win in injury time of extra time with a glorious Peaso free kick. John Brown decided to stick with the same team that had shown signs of improvement in the draw with Raith Rovers on Saturday. There were plenty more promising signs in the early stages tonight. Forfar were extremely lucky to survive Dundee's opening onslaught. After only two minutes Monti laid the ball into Conroy's path and the midfielder surged through the middle and hit a marvellous 25 yard shot that hit the crossbar, then the post, before bouncing just the wrong side of the line. Jim McAlister struck the woodwork minutes later with a looping header. Monti then set up Conroy to shoot from eight yards, but Hill saved. MacDonald should have given the Dee the lead with a free header, but Hill saved the Loons again. The Dark Blues performance was a cut above recent games. The movement was better and the passing sharper. The chances were coming, but frustratingly they were not being taken. Dundee seemed to have a clear penalty when Hilson tripped McAlister from behind. It would have been soft because McAlister was heading out of the penalty area with no possible danger, but it was an obvious foul. In open play the Loons had posed little danger, but their real threat came from aerial assaults at set pieces. Late in the first half Dundee conceded a needless corner after Irvine allowed Forfar to break. When the ball came into the goalmouth Gallagher was all over Templeman and this time Mr Cook was paying attention. Iain CAMPBELL scored with a perfect low penalty into the corner. The goal might have been against the run of play, but Forfar could have pinched a two goal lead seconds from the half time whistle. Malin burst through the middle, but Letheren saved well. Dundee started the second half purposefully, pressing hard for an equaliser. There was a sense of urgency, but it was controlled pressure rather than frantically chasing the game. It was a huge relief, but no great surprise, when the goal arrived after 50 minutes. Willie Dyer played a low pass through the middle. Jim MCALISTER spun on the ball to lose his man, strode forward and scored with a lovely low shot into the corner from 20 yards. Although Dundee went on to dominate the second half they might have lost a careless second goal almost immediately after the equaliser. The defence switched off to allow Gavin Swankie to run clear, but Kyle Letheren made a marvellous save from his 20 yard shot. Although most of the play was in the Forfar half the Loons did have one more chance when Swankie nudged the ball on to give Templeman a clear sight of goal from 10 yards, but he shot feebly wide. The veterans in Forfar's central defence were toiling against the pace and movement of the Dundee strikers and a second goal for Dundee seemed probable. However, Forfar got a boost when Kevin McBride picked up a second yellow card, presumably for diving some 30 yards out. He'd been booked shortly before Forfar's goal for trying to trip Hilson. Dundee reacted to the sending off by pulling McAlister and Conroy in from the wings to form a three man midfield with Gavin Rae. The change worked seamlessly and Dundee continued to dominate and looked every bit as dangerous as they had before. The full backs deserve a big hand, and a long lie in tomorrow, because they had to work like Trojans, tearing up and down the wings providing width in attack. Irvine and Dyer kept running and running right to the very end of extra time and their contribution was vital. 10 minutes from the end of normal time Forfar's scorer Campbell saved the Loons with a clearance off the line from a Rae shot. Right at the end substitute Martin Boyle ended a fine move with a weak header that caused Hill no problems. Dundee continued to defy their one man handicap by piling on yet more pressure in extra time. Peter MacDonald was magnificent, holding the ball, running the legs off tiring defenders, and skipping past their challenges. His new partner Boyle was also stretching the defence with his pace. He had a great run down the left, but Hill saved when he cut in to shoot. Malcolm and Dods were struggling to contain MacDonald. It was no surprise when Mr Cook eventually lost patience and showed Stuart Malcolm a second yellow card just before the break in extra time. Astonishingly Dundee managed to pick up the pace in the second period of extra time. They went for Forfar's throats and looked capable of running away with the game. MacDonald's fine run in from the left wing won a corner from which he headed against the crossbar. The ball came back down into the goalmouth but was hacked clear. Boyle then linked cleverly with MacDonald to run through, but he shot across goal and wide. McAlister ran onto a Boyle pass and turned the last defender but poked the ball agonisingly inches wide. Gavin Rae then strode forward and hit a raking 20 yarder inches past the other post. Conroy and MacDonald both had further efforts as Dundee buzzed around the Forfar penalty area, but neither was close enough to trouble Hill. The lottery of penalty kicks looked inevitable, but Dundee weren't prepared to settle for that. With the match well into injury time Gary Fusco pulled Boyle down 20 yards from goal. After last week's marvellous goal from Peaso at that same end the Loons must have feared the worst. Peter MACDONALD duly obliged with a delightful free kick, curling his shot over the wall and into the top corner. 121 minutes and 50 seconds on the clock! It was very, very late, but well deserved. This was a cracking cup tie from which both sides should take great credit. It was a far better game than last week's Ramsdens Cup tie. Dundee certainly played far better, and Forfar made sure that they had to. If Dundee had put in a lifeless performance like last week then they would certainly have been knocked out. The passing and movement were far better. There was real determination to win the game and there were two smashing goals. But really, this should have been a far easier win considering all the chances we created. However, we did create these chances, which is something that's been lacking. Now, we just need to start taking them! Dundee FC 4-4-2 Letheren Irvine, Gallagher, Lockwood, Dyer McAlister, McBride, Rae, Conroy Monti (Boyle 75), MacDonald (Boyle 76) Unused subs; Twardzik (gk), Thomson, Carberry, Reid Goals; McAlister (50), MacDonald (121 minutes and 50 seconds) Bookings; McBride (two, swipe at Hilson and a possible dive?), Gallagher (foul on Templeman), Lockwood (foul on Kader) Sent off; McBride (65 mins, two yellows) Forfar Athletic 4-4-2 Douglas Baxter, Malcolm, Dods, Iain Campbell Kader, Fusco, Malin (Ross Campbell 97), Hilson (McManus 86) Swankie, Templeman (Dale 97) Unused substitute; Douglas (gk), Andrews Goals; Iain Campbell (43 pen) Bookings; Malcolm (two for fouls on MacDonald), Dods (foul on MacDonald), Baxter (foul on Boyle), Fusco (foul on Boyle) Sent off; Malcolm (105 mins, two yellows) Attendance; 2,027 Referee; Barry Cook Report; James Christie
  18. “I have no complaints.” Said the Dundee manager. “I think Celtic were worthy winners and I’m not going to say that they were not. “I do have a complaint about the third goal because we should have had a freekick. “I did think the first goal was a penalty and there was contact, although I’d like to see it again. “Up until that point I felt we were containing Celtic and they weren’t opening us up too much. “On the whole, though, I can have no complaints about the result.” Despite the result, McCann was able to see some positives from the defeat. “Listen, I don’t sit here and enjoy a defeat but we can take positives from the match. “I now have a lot to work on from a coach’s point of view. “I think there was a remarkable workrate put in by my players against a top-class Celtic side. “They didn’t rest too many players for the Old Firm game and I think that showed good respect to my side. “I don’t think it was a 4-0 and it flattered Celtic a bit with the goals towards the end. “We were taking big risks at that point. “I am pleased with the effort from the guys and the fact that they stuck at it.” It would prove to be a frustrating evening for Dundee. Celtic would open the scoring from the penalty spot after Scott Sinclair was adjusted to have been brought down in the box before the player slotted home the penalty. The Dees then had a golden opportunity when a Randy Wolters cross found El Bakhtaoui unmarked in front of the goal but the striker completely missed it. A goal from James Forrest a few minutes from half time meant it would prove to be an uphill battle for the Dee to get anything from this and despite the second half being largely dull, Celtic would add another two goals to their tally. Both goals came in the dying minutes from McGregor and a second for Forrest.
  19. UWTB1893

    Celtic: The View From the Opposition

    They say you can only beat the teams that are put in front of you and that was the feeling when this cup draw was made after the Dundee Derby win in the previous round. With Celtic remaining unbeaten in fifty-five domestic matches, their run has to come to an end soon. Could Dundee be that team? We spoke to Facebook page 'Read Celtic' and gathered their views on last season's impressive 'Invincibles' campaign and if they feel the team can do the same tis year along with this summers transfer activity, players we should watch out for excluding the obvious and who they feel can cause some fear in the Celtic defence. Supporting Celtic. How did you become a supporter of the Glasgow club? I was first introduced to Celtic when I was five playing underage football in Ireland for Celtic Bhoys. We wore Celtic kits and I began to watch their games and we travelled over from Ireland twice a year for games. Last season you went the whole domestic season undefeated, grabbing the treble in the process. I always thought that someone would beat you as some point of the season but you proved me wrong. When did you start believing the club could achieve this? It was around the time we broke the Lisbon Lions' record in January in the win over Hearts, but in April when we had no recognised striker fit, I thought we would lose a game away from home or slip up late on against Aberdeen. But as ever we found a way to win games or not lose them. How would you rate your clubs transfer activity this summer? Seeing Patrick Roberts back at the club on loan must have been the big one the fans wanted to see? I would've liked to have seen a centre-back brought into the club for our two games against Anderlecht because realistically we've very little chance of competing with PSG or Bayern Munich as last week's result showed against the French side. Fans wanted Roberts back and I'm delighted he's returned but it's only a short-term solution for us. You sit at the top of the table with the most goals scored and least conceded. Pretty much how you would expect to have started this league campaign? Yeah, the league is all but a foregone conclusion even at this stage, no disrespect to other 11 teams in the league including Dundee. Our squad is simply far more superior and over 38 games we'll once again rarely drop points. On the other hand, you suffered your heaviest ever defeat in Europe at the hands of PSG last week, falling 5-0 at home. I think most people would have had the French team on their coupon for this game but possible also expected it to be closer than the final scoreline due to your home record in this competition. What’s your thoughts on the defeat and also how do you think you will do in the Champions League despite this defeat? I thought if we could play like we did against Manchester City we'd have a chance but from the first minute, PSG took control of the game and made it a training drill for themselves. They were on a totally different level from almost any team I've ever seen play at Celtic Park and were so comfortable on the ball and receiving it. I still believe we have a good chance of getting third. Next week's game against Anderlecht will give us a better idea of that expectation becoming a reality. Even at this stage of the season, some people have brought up the possibility of Celtic going the whole season undefeated. What do you think should be the target for the club this term in the league and cups? I'm not really bothered about going unbeaten in the league again, but obviously another domestic treble would be a fantastic achievement as it will be the Cup games over one 90 minute game when anything can happen that a team can get stuck in and beat us, If they can expose our defence which can be suspect when pressure is applied. I’ve said to most of the people who have agreed to take part in this but it’s more than likely going to be your title this season. Who though, will be your closes challengers? There seems to be some pundits suggesting that The Rangers are in the process of closing the gap with yourself. Do you believe this? The Ibrox side have spent a lot of money this season and they're still trying to put the pieces together. They can certainly score goals this time round, but once again their defence is awful and can be exposed at any time. Aberdeen will look to provide the closest challenge to us and Pedro Caixinha will need to worry about them before they can think about us. We know the threat that Sinclair, Forrest and Griffiths carry with them but is there anyone who may not get the recognition they deserve that we should be weary of? Callum McGregor goes unnoticed at times in the squad and is constantly finding space between the lines to get at defences. Tom Rogic is a physical force that always causes problems driving at defences and just when you think you've got everyone marked up front, Stuart Armstrong makes a run from deep in behind or finds space on the edge of the box. So it's a team that can be very problematic for defences that try to soak up pressure. Is there any players for Dundee that have impressed you and could cause a threat to Celtic? Scott Bain always puts in a good shift against us but in terms of causing our team problems, Faissal El Bakhtaoui scored a screamer against us last season and is probably the player we should watch. Finally, prediction time. We haven’t beat you at Dens since 1988. You haven’t been beat in 55 domestic games. I’ve no qualms saying that if we manage to beat Celtic on Wednesday, it will go down as an upset. Can you see a Dark Blue win or will The Bhoys see their name in the hat for the semi-final draw? I can't see anything other than a win for us on Wednesday night. Given our run in domestic football and the depth of our squad, we will be much fresher going into the game with the personnel we have available. That said, someday our run will end, and it'll more than likely be on the road in a Cup game so who knows, maybe Dundee could be the team to do that.
  20. 'This match will be all ticket and ticket will initially be available to season ticket holders from Monday 21st August at 10am either online*, at the ticket office in person or by phone on 01382 767039. Season ticket holders seats will be kept till 3pm on Saturday September 2nd *Season ticket holders who book online may be charged incorrect fees. We are working with our ticketing partner Tickets.com to resolve this issue, in the meantime the club will identify any incorrect fees and arrange for them to be refunded Tickets will go on general sale on Monday 28th August at 10am Home fans are reminded that to be able to buy for this match you would need to have accumulated a number of points by previously having bought tickets for a Category B match A limited number of tickets for the AWAY end will also go on sale from Monday 28th August . These tickets are available only for locally based Celtic fans on the basis of 2 per person. Fans should be aware that proof of identity and address will be required to purchase these tickets Prices for this match are £26 (adults) and £19 concessions (Over 65 or Students with valid student photo ID), Juveniles under 18 are £12. A limited number of Under 12 tickets at £5 are also available, initially to season ticket holders. These under 12 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group Tickets can be bought at the ticket office, in person or by phone, or via the website at www.dundeefc.co.uk then click on “TICKETS” where you will be able not only to choose your seat but check on the view from seats in a particular area.'
  21. This coming Wednesday sees both clubs fighting it out for a place in the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Dens. We managed to catch up again with @DabChat to give his perspective from the other side of the street. United got their League campaign off to a flyer on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Inverness Caley Thistle. How did they team preform? Yes it was a great start against one of the teams who are expected to challenge and away from home. We played some good stuff but it was clear we were still lacking. No recognised striker until Keatings came on and a few players who would have played suspended so all pleasing. Last week saw Cammy Bell leave the club though not before some light hearted ribbing about the tweet that the club sent out. Will he be a loss for the squad? Yes Cammy is away, it was clear him and his agent were trying to force a move and who can blame him. 4 hours travelling a day just to train is not ideal. I am pleased with how the club handled it, this it was announced on Twitter is rubbish, it was on the club website to let the fans know the situation. It's all been blown out of proportion but the facts remain. The boy wanted away, the club posted letting the fans know they would listen to offers. Personally I felt he was overrated. Consistently let the defence down by not coming for crosses and it cost us in big games. The young lad Lewis from Southampton has looked good so far so all good. The Fraser Fyvie saga then drew to a close and he signed up to be a Dundee United player. What will he add to your midfield? Fyvie is a player I've rated for a long time and am delighted we finally got the deal done. A box to box midfielder who can pass and create. Fyvie, Briels, Stanton, Flood and Allardice We now have depth in that area and Ray can now pick and choose which games he has to play Flood. Last season he was overplayed in my opinion and ended up burnt out, losing form at the business end of the season, so that wasn't ideal. The first Dundee Derby ended in a 1-1 draw with United taking the bonus point in a 4-3 penalty shout-out win. How did it feel to see the return of these games? The last Derby was class. A great build up, quality atmosphere and ultimately an entertaining game. You just need to look at the attendance to see what it means to the fans. With your season ticket sales reportedly struggling ,another Derby so soon will be a welcome bonus financially for both sides. You finished top of Group C to win the right to be the seeded team and then were drawn against us again at Dens Park. Were you happy with this draw? I like the new cup set up however the one grumble would be around the seeding for the draw. It would make more sense for the seeded teams to play at home, that way if you do well in your group you get rewarded. Either that or you can't draw the other team that came out of your group would also make sense. With Dundee being beat at the weekend and the way United have started their campaign, along with their form in the League Cup, will confidence be riding high at Tannadice that they can claim the victory and a place in the Quarter Finals on Wednesday night? We should be confident. Ray has put together a very capable squad and in my opinion, a far better looking squad than the team that got us relegated a couple of years ago. It's a Derby though so confidence means very little. It's all about who wants it most, which team wins the individual battles and ultimately which team takes their chances. You just need to look at the last game. You's dominated for large parts of the game but still never created that many clear cut chances. You played without a recognised striker in our last meeting but will you be hopeful that James Keating and Scott McDonald will fit enough to make this game? Hearing that all three strikers trained today, Keatings, McDonald and Nkoyi, so that's fantastic news. I'd expect none of them will be fit enough to play the full 90 so I'd expect Keatings to start and get 50-60 mins and McDonald to come on from the bench for the final 30. Not only is that great for our striking options but also in terms of getting McMullan back to his preferred wide position. Let's hope he gives young Kerr a torrid time. Paul McMullan showed he was a threat against us last time. Even though we struggled at times to create one ourselves, what player would you be keeping an eye out for on Wednesday? Heard big Moussa took a sore one at the weekend, that could be a blessing in disguise for your lot. He didn't impress versus us in the last game. In fact, he made it very easy for big Edge and Durnan to play against him. They relish fighting high balls and the physical challenge. It's when teams get the ball down and turn them that they struggle. The one player who did catch the eye was the fast winger Deacon. You can see how he ended up on Arsenals books. He got at Scobbie all game but fortunately for us, his end product wasn't the best. If he gets that right this week, he could end up having a big say in the match outcome. For us, I'm hoping that with Keatings starting and McMullan wide, this allows us to start Frasier in the hole. He gets a tough time from our own fans but the boy has bags of ability, can end up being the match winner with his trickery and hopefully get some of the boo boys off his case. Who do you think will proceed from the other League Cup ties? Celtic will cruise past Killie, Livi to cause an upset away against Falkirk, Hibs with a comfortable win, Thistle on pens, Aberdeen will beat Hamilton, Rangers in extra time, Ross County home win. Oh and of course the Dabs to progress. It may go to pens again though.
  22. Our first guest to take part is Raith Rover fan and Terrace Podcast contributor, Andy Harrow. Dundee take on Raith Rovers at Starks Park this Tuesday in the Betfred Cup, KO 7:45pm .Read what Andy had to say! To kick off this new feature, as a lifelong Raith Rovers fan, what’s your first memories of supporting the club? The first game my Dad took me to was the 7-0 victory over St. Mirren on the opening match of the 1992/93 season, but the memory of my second game is more vivid – a 5-0 shellacking to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in the Scottish Cup. Our goalkeeper got injured, which meant tough-tackling central midfielder, Davie Sinclair, spent the majority of the game between the sticks. He was utterly abject. To make matters worse, we had a man sent off and Bobby Williamson scored a hat-trick. Last season saw Rovers lose their Championship status in the play offs. Did you think the club would be fighting relegation last term? Not initially, no! We’d finished fourth the previous season and although the appointment of Gary Locke tempered expectations, we should have finished no worse than seventh with the bones of the same squad. After a promising start, our form fell off a cliff and we didn’t win a single game between November and February. By that stage, it was pretty clear we were in serious trouble. The appointment of John Hughes, with hindsight, did nothing to help slow our descent to League One and the play-off defeat to Brechin was as depressing as it was predictable. John Hughes left almost immediately after your relegation was confirmed and replaced with Barry Smith by a few weeks later. Were you happy with Smith’s appointment and what was the general view of the fans regarding it? If the reaction to Barry Smith’s appointment could be described in a single gesture, it would be a shrug. He’s not a particularly exciting appointment – he’s not an especially young manager and his recent track record isn’t stellar – but he showed at Dundee he’s capable of galvanising a squad and achieving success, so fans are willing to give him a chance. Plus, he’s neither Gary Locke nor John Hughes, so he’s immediately got that going for him. Understandably, there has been a good few coming and goings through the doors at Starks Park. Are you happy with the deals that have been done so far? The most surprising aspect this pre-season is how few new signings we’ve made. The two strikers we’ve brought in –Liam Buchanan and Ramsden’s Cup hero, Greig Spence – look astute transfers, given the number of goals they pilfered in League One last season, while our new centre half, Euan Murray, looks competent. Otherwise, the bulk of the squad from last season have signed on for a shot at redemption. It’s also a big season for our young players to prove themselves, especially Ross Callachan and Lewis Vaughan. Both have offered glimpses of their talent and, assuming we don’t loan either to a league rival in January, it’s a chance to prove they can deliver on a consistent basis. What’s the aim for Raith Rovers this season in the League? Promotion as champions. As one of only three full-time clubs (including a shambolic Airdrie), we should be near the top throughout, but our record in the playoffs (no wins, ever) means we need to secure top spot. I can’t see us staying full-time if we spend a second season in League One. How do you feel the new format of the Betfred League Cup has gone so far? I like it, actually. It gives each team a few juicy fixtures at the start of the season and last year’s version threw up quite a few surprises (as I’m sure you’ll remember…) As us Dundee fans know, it can throw up a few cup upsets. With Group B consisting of Dundee Raith, Dundee United, Cowdenbeath and Buckie Thistle, is their potential for a few shocks? Would Dundee losing to their city neighbours be an upset these days? Otherwise, Raith are probably best placed – we’ve improved as pre-season has progressed and beat Ross County on penalties in this competition last season. Buckie Thistle might beat Cowdenbeath, given how poor the Blue Brazil were last season. Can you name a player from each team that the opposition should be wary of? Dundee – it would be just the thing for Craig Wighton to deliver his best ever display at Stark’s Park. Otherwise, I’ve seen footage of the punch Randy Wolters packs, so I’d be a bit wary of him too. Dundee United – James Keatings once scored a hat-trick at Stark’s and should be a shrewd signing for United. Cowdenbeath – A Cowdenbeath-supporting friend has suggested Cammy Muirhead. He came through the Fife Academy and scored against Buckie. Buckie Thistle – I would be lying if I said I knew any of Buckie’s players. Who do you think will reach the final of the League Cup and eventually win the trophy? It’s hard to see past Celtic given their form last season and Hearts will be the ceremonial whipping boys in the final. How do you think Dundee will do in the League this season after struggling last term? Another season of bottom-six misery, I’m afraid. Hamilton will surely – surely! – be relegated in the automatic berth this season, but Dundee’s squad still looks relatively weak. Admittedly, Scott Allen seems a good signing and a few of the news guys are relative unknown quantities, so it might depend how useful they are.
  23. The new format to the League Cup has opened the door for the Champions of the Highland League and Lowland League to compete. What’s the buzz like around the club and fans now that Thistle will be competing in a National cup competition? It was a great idea by the SPFL to allow the Champions in to the Betfred Scottish League Cup. The buzz around the town has been great and the fans have been looking forward to the games. The only thing missing would have been perhaps a Saturday home game especially against Dundee or United. Your first two games against Cowdenbeath and Dundee United have ended Dundee or United in defeat. How do you think Buckie preformed in both despite the losses? We actually performed quite well in the first game but we conceded a couple of poor headed goals which didn't help our cause but scoring twice was great for our travelling support. We lost the fourth goal late when we went to three at the back and looked like grabbing an equaliser. I think Cowdenbeath were a bit flattered by the score line. Playing into a howling gale and pouring rain in the first half didn't help especially as the wind abated and the rain went off in the second half. United appeared fitter and faster than us in the first half, in saying that, we had two decent chances which had we taken them may have put a bit of doubt in their minds. However we got to grips with them in the second half and certainly held our own. We actually performed well in the second half. Hopefully two games against higher opposition within three days will not tell against us. What do you think the club expected to achieve in the group stages? On speaking to the manager, he had his sights firmly set on our Highland League opening match, and was going to use these matches to improve the overall and match fitness of our squad. In saying that he also sets ambitious goals for the team but being realistic the game against Cowdenbeath was our best opportunity to take points. Had we played them in our final game there might have been a different outcome. Our stadium may not be the biggest in Scottish football but will the players be looking forward to playing in a bigger venue than they are accustomed to in the Highland League? Players are definitely looking forward to the game. Who knows this might be their only opportunity to play on a Premier League ground. Having been to Dens before you're stadium looks pretty big to me! I'm sure it will take our players time to adjust to an enclosed stadium compared to the Highland League pitches. You are the current Highland League Champions. Now that the pyramid structure is in place, does the club see itself aiming to reaching the SPFL? Maybe one day emulating the achievements of Inverness Caley Thistle and Ross County? Pyramid structure sounds great but when the reality hits home of having to travel to Annan/Berwick etc. midweek we might have second thoughts. In saying that Elgin seem to be having the best crowds in their division over the last few seasons and we could certainly compete with them. If there was regionalisation for the two bottom leagues (like the Betfred Cup) this might put a different complexion on the way we view things. It is great to see our old foes from yesteryear competing so well in the top leagues. What will the Buckie Thistle fans hopes for this season be? Back-to-back Title wins? I'm sure the fans will be looking for us to win the title again but many of them are realistic and realise that it was a tremendous feat to win the league last year against teams with more financial resources and access to wider playing pools. We suffered injuries to four or five key players at the tail end of last season. Two of them are definitely out long term but if the others make it for the start of the season allied to our new signings - you never know !! If you could name one Buckie Thistle player to watch out for, who would it be? Also, if you could pick one Dundee player to tell Buckie to be careful of, who would you point out? Kevin Fraser was voted Highland League player of the year so he is definitely one to keep an eye open for. He is the captain of the team and plays central midfield. He is slight of frame but makes up for this with plenty of skill, guts and determination. Darren O'Dea - With his experience he seems to have galvanised your team. Not only by shoring up your defence but also a danger in the opposition box at set pieces What players would you tell Dundee to be weary of from the two teams you have already encountered, Cowdenbeath and Dundee United? Difficult to say for Cowdenbeath - they were more a workmanlike team with no outstanding individuals - in my opinion. As I said earlier, Dundee United being a full time team all looked fitter and sharper than us in the first half and their forward players, McMullan, King and Keatings gave us plenty of problems. Can you give us your prediction on who you think will reach the League Cup Final and eventually lift the trophy? I think it will be the same teams as last year, unfortunately I have to say Celtic with Aberdeen as runners-up. Now the big prediction. Who will come out on top between our two teams on Saturday? Well now that is a difficult question. What we are hoping for is that there is a large crowd especially as it is Dundee's first competitive home game. The winners will be................Dundee. Thank you to David for taking time out and speaking to The Dark Blues Website.
  24. We spoke to fellow twitter football page, DabChat and ask his views on the current crop at Tannadice and his prediction for Sunday. So, to start things off, give us a little insight to what made you support Dundee United and your earliest memory of them? I started following United over 30 years ago, my first memories were sitting on the wall at the Fair Play stand watching Narey, Hegarty, Sturrock, Dodds and the likes. Back then it was easy to get hooked. Both sides of my family supported United so it was never likely to be anyone else. It’s been a bit of a nightmare few seasons for the Arabs. In the short space of winning the Scottish Cup, playing in Europe for three consecutive seasons and reaching the Scottish and League Cup Finals, you suffered relegation for the first time in 20 years. Where did it go wrong for the club? Our chairman has been highly criticised over the past two years from our own fans and rightly so. For me though his biggest mistake was showing too much faith in McNamara and giving him too much time to try and turn it round. The amount of players he allowed the then manager to sign was crazy. Most of which were on far too much (money) for their ability levels and still we find them on the wage bill now two years later. Stephen Thompson should have sacked Jackie McNamara much earlier. The Stevie Campbell situation as well as other goings on at the club had shown things were not right behind the scenes. Last season seen heartbreak with defeat to Hamilton in the play-off final. Did you think United would bounce back at the first attempt? I was always confident that we would make the play offs. The hope early in the season was that we would find form going into the crucial games although I was always worried about the depth and balance of the team. Eventually that was to be our downfall. Andreu was undroppable just in case he produced that bit of magic that would win the game/tie which meant we were trying to shoehorn him into the side wide in a position that was clearly alien to him. Murray and Mikkelson were scoring goals but with Fraser out injured it was the lack of creativity behind them that was clearly evident. No pace, no width and crucially no promotion. This summer has seen McKinnon being very active in the transfer market. He came under some criticism from some sections of the Tannadice support with regards to his tactics etc. Now that he has his own players in, are you expecting to see a different team and approach this season? Yes, Ray has had his critics and to be fair he brought a lot of the criticism on himself. Last season the squad was unbalanced. No wide players and abundance of players who all played in similar positions meaning they either didn't play or they played out of position. However with the addition of King and McMullan and Keatings this season, we have players who have the ability to play wide, have a bit of pace and like to go at defenders. These two will get fans out of their seats for sure. Last season seen us fail to beat teams who set up with two banks of four players and asked us to break them down. Although we had the best home record in the league it was on the road that we struggled with the lack of creativity in the side. That's where it seems we have a better balance going into this season so a lot of credit has to go to the manger for his dealings pre-season and the work that has gone in to getting these deals done early. No doubt you will have United tipped to challenge for the title but who will be your main challengers? Not only do I think we will win the league but I am quiet confident we will win it comfortably. Falkirk will be the biggest challengers again. They have proven they are a good team in this league with limited resources. ICT and St Mirren will be there abouts and I think Livi could be the surprise package and throw up a few upsets. What player will Dundee have to be wary of and vice versa for United? McMullan has been the pick of the players for me this pre-season and has chipped in with a few goals so I'd hope that he has a good game. However we all know that derbies can be tight, scrappy affairs and my hope is that we are strong in that department and I’m hoping Jordi Briels can impose himself on the game with his tough tackling and willingness to drive the team forward. He and San Stanton will need to be on top form for us to show we can compete. Moussa seems to be the player getting the plaudits for the Dee's and rightly so as he's scored a few now. It will be interesting to see how Durnan and Edge deal with him. My Derry mates have been impressed with the boy Kamara so it will be interesting to see how he gets on. How do you feel the new format of the League Cup has went? The new cup set up has been ok. To be fair, most of the team’s play the local wee teams in per season anyway so it's not changed much, just added the competitive edge. The only thing I don't like is some clubs getting a bye for being in Europe. These teams should play their youth teams in the early stages but should be included. We’ve asked everyone this question but who do you think will be at Hampden for the final and who will lift the trophy? I really can't see anyone beating Celtic again this season. Brendon Rodgers has taken them to a new level so I'd expect them to make the final and I'll go with Aberdeen as the opponents. This will be the first time in 60 odd years that both teams meet with Dundee playing in a higher division than our neighbours. It’s a new scenario for both sets of fans but do you think this will impact the game or will we see a good old fashion derby where form and league position goes out the window? The weeks before, the banter filled texts float back and forward, the conversations about which players are on form and who will make a telling contribution for their side to give them the edge. Meeting in the boozer pre-match as the butterflies start to churn in the stomach, the walk to the ground and the 'hope your team get pumped' pre-match farewell outside the ground before heading through the turnstile. Hoping you don't have to head back to the pub post-match awaiting the verbal if you don't get the result. For me, nothing compares. These games are the best games there is and the sooner we are back playing at least 4 a season, the better. Finally, your last match at Dens is one you no doubt would like to forget but what’s your prediction for Sunday’s game? Will United get revenge and finish the group on top or will Dundee continue their good run of form against the Arabs at Dens? For this Derby all the pressure is on Dundee, we are the wee team in the diddy league, they are the SPFL side. This might play as an advantage for us. Not many of our players will have experienced a Derby so it's all new to them. If Flood and McDonald had a few games under their belt and Keatings wasn't injured I'd be fairly confident but it looks like none of them will start. Young Matty Smith looked very good last week but it was against Cowdenbeath. I would love the win as it would give the team a lot of confidence going into the season. I’m going to go for a draw and United to win on penalties and top the group, a result most Arabs would probably bite your hand off for pre match! A massive thank you to Dabchat for taking time out to answer our questions.
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