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  1. TheDarkBlues

    Rangers 4 - 0 Dundee

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  2. Rangers easily overturn the Dark Blues and come out 4 - 0 winners. Ex Dee Kamara opened the scoring in the first 4th minute and Tavernier made it two goals in the 8th minute. Morelos made it 3 in the 23 minute and Defoe made it 4 after coming off from the bench in the 89th minute. Full-time: Rangers 4 - 0 Dundee
  3. Your three word match report for the game against Rangers tonight?
  4. Who was your Man of the Match against Rangers tonight?
  5. The Rangers fans were allegedly singing sectarian songs and hurling verbal abuse at the Kilmarnock manager throughout the game. Chants of “sad Fenian bastard” echoed round Ibrox as the home side booked a quarter-final against Aberdeen with a 5-0 win. The Dundee boss when asked in today's interview before the Hibernian game whether he felt that sectarianism was still a problem in the Scottish game. ‘I think you are always going to get both sides singing those songs, making derogatory comments which are part and parcel of the game.’ Jim McIntyre went on to say; ‘There is absolute no place for it in the modern society and you shouldn’t have to be subjected standing at the side lines’. Steve Clarke accused the Rangers support of living in the Dark Ages, which was a sentiment echoed by the Dundee Boss. ‘They (The fans) can tell us we’re rubbish all they like, but in terms of the sectarian vile garbage that comes along with it, there is just no place for it as it belongs in the dark ages. The Dark Blues play The Rangers next Wednesday 27th at Ibrox.
  6. TheDarkBlues

    1973-74 Sunday Travels

    SUNDAY SOCCER TREATS FOR DENS FANS! We venture back again with Billy Campbell's Ghost, this time his 1992 article on Dundee's 1974 Scottish cup run which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Celtic in the semi-finals. With the power cuts came early kick-offs to save on floodlighting and Dundee lifted the League Cup that season by defeating Celtic 1-0 at Hampden in a game that kicked off at 1pm and had such appalling weather that only around 30,000 were in attendance. Dundee also played a number of Sunday games then and became known as the 'Sunday Specials' as they won virtually every game they played including a fantastic Scottish Cup run and a couple of League wins - one which was a 2-1 victory at Parkhead. Having already won the League Cup that season, Dundee eagerly awaited the draw for the Scottish Cup and were paired with old north-east rivals Aberdeen at Pittodrie, a game immediately moved to the Sunday, 27 January 1974. The next round draw had been made after the Saturday ties and the winners had been drawn to meet rangers at Ibrox in the next round! So every incentive was there and the scene was set. A huge travelling support headed up to the Granite City that day hoping to douse the Northern Lights and set off on the trail for double cup glory. Around 24,000 were in Pittodrie that afternoon as the teams lined up: Aberdeen: Clark, Williamson and Hermiston; Smith, Young and Miller; Graham, Robb, Jarvie, Henry and Purdie. Dundee: Allan, R.Wilson and Johnston; Ford, Phillip and Gemmell; J. Wilson, Robinson, Duncan, Scott and Lambie. My memories are of sitting on a freezing cold day in the main stand witnessing a marvellous away performance surrounded by huge numbers of Dundee fans thoroughly enjoying the discomfort of the dispirited Dons fans. Davie Johnston, left back for the Dees that day has special memories as he scored one of his rare goals for the Dark Blues- a 25 yarder at that! 'Aberdeen had a hoodoo over Dundee and maybe still do, as they always seemed to dispose of us with relative ease for some unknown reason, but this day we were outstanding. We had the League Cup on the sideboard at Dens and were now a confident, good footballing side and as an Aberdeen lad I was always fired up for these derbies in particular!' 'I remember little detail of the match but my goal does stick in my mind (what a surprise Davie!). Bobby Ford had a shot blocked and I hit the rebound from around 25 yards and as Bobby Clark went one way, it struck Jim Henry and deflected into the other corner. I believe a paper put it down as an o.g. but take it from me - it was mine! The Dundee support were ecstatic and out sang the home fans so that it was almost like a home game for Dundee. 'Late in the second half, just after missing a sitter, Bobby 'Trigger' Robinson blasted one in the roof of the net to clinch it for us and our trip to Ibrox was confirmed'. This finally extinguished any flicker of hope in the Northern Lights and by this time the Dens fans were ready to sing “we're gonna win the cup” and as a fanatical 16-year old I was a leading light in the standites chorus much to my father’s embarrassment - he is a bit more reserved, but I'm sure he believed it as well! Dave, or Biffo, as he became to Dens diehards, due to his self-confessed robust approach to the game, has fond memories of his ten years at Dens especially that season, 'we then thrashed Rangers at Ibrox, again on a Sunday, 3-0 in front of 65,000 and hammered Hibs 3-0 after a 3-3 draw at Easter Road, only to play well below par in the semi against Celtic and lost 0-1' Dave remembers that Dundee had to do it the hard way, 'all our ties were away from home and some people were saying we had deserved the cup after winning the first three rounds. It was especially disappointing to lose the semi as it would have been United in the final and I don't think a cup could have been won by a tougher route, Aberdeen, Rangers, Hibs, Celtic and Dundee United -all away in effect! 'Still it was not to be and I still have my memories of great Dundee player such as Jocky, a complete footballer, Iain Philip and Jim Steele - all tremendous players to have in your side.' Dave recalls some of his most memorable opponents and rated two Celtic wingers as the ones who gave him the most bother, Jimmy Johnstone and after him, the late Johnny Doyle. 'Johnstone had his shimmy and Doyle had the pace, and both were tremendous players who always gave me a hard time.' After leaving Dens, Dave became player/coach at Montrose for a short time and then went into the financial side of the oil industry. He then returned to football as Commercial Manager at Dens and did a great job before being lured back to the world of industry. He has returned to football again and is here today as Commercial Manager of Aberdeen, his home town club - welcome back Biffo, although we hope to be putting out the Northern Lights again today!
  7. SUNDAY SOCCER TREATS FOR DENS FANS! We venture back again with Billy Campbell's Ghost, this time his 1992 article on Dundee's 1974 Scottish cup run which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Celtic in the semi-finals. With the power cuts came early kick-offs to save on floodlighting and Dundee lifted the League Cup that season by defeating Celtic 1-0 at Hampden in a game that kicked off at 1pm and had such appalling weather that only around 30,000 were in attendance. Dundee also played a number of Sunday games then and became known as the 'Sunday Specials' as they won virtually every game they played including a fantastic Scottish Cup run and a couple of League wins - one which was a 2-1 victory at Parkhead. Having already won the League Cup that season, Dundee eagerly awaited the draw for the Scottish Cup and were paired with old north-east rivals Aberdeen at Pittodrie, a game immediately moved to the Sunday, 27 January 1974. The next round draw had been made after the Saturday ties and the winners had been drawn to meet rangers at Ibrox in the next round! So every incentive was there and the scene was set. A huge travelling support headed up to the Granite City that day hoping to douse the Northern Lights and set off on the trail for double cup glory. Around 24,000 were in Pittodrie that afternoon as the teams lined up: Aberdeen: Clark, Williamson and Hermiston; Smith, Young and Miller; Graham, Robb, Jarvie, Henry and Purdie. Dundee: Allan, R.Wilson and Johnston; Ford, Phillip and Gemmell; J. Wilson, Robinson, Duncan, Scott and Lambie. My memories are of sitting on a freezing cold day in the main stand witnessing a marvellous away performance surrounded by huge numbers of Dundee fans thoroughly enjoying the discomfort of the dispirited Dons fans. Davie Johnston, left back for the Dees that day has special memories as he scored one of his rare goals for the Dark Blues- a 25 yarder at that! 'Aberdeen had a hoodoo over Dundee and maybe still do, as they always seemed to dispose of us with relative ease for some unknown reason, but this day we were outstanding. We had the League Cup on the sideboard at Dens and were now a confident, good footballing side and as an Aberdeen lad I was always fired up for these derbies in particular!' 'I remember little detail of the match but my goal does stick in my mind (what a surprise Davie!). Bobby Ford had a shot blocked and I hit the rebound from around 25 yards and as Bobby Clark went one way, it struck Jim Henry and deflected into the other corner. I believe a paper put it down as an o.g. but take it from me - it was mine! The Dundee support were ecstatic and out sang the home fans so that it was almost like a home game for Dundee. 'Late in the second half, just after missing a sitter, Bobby 'Trigger' Robinson blasted one in the roof of the net to clinch it for us and our trip to Ibrox was confirmed'. This finally extinguished any flicker of hope in the Northern Lights and by this time the Dens fans were ready to sing “we're gonna win the cup” and as a fanatical 16-year old I was a leading light in the standites chorus much to my father’s embarrassment - he is a bit more reserved, but I'm sure he believed it as well! Dave, or Biffo, as he became to Dens diehards, due to his self-confessed robust approach to the game, has fond memories of his ten years at Dens especially that season, 'we then thrashed Rangers at Ibrox, again on a Sunday, 3-0 in front of 65,000 and hammered Hibs 3-0 after a 3-3 draw at Easter Road, only to play well below par in the semi against Celtic and lost 0-1' Dave remembers that Dundee had to do it the hard way, 'all our ties were away from home and some people were saying we had deserved the cup after winning the first three rounds. It was especially disappointing to lose the semi as it would have been United in the final and I don't think a cup could have been won by a tougher route, Aberdeen, Rangers, Hibs, Celtic and Dundee United -all away in effect! 'Still it was not to be and I still have my memories of great Dundee player such as Jocky, a complete footballer, Iain Philip and Jim Steele - all tremendous players to have in your side.' Dave recalls some of his most memorable opponents and rated two Celtic wingers as the ones who gave him the most bother, Jimmy Johnstone and after him, the late Johnny Doyle. 'Johnstone had his shimmy and Doyle had the pace, and both were tremendous players who always gave me a hard time.' After leaving Dens, Dave became player/coach at Montrose for a short time and then went into the financial side of the oil industry. He then returned to football as Commercial Manager at Dens and did a great job before being lured back to the world of industry. He has returned to football again and is here today as Commercial Manager of Aberdeen, his home town club - welcome back Biffo, although we hope to be putting out the Northern Lights again today! View full blog
  8. TheDarkBlues

    1971-72 then AC Milan Again

    We look back to another article written back in 1992 from our very own Billy Campbell's Ghost - Enjoy! A.C.MILAN - AGAIN For the record it reads: P W D L F A %Success 4 2 0 2 4 8 50% These were home and away legs in the European Cup and UEFA Cup in1963 and 1971 respectively and although Dundee lost both ties on aggregate they put up some magnificent displays which I will elaborate on later. I have actually had the good fortune to have attended a match at the San Siro Stadium as it is more commonly called although its official name is the Stadio Guiseppe Miazza, after a famous Inter player of the Fifties and in fact it has been called this for a number of years now. For the record, San Siro is a district in Milan and the name is still used, as tradition is hard to change. Witness our own 'Dens Park Stadium' - it will aye be Dens Park to me! I was in Italy on holiday in November 1979 with an Aberdeen based Dee fan and we headed for Milan as soon as we heard that they were at home that night to Borussia Munchengladbach in a second leg UEFA tie with the first leg score at 1-1. Finely balanced and with no love lost between the Italians and Germans – probably since the end of the war! We didn't have a ticket so it was a bit of a shot in the dark and ours fears were confirmed when the gates were locked around one hour before kick-off! We heard the roar of Milan going one up and at half-time they opened the gates so we piled in with what seemed 10,000 others and squeezed into a space at the highest point of the terracing - it was like watching a game of Subbuteo, the players were so small! Shock, horror, Borussia equalised and the tie thus went into extra-time. Milan took an early lead as the crazed Italians went berserk, lighting bonfires on the terracing and hurling missiles at the German goalie just for the fun of it. Fortunately he was protected by high netting behind the goal - missile throwing was obviously fairly standard over there. The teams turned around and Borussia did the unthinkable – they scored twice to win the game 3-2 on the night and the tie 4-3 on aggregate and if we thought we had seen crowd frenzy, the best (or worst) was yet to come! A small band of German supporters were immediately set upon and the blood really did flow and sent a feeling of real fear through us, as with our accents we did not want to be mistaken for German fans and suffer the same fate! Fortunately, we did escape the mayhem and headed off into the night to relive the excitement of the positive sides of the game. What stands out more than anything is the fanaticism of the fans and I'm sure an Old Firm game is not a patch on the Milan derby for atmosphere especially as the element of religious bigotry is missing. In Italy, the Milanese rivals are known as simply Milan and Inter. Milan were formed by British ex-pats as the Milan Football and Cricket Club in 1909 and the introduction of laws banning quotas of foreign players led to a split within the ranks and the offshoot became Internationale, more commonly known as Inter Milan with their name reflecting their team make up. Both clubs had relative success before the Second World War but since then they have enjoyed great Championship wins and regular European triumphs. If you are a viewer of Channel Four's 'Soccer Italia' you will notice on certain team jerseys there are gold stars above the club crest. Each gold star represents ten Serie 'A' championship wins. See how many you can spot - I think only Milan, Inter and Juventus have the coveted gold star - or stars! On the subject of team jerseys, has anyone noticed how the Italian clubs never mess with their strip design thus adding to the aura surrounding the traditions of these clubs- wouldn't it be nice to see your team wearing a strip that the players and opponents respected instead of whatever jazzy design that the marketing men produce each year? Dundee's tie in 1971/72 was epic and will always remain in the memories of fans who were there that cold December night a few weeks after an incredible victory over Cologne. Dundee crashed 3-0 in the first leg in Milan with star striker Romeo Benetti hitting two and the Golden Boy of Italian soccer, Gianni Rivera the only survivor from the 1963 encounter against Dundee. A modest crowd of around 16,000 turned up at Dens hoping Dundee could repeat the same amazing comeback they had achieved against Cologne with a few thousand stay-at homes convinced it was beyond them. Duncan Lambie played normally as a winger but that night manager John Prentice pulled a master stroke by moving him into an old-fashioned inside-forward role as he realised the Italians did not relish players running at them and Duncan had tremendous ability to take players on - and usually beat them! The teams that walked out that night on the 8 December 1971 were: Dundee: Hewitt, R.Wilson, Houston, Steele, Philip, Stewart, Duncan, Lambie, Wallace, Scott, J.Wilson. A.C. Milan: Cudicini, Sabatini, Zignoli, Anguiletti, Schnellinger, Biasolti, Villa, Bennetti, Bignon, Rivera, Prati. There was great anticipation in the air as the crowd gathered at Dens prepared to give the Italians the traditional booing which seems to be reserved for Italian sides - probably a throwback to their invention of the 'catenaccio', the lock, which made massed defending an art and this along with their reputation for the cynical foul made them a target for the boo-boys. Once the game had started, it was Dundee, as expected, who threw everything into attack and hit the Italians with a flurry of near things. It was only a matter of time till the Dark Blues scored and sure enough it was John Duncan who slotted one in early in the first half. By this time Duncan Lambie was causing havoc in the normally cool Milan defence and his darting, penetrating runs were running them ragged! Just before half-time Dens Park erupted as Gordon Wallace made it 2-0 with a close-range effort to put the home fans in the land of make-believe and dreaming of Euro-glory. There was still the second half after all. As time wore on into the second period Dundee grew more and more frustrated as Milan learned to cope with the onslaught and time ran out too quickly for Dundee. A despairing miss by Gordon Wallace had the Dens crowd almost hysterical and suddenly it was all over - it was one of those games when you expect a few minutes of injury time and the ref blows exactly on the 90 minutes! It was all over and Dundee for the second time in ten years had bowed out to the Italian giants, but again were far from disgraced and had perhaps even given them the fright of their lives. With the likes of Papin, Van Basten, Lentini and Rikaard, the Rangers team that may get the chance to play them should not only have a night to remember but make the most of the privilege as should the supporters because the current Milan crop are even more awesome than their predecessors with a run of over 50 games undefeated. In fact, Rangers may be the team with the last chance to defeat them this season if they reach the final of The Big One on 26 May 1993. One things sure, if they do break the unbelievable sequence they will become legends. One final thought - if Rangers succeed, does that make us European Champions on the strength of our 4-3 win earlier this season? - Just a thought, honest!
  9. We look back to another article written back in 1992 from our very own Billy Campbell's Ghost - Enjoy! A.C.MILAN - AGAIN For the record it reads: P W D L F A %Success 4 2 0 2 4 8 50% These were home and away legs in the European Cup and UEFA Cup in1963 and 1971 respectively and although Dundee lost both ties on aggregate they put up some magnificent displays which I will elaborate on later. I have actually had the good fortune to have attended a match at the San Siro Stadium as it is more commonly called although its official name is the Stadio Guiseppe Miazza, after a famous Inter player of the Fifties and in fact it has been called this for a number of years now. For the record, San Siro is a district in Milan and the name is still used, as tradition is hard to change. Witness our own 'Dens Park Stadium' - it will aye be Dens Park to me! I was in Italy on holiday in November 1979 with an Aberdeen based Dee fan and we headed for Milan as soon as we heard that they were at home that night to Borussia Munchengladbach in a second leg UEFA tie with the first leg score at 1-1. Finely balanced and with no love lost between the Italians and Germans – probably since the end of the war! We didn't have a ticket so it was a bit of a shot in the dark and ours fears were confirmed when the gates were locked around one hour before kick-off! We heard the roar of Milan going one up and at half-time they opened the gates so we piled in with what seemed 10,000 others and squeezed into a space at the highest point of the terracing - it was like watching a game of Subbuteo, the players were so small! Shock, horror, Borussia equalised and the tie thus went into extra-time. Milan took an early lead as the crazed Italians went berserk, lighting bonfires on the terracing and hurling missiles at the German goalie just for the fun of it. Fortunately he was protected by high netting behind the goal - missile throwing was obviously fairly standard over there. The teams turned around and Borussia did the unthinkable – they scored twice to win the game 3-2 on the night and the tie 4-3 on aggregate and if we thought we had seen crowd frenzy, the best (or worst) was yet to come! A small band of German supporters were immediately set upon and the blood really did flow and sent a feeling of real fear through us, as with our accents we did not want to be mistaken for German fans and suffer the same fate! Fortunately, we did escape the mayhem and headed off into the night to relive the excitement of the positive sides of the game. What stands out more than anything is the fanaticism of the fans and I'm sure an Old Firm game is not a patch on the Milan derby for atmosphere especially as the element of religious bigotry is missing. In Italy, the Milanese rivals are known as simply Milan and Inter. Milan were formed by British ex-pats as the Milan Football and Cricket Club in 1909 and the introduction of laws banning quotas of foreign players led to a split within the ranks and the offshoot became Internationale, more commonly known as Inter Milan with their name reflecting their team make up. Both clubs had relative success before the Second World War but since then they have enjoyed great Championship wins and regular European triumphs. If you are a viewer of Channel Four's 'Soccer Italia' you will notice on certain team jerseys there are gold stars above the club crest. Each gold star represents ten Serie 'A' championship wins. See how many you can spot - I think only Milan, Inter and Juventus have the coveted gold star - or stars! On the subject of team jerseys, has anyone noticed how the Italian clubs never mess with their strip design thus adding to the aura surrounding the traditions of these clubs- wouldn't it be nice to see your team wearing a strip that the players and opponents respected instead of whatever jazzy design that the marketing men produce each year? Dundee's tie in 1971/72 was epic and will always remain in the memories of fans who were there that cold December night a few weeks after an incredible victory over Cologne. Dundee crashed 3-0 in the first leg in Milan with star striker Romeo Benetti hitting two and the Golden Boy of Italian soccer, Gianni Rivera the only survivor from the 1963 encounter against Dundee. A modest crowd of around 16,000 turned up at Dens hoping Dundee could repeat the same amazing comeback they had achieved against Cologne with a few thousand stay-at homes convinced it was beyond them. Duncan Lambie played normally as a winger but that night manager John Prentice pulled a master stroke by moving him into an old-fashioned inside-forward role as he realised the Italians did not relish players running at them and Duncan had tremendous ability to take players on - and usually beat them! The teams that walked out that night on the 8 December 1971 were: Dundee: Hewitt, R.Wilson, Houston, Steele, Philip, Stewart, Duncan, Lambie, Wallace, Scott, J.Wilson. A.C. Milan: Cudicini, Sabatini, Zignoli, Anguiletti, Schnellinger, Biasolti, Villa, Bennetti, Bignon, Rivera, Prati. There was great anticipation in the air as the crowd gathered at Dens prepared to give the Italians the traditional booing which seems to be reserved for Italian sides - probably a throwback to their invention of the 'catenaccio', the lock, which made massed defending an art and this along with their reputation for the cynical foul made them a target for the boo-boys. Once the game had started, it was Dundee, as expected, who threw everything into attack and hit the Italians with a flurry of near things. It was only a matter of time till the Dark Blues scored and sure enough it was John Duncan who slotted one in early in the first half. By this time Duncan Lambie was causing havoc in the normally cool Milan defence and his darting, penetrating runs were running them ragged! Just before half-time Dens Park erupted as Gordon Wallace made it 2-0 with a close-range effort to put the home fans in the land of make-believe and dreaming of Euro-glory. There was still the second half after all. As time wore on into the second period Dundee grew more and more frustrated as Milan learned to cope with the onslaught and time ran out too quickly for Dundee. A despairing miss by Gordon Wallace had the Dens crowd almost hysterical and suddenly it was all over - it was one of those games when you expect a few minutes of injury time and the ref blows exactly on the 90 minutes! It was all over and Dundee for the second time in ten years had bowed out to the Italian giants, but again were far from disgraced and had perhaps even given them the fright of their lives. With the likes of Papin, Van Basten, Lentini and Rikaard, the Rangers team that may get the chance to play them should not only have a night to remember but make the most of the privilege as should the supporters because the current Milan crop are even more awesome than their predecessors with a run of over 50 games undefeated. In fact, Rangers may be the team with the last chance to defeat them this season if they reach the final of The Big One on 26 May 1993. One things sure, if they do break the unbelievable sequence they will become legends. One final thought - if Rangers succeed, does that make us European Champions on the strength of our 4-3 win earlier this season? - Just a thought, honest! View full blog
  10. Another blog by Billy Campbel's Ghost from his 1993 articles in the DFC Programmes. Thank you for your permission to reproduce them on the Dark Blues.
  11. Billy Campbell's Ghost

    1963-64 Scottish Cup Final

    90 SECONDS TO GO! ....... DRAMA IN THE CUP FINAL It was Dundee versus Rangers, who incidentally were aiming for only the second domestic treble of their illustrious history. While Dundee, still displaying the artistry of the championship winning side of two years earlier were determined to continue their excellent form which had taken them to this, their first final since 1952 when they were rocked by an unfancied Motherwell side. The teams lined up as follows: Rangers: Ritchie, Shearer, Provan, Greig, McKinnon, Baxter, Henderson, McLean, Millar, Brand, Wilson. Dundee: Slater, Hamilton, Cox, Seith, Ryden, Stuart, Penman, Cousin, Cameron, Gilzean, Robertson. Rangers had most of the play in a first half full of excitement although Dundee showed they would always be dangerous with some intelligent breaks into attack, making sure the Gers were always on their toes. There were so many talented players on view that the football couldn't fail to be of the highest quality. Still, half-time was reached and stalemate, with the main talking point being the outstanding display from Dundee goalie Bert Slater and the general view that whatever the final outcome, his performance would be remembered by everyone who witnessed it that day. Bert, now living in Brechin has an incredible recollection for facts, figures, incidents and personalities from his playing career. 'I remember the game vividly. I had won a Scottish Cup winners medal with Falkirk in the 1957 final against Killie after a replay, and being only 20 at that time was enthralled by it all.' 'I was determined in 1964 to soak up the whole sense of occasion and instill in my memory the whole day and what it meant as one doesn't know if these days will happen again!' 'It was rare to reach two cup finals in these days with two so-called provincial clubs, as it probably is today, although Dundee were not really a provincial club, being champions two seasons earlier!' The second half was what most fans will remember about this marvellous cup final as in the 71st minute Rangers finally broke the deadlock with a simple goal from a Jimmy Millar looping header that Ralph Brand dummied and wrong-footed Bert. Before Bert had time to let this get to him Dundee had equalised straight from the kick-off as Alex Stuart sent a great ball through to Kenny Cameron and he struck a venomous hook shot scorching into the Rangers net that Billy Ritchie hardly saw! Back to square one and Rangers set about swarming around the Dundee goal for a late winner which seemed destined never to arrive. People were looking at their watches and making arrangements for the replay when with 90 seconds to go and ingenious switch paid the full dividend for the Light Blues. Their two superb wingers, Willie Henderson and Davie Wilson had been kept in check all afternoon by the Dundee full-back pairing of Hamilton and Cox and decided to swap wings in a final effort to swing the game. Dundee's fatal error was not to switch the full-backs with the wingers. Henderson for the first time got past his marker and chip a beauty into the Dundee goalmouth where Jimmy Millar was waiting unmarked and almost leisurely glanced the ball past Slater. The deadlock was broken and in injury time Rangers added an almost incidental third when Brand knocked a parried Wilson shot past Slater to really wrap it up for Rangers. What was to be ' Slater's Final' had suddenly become in the eyes of the Rangers fans 'Henderson's Final' although to this day I don't think anyone would take anything away from Bert's performance that day. Bert rates that display pretty highly in his career, ‘I would say that game and the European Cup tie against Anderlecht in Brussels were the two best games of my life, although if I had the chance to change anything in my career I don' t think I would. I had a fantastic footballing career from the moment I was signed for Falkirk from Broughton Star by Bob Shankly at the tender years of 17. I then joined Bob's brother Bill at Liverpool and won a Second Division winners medal at Anfield while Dundee were winning the Scottish title in 1961/62. One Shanks sold me to the other and I found myself playing European Cup football which brought another host of memories including being protected by the Black Watch in Cologne after a battle on the field with the Germans and photographers popping flash-guns about two inches from my face in Milan even when play was at the other end of the park! 'I played with and against some marvellous players and find it hard to single out any of the Dundee team who were all brilliant although Gilzean and Smith were immense. Gordon Smith had won three Scottish league medals with three different clubs, none of which were the old firm and that is a record that only he has achieved. I think that says it all about Gordon as a player. 'I played with Hunt, Yeats and St. John at Anfield and against the likes of Law and Charlton and these guys were all great players. My all time favourite though was the Falkirk full-back, Alex Parker, who represented Scotland in the World Cup in Sweden in 1958 and just oozed sheer class.' Bert could have talked all day if I had the time and I would have been a willing listener because what came over in my chat with him was the feelings and emotion he still had for the game and his memories which he obviously cherished so dearly. Something Bert told me that not many folk will know to this day is that the very next morning after the Rangers cup final, Jimmy Millar, the scorer of two of the Gers’ goals visited Bert's house and OFFERED Bert his WINNER' S medal - a gesture that Bert has not forgotten to this day. Jimmy felt Bert had earned it and this offer is surely the one of the greatest shows of respect any player could have had for his fellow professional. Unknown to Bert I spoke to Jimmy Millar, now Mine Host at the Duke's Head Bar in deepest Leith, and he recalled both the game and his wonderful gesture although he quipped 'You must be joking!' when I tried to ask him about the medal incident, which came over to me as modesty from another old timer only too happy to chat about the old days. The last word went to Jimmy Millar who although acknowledging that Bert Slater was the best man on the park that day observed that Rangers should have been 6 - 1 up at half-time! Maybe it's time to leave this story and start researching the next Memory match!
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    Dundee 1 - 1 Rangers

  13. Dundee earn a great point today after going down to 10 men and keeping Rangers out. Kenny Miller opened the scoring in the 9th minute. However the Dee didn't stay in the lead long after Ralph brought down Daniel Candeias just outside the box and Andy Halliday scored from the free-kick. Kyle Lafferty had a goal chopped off for off-side and it was a big felt off for the Dark Blues. Dundee lasted the next 70 minutes and held out for a point that takes us above St Mirren in the league.
  14. Kenny Miller came back to haunt his old club when he opened the scoring for his sixth goal in four games but Nathan Ralph was sent off on the 19th minute with our opponents slotting home the resulting free-kick. Rangers then had a goal ruled offside but from then on in, Dundee defended expertly to limit the Glasgow club to just one attempt on target in the second half. The result meant that Dundee moved off the bottom of the Premiership on goal difference for the first time since Motherwell defeated the Dark Blues on the 1st September at Dens Park. “I was delighted considering we were down to 10 men for so long,” beamed Jim McIntyre. “It is a difficult match when you go down to 10 men against one of the best sides in the country. But I thought the boys showed great resolve and good organisation. Having said that, I didn’t think Rangers cut us open that much. Jack (Hamilton) has made one or two saves. “We knew we would have to give up the wider areas and defend a lot of crosses but we were nice and narrow and the distances between our two fours were very good. So, the players deserve all the credit because it is not easy to handle that.” “It was an opportunity to get off the bottom of the league today. “We have had two or three of them and we haven’t managed to take them. So, I am really pleased that we have managed to do that but I will reiterate there is still so much hard work ahead. “There are a lot of tough games in December so it is just a case of one at a time. “The boys are in a happy place at the moment. There is a real spirit of togetherness there that you see on the training ground every day.”
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    Dundee Appeal Nathan Ralph Red Card

    The defender was punished following his challenge on Daniel Candeias on the edge of the Dundee box which resulted in Rangers equalising after Kenny Miller had put the Dee ahead. Following the end of the match, Dundee manage Jim McIntyre said that he had spoken to the referee Alan Muir and he had confirmed that it was for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. TV footage however shows that fellow defender Andrew Boyle was in close proximity and able to make a challenge if Ralph was unable to do so. The appeal will be heard by a disciplinary tribunal this Wednesday.
  16. Who was your man of the match against Rangers today?
  17. The ref against Rangers was Alan Muir. How did you rate his performance in this game?
  18. Table toppers Dundee were five points clear of Rangers who sat third in the table although we had played two-games more. The Dens Park outfit had the previous week just beaten Celtic and were hoping to make it eight wins in a row while the current Scottish Champions were unbeaten at home and in all competitions and eager to close the gap at the summit of the league. The chairman John F. Wilson praised Dundee in his notes for the matchday programme declaring, “They are the type this country needs as we strive to recapture the reputation that was once ours of being the greatest footballing country on earth.” Of course, our run in the following year’s European Cup where we tore apart some of the finest sides in Europe, would make his words ring true. Until then, he would have to watch on as Dundee laid down their Championship credentials in incredible fashion. In the ‘Up Wi’ The Bonnets – The History Of Dundee FC’ book, Norrie Price wrote how a dense fog had descended upon Glasgow and despite an anticipated large crowd, rumours around the games postponement and countless supporters buses being turned around by police less a mile to the ground meant that only half of the stadium was full. The fog started to lift with just half an hour before kick-off and the fans who were on their way back home would miss an all-time classic Dundee victory. It’s hard to believe that a game that ended 5-1 would remain goalless at half time but that’s what happened here. All the action would happen with a flurry of goal activity in the last forty-five minutes. In the opening two-minutes of the restart, Alan Gilzean put Dundee ahead with two quick-fire goals and would then claim his hat-trick on the 73rd minute when he slotted home following a quickly taken corner from Gordon Smith. Rangers would pull a goal back but this would not deter the Dark Blues. Alan Gilzean would dummy the unlucky Rangers defender who was marking him before drilling the ball home into the bottom corner of the net. Andy Penman would add number five when Jim Baxter attempted a pass back which was short and the striker was on hand to take full advantage. This result put Dundee seven points ahead of the reigning champions and five ahead of second place Kilmarnock who were beaten 3-2 at home to Raith Rovers. The previous season, Rangers had beaten Kilmarnock to the Championship title by one point, also defeating the Ayrshire outfit 2-0 in the League Cup. They also made it all the way to the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final but had to do with being runners up to Fiorentina. This made this result even more special as it came against a Gers team who had ‘been there and done it.’ The national newspapers lauded Dundee with praise after this victory. The Daily Record went with the headline ‘Rangers Smashed By Terrible Trio’ with reporter Rex Kingsley describing that days events as, “The home fans were stunned as the prancing, cultured Dundee side reduced their idols to wide-eyed, fear-stricken units.” Other headlines such as ‘A Fabulous Fiver’ and ‘Gilzean Leads Massacre Of Rangers’ were put out by the media while the Evening Times describe this result as ‘This Ibrox “Slaughter” Was No Surprise.” Gair Henderson could not speak highly of this Dundee time in his match report for the Evening Times by praising the Dee numerous times throughout it. ‘But to those of us who have seen Dundee recently this was no shock and no sensational result. I hinted a few weeks that the cry this season might not be “who will stop Rangers?” but “who will stop Dundee?” ‘ ‘This is the best footballing playing team I have seen this season – and last season too for that matter of fact.’ ‘Alan Gilzean, for instance. He strides through and he hits ‘em in a way which is both a lesson to Rangers and Scotland these days. And there is Gordon Smith, the man who was said to be “past it” five years ago.’ ‘They were thrashed because the forwards, a shadow of the forwards of a month or two back, could make nothing at all of the granite-looking defence of Ure, Hamilton, Cox and Liney.’ It was a truly sensational victory for the soon-to-be Scottish Champions and if no-one knew it before, they would know now that Dundee were genuine title contenders.
  19. UWTB1893

    Dundee 2 - 1 Rangers

    O’Hara double gives Dee huge win over Rangers Dundee lifted themselves off the bottom off the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership as Mark O’Hara’s double gave them a confidence-boosting 2-1 win over Rangers at Dens Park. O’Hara’s brace came either side of a Josh Windass equaliser, but Graeme Murty’s men couldn’t avoid slipping to their second consecutive defeat.
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    Rangers 4 - 1 Dundee

    Dundee were roundly beaten at Ibrox. Dundee rarely threatened but we did have two great chances in the opening few minutes of the second half to draw level but we spurned them. Faissal El Bakhtaoui grabbed our goal.
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