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Dundee's First Game

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Our first competitive game was a 3-3 draw with Rangers in the league but our very first match was seemingly against Harp, and that also finished 3-3.

The game was played at Harp Athletic Grounds which was near the gas works in East Dock Street.

Harp 3-3 Dundee, Harp Athletic Grounds, 3,000.  The 9th August 1893 saw the newly created Dundee FC take part in a warm up game against Dundee Harp. The Dark Blues were due to play their first ever league game on the 12th against Rangers. However, the performance left a lot to be desired as the local and national press reported: "The opening made by the Dundee club is not very striking." That succinct statement sums up the performance and the same article goes on to, high handedly,  state that: "It need not be pointed out that that [league] place was not gained on form; it was given on promises, and they will have to be made good." The Dundee Courier also gave their critique: "The Dundee will require to improve greatly if they intend to win their first League match with the Rangers on Saturday." Francis Barrett - future Dundee and Scotland player was in goal for Harp and wad immediately under pressure from the Dundee forwards. Dundee took the lead early in the game from a scrimmage- the clubs first ever goal scorer possibly lost to history.  Harp soon equalised and then took the lead, but Dundee fought back after Gilligan and Craik combined to assist Thompson. Harp struck again to take a 3-2 half time lead.  There was just the one goal inv the second half- another scrimmage to Dundee, and so the game ended, as the afternoons light began to fade, in a 3-3 draw.  #dundee #dundeefc #football #harp #dundeeharp #pastimes #victorians #dundeederby

Harp 3-3 Dundee, Harp Athletic Grounds, 3,000. The 9th August 1893 saw the newly created Dundee FC take part in a warm up game against Dundee Harp. The Dark Blues were due to play their first ever league game on the 12th against Rangers.

However, the performance left a lot to be desired as the local and national press reported: "The opening made by the Dundee club is not very striking." That succinct statement sums up the performance and the same article goes on to, high handedly, state that: "It need not be pointed out that that [league] place was not gained on form; it was given on promises, and they will have to be made good."  The Dundee Courier also gave their critique: "The Dundee will require to improve greatly if they intend to win their first League match with the Rangers on Saturday."

Francis Barrett - future Dundee and Scotland player was in goal for Harp and wad immediately under pressure from the Dundee forwards. Dundee took the lead early in the game from a scrimmage- the club's first ever goal scorer possibly lost to history. Harp soon equalised and then took the lead, but Dundee fought back after Gilligan and Craik combined to assist Thompson. Harp struck again to take a 3-2 half time lead. There was just the one goal inv the second half- another scrimmage to Dundee, and so the game ended, as the afternoon's light began to fade, in a 3-3 draw.

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Curiously the name "The Dundee" didn't stick and we became known as just Dundee.

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Dens+Park+11+Sep+1922.jpg

I believe this is the oldest aerial shot of Dens. It was taken on 11 Sept 1922. Five days after this photo was taken, the Dee beat Partick 1-0 at Dens, in front of 17,000.

I think Dundee Hibs were playing across the road at the time. Maybe someone can correct me on that. 

 

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6 hours ago, Cobra said:

Dens+Park+11+Sep+1922.jpg

I believe this is the oldest aerial shot of Dens. It was taken on 11 Sept 1922. Five days after this photo was taken, the Dee beat Partick 1-0 at Dens, in front of 17,000.

I think Dundee Hibs were playing across the road at the time. Maybe someone can correct me on that. 

 

Great Photo never saw a photo before of the adjoining pitch but sure Dundee Hibs played around where Tannadice is now

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