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The Great Escape of 1910


Cobra

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I suspect a lot of Dees don't know this but the city's first Scottish Cup heroes were 2-0 down at half-time. Not only that, it remained 2-0 with 86 minutes played, with Clyde fans anticipating their first taste of success and the white, black and red ribbons being tied to the trophy.

In the 87th minute though, Dundee sent a long ball down the middle which semi-final hero Sailor Hunter chased down and as Clyde’s defender Watson attempted to clear, it bounced off the in-rushing Dens centre-forward and into the net.

Dundee were back in the match and caution was thrown to the wind and with just seconds left the Dark Blues’ efforts were rewarded when a perfect Jimmy Bellamy corner was crashed into the net by George Langlands.

What a comeback. The greatest comeback in Dundee's history? The greatest comeback in Scottish Cup history? It's got to be up there.

The replay ended 0-0 and the second replay saw Dundee win 2-1 thanks to goals from Bellamy and Hunter after the Bully Wee had taken an early lead, and that famous trophy was heading to Dens Park. 

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34 minutes ago, Billy Campbell's Ghost said:

Gotta be up there in history but nae telly doesnae help!

The lack of cameras doesnae help.

Sailor Hunter, Jimmy Bellamy, Davie Brown, Johnny Bell, Dave Halliday, Andy Campbell, Gus Smith, Archie Coats and Bert Juliusson were maybe some of the great goalscorers in the history of football, never mind Scottish football. Without video evidence they're just names unfortunately, and all the Dees who watched them bang in the goals are no longer with us.

That said, those players and fans gave the city something special and even if none of us remember what happened, I like to think they left their mark.

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Sometime the camera film is no everything. Especially if you've got a wee bit imagination & creativity.

Although Cobra's description of the exciting events of the last few minutes would take some beating.

Eh felt eh wis there and living it freend:chaplin:

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It could be argued that the concept of “marginal gains” , which has been so successful in cycling with Team Sky, was first developed by Dundee’s cup winners and their triple weave woollen shorts. The Clydonians wore a more traditional quadruple weave tweed and the weight differential between the two enabled the Dark Blues heroes to run an average 14 miles an hour quicker than their west coast adversaries.

Sadly, and a little known fact to boot,  the first incarnation of Deewok suffocated under thousands of cloth caps when the winner hit the back of the net.
 

I need to get back to work soon 😀

 

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