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What do you remember from your time as a young Dee that is no longer a thing?

The crush barriers (pretty terrifying at times for me as a wee lad), the cigar smoke, the fanzine sellers on the corner, the Sporting Post being available minutes after games finished.

Anything you remember?

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Walking from my grandparents' house in Kirkton, up the Old Glamis Road then doon the Provie for every single home game with my Grandad. He was the one who took me to Dens from a very young age. I

The slope at the Dump. Smell of deep heat/ralgex.  Tommy Coyne ❤️. Decent away crowds. Joe Mcbrides winner in 4-3 derby.  2-1 skol cup. Full days travelling to and from Dens from Annan. Blue/Red/White

Did the same Ricky, walked up old glamis rd doon the provie wi the old man then lifted over the turnstile and then had to crawl under when a bit bigger. Sometimes got the bus and remember getting off

Crowd changing ends at half time.

Hot Orange from the canteen.

Getting lifted over the turnstiles.

Going to well attended reserve games (before I could get to away games) at Dens and waiting for the final score to come through and be announced over the tannoy in the pre Sportscene on the radio days. (Best memory of that a score at Hearts  of 7 - 1 to Dundee in the early 60s).

The old dilapidated Half Time Score Board. I know from experience as the poor b*gger that had to struggle to put up the scores. Always good fun though when United were losing.

The sea of bottles left on the terracing after an old firm visit and the old guys with jute sacks going around collecting them to get the pennies from the deposit back from the local pubs.

Cops doing circuits walking around the track at games.

Selling hundreds of programmes a game as a programme seller at bottom of the Provie Road. Sold nearly a thousand in one game: Leeds Fairs Cup Semi in 1968.

There being 3 to 4 times as many Dundee supporters as United in my Primary School class.

Said United supporters seemed more likeable and reasonable than the current shower i.e. before their history started in the seventies and before they became 'world famous'.

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This thread is gold already. Please keep sharing stuff. I love it.

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Forgot about the hot juice 😮. Dogs on the pitch. Could be poor memory but thought it happened every other week. Oh and invalid carriages at side of pitch. Just being allowed to stand at games. Derry steps at bottom of Provie Road 👴

 

 

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I wish they would reopen the Derry steps at the bottom of the Provie road 😁

I went to work on the hilltown when I was 16 & could only go to midweek games, I'd take my wee brother. We would walk down Mains road, cross dens road and through the turnstiles. You couldn't beat it for atmosphere.

Also remember when the ugly sisters played, standing in the shop on the hilltown and watching the police marching/escorting them down the hill to the train station.

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I was such a worrier when I was younger. One of the few things that cleared my head was climbing the old Derry steps. It was a beautiful experience, especially before a big game.

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My father took me to Dens as a youngster in the early sixties sitting in section C of the stand and getting upset with the pillar blocking my view of the game also the smell of embrocation wafting up from the dressing rooms.

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I seem to remember cycle racing round the track at half time. Was this a one off, or was it a regular thing?

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I used to love sitting on the wall round the pitch throughout the game, had to dodge the ball a few time as it came flying to wards you.

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Watching the game from on some random person's shoulders in The Derry. Pretty sure it was a random (usually pished) away fan that my brother or dad would get talking to at times in pre segregation days.

Transferring to the enclosure from Provie; the guy that operated the big gate worked with my dad so it was free.

Walking right round the ground - changing ends at half time.

Kids charging to the front behind the goal when we got a penalty.

Standing (then sitting) at the back of the Provie when we were shooting that way - rain, wind, sleet or any weather it was always warm up there.

Derry steps, was always great emerging from the climb to see the lush green grass especially under floodlights. And the uncovered bit was a great place to watch the games from. Going down after the game was decent too, slight crush as you got to the pinch point then free and easy to Dens Road.

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On 10/07/2020 at 20:14, Ricky Spanish said:

Walking from my grandparents' house in Kirkton, up the Old Glamis Road then doon the Provie for every single home game with my Grandad. He was the one who took me to Dens from a very young age.

I only got the lifty over the turnstiles as he wanted me to experience everything.....he even encouraged me to crawl under a few times haha.

My Grandad did all the 'Dad stuff' with me when I was growing up, Dens/haircuts/kicking a ball in the park, he was Dundee daft and a huge influence on me, biggest male influence in my life. He passed in 2007, miss him every day, but memories of Dens in the 80s with him keep me smiling 😊

Brilliant post @Ricky Spanish your grandad sounds like he was a really special guy. 💙

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Did the same Ricky, walked up old glamis rd doon the provie wi the old man then lifted over the turnstile and then had to crawl under when a bit bigger. Sometimes got the bus and remember getting off and it seemed like millions of people were on their way to Dens. Then walking up the slope and then seeing the pitch and the feeling waiting on the dark blues running out. Then it was onto the Derry, up the stairs and that’s where I’ve watched ever since!!

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