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Dundee 2-1 St Johnstone 21/04/18

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By UWTB1893, 25/04/18
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Sofien Moussa scored two minutes from the end to cancel out Steven MacLean’s equaliser and give Neil McCann’s men 3 vital points in a 2-1 win against St Johnstone at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership.

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      The Dark Blues are currently on their worse ever run of defeats against the Dons with nine straight losses and we haven't tasted victory over them in twelve since Thomas Konrad and David Clarkson scored to give us a 2-1 win in the Scottish Cup 4th round back in 2014.

      If we exclude that victory in the cup, we have went a full NINETEEN matches since we last managed a league victory over the Dons. This came at Dens when Neil Barrett scored the only goal of the match way back in 2004!

      That's some depressing reading right there!

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      DUNDEE started off their campaign by gifting St Mirren al three points last Saturday.

      Last season’s attacking options reared their ugly head with it being a case of déjà vu for players, management and supporters. Then we had the minute of madness at the back that ultimately gifted the home side all three points.

      It would be very harsh however to start writing off players and team with some knee-jerk comments. Of course, the Dunfermline game gave us an indication that we were severely lacking in some areas but hopefully when we recruit players to fill these voids, then we will see a team that will hopefully improve on last terms league position.

      Roarie Deacon is back in training but he is still a few weeks away from being included in the matchday squad.

      ABERDEEN started off their Premiership campaign with a 1-1 draw against ten-man The Rangers last weekend.

      The Dons played for the best part of 80 minutes with a man advantage but despite this, they needed an injury time equaliser with their only shot on target.

      Derek McInnes team have on course been on European duty this summer when they came up against English side Burnley. They certainly didn’t let themselves down by more than matching their opponents from the self-proclaimed ‘Best league in the world.’

      Unfortunately, despite a 1-1 draw at home, Burnley would proceed to the next round of the competition but they would need extra-time to get passed he har working Dons.

      Scott McKenna will miss out due to injury who will be out for around six to eight weeks and joins long term casualties Mark Reynolds and Tommie Hoban along with Shay Logan who is serving a suspension.

      HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
      Total
      P258 W53 D79 L126 F289 A433
      Home
      P128 W32 D41 L55 F169 A227
      Away
      P125 W20 D38 L67 F117 A197
      Neutral
      P5 W1 D0 L4 F3 A9

      STATS
      Top Goal scorer
      Alan Gilzean, 14 goals (9: League, 5: League Cup)

      Consecutive Games Scored
      Alan Gilzean: 10 goals, 5 games, August 201th 1960 to September 16th 1961

      Biggest Win
      6-0, Dens Park, November 18th 1905 and Dens Park, September 3rd 1960 (League Cup Group 4)

      Record Attendance and Lowest Home
      High: 41,000, 4-0, May 8th 1952, Scottish Cup Quarter Final
      Low: 5,369, 0-1, January 11th 1993

      TICKET INFORMATION (Taken From Official Dundee Website)

      The ticket office is open from 10am on matchdays.
      Prices for the Aberdeen match are £26 (adults) and £19 concessions (Over 65 or Students with valid student photo ID), Under 18s are £12
      Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows:
      Adult and one child under 12 £31
      Two adults and two children under 12 £57
      With additional children under 12 at £ 5
      Under 12 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group
      Under 16 tickets can be bought without an adult ticket

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      By UWTB1893
      The Dark Blues are currently on their worse ever run of defeats against the Dons with nine straight losses and we haven't tasted victory over them in twelve since Thomas Konrad and David Clarkson scored to give us a 2-1 win in the Scottish Cup 4th round back in 2014.

      If we exclude that victory in the cup, we have went a full NINETEEN matches since we last managed a league victory over the Dons. This came at Dens when Neil Barrett scored the only goal of the match way back in 2004!

      That's some depressing reading right there!

      PREVIEW

      DUNDEE started off their campaign by gifting St Mirren al three points last Saturday.

      Last season’s attacking options reared their ugly head with it being a case of déjà vu for players, management and supporters. Then we had the minute of madness at the back that ultimately gifted the home side all three points.

      It would be very harsh however to start writing off players and team with some knee-jerk comments. Of course, the Dunfermline game gave us an indication that we were severely lacking in some areas but hopefully when we recruit players to fill these voids, then we will see a team that will hopefully improve on last terms league position.

      Roarie Deacon is back in training but he is still a few weeks away from being included in the matchday squad.

      ABERDEEN started off their Premiership campaign with a 1-1 draw against ten-man The Rangers last weekend.

      The Dons played for the best part of 80 minutes with a man advantage but despite this, they needed an injury time equaliser with their only shot on target.

      Derek McInnes team have on course been on European duty this summer when they came up against English side Burnley. They certainly didn’t let themselves down by more than matching their opponents from the self-proclaimed ‘Best league in the world.’

      Unfortunately, despite a 1-1 draw at home, Burnley would proceed to the next round of the competition but they would need extra-time to get passed he har working Dons.

      Scott McKenna will miss out due to injury who will be out for around six to eight weeks and joins long term casualties Mark Reynolds and Tommie Hoban along with Shay Logan who is serving a suspension.

      HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
      Total
      P258 W53 D79 L126 F289 A433
      Home
      P128 W32 D41 L55 F169 A227
      Away
      P125 W20 D38 L67 F117 A197
      Neutral
      P5 W1 D0 L4 F3 A9

      STATS
      Top Goal scorer
      Alan Gilzean, 14 goals (9: League, 5: League Cup)

      Consecutive Games Scored
      Alan Gilzean: 10 goals, 5 games, August 201th 1960 to September 16th 1961

      Biggest Win
      6-0, Dens Park, November 18th 1905 and Dens Park, September 3rd 1960 (League Cup Group 4)

      Record Attendance and Lowest Home
      High: 41,000, 4-0, May 8th 1952, Scottish Cup Quarter Final
      Low: 5,369, 0-1, January 11th 1993

      TICKET INFORMATION (Taken From Official Dundee Website)

      The ticket office is open from 10am on matchdays.
      Prices for the Aberdeen match are £26 (adults) and £19 concessions (Over 65 or Students with valid student photo ID), Under 18s are £12
      Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows:
      Adult and one child under 12 £31
      Two adults and two children under 12 £57
      With additional children under 12 at £ 5
      Under 12 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group
      Under 16 tickets can be bought without an adult ticket
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      The scene was set. Blizzard conditions had laid siege to Scotland in the days leading up to this final and with the national energy crisis that stemmed from the miners strike, it was agreed that the kick-off time would be brought forward to 1.30pm in case the match went to extra-time and would need the extra daylight.

      In all, it took the teams coach three hours to reach Glasgow and there was even reports of Dundee supports busses being sent back by the Police who told them the game had been called off. Thankfully for the Dee, this would not be the case.

      The 70's would often see Dundee drawn against Celtic in the cup competitions, with the Glasgow club coming out on top in near enough all of them. In the League Cup we seen Celtic eliminate Dundee in the Quarter Finals in 1970, 72 and 78. While in the Scottish Cup, we would fall to them in the Semi-Final in 1970, 73, 74, 75 and 77. An exit to them would also occur in the fourth round in 1972.

      1973 would however have a different ending, much to the delight of the Dark Blues.
      Despite neither club wanting the match to go ahead, Bobby Davidson would give the tie the green light to kick off in what would be his fifth League Cup Final to officiate in. His last came in 1967 when Celtic beat Dundee 5-3 which was looked upon as one of the best games of that season.

      So the game kicked off in front of a crowd of 29,974, the lowest ever for a final in this competition, with the conditions worsening. The pitch had took a battering and this effected the way Celtic played and by half time, Dundee were the ones who had created the better and more chances. It was in the second half that we would see one of the clubs make the breakthrough and that club would be Dundee! 

      There was only fourteen minutes left to play when Bobby Wilson took a free-kick from the halfway line which landing at Gordon Wallace who had his back to the Celtic goal. With Celtic shirts surrounding him, the striker took the ball on his chest, before turning and placing the ball behind Ally Hunter. 

      The Dark Blues would hold out and when the final whistle went, players and supporters would forget all about the appalling conditions surrounding them and start celebrating the club lifting it's first piece of silverware since Dundee won the league in 1961-62. It was the fifth major honour the club had won and also the third time they have came away celebrating success in this tournament.

      Gordon Wallace was asked about his goal and his reply was: "Ach, I just turned and hit it!"

      The players would celebrate the night away in the old Angus Hotel but a few of them would sneak away from the reception to secretly visit former coach Jim McLean who they feel, helped improve the team. McLean had of course took over the hot seat at rivals Dundee United in 1971. Unsurprisingly, Dundee manager Davie White wasn't impressed at all with this and fined each player.

      None the less, it was a great achievement for the club but it would also be the clubs last so far. Trips to Hampden have been few and far between and with no major silverware lining the cabinets of Dens Park since, fans like myself often look back at this victory with immense pride but with even more frustration that the club has been starved of any success since.

      Still, that Dundee team of Allan, Wilson, Gemmell, Ford, Stewart, Phillip, Duncan, Robinson, Wallace, J. Scott, Lambie will be fondly remembered.
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