Tuesday, 30 September 2008

DFC's EARLIEST MATCH FOOTAGE

The Dee feature on the earliest known footage of a Scottish League game ever to be caught on camera. Filmed at Dens Park in 1911, (which means Dundee were the present Scottish Cup holders at the time), it captures a match against Raith Rovers. As for the result, well you'll have to watch the wee video to find out...!!
DFC are the 2nd team running onto the pitch, in the slightly darker shorts.
Photos by DC Thomson.

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Monday, 29 September 2008

THEY WORE THE DARK BLUE

Compiled by Dee expert, Norrie Price, this is THE book to have when you need to find out Dundee FC's statistics. Presented in chronological order ( 1893 to 2004 ), the layout is easy to follow and makes searching a sinch. You'll find a complete record of every DFC game, every result, every player, every goal and every goal scorer. It lists all competitions, including, the League, the Scottish Cup, the League Cup, every European tie, local Cups, friendlies, testimonials and all their pre-season tours around the world. Contains a complete guide to squad numbers, the seasons top scorers, all the Dee Managers, attendances, honours and so on. You'll be amazed by some of the facts it unveils, such as when Dundee beat Barcelona & Real Madrid....in Spain! Or the time when a game against Celtic was abandoned due to crowd trouble....back in 1920!!
Great for clarifying all those blurry memories and very useful for settling arguments... it is an essential piece of kit, as they say these days.
Fully illustrated, 260 pages.
Available from the DFC Shop, Borders, Waterstones and other outlets at £9.99 or if delivered in Dundee :Tel (01224 639967).
Also available direct from the author (UK only) - send a cheque for £14.99 (inc p&p) to N.Price, 68 Osborne Place, Aberdeen, AB25 2DB.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

SCOTTISH LEAGUE CHAMPIONS FLAG - 1962

Here is the original 1962 Scottish League Champions flag that used to be flown over Dens Park. Now it is framed, preserved for posterity. It is still on display, but away from the elements, in the Bobby Cox Stand.

CLUB DJ

MAKE SOME NOISE..!!

Saturday, 27 September 2008

DUNDEE FC 4 v 1 SPORTING LISBON - 1962

Goalmouth action at Dens, as Dundee go on the attack during the European Cup 2nd round, 2nd leg tie against Portuguese champs, Sporting Lisbon. Gilzean, on the the right of the picture, scored a hat trick that night, with Cousin heading in the other, in front of a crowd of 32,000.
Photo by The Scotsman.Tints by GG.

Friday, 26 September 2008

THE DEE CLUB ABROAD


My brother took this picture of the Dee Club banner in Paris, 1998. The lads weren't there for a Dundee FC fixture though, they were there as part of the Tartan Army for the Scotland v Brazil World Cup tie. As good a reason as any to have a bit of fun and flaunt the flag!

Thursday, 25 September 2008

THE DEE SHIRT CHALLENGE

Here's a bit of fun you can have with your mates down the pub using a mobile, or at school with a calculator. It's called THE DEE SHIRT CHALLENGE. Here are the instructions you will need to get them to do....
"Put in the number on Ian Ure's shirt".
"Put in alongside it the number on Claudio Caniggia's shirt".
"Multiply that figure by the number on Billy Steel's shirt".
Ask, "what do they all have in common?"
Then get them to turn the mobile/calculator upside down and read it.
To help you, view the video below...it works!

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Wednesday, 24 September 2008

DENS PARK IN 1922

This is the oldest aerial shot of Dens Park I have. The picture was taken on 11 Sept 1922. As you can see, the ground is situated on, what was then, the edge of the city limits. Very sparse North of Dens and to the left, where todays tenements in Provost Road & Moncur Crescent are, there was a football pitch. Must have been quite a slope to play futba on!
5 days after this photo was taken, the Dees beat Partick Thistle 1-0 at Dens, in front of 17,000.
Click on image to enlarge.

THE DEES D's

A diagram displaying decent Dens dribblers & defenders depicted in D's.
Depress diagram to distend.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

UP WI' THE BONNETS!

This book is a MUST for all dark blue devotee's. Written by Dee aficionado, Norrie Price, it's an encyclopedic journey through the clubs 115 year history, on the pitch and behind the scenes. Starting off with an in-depth account of Dundee FC's inception, moving onto the turmoil of the war years, then stopping off to celebrate the teams achievements of the 50's, 60's & 70's, and finally taking us through to the present after surviving near extinction in the new Millennium. The book also contains hundreds of illustrations, from rare documents & stunning photographs to colourful memorabilia.
Treasures on every page...and there are 320 of them!
Available from the DFC Shop, Borders, Waterstones and other outlets at £19.99.
Also available direct from the author (UK only) - send a cheque for £21 (inc p&p) to N. Price, 68 Osborne Place, Aberdeen, AB25 2DB, or £15 if delivered in Dundee (01224 639967).
Check out the advert below.

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Saturday, 20 September 2008

1997/98 CHAMPIONS PRESENTATION

Over 8,000 turned out at Dens to celebrate DFC being crowned First Division Champions on 18th April 1998. The 2 images above show the team being presented with the trophy in the centre of the pitch, surrounded by camera crews and press. The game itself was against Ayr Utd and finished 1-1. Technically, we won the League the week before at Raith Rovers.
Click on the image to enlarge.

BLUE MOON

Here is an image you can download. If you can put it to good use, then even better.

Friday, 19 September 2008

THE GORDON WALLACE CHANT - circa 1974

This song came about as a consequence of Wallace scoring the goal that won us the Scottish League Cup in 1973. I remember it being sung regularly at Dens and on the bus to away games. The tune is "MacNamara's band". Depending on who the opposition was on the day, the last line of the song would change accordingly. For example, if it was Rangers it would be someone like Derek Johnstone, but for this wee karaoke version below, I've used United's Andy Gray. Feel free to sing along. All together now.1-2-3-4...
Photo by DC Thomson.Tints by GG.

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DEE4WILDLIFE

Long, long ago, way before Deewok was born, Dundee FC had REAL creatures as mascots. The team in the early 1900's had a parrot, a monkey ( as above photo ) and a goat.!
Photo by Dundee Reference Library.

BAGS FIRST GO!

These sports bags first hit the scene in the late 60's, then came to be a common sight around town by the 70's. Most major clubs had them, as did most kids! They were originally meant for carrying your sport gear around in but they quickly became a fashion item. At school they replaced the canvas haversack and duffle bag as the school bag of choice. There were 2 variations on offer, a smaller sized curved rectangle shape, and this larger square one which had an outer pocket where the club crest is. Shops in Dundee that sold them were: McGill's, Caird Sport, Alex Smith's and David Low. Still looks pretty smart to me!

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

WHEN DEE LEGENDS GO SOUTH

Sometimes when teams in England need a bit of help, they come calling at Dens. 3 Dundee legends who made the move South in the 60's were, Alan Gilzean, Charlie Cooke & Ian Ure.
Here is footage of the trio hitting the back of net for Spurs, Chelsea & Manchester Utd.
At least they went to clubs who play in Blue, White & Red..!!
Photos by DC Thomson.Tints by GG.
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DFC...IT'S IN THE BLOOD!

If anyone wants to use this DFC graphic for anything, T-shirt, website or whatever, feel free to click on the image to enlarge it and download it.

Monday, 15 September 2008

DUNDEE FC RETURN FROM ITALY - 1963

Dundee FC return to Scotland on 25th April 1963, after playing AC Milan at the San Siro in front of 78,000, upon reaching the dizzy heights of the European Cup semi-finals.
Photo by The Scotsman.

CLAUDIO CANIGGIA - 33

From Argentina to Angus! The last megastar to wear a Dee shirt.
Here below is footage of Caniggia having a kick about in the snow at Dens. He went on to win "man of the match" for this game.
Photo by DC Thomson.

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Sunday, 14 September 2008

KICK OFF

Getting the ball rolling with the DFC Matrix. Depicting all the important dates in Dees history.
1893 - 1910 - 1952 - 1953 - 1962 - 1973
Click on image to enlarge & download.