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Sunday, 26 July 2009

Dundee Through the Years - Season 1893-94

A new feature, nicked once again from the excellent Dundee programmes of the late 80s. Season 1893-94 was obviously the first for Dundee FC, after the merger between Dundee Our Boys and Dundee East End allowed the newly formed club entry to the Scottish League. The Scottish League was inaugurated in season 1890-91 with Rangers, Celtic, Dumbarton, Hearts and St. Mirren being the founding members still active today. Clyde FC would join in 1891-92, making Dundee the 7th oldest league club in Scotland jointly with Hibernian, Motherwell, Morton and Partick Thistle, who all started life in Division Two which was itself inaugurated in 1893-94.

Dundee were allowed entry to the top league ahead of Hibs et al largely thanks to geography as all the other league clubs were all located in the power bases of Glasgow, Dumbarton, Paisley & surrounding area and Edinburgh. This accident of geography would also work in our favour when the dreaded "re-election" time came at the season end each year.

This season's home games would be played out at West Craigie Park, a former home of Dundee Our Boys, as Dundee were not given the excellent Carolina Port to play at as hoped. Dundee still managed to average 4,300 at the ground for our first season. The first game was a 3-3 draw in Dundee versus Rangers. It never got any easier as the second game was against Celtic in Glasgow, with the current league champions running out 4-1 winners. Dundee would eventually finish 8th in the league, winning 6 and drawing 3 of their 18 games. It was certainly a respectable finish for a brand new club against Scotland's elite. The Scottish Cup would bring no joy as Dundee would fall at the first hurdle losing 4-2 to Strathmore. Dundee did find success in winning the Forfarshire Cup final, in front of 10,000. Jimmy Dundas would end up as top scorer with 12 goals but it would be three others who would receive the international recognition- Francis Barrett, William Longair and Alexander Keiller. All in all, it can be considered a decent first season for the Dees.

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