"There's nothing I like better than putting one past the boys from down the road" - Keith Wright
Here we have a match programme from a classic derby game that was played at Dens in front of 13,616. This was the first home league game of the 1989-90 campaign and it didn't start off well for the Dees, going down 2-0 within the first 24 minutes. However, Keith Wright had other ideas and scored a brace to level the scores by half time.
After the break United went 3-2 up only for super Keith to immediately grab an equaliser. There was only going to be one winner from that point and Joe McBride scored the winner 17 minutes from time. Yours truly was sent hurtling down the Provie in the celebrations (I was only a lightweight 9 year old lad at the time!). A truly great introduction to the Dundee Derby!
So, to the programme itself and Angus Cook's "Chairman's Message & Comments" is about how both Dundee teams have strengthened during the summer and the fact that the game will mark the 90th anniversary of the opening of the ground. Gordon Wallace tells us that it is important to get off to a good start in the league, especially after losing the opening league game 1-2 at East End Park. Action pictures provided below!
Farther into the programme there is a "News+Views" article which is a collection of short news snippets; one of which expands upon Dens' 90th birthday in explaining that in the first game- a 2-2 draw with St. Bernard - a player by the name of Fred McDiarmid scored the first goal at the new ground; "...which seems appropriate on a day when St. Johnstone are opening their own ground- McDiarmid Park!"
There's also a 14 year old Manchester United fan from Eccles appealing for pen pals who support his favourite Scottish team- Dundee FC.
In "Billy Kirkwood Reporting" we learn that Graham Harvey scored 4 goals in a 5-0 win over Dunfermline in the Premier Reserve League. Unfortunately, that sort of scoreline wouldn't be transposed to the first team that season.
In an excellent ongoing feature "They Wore the Dark Blue For Club and Country" we read about Robert Connor being the last Dundee player to be capped in a Mexico '86 warm up game against Holland. Bought in 1984 by Archie Knox, Alex Ferguson paid £350,000 to take him to Pittodrie where he won 2 further caps.
The other player to be featured is the mercucial Charlie Cooke. A then record fee between two Scottish clubs of £44,000 saw Cooke move from Aberdeen to Dundee. He appeared for Scotland v Wales at Hampden in a 4-1 win and also a 3-0 reverse in Naples against Italy to seal our fate in the qualifiers for the '66 World Cup. He moved to Chelsea in a £72,500 deal. The Dark Blues made £28,500 in less than two years on the original "CC" but still saw fit to sell off our championship winning side bit by bit...
I'll leave you, for now, with the mandatory squad photo for the 89-90 campaign. Click to enlarge.