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Thursday, 23 July 2009

Dundee v Eintracht Frankfurt, April 22nd 1985

It seems appropriate, after last night's 2-0 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach, to feature the programme from the friendly game versus Eintracht Frankfurt. The game was played in front of 4,000 at Dens in 1985 and finished 1-1.

Archie Knox states in his pre-game analysis that "Everyone connected with the club knows that we are desperate to be involved in European competition and Eintracht will give us a taste of what to expect". Indeed, Eintracht were no strangers to European competition having won the UEFA Cup 5 years previously and, of course, were involved in the legendary European Cup final of 1960, losing 7-3 to Real Madrid at Hampden. Incidentally, on the same page there is an appeal for volunteers to "help with ground improvements during the summer".

The next page shows the results so far that season, and it's probably best to skim over the derby results, except for one; a 4-3 win at Tannadice. It's also interesting to note that the league games versus the Old Firm didn't automatically attract bigger crowds when played in Glasgow as opposed to when played in Dundee. Farther into the programme there is the obligatory quiz which is very much German themed. Question 19 asks which German club does Mark McGhee play for and question 20 asks which former Dundee player was subject to an on-off transfer to a German team? Respectively, the answers are SV Hamburg and Gordon Strachan. Anyone who remembers which German club wanted the wee ginger one, leave the details in the comments!

The Dens Park bard, it seems, was not just on call for competitive games but for friendlies too:

"The greatest game I can recall
Was Cologne's visit here

A night of great excitment-

Dundee's joy and Cologne's fear

Cologne were firmest favourites

To win the Europe Cup,

But Dundee beat them eight to one

And messed their chances up"

The opposite page relives the dramatic European Cup final, played in front of 127,000, in 1960. "And many critics had nothing but sympathy for the Germans who would have surely been good enough on another day to win the cup against less exceptional opponents."

The last pages advertise player sponsorship prices- boots: £45; socks: £15; jersey: £30; shorts: £15; training kit: £45: total- £150. There is also a full page advert for the Dundee FC shop in the Keiller Centre which, shock horror, sold Dundee United leg warmers!

Dundee have played a few German sides in friendlies, mostly in the 80's it seems, but very few of note. We did play Borussia Dortmund in 1984, drawing 1-1. Also that year, we drew 0-0 with Bayer Leverkusen. Those matches took place during our unbeaten tour of West Germany and Switzerland. The following year we undertook another tour, once again meeting up with Eintracht, this time losing 2-0.

I'll leave you with a reminder of that 1960 European Cup final, which Madrid fluked. It's worth noting, that while Frankfurt were well beaten 7-3, they eviscerated a decent Rangers side 12-4 on aggregate in the semi-final; 6-1 in Germany and 6-3 at Ibrox.

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