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Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Dundee v St. Johnstone 1967

The first programme feature I've decided to go with is a local affair - the 1967 League Cup semi-final between Dundee and St. Johnstone held at Tannadice. Dundee won the game 3-1 in front of 18,000. The cover design seems to be the standard design for this stage of that competition at the time.

The first couple of pages give us the mandatory "pen pics" of the players of both sides. One pen pic stands out for Dundee - John Scott (Jocky to you and me). Jocky's profile reads:

"JOHN SCOTT-inside left. 5ft. 8ins., 10st. 8lbs. Was with Chelsea when signed two years ago as an inside right. Never ceases striving to bring a power and penetration to the attack, and is there ready to drop back and lend a hand in defence when needed."

The same double page spread shows us the run of the two teams in getting to the semis (Saints/Dundee scores first)-

Sectional ties- Hearts 3-2 (H), 2-1 (A); Falkirk 2-1 (A), 0-0 (H); Stirling Albion 2-1 (H), 0-1 (A)
Quarter final- Queen's Park 3-1 (H), 5-0 (A)
Sectional ties- Hibs 0-0 (H), 4-2 (A), Clyde 1-0 (H), 2-1 (A), Motherwell 2-1 (H), 5-2 (A)
Quarter final- East Fife 1-0 (H), 4-0 (A)

Moving on to the middle page spread and we have the probable line ups with both teams looking to opt for a 2-3-5 formation. We also have the roll of honour in the League Cup to date which shows the winners as:
Rangers: 6 times
Hearts: 4 times
Celtic: 4 times
East Fife: 3 times
Dundee: 2 times
Aberdeen: 1 time
Motherwell: 1 time

Notable mentions to Partick, who reached 3 finals between 1953 and 1958, and Killie, who reached 3 finals between 1952 and 1962, but lost them all.

A final note of interest in the middle pages is that prices for the stand for the final were announced as 25/-, 20/-, 15/- and 10/-. Can an old timer tell me if this was good value or not in the comments?!

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