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Monday, 3 August 2009

Dundee v Airdrie, 26th April 1958

The 1957-58 season wasn't a happy one for Dundee, considering some of the players at our disposal. Failure to qualify from the group stages of the league cup was compounded by a third round Scottish Cup exit to Aberdeen at Dens as well as a lower-than-mid-table finish. Crowds for the league games were understandably low- only 5,000 would turn out to watch Celtic at Dens for example; which was a pity as Dundee won 5-3. The average attendance was still 10,900, however. The cup games drew the largest crowds with 28,000 turning out for the Aberdeen cup defeat. There were some heavy defeats- 0-5 & 0-6(Hearts), 1-5 (Third Lanark), 0-4 (QOTS) and 1-7 (Airdrie). The scant consolation, if indeed it was one, was the 1-0 victory at Tannadice in front of 7,500 in the Forfarshire Cup.
The programme itself is a basic edition with an un-named author giving an update on the Dens news in an article that threads its way through all 8 pages of the programme.

"Airdrie, fighting for their First Division existence, are our visitors at Dens to-day.....With so much at stake for our visitors we can be certain that to-day's game will be played in a tense atmosphere. Our recent results, particularly away from home, [1-1 at Hibs, 2-0 at Falkirk and 7-2 at Queens Park] have instilled confidence...Airdrie, in our opinion, are a better team than their present position suggests. Like ourselves, they have often been credited with playing attractive football, but have failed to get the goals which bring success."

Well, Airdrie managed to score 3 to Dundee's 1 in this particular game in front of 6,500, and ultimately escaped relegation that season. The author goes on to mention the reserves and the impending trip up north to play Fraserburgh on Friday evening and then to Buckie the next day. It turns out both games are Dewar Shield finals. The Dewar Shield, Norrie Price's "They Wore the Dark Blue" reliably informs, is for the winners of the Forfarshire, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Stirlingshire Cup winners. Dundee would win both ties- the Fraserburgh game was the previous season's final held over.

Curiously, British Rail advertise a train service to St. Andrews, costing 3s 11d. Ponsford's of 169 Overgate and 31/33 Ann Street advertised "Radiograms, £47 5s,for £37 10s cash. No Deposit Terms, 38 weeks at 25s"

Finally, spectators are told to eat at "the team's favourite restaurant" after the game- DM Browns in High Street. Given the result, and general lacklustre season, I'm not sure many fans would have been in the mood...

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