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Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Dundee v Aberdeen, Scottish League Cup

Back cover of Dundee v Aberdeen Coca-Cola Cup final programme, 1995

Okay, so we have some catching up to do here. Aberdeen have a better head-to-head record in the league cup; hopefully that's something we'll start rectifying tonight. Aberdeen started life strongly in this tournament's early years, and indeed, it's unofficial precursor, played during the war. The two clubs first met in the quarter final of the 1946-47 season in a two legged affair. The first game was played a Dens in front of 28,700 and a Miller goal for Aberdeen gave the Dons a 1 goal advantage to take into the second leg 4 days later on the 5th March. The Pittodrie tie, alas, also went Aberdeen's way with Hamilton (2) and McCall scoring for the home team while Juliussen (2) scored for Dundee in a 3-2 defeat for the Dees. Aberdeen stormed to the final, beating Hearts 6-2 in the semis before succumbing to Rangers 4-0 in the final.

The next time the Dark Blues and Reds crossed swords in this competition was in the 1960-61 sectional ties. Free scoring Dundee romped the group, and the games against the Dons were no different with Dundee winning 4-1 in Aberdeen and 6-0 at Dens. This set up a quarter final clash versus eventual winners Rangers who defeated the Dees 5-3 on aggregate.

The 1966-67 season wasn't one to boost about with regard to this fixture- 5 times these sides would meet in all 3 major competitions and 5 times the red side would triumph. In the league cup sectional ties Aberdeen would win 4-3 at Dens and 2-0 in Aberdeen. The Dons eventually lost out to Rangers in a semi-final replay.

1980-81 Quarter Final 1st Leg [pictured]

The 1971-72 sectional ties were slightly better from a Dundee point of view (a 3-1 home win and a 1-1 away draw), however, neither Dundee nor Aberdeen made it through to the knock out stages- that honour fell to Falkirk.

1987-88 Semi-final

On our way to the 1980-81 "Dundee Final" we knocked out the Dons at the quarter final stage. Again, the format of the time meant a two legged tie. The first leg attracted 10,300 to Dens and they witnessed a goalless draw, which gave Dundee a mountain to climb if they wanted to reach the semi-final. Aberdeen were strong favourites but Dundee again kept a clean sheet on their way to a 1-0 win to set up a semi-final place against Ayr United.

Two seasons later Aberdeen would exact revenge in the sectional ties- a 3-3 draw in Aberdeen was followed up by a 5-1 thrashing of the Dark Blues at Dens two weeks later.

The teams met again one season later in 1983-84, and again, they were paired in the same group. Once again, a draw in Aberdeen (0-0) was followed up by a home defeat (1-2). Aberdeen eventually reached the semi-final and would also knock Dundee out of that season's Scottish Cup.

Memory Match- 1997-98 Cup
Programme Recalls the 1996-97
League Cup Game [pictured]

The next meeting was, thus far, the most important meeting in the competition. Dundee knocked out Queens Park and Meadowbank Thistle before ending Dundee United's hopes in extra time in the quarter final at Dens in front of 19,800 in a thrilling cup derby. Aberdeen saw to Brechin, St. Johnstone and Celtic to set up a semi-final date at Tannadice with Dundee. Aberdeen scored in the first minute against Jocky Scott's charges and added another before full time in a 2-0 win. The match reports credit Aberdeen with a fantastic performance but

Dundee didn't do themselves any favours with losing that early goal and so their 87-88 cup run came to an end. Aberdeen lost the final on penalties to Rangers.

The next meetings were the run of 3-in-a-row in 95-6, 96-7 and 97-8. The 95-6 game was, of course, the Coca-Cola final. This game is bittersweet for both clubs. For Dundee fans it represents a game in which we froze and lost a golden opportunity for a 6th major trophy. Aberdeen see this as the last piece of silverware they won- and it's knocking on for 15 years now- the Aberdeen faithful expect more.

1997-98 3rd Round Tie [pictured]

Another great derby victory in this competition rewarded the Dees with the other half of the New Firm in the quarter final of the 1996-97 season. [As I type, Eddie Malone makes it 1-0 in tonight's game] 8,650 witnessed an 89th minute goal from Jim Hamilton set up a semi-final date against Hearts in Edinburgh; ultimately it's as far as we would progress.

In Dundee's promotion season, Aberdeen would sweep aside
Dundee at Dens 3-0 in front of 7,457 in the 3rd round. This leads us to tonight's game, the 19th league cup tie between the clubs. Currently Aberdeen have the beating of us winning 9, drawing 4 and losing 5. Lets hope we can dent that record somewhat tonight!

1946-47 Dundee 0-1 Aberdeen, QF, 1st leg
1946-47 Aberdeen 3-2 Dundee, QF, 2nd leg

1960-61 Aberdeen 1-4 Dundee, sectional tie
1960-61 Dundee 6-0 Aberdeen, sectional tie

1966-67 Dundee 3-4 Aberdeen, sectional tie

1966-67 Aberdeen 2-0 Dundee, sectional tie

1971-72 Aberdeen 1-1 Dundee, sectional tie

1971-72 Dundee 3-1 Aberdeen, sectional tie

1980-81 Dundee 0-0 Aberdeen, QF, 1st leg

1980-81 Aberdeen 0-1 Dundee, QF, 2nd leg

1982-83 Aberdeen 3-3 Dundee, sectional tie

1982-83 Dundee 1-5 Aberdeen, sectional tie

1983-84 Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee, sectional tie
1983-84 Dundee 1-2 Aberdeen, sectional tie

1987-88 Dundee 0-2 Aberdeen, SF (Tannadice)

1995-96 Dundee 0-2 Aberdeen, Final (Hampden)

1996-97 Dundee 2-1 Aberdeen, QF

1997-98 Dundee 0-3 Aberdeen, 3rd Round

2009-10 Dundee ?-? Aberdeen, 3rd Round

Coca-Cola Cup Final 1995

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