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Friday, 26 August 2011

Airdrie 0-5 Dundee, League Cup 26th Aug 1961

After the impressive victory over Falkirk three days earlier, Dundee picked up where they left off by notching a 5-0 win over Airdrie in the League Cup. Gilzean (2), Cousin, Smith and Penman put the West of Scotland side to the sword with Rangers easily casting aside Thirds in the group's other match. The results left Thirds and Airdrie out of the tournament and with Dundee hanging on to faint hopes of progression- being four points behind with only two left to play. The next game in the tournament was Rangers at Dens in what promised to be another great showdown between the two sides.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Dundee Impress at Brockville: Falkirk 1-3 Dundee, 23rd Aug 1961

"Falkirk took a real trouncing at Brockville Park, where Dundee, splendidly urged on by Ure, were the complete masters", wrote the Herald in its match report. Dundee shook off their indifferent League Cup form to register an opening day win in the League Championship. Smith and Cousin gave Dundee a 2-0 half time lead which was added to by Wilson in the second period, with Falkirk notching a late, late consolation. Aberdeen, however, stole the show by surging to the top of the table with a 7-0 win over Stirling Albion.

The result at Brockville will have given some cheer to the Dens faithful given the team's unlikely prgression in the League Cup.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Third Lanark 3-2 Dundee, League Cup 19-08-1961

The third game in the League Cup sectional stage of the 61-62 season was another disappointing one for the Dee. Harley scored two for Thirds in Glasgow, and Wishart obliged with an o.g.: Smith and Gilzean netted for Dundee. The result left Dundee 4 points behind Rangers with the Gers just needing to beat Thirds in the next game to be sure of a quarter final spot.

Meanwhile our city neighbours managed a thrilling 5-3 win over Aberdeen, and St Johnstone managed a 0-0 draw away to Partick to remain top of their section ahead of Hibs and Celtic in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

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50 Years Ago: Rangers 4-2 Dundee, League Cup Sectional Tie, 16th Aug 1961

"An exhilarating contest", is how the Glasgow Herald described this encounter between two great rivals of the late 50s and early 60s. Rangers' Brand was on sparkling form by all accounts and before scoring in the 12th and 13th minutes he hit the post and crossbar; however, this Dundee team was not to give up so readily and, after settling into the pace of the game, Penman and Cousin levelled the scoring before half time. Dundee started the second half the better team, but Rangers soon took a hold of the game again; nevertheless, it still took them until nine minutes from time to regain the lead through Wilson. This setback prompted Dundee to surge forward in search of an equaliser, but the gaps at the back allowed Rangers, by virtue of Millar, to put the game beyond doubt in the 83rd minute.

So Rangers deservedly won a pulsating fixture; however, they were not to have it all their way in the corresponding league fixture later that year...

In the other group game Thirds and Airdrie played out a 2-2 draw and so Dundee dropped to second place in the section.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

50 Years Ago Yesterday: Dundee 2-0 Airdrie, League Cup Sectional Match

The 1961-62 season opened on the Glorious Twelth with the League Cup sectional games. Dundee started the campaign well with a 2-0 win over Airdrie at Dens in front of 13,000, with goals coming from Wishart and Cousin. In other sectional games the Glasgow Herald reported in length about the fact that the,

"....grounds of Third Lanark and Partick Thistle are not sufficiently well equipped to cope expeditiously with the many thousands who gathered for the opening matches..."

The paper went on to report the disturbances at the turnstiles and during the games, particularly in the Third Lanark v Rangers game and especially when Rangers scored. The report continues:

"When allowance is made for those who feel frustrated in not being able to gain admission in the proper manner one must point out that among the followers of Rangers and Celtic are many who have reached such a pitch of fanaticism that they are completely without regard for person or property. The expression `We are the people' of which Rangers supporters are so fond is no careless compound of words; those who use it really believe that they are the only people who count. Furthermore, many of the teenagers involved in trouble at Cathkin Park are the type who are constantly guilty of misbehaviour at football matches; the young supporter of both Rangers and Celtic is often a menace to the game."

On the field Rangers won 2-0 which left Dundee and Rangers joint top of the section.