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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.

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