- Dundee F.C.
Dundee Football Club Full name Dundee Football Club Nickname(s) The Dee
The Dark Blues
Founded 1893 Ground Dens Park
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Dundee Football Club, founded in 1893, are a football club based in the city of Dundee, Scotland. They are nicknamed The Dee or The Dark Blues and play their home matches at Dens Park. Their shirt colour is dark blue. Dundee currently play in the Scottish First Division, having been relegated from the Scottish Premier League following the 2004–05 season. For the past five seasons, despite some considerable investment, they have failed to gain promotion back to the top tier of Scottish football.
The city of Dundee supports two senior professional football teams, Dundee and Dundee United. Their grounds are within a few yards of each other and are the two closest professional football grounds in the world.
On 1 November 2010, Dundee were given a record 25-point deduction by the SFL as punishment for going into administration for the second time in seven years. This was enforced alongside a ban on signing any new players whilst still in administration.
- 1 History
- 2 Non-playing staff
- 3 Players
- 4 International players
- 5 Hall of Fame
- 6 Managers
- 7 Records
- 8 Honours
- 9 Kit sponsors and manufacturers
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Early 20th century
The club were relatively unsuccessful in their early days until the Scottish Cup win of 1910, beating Clyde in a twice replayed final.
Dave Halliday had played on the left for his previous clubs, his hometown side Queen of the South and St. Mirren. Halliday went then to Dundee in 1921 with the celebrated Alec Troup already playing on the left wing. Dundee thus converted Halliday to centre forward with prolific results, finishing as Scottish top scorer in the 1923–24 season with 38 goals from 36 appearances - a very good return in the era of the 3 man off side rule. With Halliday Dundee reached the 1924–25 Scottish Cup final eliminating the holders en route, the Airdrieonians side of Hughie Gallacher. Halliday scored 103 goals in just 147 league and cup appearances for the Dees
Mid 20th century
The first decade after the war saw Dundee come close to a league title in the 1948–49 season, finishing just one point behind champions Rangers. They went on to win two League Cups and reach a Scottish Cup final in 1952 and they also paid a Scottish record fee of £15,000 for Billy Steel. At this time Dundee's home attendances averaged more than 20,000.
1960s - Dundee's golden age
Bob Shankly (brother of Bill Shankly) was appointed manager in 1959. Dundee won the league title of Scotland's top division, then called the Division One, in the 1961–62 season. With players such as Bobby Cox, Alan Gilzean, Alex Hamilton, Bobby Seith, Gordon Smith and Ian Ure they clinched the title with a win against St. Johnstone, which in turn relegated St. Johnstone to the then Second Division. Gordon Smith earned the unique distinction of being the only player to win the Scottish football championship with three different clubs (Hibs, Hearts and Dundee), none of them either half of the traditionally dominant Old Firm.
The following season the club reached the semi-finals of the European Cup beating 1. FC Köln, Sporting Clube de Portugal and R.S.C. Anderlecht, before losing to A.C. Milan. The Dees reached the Scottish Cup final again in the 1963–64 competition. Shankly moved on from Dundee in February 1965.
The next manager after Shankly was former player Bobby Ancell from the 1947 B Division Championship side. Ancell took Dundee to a 1967-68 League Cup final against the previous season's European Cup winners, Celtic. Ancell's team scored three times at Hampden Park in Celtic's native Glasgow but still lost out 5-3. In the 1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Dundee eliminated opposition from Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland to meet Leeds United in the semi final. After a 1-1 draw at Dens, a 1-0 second leg win took Leeds through.
Late 20th century
In 1973 under the management of David White and captaincy of Tommy Gemmell the League Cup returned to Dens following a 1-0 win against Celtic. This is to date the last occasion when one of Scotland's three major trophies went to Dens Park. Dundee lost in the 1980 Scottish League Cup Final to city rivals Dundee United with Billy Williamson playing in blue against his previous club.
In 2000 the club hit the headlines when they signed Argentine international Claudio Caniggia, who later signed for Rangers. Caniggia was only one of many foreign signings in the Dundee side in the early 2000s, which also included former Newcastle United player Temuri Ketsbaia. The signing of such high-profile players along with many others led Dundee to a Scottish Cup final and two top-six finishes. This was achieved under the managership of Ivano Bonetti, who also made a short but notable contribution on the park linking up well with the Caniggia. The attendances at Dundee were still short of the hoped for numbers and Dundee FC's spending significantly out-weighed their income. Dundee were soon forced into administration due to unsustainable spending, however the main factor was the lack of income during the period when the club's plans to sell off players at a profit was doomed when the bottom fell out of the transfer market just at that time.
Before Dundee went into financial trouble they knocked out Glasgow side Partick Thistle 2–0 away from home in the third round of the Scottish Cup. The fourth round saw Dundee knock out Aberdeen 2–0 at Dens Park. Dundee continued their march towards Hampden Park with a 1–1 draw away and a 4–1 extra time victory over Falkirk at Dens booked their place in the semi-finals playing Inverness CT at Hampden Park. The only goal of the game was by Georgi Nemsadze. This secured a 1–0 victory and a place in the Final against Rangers. In the final Barry Smith hit the post for Dundee but Lorenzo Amoruso scored to bring Dundee's cup run to an end.
In 2003, due to the clubs failure to sell on players as anticipated, insufficient income was raised to fund the large wage bill, under owners Peter & James Marr, resulting in a £23 m debt, they were forced to go into administration with many players such as Fabian Caballero, Craig Burley and Georgian captain Giorgi Nemsadze leaving the club in 2005. Despite this huge debt, Dundee survived by selling their stadium in 2003. But the club was then relegated to the second tier of the Scottish leagues, where they have remained since. In mid-2006, it was announced that financial restructuring would see the club become debt-free.
In early 2007 James & Peter Marr severed some of their ties with Dundee, stepping down as Chairman and Chief Executive respectively, when their company P&J Taverns was forced into administration. Bob Brannan and Dave MacKinnon took the Marrs' place.
In the 2009/10 season Dundee director Calum Melville was in trouble for claiming he was going to offer rivals Dundee United F.C. £500,000 for ex Dundee midfielder Scott Robertson. Dundee won Alba Cup Final when they beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-2.
In September 2010 Dundee was again on the brink of going into administration due to a £365,000 unpaid tax bill. During negotiations with HM Revenue & Customs, the club's offer to pay £100,000 immediately was rejected. On the 14 September it was announced that the club would be going into administration. As punishment for entering administration the Scottish Football League docked Dundee 25 points on 1 November 2010. At the time the punishment was imposed, this left Dundee bottom of the First Division table with -11 points, 20 points behind the second-bottom team. Dundee later appealed their punishment and are to hear the outcome before Christmas 2010. On 10 December 2010 the Dark Blues Business Trust was set up by former Dundee owner Peter Marr to help the club recover from their financial situation. On 17 December 2010 Dundee's appeal was rejected which resulted in Dundee appealing the punishment to the SFA, who also rejected it. Dundee went on a 23 match undefeated streak in the first division beating the previous record set by the team.
On 12 May 2011, Dundee FC exited administration. The club's supporters' trust, Dundee FC Supporters' Society Ltd., is now the majority shareholder.
- Chairman: Stuart Murphy
- Chief Executive: Harry MacLean
- Operations Director: Jim Thomson
- Financial Director: Mark Gallacher
- Director: Scott Glenday
- Director: Maurice Kidd
- Director: Steve Martin
- Manager: Barry Smith
- Player-Assistant Managers Matthew Lockwood , Robert Douglas
- Director of Youth Development and First Team Advisor: Gordon Wallace
- Goalkeeping Coach: Bobby Geddes
- Secretary: Laura Hayes
- Unofficial Under 19s Coach: Lee Wilkie
- Physio: Karen Gibson
- Head Groundsman: Brian Robertson
- Club Doctor: Dr. Alan Dawson
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player GK Rab Douglas GK John Gibson DF Kyle Benedictus DF Gary Irvine DF Neil McGregor DF Matt Lockwood DF Craig McKeown DF Connor Rennie DF Rhys Weston MF Ross Chisholm MF Ryan Conroy No. Position Player MF Jamie McCluskey MF Stephen O'Donnell MF Nicky Riley MF Graham Webster MF Gavin Rae FW Graham Bayne FW Jake Hyde FW Leighton Mcintosh FW Steven Milne FW Calum Elliot (on loan from Hearts)
- For recent transfers, see List of Scottish football transfers 2011–12
- A list of former and current players who have played at full international level while with the club are ordered by nationality and year of their debut below.
- For a full list of former/current players with articles, see Category:Dundee F.C. players.
- 2001 Mark Robertson
- 2008 Chris Pozniak
- 2001 Fan Zhiyi
- 1992 Morten Wieghorst
- 1993 Dariusz Adamczuk
- 1894 Sandy Keillor
- 1894 William Longair
- 1894 Francis Barrett
- 1896 Bill Thomson
- 1896 Bob Kelso
- 1903 Peter Robertson
- 1905 Jack Fraser
- 1907 George Chaplin
- 1907 John Hunter
- 1913 Tom Kelso
- 1945 Doug Cowie
- 1949 Bill Brown
- 1952 Billy Steel
- 1957 Alan Gilzean
- 1957 Alex Hamilton
- 1958 Ian Ure
- 1958 Hugh Robertson
- 1959 Andy Penman
- 1964 Jocky Scott
- 1971 Thomson Allan
- 1972 Bobby Robinson
- 1986 Bobby Connor
- 2001 Gavin Rae
- 2002 Lee Wilkie
Hall of Fame
- Tommy Gallacher (2011)
- William 'Plum' Longair (2009)
Note: Year is year inducted into Hall of Fame
- Willie Wallace (1899–1919)
- Sandy MacFarlane (1919–1925)
- Alec McNair (1925–1928)
- Sandy MacFarlane (1928)
- Jimmy Bisset (1928–1933)
- Billy McCandless (1933–1937)
- Andy Cunningham (1937–1940)
- George Anderson (1944–1954)
- Willie Thornton (1954–1959)
- Bob Shankly (1959–1965)
- Sammy Kean (caretaker) (1965)
- Bobby Ancell (1965–1968)
- John Prentice (1968–1972)
- David White (1972–1977)
- Tommy Gemmell (1977–1980)
- Don Mackay (1980–1984)
- Archie Knox (1984–1986)
- Jocky Scott (1986–1988)
- Dave Smith (1988–1989)
- Gordon Wallace (1989–1991)
- John Blackley (caretaker) (1991)
- Iain Munro (1991–1992)
- Simon Stainrod (1992–1993)
- Jim Duffy (1993–1996)
- Highest attendance: 136,495 fans attended the 1952 Scottish Cup Final between Dundee and Motherwell. This is also a record for a club match in Scotland not featuring either of the Old Firm.
- Highest home attendance: 43,024 vs Rangers, 7 February 1953, Scottish Cup 2nd Round
- Highest average home attendance: 24,532, 1948–49 (15 games)
- Biggest league win: 10–0 vs. Queen of the South 1962. vs. Alloa Athletic 1947 vs. Dunfermiline Athletic 1947
- Biggest league loss: 11–0 vs. Celtic 1895
- Most capped player: Alex Hamilton, 24 Scotland
- Most league appearances: Bill Marsh, 386, 1924–1937 & Barry Smith, 400, 1995–2006
- Most league goals: Alan Gilzean, 113
- Most goals in a season: Alan Gilzean, 52, 1963–64
- Most games unbeaten: 23 (2 October 2010–26 March 2011)
- Highest transfer fee paid: £600,000, Fabián Caballero from Club Sol de América
- Highest transfer fee received: £1,200,000, Robert Douglas to Celtic
- Oldest Player: Bobby Geddes, 49 against Raith Rovers 21 April 2010
- Semi-finalists (1): 1962–63
- Semi-finalists (1): 1967–68
- Winners (27): 27 times
- Runners-up (3): 1987–88, 1995–96, 1998–99
- Winners (1): 2006
Kit sponsors and manufacturers
Year Kit Manufacturer Primary Shirt Sponsor Secondary Shirt Sponsor 1976–1980 Admiral 1980–1987 Umbro 1987–1990 Matchwinner Novafone 1990–1992 Kelly's Copiers 1992–1993 Asics 1993–1994 Sports Division 1994–1996 Matchwinner Auto Windscreens 1996–1998 Avec Firkin Brewery 1998–1999 Scottish Hydro Electric 1999–2002 Xara Ceramic Tile Warehouse 2002–2003 360 Jsearch.co.uk 2003–2005 Xara Magners 2005–2006 The Forfar Roof Truss Company 2006–2008 Bukta Signatures4U 2008–2009 Bukta Scott Fyffe Motors 2009–2010 Viga 2010– Puma Kilmac Energy
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- ^ Moor, Dave. "Dundee". Historical Kits. http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Scottish_Football_League/Dundee/Dundee.htm. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
- ^ "Alba Cup Final: Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2 Dundee 3". DailyRecord. 23 November 2009. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/football/cups/challenge-cup/2009/11/23/alba-cup-final-inverness-caledonian-thistle-2-dundee-3-86908-21842989/. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
- ^ Spence, Jim (20 March 2010). "First Division leaders Dundee sack manager Jocky Scott". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/dundee/8578476.stm. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
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- ^ Spence, Jim (15 October 2010). "Dundee face threat of liquidation as staff await fate". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/dundee/9085810.stm. Retrieved 2010-10-14.
- ^ "Dundee Exit Administration". BBC News. 12 May 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13380218.stm. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
- ^ "Dundee Fc Player Profiles". Dundee F.C.. http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/football/player_profiles.asp. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
- ^ "Dundee FC Soccerbase". Soccerbase. http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=737. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
- ^ Ross, David (2005). The Roar of the Crowd: Following Scottish football down the years. Argyll publishing. pp. 71. ISBN 9-8781902-831831.
- ^ Ross, The Roar of the Crowd, 181
- ^ Ross, The Roar of the Crowd, 94
- ^ Known as second division prior to 1975
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- Satellite Photo of Dens Park and Tannadice
- Dundee BBC My Club page
- Dundee FC Supporters' Society Ltd.
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