Kenny Ross's excellent story of the dee part 5

02 December 2013 08:31
story of the dee Mirren in the penultimate game.There was Alex Hamilton, Dundee’s most capped player with 24 international appearances for Scotland, a joker and an extrovert, whose party-piece was playing keepie-up with a sixpence before flicking it up and catching it in his pocket and fellow full back Bobby Cox, the local boy who with his famous sliding tackle who skippered the Club he loved to its greatest moment.Legends all of them and the following season, Dundee set off on a memorable European odyssey as the Club entered into it’s first foray into continental competition. As they took their European Cup challenge to a semi-final against AC Milan, they showed that the classic Scottish passing game which they played, could work as well in Europe as in Scotland. Their campaign began with an 8-1 thumping of second favourites Cologne, before a bruising rematch in Germany. Sporting Lisbon and Anderlecht were also dispatched before AC Milan ended the dream 5-1 in the San Siro despite Dundee winning the second leg 1-0 at home.Another Scottish Cup Final followed in 1964 when only two late goals denied them a replay against Rangers in a game during which keeper Bert Slater turned in one of all time great performances in a final and a League Cup Final was reached in 1967 where the Dark Blues lost 5-3 to Celtic.That same season Dundee enjoyed their second European semi final as they reached the last four of the Inter City Fairs Cup - the predecessor to the UEFA Cup where they lost to Don Revie’s Leeds United 2-1 on aggregate.1973 brought Dundee's last major trophy when captain Tommy Gemmell lifted the League Cup after Gordon Wallace's winner had beaten Celtic 1-0 at Hampden and both would later go on to manage the ClubTwo seasons later came the formation of the Premier League, something Dundee had been prime movers in establishing, but they were not in it for long, being relegated at the end of the first season. They found life tougher than anticipated in the First Division and although promotion was achieved in 1978 the Dark Blues were back down by the end of the following campaign despite registering a famous 5-1 win over Celtic towards the end of the season.1980-81 saw them win their way back to the Premier League under the management of Donald McKay and reach another League Cup final which was played at Dens Park in an historic Jute City Final against Dundee United and once up Dundee, stayed in the top flight throughout the eightiesThe nineties brought more years in second tier wilderness with a Centenary Cup win in 1990 and two First Division titles in 1992 and 1998 and another League Cup Final as a First Division club, where they lost 2-0 to Aberdeen at Hampden.

Source: Dundee Mad