Saturday, 31 December 2011

HARRY RESIGNS FROM BOARD

Harry MacLean has resigned from the Dens Park board with immediate effect whils Scott Glenday will stnnd down from the board at the end of the season.

DEES FALL TO MORTON

Dundee 0-1 Morton.

Dundee lost to Greenock Morton at Dens courtesy of an Andrew Jackson goal.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

BRAVE DEES HELD IN DINGWALL

Ross County 1-1 Dundee.

Dundee had looked to have done enough to have picked up all 3 points at Dingwall, courtesy of a 35th minute goal from Steven Milne when up popped Colin McMenamin in the 82nd minute to rescue a point for the home side. Another contentious decision from the referee saw Stephen O'Donnell sent off in the 37th minute, which meant Dundee had to battle for more than half the game with 10 men.....More to follow..

TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH

Dundee today travel to Dingwall for a top of the table clash with Ross County. Ross County are in excellent form having won their last 10 games in a row and a run which sees them sitting top of the First Division. Dundee though have been on an excellent run ourselves and have won the last 5 league games in a row and 6 in all competition.

Dundee have O'Donnell and Milne fit for the game but Nicky Riley is suspended after his sending off last week at Dens.

Friday, 16 December 2011

THE FANS HAVE VOTED!

Fresh investment is on the horizon for Dundee as the ballot put out to the supporters by the DFCSS went in favour of the fans diluting their shares in order for external investment to come into the club.

After a previous ballot, the result favoured the supporters shouldn't dilute their shares but a stark warning from the DFCSS about the club's future if the fans didn't dilute the shares has resulted in an overwhelming support for dilution.

Here is as follows the results:

Resolution: To allow the Society's shareholding in the Dundee Football Club Ltd. to drop below 50% of the issued share capital.

Yes: 619
No: 31
Invalid: 25

A "Yes" vote is therefore carried.  Turnout was 18.02%


The Election Management Group were responsible for the supervision of the fans ballot and they reported the outcome back to the DFCSS Society.


A full statement from the DFCSS is on their website:

http://www.dee4life.com/homepage/2011/12/14/fans-approve-funding-plan.html

Saturday, 10 December 2011

DEES MARCH ON!

A sunny Dens Park.
Dundee 2-1 Queen of the South: Dens Park

Dundee recorded their 5th league win on the trot with a narrow but deserved win over Queen of the South at Dens. Goals from Jake Hyde and Nicky Riley saw Dundee go in with a two goal lead at half time but within 10 minutes of the restart, a silly foul from Matt Lockwood saw Queens score from a free kick with a wicked cross into the box and Chris Higgins was there to head past Douglas and into the net.

Dundee, went into the match with Queens on the back of 4 consecutive league wins under their belts. The confidence of last season's spectacular unbeaten run has come back and that has seen Dundee rocket up the league and into third in the last week. Queen of the South came on a decent run themselves, having won and drawn their last two games, so they weren't going to be any push overs.
Queens kicked off the match but Dundee had the first real effort of the match with Riley narrowly firing wide from a teasing cross. Queen of the South then test Rab Douglas with a 20 yard effort which he strongly palmed away. Pretty much straight after, Dundee went up the park and scored. Irvine crossed the ball and Milne controlled wonderfully and shot but the keeper blocked and Jake Hyde was their to prod home the rebound.  Dundee had wind in their sails and a decent shot from Matt Lockwood saw the Queens keeper palm his effort round the post. Dundee looked threatening each and everytime they attacked and Nicky Riley was causing major problems for the visitors on the wing. His pace and skill left the defenders in his wake and was subjected to last ditch hacks to bring him down and halt his progress.
Dundee extended their lead around midway through the half. A cross from Ryan Conroy missed Milne in the box but Riley ran to get onto it and he turned the ball into the net even though the Queens keeper got a hand to it. Cue celebrations around Dens Park and Nicky Riley was booked for his celebrations with the crowd. A stupid rule but a rule that has to abided nonetheless.
Queen of the South were then reduced to 10 men in the 27th minute after Kevin Holt, who had been booked previously, hauled down Nicky Riley on the goal line just outside the box and subsequently Charlie Richmond produced a second yellow followed swiftly by a red and the Queens player was given his marching orders.
After the break, Queens came out and had a go. Stephen O'Donnell was replaced by Kyle Benidictus at half time and to be fair, O'Donnell was missed in midfield after his work rate in the first half.
Queens found a way back into the game in the 55th minute when Matt Lockwood gave a silly free kick away near the corner flag and was booked. A teasing cross from McGlauchlin saw Chris Higgins latch onto and he headed it past Rab Douglas and into the Dundee net.
That startled Dundee a bit and they began to sit back and allow Queens to have posession of the ball. When Dundee got the ball, they countered but in the 56th minute, Dundee were reduced to 10 men. Nicky Riley, who had been a constant thorn in the Queens side, was given a second yellow for a "dive" according to Charlie Richmond and therefore both sides were evened up at 10 a piece.
However Dundee should have sealed the points 10 minutes later when substitute Calum Elliot, on for Jake Hyde, was played clear through but he dragged his shot just past the right post. A close call for Queens.
Queen of the South did test Rab Douglas with a fine shot with 2 minutes remaining when Smith hit a stunning 20 yard shot but Rab dealt superbly well with it and turned it round the post. The Dees had a final chance to put the cherry on the cake in injury time when Irvine's miss pass found Elliot and the ball then dropped to Conroy who shot just over the bar. Dundee managed to hold on for the win and the majority of the 5019 fans went home happy as the Dees shot upto 2nd in the league after Falkirk drew with Hamilton 0-0.



Attendance: 5019


DUNDEE 

Douglas
Irvine, McGregor, Weston, Lockwood*
Riley** Rae, O'Donnell (Benedictus 45) Conroy
Hyde (Elliot 72) Milne (McCluskey 81)

Unused subs: Gibson (gk) McKeown

Goals: Hyde (7) Riley (24)


Referee: Charlie Richmond.

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH

Robinson
Black (Brighton 85), Craig Reid, Higgins (Clark 77),
McKenna
Carmichael, Johnston, Simmons (Alan Reid 28), McLaughlin, Holt**
Smith*

Unused subs; McKenzie (gk), McCusker

Goal; Higgins (54)

Key: * Booking  ** sent off

Friday, 9 December 2011

BAZ IAND NICKY ARE THE TOP DOGS FOR NOVEMBER!

Barry Smith has been named the Irn Bru Scottish First Division Manager of the Month for November. He has guided the Dark Blues to 4 consecutive wins in the league and which now sees the Dees sitting in third position in the league.

Nicky Riley won the Irn Bru Scottish First Division player of the month for November.

Congratulations to you Barry and Nicky. Well done, you deserve it.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

DFCSS STATEMENT.

Dundee FC Supporters Society have this week issued a statement regarding the balloting.

"As promised, we are now in a position to provide some additional information regarding the question we’ve balloted our members on.

The simple fact is that with the costs of administration and the football debt still to be repaid, it was always our plan to bring in further external funding over the course of this season and next. However, it has proven difficult to do this while maintaining a shareholding of over 50%, and as a result, the choice is clear: refuse the money on the table, and cut our cloth drastically next season, particularly in terms of the playing budget; or accept the significant funding which is currently on offer.
As a result, the following proposal from the Club board has the backing of the Society board and is recommended to our members for their approval.
The aim is to raise up to £500,000 over the next 12 months for the club through a partnership between the Society, the Dark Blue Business Trust, current shareholders, businesses and fans.
Of this, it is anticipated that £300,000 could come from private investors, and already £170,000 has been offered. A further £100,000 could come from current shareholders through a rights issue, while the Society and the Business Trust hope to contribute a further £50,000 each.
If the target is achieved as outlined above, the Society’s shareholding would drop to around 37%, the Business Trust would hold 8%, and the rest would be held by a number of private investors and ordinary fans. However, the Dundee FC Supporters’ Society would remain the club’s biggest single shareholder, with three directors on the Club board.
The directors of the Club and the Society will be in attendance at the Society AGM, which takes place this Saturday at 10am for 10.30am in the Taxi Club, Rosebank Street, and a Q&A session will allow members to discuss and debate any related issues.
The ballot closes at 5pm on Wednesday 14th December, and ballot boxes will be available at Dens Park before Saturday’s game, and in the club office thereafter. Ballot papers can be downloaded from http://www.dee4life.com/ or obtained at the AGM, the club shop or at the stadium on Saturday. Members will also be permitted to return fully-completed, signed ballot papers electronically, by scanning and emailing them to election@dee4life.com.
Once the ballot result is known, it is hoped to bring in funding swiftly, not because of any emergency or cashflow crisis, but simply to begin planning for next season. While many clubs are struggling to plan for next month, the club board is keen to look further ahead, and will also have to complete a return on the club’s financial stability for the SPL as long as promotion remains a possibility.
The club board will also honour their commitment to a mid-season Q&A early in the new year, and will combine this with a general meeting to tidy up any paperwork required of the club’s shareholders.
Both boards wish to thank the fans for tremendous support on and off the park, and would ask as many as possible to get along to Dens on Saturday, cast their votes, and give Barry and the boys their backing. Supporters are reminded that entry is just £10, free for Under-16s, and if the initiative receives a sufficient response, it will be repeated on Boxing Day. As always, with a big crowd expected, fans are asked to arrive early at the turnstiles"

ELLIOT EXTENDS LOAN

Elliot at Dundee til end of December.
Dundee have been boosted with the news that Calum Elliot has extended his loan deal until the end of December.


photo (c) http://www.thedees.co.uk/

Saturday, 3 December 2011

DUNDEE GO GOAL CRAZY AT NEW DOUGLAS PARK

Hamilton 1-6 Dundee.

Dundee continued their recent fine form with an outstanding 6-1 humiliation of Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park. Goals from Gavin Rae, Nicky Riley, Stephen O'Donnell and a hatrick from Steven Milne saw Dundee embarrass the hosts in a win that will be remembered for a long time for the Dees..... more to follow.

Friday, 2 December 2011

50TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER ANNOUNCED

Dundee FC have announced a very special dinner to commerorate the 50th anniversary of winning the Championship in 1962.

Sunday 29th April 2012 is the date set for the dinner at the Caird Hall, 50 years and a day since Shankleys boys won the title at Muirton, which also ensured the relegation of St Johnstone.

Speaking to http://www.thedees.co.uk/, Dees director, Maurice Kidd added:

"Plans are well underway, and we hope this to be the biggest football dinner ever in Dundee" said Director Maurice Kidd, who along with Commercial Manager Graham James, Commercial Associate John Brown, DFCSS Director Dave Forbes and local architect and former DFC Director Bob Hynd have been tasked with organising the extravaganza.

"We feel this will be something pretty spectacular, and are determined to put on an event fitting to mark this remarkable achievement. So far, all of the former players from that team have intimated they will be in attendance, as will be the families of those players who are sadly no longer with us"

"We have a few surprises in store on the evening, and hope that as many fans as possible can support this and show their appreciation for what that legendary team achieved"

We think that this will be an evening not to miss and will remember the glory days of the Dundee team from 1961/2.
Tickets cost £62 and are available from the main reception at Dens or by contacting 01382 884450. Deposit of £22 per person has to be made at time of booking and installment payments are available.


More information go to: http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/home/news_detail.asp?newsid=2013

Saturday, 26 November 2011

THE DEES GO MARCHING ON!

Dundee 4-2 Falkirk.

Dundee continued their recovery of form today with a fine win over Falkirk at Dens Park. Goals from Gavin Rae, Jake Hyde (2) and Steven Milne saw Dundee claim their forth win on the bounce and saw them climb to 3rd in the First Division. More to follow.....

Friday, 25 November 2011

DUNDEE V FALKIRK PREVIEW

Dundee welcome high flying Falkirk to Dens on the back of three wins on the bounce. Two wins in the league and one in the cup have given the Dees a new found confidence and tommorow will be a tough test as the Bairns look to build on their good start to the season.

Dundee hope to have Jake Hyde back from concussion and also Nicky Riley should hopefully be fit for tommorows game after returning to training this week after a knock.

BBC TO SHOW CUP GAME

Dundee's game at Dens against Kilmarnock in the William Hill Scottish Cup 4th Round will be shown live on the BBC. Coverage will start at 12.15 with kick off at 12.30 on Saturday 7th January 2012.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

ANOTHER FANS BALLOT?

DFCSS have indicated that another fans ballot could be on the cards to vote for potential outside investment into the club.

They said in a statement on http://www.dee4life.com/:

The Dundee FC Supporters' Society today announced a new postal ballot would take place, asking members for their consent to a plan to bring in fresh working capital, a move which could result in the Society's shareholding dropping below 50%.
Society Chairman Scott Glenday explained "We’re obviously keen to see everyone move forward together and to do what’s best for Dundee Football Club. In terms of attracting funding and potentially reducing the collective shareholding the fans currently hold, people need to understand that over the last few months sums of money we thought we’d receive as a Club have in places reduced and some of the costs have increased. That’s been far from ideal, but what we can say is that we will have a go on the park this season and live within our means off it and that is what we set our stall out to do.
"In terms of forward planning what we hope to achieve is to put an initiative in place that looks further ahead than the end of this season and as a result, the Club board put together a proposal that was unanimously supported at the weekend by all of the Society and the Club's directors. In both business and life in general, circumstances can change and it's normal for companies and people alike to review any situation regularly. What's different here is that we as directors need to ballot the Society's members, rather than just asking a few people in a boardroom.
"Full details of what is now a joint proposal and a snapshot of the current finances will be released on or before the Society AGM on the 10th December. We hope to offer fans, business people and supporters groups alike an opportunity to invest in the Club in the New Year, and our aim is to generate a significant six figure sum. We’ve already had talks with several individuals who may be willing to underwrite a scheme that will see the money pledged by ordinary fans matched on at the very least a pound for pound basis. We’re also having a look at our options regarding the vacant position of Club Chairman and hoping that someone with experience, contacts and funding can be identified and brought on board in the very near future.
"All in all it’s a very interesting time for everyone connected with the Club, we’re coming off three back to back wins and the support the team continues to receive from the stands has been nothing short of amazing. To maintain an average home gate of over four thousand in the seventh year in the SFL is a credit to everyone who has stuck by them. We had around a thousand at Stirling on Saturday and I think with the visit of high flying Falkirk this week to Dens it would not be unrealistic to expect a gate nearer the five thousand mark. The team are on the up, the Dee-fiant spirit that was the trademark of last season's tremendous run is returning and a win this weekend could see us go as high as third in the table. There’s a long way to go and our chances of mounting a challenge would be helped by as many fans as possible getting along to the games when they can and giving the players their support - that would be no less than they deserve for their efforts of late."


DUNDEE TO WELCOME KILLIE IN CUP

Dundee will entertain Kilmarnock in the 4th round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Gary Harkins will face his former team in his first game back at Dens since moving to Kilmarnock in the summer.

Scottish Cup 4th Round ties.

Airdrie United v Dundee United
Arbroath v Rangers
Cowdenbeath v Hibernian
Culter or Partick Thistle v Queen of the South
Dundee v Kilmarnock
Falkirk v East Fife
Hearts v Auchinleck Talbot
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic
Livingston v Ayr United or Montrose
Motherwell v Elgin City or Queen's Park
Peterhead v Celtic
Raith Rovers v Morton
Ross County v Stenhousemuir
St Mirren v Hamilton Academical
St Johnstone v Brechin City
Stranraer or Forfar Athletic v Aberdeen

Ties to be played 7/8 January

Sunday, 20 November 2011

DUNDEE ON LOOK OUT FOR NEW CHAIRMAN AS STUART MURPHY QUITS

Stuart Murphy has been instrumental in the on-going recovery of Dundee FC.
Dundee saw the third resignation from the Dundee board in the space of a couple of months as chairman Stuart Murphy quit his post as chairman and director of Dundee FC with immediate effect. That follows Jim Thomson and Chief Executive Harry MacLean (Harry officially stepping down in December after working notice) who both tendered their resignations. We wish Stuart all the best for the future and would like to thank him for his tremendous efforts in helping this club survive.

For his full statement, please go to.....

http://www.dee4life.com/homepage/2011/11/17/stuart-murphy-steps-down.html


photo (c) http://www.dee4life.com/

DUNDEE DOWN STIRLING

Stirling Albion 1-2 Dundee.

Jocky's brave Stirling were edged out by Dundee in a compelling William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round tie. Goals from Ryan Conroy and Steven Milne were enough to put the Dark Blues through despite going behind to an early Darren Smith goal. More to follow.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

CONROY DOES IT AGAIN!

Greenock Morton 1-2 Dundee.

Ryan Conroy came up with the winner again for Dundee as the Dees fought back from a goal down to claim all three points at Cappielow. Morton took the lead early in the first half courtesy of a goal from Andy Jackson but Gavin Rae equalised in the 42nd minute with a fine finish from the outside of his foot. Dundee completed the turnaround in the 56th minute when Jake Hyde cut a pass back for the incoming Ryan Conroy who volleyed the ball past a beaten Cervi. More to follow.....

Saturday, 5 November 2011

DEES ON THE UP AS CONROY SECURES HOME WIN!

Dundee 1-0 Raith Rovers

Dundee secured their first home win of the season in the league courtesy of a late Ryan Conroy strike which left the Dundee fans going home happy in the knowledge that the three points were in the bag.

For full match report, please go to:

http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/match_report.asp?m=DUNDEE-V-RAITH-ROVERS&FID=1068

Friday, 4 November 2011

DUNDEE V RAITH ROVERS, PREVIEW

Dundee welcome Raith Rovers to Dens tommorow as the Dees continue to search for their first home win of the season in the league. Last week the Dundee performance was decent but a highly disputed penalty and some great saves from the Thistle keeper resulted in Partick leaving Dens with the three points.

Set to miss out for the Dees is Graham Bayne while Jake Hyde could be back in contention for the team. New loanee Calum Elliot will be in the squad for tommorows game while his Hearts team mate Denis Prychynenko could be in the line up for Raith as he yesterday agreed a loan deal with the Kirkcaldy club until January.

HEARTS STRIKER JOINS DEE ON LOAN.

Calum Elliot at Dens today.
Dundee have confirmed today the signing of 24 year old Hearts striker Calum Elliot on a one month loan deal.

Speaking to the official Dundee website, Calum said:

"I found out for definite that I was coming here yesterday, I signed the papers and it's a great opportunity to come here get games and, hopefully, help the team to do well."

"I asked Hearts if I could go out on loan as I've been out since January and after a long time getting back to fitness the lack of a reserve league meant I wasn't getting games, I'm keen to get going here and am really looking forward to being involved against Raith tomorrow."


Calum has recently been out with an injury. He has also had loan spells at Motherwell and Livingston.

Quotes: http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/home/news_detail.asp?newsid=1965

photo (c) http://www.thedees.co.uk/

BIG RAB WINS APPEAL

Big Rab Douglas will be between the sticks for the Dees this Saturday after winning his appeal for his red card to be rescinded. He was adjudged by the referee to have felled the Partick player in the penalty box and was subsequently was sent off. The SFA upheld Dundee's appeal after seeing video evidence which showed Douglas made no contact with Chris Erskine at all.

Monday, 31 October 2011

HOO-DOO AT DENS CONTINUES AS DUNDEE SLUMP TO ANOTHER LOSS.

Dundee 0-1 Partick Thistle.

Dundee's home hoo-doo this season continued on Saturday as Partick took the spoils in a match which saw the referee have a major impact.

The referee after 23 minutes awarded a penalty for Partick after Chris Erskine rounded Rab Douglas and was the referee thought that contact was made by the Dundee player on the Partick and sent Douglas off but it seems that Matt Lockwood was the player who brought down the Partick player and it was a case of wrong identity. Keeper John Gibson was brought on to replace Leighton McInstosh and his first task was to pluck the ball from the back of the net.

Dundee though showed a reaction after the red card and they were the better team throughout the half although Partick caught out the Dees and brought some smart saves out of Gibson.
Dundee had some decent chances of their own and it was only fantastic saves from the keeper that denied Gary Irvine and Gavin Rae from equalising. More to follow..

Saturday, 15 October 2011

ROSS COUNTY STEALS THE POINTS

Dundee 1-2 Ross County.


Dundee lost for the third time at home this season as Ross County came from behind to steal the points. More to follow.

Friday, 14 October 2011

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MEMORIES.

The new book launch is on Saturday 29th October 2011.
Saturday 29th October will see the launch of a new book by Jacqui Robertson and Kenny Ross, "It's All About The Memories". The book is about the the highs and lows of last season where the club went into administration for the second time. It tracks the season from administration, the 25 points deduction through to the eventual successful conclusion of the season where Dundee secured their future both off the park and on the park in Division One.

The book is priced £12.99 and will be launched at Dundee Direct on Saturday 29th October where the authors will be on hand and also perhaps some legends too.

DUNDEE V ROSS COUNTY PREVIEW

Dundee FC welcome the Staggies to Dens tommorow in search of their first home win of the season. Having signed Gavin Rae on a short term deal, the Dees are boosted in the midfield department. Gavin looks as though he will have some part in the game tommorow. Jamie McCluskey is out with an achilles injury whilst Leighton McIntosh is also out and Jake Hyde will also be missing too.

Steven Craig is the only absentee for Ross County through suspension.

WELCOME HOME GAVIN!

Gavin back at Dens.
Dundee today completed the signing of Gavin Rae on a contract til January 2012. The 33 year old midfielder re-joins the Dees 8 years since leaving to join Rangers.

Gavin left Cardiff in the summer after his contract expired.

We at Dark Blue Forever are delighted to welcome Gavin back home.

photo (c) http://www.thedees.co.uk/

Friday, 23 September 2011

DUNDEE RETURN TO DENS FOR ACCIES VISIT.

Dundee will return home to Dens Park for tommorow's fixture with Hamilton Accies. After last week's loss away at Falkirk, the Dees will be making sure they can make up for that with a win over fellow title contenders in what promises to be an intriguing clash. Dundee have worries in the striker department with the possibility of only one recognised striker in the team tommorow. Graham Bayne and Jake Hyde are both injuried while Leighton McIntosh is away on international duty.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

DUNDEE THROW POINTS AWAY AS FALKIRK FIGHT BACK

Falkirk 2-1 Dundee

Dundee were within 11 minutes of a third away win of the season but buckled and eventually conceded two goals to lose the game in frustrating fashion. More to follow....

Saturday, 10 September 2011

RILEY THE ROVER DOWNS RAITH IN DYING EMBERS OF MATCH

Raith Rovers 0-1 Dundee:

Nicky Riley slammed the ball home with minutes to go as Dundee knotched up their first win in 3 games and their first win on the road this season. More to follow.......

Friday, 9 September 2011

RAITH PREVIEW

Dundee face a tricky tie away to Raith Rovers tommorow and Dundee look to buck the trend after back to back defeats. Raith Rovers have had a decent start to the season and so Dundee will have to be on their guard tommorow as they only picked up one point out of six at Starks Park last season.

Dundee have a full squad to choose from tommorow.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

DEES LOSE AGAIN...

Dundee 0-1 Greenock Morton:      Dens Park. Attendance: 4,096


Greenock Morton came to Dens with the objective of defeating Dundee at Dens. The Dark Blues hadn't been beaten in the league at Dens Park for 19 months before today's game and Morton were determined to walk away with the spoils.

Dundee kicked off in the first half and started very brightly, winning 5 corners in the first five minutes but nothing really amounted to anything that was to trouble the Morton goal. However, Dundee's recent defence errors came back to haunt the Dees again when after six minutes Jackson turned Weston in the Dundee box and managed to get a shot on target and big Rab saved superbly only for Peter MacDonald to turn the rebound into the net. More to follow.....

Friday, 26 August 2011

MORTON PREVIEW

Greenock Morton visit Dens tommorow with a bagful of confidence after winning one game and drawing two games so far in the league. Dundee will have to cut out the defensive mistakes of the previous league game at Livingston and will have to be on their guard in this tricky fixture.

Alan Moore brings a side well organised and strong to Dens and it will be very hard to break down. Having said that, Dundee are unbeaten in their last  4 meetings with Morton, amassing a total of 10 points in the process.

Dundee have a full squad to choose from tommorow.

ABERDEEN EDGE THE DEES OUT OF LEAGUE CUP.

A Darren Mackie goal in the 16th minute on Tuesday was enough to see the Dons through to the next round of the League Cup at the Dees expense.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

DUNDEE BEATEN DESPITE BRAVE SECOND HALF FIGHTBACK.

Livingston 4-2 Dundee.         Almondvale, Livingston.  Attendance: 1,996.


Dundee lost their first game this season courtesy of a 4-2 defeat by Livingston.

See full match report

http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/match_report.asp?m=LIVINGSTON-V-DUNDEE&FID=1059

Saturday, 13 August 2011

FRUSTRATION AS AYR FIGHT FOR POINT AT DENS

Dundee 1-1 Ayr United.         Dens Park.  Attendance: 4,686


Dundee were left frustrated as they had to settle for a share of the points in the first game of the season at Dens Park today. Ayr United left Dens with a point after their hard work and graft helped them frustrate the Dark Blues.

Dundee started the game reasonably well and started to control the posession stakes with McCluskey and Riley beginning to trouble the Ayr United defence. However, it was Ayr United that struck first and with their first real attack on goal they scored. A corner in the 14th minute saw Moffat unmarked in the Dundee penalty area and from six yards, he headered the ball past Rab Douglas and into the back of the net. Dundee were shocked. The goal certainly came out of the blue.

To be fair to Dundee, they kept attacking and started to play some nice football. McCluskey was having a lot of joy down the left flank and his blistering pace saw him as a playmaker but unfortunately more often than not, he tried too much and lost posession. Riley had a chance but after he ran through the middle and onto goal, his shot was direct at the keeper and the keeper palmed the ball away to safety.

Dundee were beginning to sense that momentum had shifted their way and in the 30th minute, they equalised. Jamie McCluskey was integral to the build up in the goal. Briefly he switched to the left and after picking the ball up from a throw in he ran inside and from 20 yards unleashed a shot which went over the Ayr keeper and looked like it was going to drop into the net but instead hit the underside of the bar. Fortunately for Dundee, Jake Hyde was on hand to tap the ball in the net.

Dundee continued to threaten for the rest of the first half but for all of their posession and pressure, the Dark Blues couldn't find the goal to put them into the lead.

Young Leighton McIntosh replaced Jake Hyde in the 55th minute and gave Dundee some pace up front, He had the chance to give Dundee the lead after some good interplay from McCluskey and Riley but his shot from 15 yards smashed against the crossbar before Ayr were able to clear.

Ayr United showed their battling skills and magnificently into stoppage time they denied both McIntosh and Chisholm from grabbing the winner for Dundee with dogged and magnificent defending blocks. The final whistle eventually blew and Ayr United left Dens with the heads held high after a gritty and determined performance saw them grab a share of the points. For Dundee, it was a case of frustration. For all the nice football and posession we had, there was just no way Ayr were going to let their point slip away but encouragingly for Dundee, the signs were good in general and it's now onto Livingston next weekend.


Dundee FC

Douglas
Irvine, Weston, McKeown, Lockwood
Riley, O’Donnell, Chisholm, McCluskey
Hyde (McIntosh 56), Milne

Unused subs: Gibson (gk), Benedictus, McGregor, Conroy

Goal; Hyde (30)

Bookings; Irvine, Mline

Ayr United FC

Cuthbert
Armstrong, John Robertson, Campbell, Smith
Moffar, Geggan, McKernon, McGowan
Wardlaw (Ross Robertson 78), Roberts

Unused subs: McWilliams, Burke, Tiffoney

Goal; Moffat 14

Bookings; Armstrong, McKernon

Friday, 12 August 2011

AYR UNITED FIRST TO VISIT DENS IN THE LEAGUE

Ayr United will be the first team to visit Dens Park in the First Division this season as Dundee aim to pick up another three points. The Ayrshire side are back in the First Division after winning promotion.

Dundee should have striker Graham Bayne back and also Ross Chisholm. The only doubt is Steven Milne who will be given all the time to try and make it.

DUNDEE SLUMP OUT OF RAMSDENS CUP.

Falkirk inflicted defeat on Dundee for the first time this season as the Bairns progress to the next round of the Ramsdens Cup.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

DUNDEE EDGE OUT THISTLE

Partick Thistle 0-1 Dundee: Firhill

A 90th minute Matt Lockwood penalty was just enough for Dundee to claim all three points at Firhill at the expense of Partick Thistle on the first day of the new season.

See http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/match_report.asp?m=PARTICK-THISTLE-V-DUNDEE&FID=1057 for full report.


Day One Irn Bru Scottish First Division:

Ayr United 1-2 Hamilton Accies
Livingston 2-2 Queen of the South
Partick Thistle 0-1 DUNDEE
Raith Rovers 1-0 Falkirk
Ross County 0-0 Greenock Morton

First Division Table    06/08/11

1)Hamilton        3pts
2)Dundee          3pts
3)Raith R.         3pts
4)Livingston      1pt
5)QOS             1pt
6)Morton          1pt
7)Ross Co        1pt
8)Falkirk          0pts
9)Partick          0pts
10) Ayr Utd     0pts

Friday, 5 August 2011

FIRST DIVISION LEAGUE 2011/12

Here are the teams competiting in the Irn Bru Scottish First Division for season 2011/12.

Ayr United
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Dundee
Falkirk
Greenock Morton
Hamilton Accies
Livingston
Partick Thistle
Queen of the South
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Raith Rovers
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Ross County


A warm welcome to Ayr United and Livingston who join us from the Second Division. Livingston won back to back title wins after being relegated from the First Division to the Third 3 seasons ago for financial problems. They have shown great determination to overcome those obstacles and now are back in the second tier of Scottish Football.
Ayr United join us courtesy of the play-offs. They beat Brechin City in the final to progress to the First Division and will be determined to stay in the First Division for longer than  a season.

HERE WE GO, THE FIRST DIVISION IS BACK FOR A NEW SEASON!

At last, all of the pre-season friendlies have taken place, now it's down to the real buisness that is the start of the new First Division campaign. Dundee have a tricky start away to Partick Thistle. Under Jackie MacNamara, the Maryhill side will be looking to challenge for the title this season. After inheriting the squad after the departure of former bos Ian McCall last season, the new Firhill boss is looking to make his own mark on the team and that has included the signings of  former Queen of the South and Stirling Albion player Scott Robertson, the loan signing of Hearts player Conrad Balatoni and former Arbroath defender Aaron Sinclair.

Dundee head into the new campaign with fresh optimisim after the events of last season. The additions of Steven Milne, Jake Hyde, Ryan Conroy, Jamie McCluskey, Ross Chisholm, Graham Bayne and Neil McGregor will help boost the squad and builds on the heroes of last season whom the majority are still at Dens.

We hope we can get off to the perfect start tommorow with a win over Partick but it will be a tough game and I am sure the boys in Dark Blue will give their all and I am sure we'll be fine.

TRICKY TIE WITH THE DONS IN SECOND ROUND OF LEAGUE CUP.

Dundee have been handed a tricky tie with SPL side Aberdeen in the second round of the League Cup. The last time the two sides met in this competition was two years ago at Dens Park where the Dark Blues won 3-2 after extra time. Now, Dundee have to travel to Pittodrie to meet the Dons in what promises to be an exciting cup tie.

Second Round ties:

Hibernian v Berwick Rangers
East Fife v Dunfermline Athletic
St Johnstone v Livingston
Airdrie United v Raith Rovers
Falkirk v Stenhousemuir
Ayr United v Inverness
Queen of the South v Forfar Athletic
Greenock Morton v St Mirren
Hamilton Accies v Ross County
Clyde v Motherwell
Aberdeen v Dundee

THE DEES CRUISE THROUGH TO SECOND ROUND OF LEAGUE CUP.

Dundee eased through to the Second Round of the Scottish Communities League Cup after a comprehensive victory over second division side Dumbarton. Two goals from Savo, one from McCluskey and a penalty from Lockwood saw Dundee progress to the next round of the League Cup.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

EX-DEES CORNER: SIMON LYNCH


Simon Lynch in the Dark Blue of Dundee FC.

Simon was born in Montreal, Canada on 19th May 1982. He moved over to Scotland when he was a child.
In 1999 he joined Celtic where he made 7 appearances, scoring three goals in the process. In 2002, he joined English outfit Preston North End for around £130,000. He went onto make 44 appearances for the Lancashire club before going out on loan to Stockport in 2003 where he made 9 appearances, scoring three times. In 2004, he joined Blackpool on loan and he made 7 appearances for the seaside club.



Simon headed north of the border in 2005 and he joined newly relegated Dundee. He would go onto make 33 appearances for the Dees, scoring 13 times. He also played in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup with the Dark Blues but lost to Gretna at Hampden by 3 goals to nil. He left the Dens Park club at the end of the 2005/6 season and went to ply his trade in Austrailia for Queensland Roar.and between 2006 and 2008, he made 34 appearances for the Aussie club, scoring 5 times. Injuries unfortunately had a bearing on his time Down Under and he left the club in 2008 and returned to Scotland where he signed for Airdrie United where he would make 33 appearances and scored 10 times. In 2009 he joined East Stirling, racking up 13 goals in 34 appearances. At the start of the 2010/11 season, he joined Stenhousemuir and would make 17 appearances for the Ochil View club scoring 4 goals. At the end of the season, Simon retired from football.


DUNDEE NEED EXTRA RESOLVE TO PROGRESS.

Arbroath 1-2 Dundee: Ramsdens Cup, First Round: Gayfield, Arbroath

Dundee needed extra time to over come Angus rivals Arbroath at Gayfield. Dundee fell behind with 15 minutes of the second half to go after Jordan Elfverson headed home for home team. However, Dundee were not behind for long when just soon after the restart, Steven Milne headed home the equaliser for the Dees. The game reached full time with no further goals.

Stephen O'Donnell popped up with what proved the winner for the Dark Blues early on in the first half of extra time. A corner was floated in and O'Donnell was there to head home. Dundee managed to see the remainder of extra time out and progressed to the second round of the Ramsdens Cup, keeping the travelling 1100 Dundee supporters satisfied.




Ramsdens Cup First Round Results:

Airdrie United 0-5 Livingston
Albion Rovers 0-2 Annan Athletic
Arbroath 1-2 Dundee (AET)
Ayr United 2-0 Queen of the South (AET)
Brechin City 1-2 Falkirk
Clyde 2-2 Berwick Rangers (Berwick win 4-3 on penalties)
Deveronvale 1-3 Stirling Albion
Forfar Athletic 1-1 Buckie Thistle (Forfar win 5-4 on penalties)
Montrose 1-6 East Fife
Partick Thistle 2-1 Stenhousemuir
Peterhead 2-2 Alloa (Peterhead win 5-4 on penalties)
Queens Park 0-2 Hamilton Accies
Raith Rovers 2-1 Cowdenbeath
Stranraer 0-8 Greenock Morton

Friday, 22 July 2011

A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE LATE BILL GORDON AND HIS FAMILY FOR FANTASTIC GESTURE.

Dundee today announced that they have recieved a significant cash boost of £180,000. Bill Gordon, a life-long Dundee supporter sadly died a few days before the Dees went into administration last season and his family thought that by helping Dundee FC out would have been the wish of Bill. We are thankful that they have decided to give the cash to Dundee FC and forever will they be remembered for this fantastic gesture.


Below is the link to the full statement given on the Dee4life website.

http://www.dee4life.com/homepage/2011/7/22/dundee-fc-attracts-additional-funding.html

JAMIE SIGNS ON AT DENS PARK.

Jamie in action for the Dees at New Bayview last weekend.
Dundee today completed the signing of winger Jamie McCluskey on a one year deal. He played last week in the Gilvenbank Hotel Football Festival at New Bayview for the Dees as a trialist and has obviously impressed Barry enough to offer him a contract.

Welcome to Dens Park Jamie.


photo (c) http://www.thedees.co.uk/

Thursday, 21 July 2011

DARK BLUES SIGN MCGREGOR.

Neil in his Dunfermline days.
Dundee have completed the signing of former Dunfermline defender, Neil McGregor on a one year deal.

photo (c) http://www.dafc.co.uk/

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

FIFERS TAKE HOME THE CUP

East Fife 1-0 Dundee:

Dundee went down 1-0 to hosts East Fife in the final of the Gilvenbank Football Festival. It was an 18th minute goal from Kevin McKinlay that sealed the victory for the New Bayview side.

Raith Rovers and Southend shared equal third place after a 0-0 draw.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

DARK BLUES THROUGH TO FINAL.

The Dundee players at New Bayview.
Dundee 2-0 Southend United   New Bayview, Methil.

Dundee booked their place in the final of the Gilvenbank Hotel Football Festival Cup after a fine win over League Two side Southend United. Dundee will face East Fife in the final after they dumped Raith Rovers out in penalties, 7-6.

Goals from Webster and Bayne sealed victory for the Dees.

It means Southend United will play Raith Rovers in the 3rd Place play-off tommorow before the final.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

PRE-SEASON FOCUS: DUNDEE 0-2 ST JOHNSTONE

Dundee's preparations for the new season continued tonight but unfortunately they fell to a 2-0 defeat by SPL side St Johnstone at Dens Park. Goals from May and former Dee Dave MacKay sealed the win for the Perth side but for Dundee it was a chance of maintaining fitness levels and getting match practice for the new season. Next friendly will be on Saturday against Southend United at New Bayview in a friendly tournament.


***DUNDEE TRIALISTS

Dundee had two trialists in the squad tonight. Former Dunfermline centre back Neil McGregor and former Hibs player, Ewan Moyes.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

DUNDEE COMPLETE MINI TOUR WITH FINE WIN.

Formartine Utd 1-5 Dundee:

Dundee completed a successful mini tour of the highlands with a comprehensive win over Highland League team Formartine United. Goals courtesy of Steven Milne, Ross Chisholm, 2 from Jake Hyde and Leighton McIntosh. This result came on the back of a fine 3-0 win over Turiff United on Thursday and sets the team up for the forthcoming tournament at New Bayview this weekend.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

PRE-SEASON FOCUS: TURIFF UNITED V DUNDEE

Dundee will begin their pre-season preparations with an away friendly to Turiff United on Thursday 7th July.  It is the first in a double header of games against Highland League opposition and Saturday will see Dundee visit Formartine United of which ex Dees Derek Soutar and Bobby Mann play for and is managed by former Aberdeen and Inverness CT boss Steve Paterson.

Turiff United were established in 1954 and their ground is situated in Turiff, Aberdeenshire. The Haughs has a capacity of 1000 and will be tight pitch in which Dundee will have to adapt to. Turiff United are a recent addition to the Highland League, after being accepted into the league in 2009 and officially joining for the 2009/10 season. They were previously in the North Premier League as a junior outfit.

Ticket prices:

Adult: £7.00
Concessions: £3.50


image (c) http://www.highlandfootballleague.com/

Saturday, 2 July 2011

NEW BOY FACTFILE: JAKE HYDE

Jake returns to Dens.
Jake is well known with Dundee fans after his trial period at Dens in March. He played two games against Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath, scoring three goals in the process before moving to Dunfermline Athletic on amatuer terms until the end of the season. He played two games for the Pars and saw Dunfermline win the First Division title in his spell at East End Park.

Jake is only 20 years old and was born in England. He started his professional career with Swindon Town in 2008 but unfortunately he didn't make an appearance for them. He was then farmed out on loan to Weymouth in 2008 and 2009, making 11 appearances and scoring one goal. He released from Swindon in 2009 where he then joined Barnet. He spent the season there, making 34 appearances and scoring six goals. He the continued his footballing trials in 2010 and he joined Conference National side, Hayes and Yeading United. He made just nine appearances for the club before being released.

In March 2011, he joined Scottish Junior side, Lochee United and joined Dundee FC on trial for three games. In that period of time, he played twice for the Dark Blues scoring three goals, before joining Dunfermline on a short term contract.

In May 2011, he was released along with a plethora of Dunfermline players and in June he signed a one year deal with Dundee.

Welcome back to Dens, Jake. Good to have you onboard.


Photo (c) http://www.thedees.co.uk/

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

NEW BOY FACTFILE: STEVEN MILNE.

'Savo' back in Dark Blue/

'Savo' returns to Dens after a seven year period away from the Dees. He started his professional career with the Dees in 1997 aged 17. He was at Dundee for seven years and in that spell he made 98 appearances for the club and scored 23 goals. He spen the 1999/2000 season on loan at Forfar and in that spell he played 35 games for the Angus side and scored 16 goals. Savo left Dundee in 2004 to join Plymouth Argyle. That proved to be a bit of a disastrous move for Milne as he only played a dozen or so games for the Pilgrims before leaving the club in 2005, although a major injury had contributed too. He moved back to Scotland in 2005 when St Johnstone offered him a deal.  He would be there for he next six years and in that time, he would make over 120 appearances, scoring 38 goals in the process. He also picked up a First Division winners medal with the Perth side in 2009.Admittedly, he could have had more appearances and goals to his name if it hadn't been for niggling injuries that beset him in his spell in Perth.
December 2010 saw Milne leave Perth and he headed north to Dingwall where he signed a short term deal with Ross County. He made around 13 appearances for the Victoria Park side, scoring one goal. When his contract expired at the end of last season, he decided to leave Ross County. He then re-joined Dundee in June 2011 and is now in his second spell at Dens. We wish Savo all the best at Dundee and are glad that he is back home again.


photo (c) http://www.thedees.co.uk/

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

NEW BOY FACTFILE: ROSS CHISHOLM

Ross checking out his new surroundings.
23 year old Ross Chisholm began his professional career with Edinburgh side Hibernian between 2007 and 2009. In that time, he made 46 appearances for the Hibees. However, his time at the Leith side soured when John Hughes took over as manager in 2009 and Ross didn't have regular opportunities to play for the Hibees. Instead, he was allowed to leave Easter Road for pastures new and he decided to join Irish outfit, Shamrock Rovers in August 2009. He made 12 appearances for the club and scored his only goal for them in an FAI Cup match against Sporting Fingal.
2010 a new year, and a new club for the young man. He joined Darlington in March 2010 where he only made three appearances for the then League Two side. He was released along with 13 other players at the end of the season following the team's relegation from League Two to the Conference.
October 2010 saw Chisholm sign a deal with Scottish Third Division side Arbroath. His season at Gayfield proved to be a successful one, in which he helped the team win their first ever bit of silverware by securing the Third Division title. He made 21 appearances for Paul Sheerin's side and scored 2 goals along the way.

June 2011 saw him leave Arbroath and he joined Dundee FC on a one year deal. We are all looking forward to seeing him in action next season for the Dees and we would like to welcome him to Dens Park.


photo (c) http://www.thedees.co.uk/

AT LEAST ONE MORE PLAYER TO ARRIVE AT DENS?

Barry Smith has intimated that he would like to bring at least one more player in this summer to help bolster his squad. Speaking to The Courier he said he ideally would like more than one more in but it's upto the budget to see what he can do.

"I definitely want to bring one more player in. I'd actually probably want more than that but I know I need one more at least.
"We're at 17 just now, but that includes a couple of younger ones. It's a small squad. Ideally I would like a first-team squad of 18."
 "We'll be looking at every avenue — whether it's bringing in someone on loan or making a permanent signing.
"I've got people in mind but it's just a case of waiting for things to happen."
 "Clubs will hold on until they know what squad they've got before they decide who goes out on loan, so that would probably have to wait until the start of the season. Again, we've got options there."

One possible player that is being linked with a return to Dens on loan is Leigh Griffiths but Barry was quick to rule that out straight away. He told The Courier.
"I think he would go to a club down south. I don't think we could afford to bring him up here on loan anyway."
 "He's now a Premier League player and I would imagine he's on a very good wage, which we can't afford."

Barry went on to describe pre-season training was going well and he was pleased with the rate of fitness from the players.


Source: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/Sport/Football/article/15241/barry-smith-concedes-dundee-fc-favourite-leigh-griffiths-is-unlikely-to-make-dens-return.html

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

CHISHOLM SIGNS ON AT DENS!

Ross Chisholm is the latest Dundee new boy.
Dundee have completed the signing of former Hibernian and Arbroath midfielder Ross Chisholm. The 23 year old joins Dundee after spending last season with Arbroath and has signed a one year deal with Dundee.

We would like to welcome Ross to the club and hopefully does well with the Dark Blues.


photo (c) www.thedees.co.uk

GOODBYE FOZZY!

Forsyth Championship bound.
Dundee FC have today confirmed that Craig Forsyth has left the club and has signed a deal with Championship side Watford, after successfully completing his medical and the neccessary paperwork. Dundee will recieve compensation due to Fozzy as result of his development at Dundee FC.

Speaking to the Dundee FC website, Harry was sad to see Fozzy go but wished him all the best.

"Whilst we are disappointed to see Craig leave the Club we are delighted that he is progressing his career and wish him all the very best. We have negotiated a fee with Watford FC far in excess of anything we could have hoped for had Craig moved to another Scottish club and in this instance are delighted with the deal. We would also like to thank Watford FC for their conduct throughout and wish them all the very best for next season.”

“Craig has been at Dens Park for ten years and has become part of the fabric around the place. He is a credit to himself and his family and there really isn’t anyone I’d rather see succeed in the game at the highest level. We firmly believe that Craig will go on and become a Scottish international player and that one day in the not too distant future we can see him in the Dark Blue of his country. He will long be remembered at Dens Park for his contribution last season and as with the other players who have moved on he will always get a very warm welcome here.”


Dark Blue Forever would like to wish Craig all the best at his new club and also to say thank you for his incredible service and the part he played in helping this club survive in the First Division.

photo (c) http://www.thedees.co.uk/
Source:http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/home/news_detail.asp?newsid=1717

Monday, 20 June 2011

HARKINS DEPARTS FOR KILLIE

Dundee Captain Gary Harkins has left the club to join Kilmarnock FC for an undisclosed fee. The former Partick Thistle midfielder joined the Dark Blues in 2009 for approximately £150,000 and helped keep the club in the First Division last season after the sanctions of 25 points deduction and transfer embargo was placed upon the club. Harry MacLean, Dundee Chief Executive spoke to the Dundee website.

"Unfortunately Gary has decided to join Kilmarnock as a result of an agreement entered into when the club went into administration that he could join a SPL club this summer. We had hoped that Gary would stay and had prepared budgets accordingly.

"While disappointed that we haven't, as hoped, managed to persuade him to stay we fully understand his desire to play at as high a level as possible.

Harry went on to explain some of the background behind Harkins' departure "In the simplest of terms, the Administrator wanted to release Gary (and Sparky) in October when we went into Admin. After lengthy disussion with Bryan Jackson we managed to keep Gary (and Sparky) to see if we could sell either or both. In both their cases they had joined an 'ambitious' club with the intention of playing SPL football sooner rather than later.

"We sold Sparky to Wolves but in Gary's case we agreed that if he had not been sold he could move on in the Summer if that's what Gary wanted to do. In some respects this was a gamble to try and avoid relegation by holding on to our better players.

"When Gary indicated he'd like to join Kilmarnock we decided to honour our agreement with Gary provided we could reach some sort of agreement, which we have.

"This is not an ideal situation but we needed to look at it in the historical context.

"As our captain in the 'Deefiant' season Gary played an integral part in the club's survival, we'd like to thank him for his efforts and to wish him good luck and success in his new career at Killie.

"He'll always be welcome at Dens Park."


It is a tremendous blow to lose a player of Gary's quality but we would like to wish him all the best in his future career and thank him for the wonderful memories in his two year stint at Dens Park.



Source: http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/news_detail.asp?h=HARKINS-LEAVES&newsid=1715

TRIPLE SIGNING BOOST FOR THE DEES.


Savo, Jake and Ryan in the new Dundee home kit.


Dundee have confirmed the signing of Jake Hyde, Steven Milne and Ryan Conroy. They have all penned one year deals with the club.

31 year old Steven "Savo" Milne is no stranger to the Dark Blues as this will be his second spell at the club. He left in 2004 to pursue a career down south to join Plymouth Argyle but ultimately it didn't work out and he returned to Scotland in 2005 and joined Perth side St Johnstone. He was at St Johnstone for six years and in that spell he made over 120 appearances for the club, with more than 50 goals to his name. In December 2010, Steven was told that he could look for a new club and in January 2011, he joined Ross County in a deal which would last until the end of the season. He made 13 appearances and scored one goal and he was offered a new deal with the Dingwall side but Savo turned it down. And so the story sees him back at the club he started his professional career with and once again teams up with Graham Bayne, a collegue from his previous spell at Dundee.

20 year old  striker Jake Hyde also returns to Dens for a second spell. Although on a permanent deal this time, he joined the Dark Blues in March 2011 on a trial period and scored three goals in two games. That spurred Dunfermline into action and they signed him as an amatuer on a short term deal until the end of the season.
He was released from the First Division title winners this summer and re-joins the Dark Blues for a tilt at the title.

24 year old midfielder Ryan Conroy joins the Dark Blues after being released from Celtic. Last season, he had loan spells at Partick Thistle and Queen of the South. He only ever made two appearances for Celtic before being shipped out on loan in 2010. He joins Dundee as a midfielder who can play at left back.



photo (c) http://www.thedees.co.uk/

Friday, 17 June 2011

2011/12 FIXTURES ANNOUNCED.

Dundee will face Partick Thistle at Firhill in the curtain raiser of the 2011/12 First Division campaign on August 6th. Dundee's first home game will be against newly promoted Ayr United on the 13th August.

The festive period sees Dundee at Dens against Morton on Boxing Day, while on January 2nd, the Dark Blues head across the Tay to face Raith Rovers.

For a full listing of the 2011/12 fixtures go to:

http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/home/news_detail.asp?newsid=1710

Friday, 10 June 2011

"SAVO" TO RETURN TO DENS.

Dundee FC look set to re-sign former Dundee striker Steven Milne on a one year deal. The 31 year old has just recently been released from Ross County after signing for the Dingwall side in January.

Also looking set to sign a deal with the Dees is Ryan Conroy. The former Celtic player has recently had spells with Queen of the South and Partick Thistle and looks set to be a potential replacement for Craig Forsyth who looks as if he will be leaving for pastures new.

Monday, 6 June 2011

PRE-SEASON FIXTURES ANNOUNCED.

Dundee FC have announced their pre-season schedule for this summer.

Thursday 7th July: Turiff United v Dundee: 19.30 kick off,
Saturday 9th July: Fortmatine United v Dundee: 15.00 kick off
Wednesday 13th July: Dundee v St Johnstone: 19.30 kick off
Saturday 16th/Sunday 17th July: Tournament at New Bayview, East Fife FC.
Wednesday 20th July: Forfar v Dundee: kick off 19.30

DUNDEE FACE ARBROATH IN RAMSDEN CUP

Dundee will face Arbroath at Gayfield in the First Round of the newly named Ramsdens Cup (former Alba Challenge Cup) The tie will be played on Saturday 23rd July, 3pm kick off.

JAKE RETURNS TO DENS.

A familiar 'new' face has signed up for Dundee on a one year deal. Jake Hyde, who was at Dens last season for two games as a trialist and scored 3 goals, apparently has decided to sign up for the cause at Dens after being released by Dunfermline Athletic at the end of last season. More to follow.

LOCKY AND GARY SIGN ON


Matt Lockwood and Gary Irvine have both signed new one year deals with Dundee FC. We are delighted that they are staying as they was speculation of interest for both players from SPL clubs.






Saturday, 4 June 2011

IRVINE SET TO SIGN NEW DEAL.

Dundee defender Gary Irvine looks set to sign a new one year deal with the club next week. He tweeted on Twitter saying:
"Think it's time to sign for the Dee's again! Show me the dotted line"


Matt Lockwood is currently understood to be signing next week too.

Friday, 3 June 2011

A TRIP THROUGH WEST FOR DUNDEE IN LEAGUE CUP OPENER

Dundee have been drawn away to Dumbarton in the First Round of the Scottish Communities League Cup. It will be played on Saturday 31st July, 3pm kick off.

All ties:

Queen of the South v Stranraer
Annan Athletic v Dunfermline Athletic
Partick Thistle v Berwick Rangers
Dumbarton v Dundee
Brechin City v Clyde
Montrose v Raith Rovers
Livingston v Arbroath
Albion Rovers v Falkirk
Forfar Athletic v Peterhead
Alloa Athletic v Greenock Morton
Cowdenbeath v Stenhousemuir
Airdrie United v Stirling Albion
East Fife v Elgin City
East Stirlingshire v Ayr United
Ross County v Queens Park

Monday, 30 May 2011

GRAHAM BAYNE SIGNS UP AT DENS.

Vastly experienced striker Graham Bayne has signed a one year deal with Dundee, the club he started his career with. This marks Barry Smith's first venture into the transfer market this summer. More to follow.

PHENOMENAL ACHIEVEMENT BARRY!

Barry recieving the award.
Congratulations to Barry Smith who picked up the Irn Bru Phenomenal Achievement Award 2010-11. It was in recognition of his sterling efforts in guiding Dundee to safety after a 25 point deduction and transfer embargo was placed up them after entering administration for the second time. In the process, Dundee went on a 23 game unbeaten run which helped greatly in the conquest to finish sixth. Well done Barry, you deserve the award.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES LATEST.

SPL outfit St Johnstone will travel the short distance from Perth to play Dundee at Dens Park in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday 13th July 2011, with a 7.30pm kick off.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

KYLE SIGNS UP.

Kyle latest to sign new deal.
Dundee FC have secured the services of 19 year old defender Kyle Benedictus for another season after he signed a new one year deal with the club this afternoon.




photo (c) http://www.thedees.co.uk/

Thursday, 19 May 2011

RAB AND NICKY SIGN UP FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Robert Douglas and Nicky Riley both signed new deals with Dundee at Dens today and have each penned one year deals.

Speaking to http://www.thedees.co.uk/, Nicky expressed his delight at signing on again for the Dark Blues:

I'm delighted to have come up today and put pen to paper, that's everything sorted and I'm just looking forward to next year now."

"The boys who have already signed have sown that after what happened last season then everyone still wants to be here and the aim next year is obviously to try and get promoted."

"When the club went into administration I don't thin anyone could have seen what would come next as regards the players who were left and the fans. The support we got from the fans home and away for the rest of the season was unbelievable - nobody could have expected that support, and then the run that we went on - I doubt anyone could have expected that."

"The whole club just came together, for me it was unbelievable to be a part of it and I'm sure everyone involved in the club would feel the same"


Rab Douglas also took time out to speak to http://www.thedees.co.uk/

"Brilliant to be signed up for the new season, I don't think there was ever any doubt I was going to stay. I live up here, I've got family connections here.
"Me coming back here in the first place was largely down to my father in law. He talked me into coming back, I was going to go to America at the time. I fancied going to Atlanta and I was sick of football when I left Leicester.
"We've obviously not done ourselves justice since I came back, we had the problems last season, but the fans and the players were brilliant to get us over that.
"Hopefully we can go on and have a push for promotion, we've got no divine right to be up there, but if we can keep as many of the squad together and add a couple we will be in with a chance - we'll certainly give it our best shot."

Source: http://www.thedees.co.uk/

Monday, 16 May 2011

RHYS AND CRAIG SIGN NEW DEALS

Rhys Weston and Craig McKeown have both signed new one year deals with the club with a further option to stay longer if promotion is achieved.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

DUNDEE EXIT ADMINISTRATION.

Dundee FC, as of this afternoon, Thursday May 12th 2011, have exited administration after the formal paper work was delivered to the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Control of the club has been relinquished from Bryan Jackson and will be handed over to the new board of directors tommorow, with their first official meeting on Monday.

Today is a momentous occasion for all Dees as it marks the end of a rollercoaster seven months; in which we entered administration and nine players and staff were let go, we were deducted 25 points and had a transfer embargo placed up on us by the SFL, we went on a 23 game unbeaten run, and eventually finished sixth in the First Division and escaping relegation. Everyone has played their part from the superb fans to the players, management, staff and of course Mr Bryan Jackson.

We can now move forward once again and look forward to another season in the First Division and another season as Dundee Football Club.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS IDENTITIES REVEALED.

The new Dundee FC board post administration has been revealed at the Dundee Player of the Year awards on Sunday.

Heading up the board will be:

Stuart Murphy who will become Chairman. Maurice Kidd, Harry MacLean, Steve Martin, Mark Gallacher and Scott Glenday will be the other members of the new Dundee board.

LEIGHTON SIGNS NEW DEAL AS DOES WEBSTER.

BREAKING NEWS....

Dundee have confirmed that Leighton McIntosh has signed his first professional contract at Dundee and will be a Dark Blue for the next three years. It has also been confirmed that midfielder Graham Webster has signed a new one year deal.

BARRY AGREES 3 YEAR DEAL WITH DEES.

Barry set to stay as Dundee boss.
Barry Smith has agreed in principle a three year deal to stay as manager of Dundee FC. After taking over the reins from Gordon Chisholm in October 2010, the former Dark Blues captain has guided the Dees to safety in the First Division after a 25 points deduction and transfer embargo whilst going on a 23 game unbeaten run in the process. Speaking to The Courier, a delighted Barry spoke of his pride on staying Dundee boss.
"I've agreed in principle to stay for another three years. I'm delighted to get my future sorted out because everyone knows my feelings for the club.
"Now I just want to focus on getting as many of the out-of-contract players signed up as I can.
"Hopefully seeing that I'm committed to the club will persuade a few of them to stay and buy into what we're trying to do here."

STEPHEN AGREES NEW DEAL TOO!

Along with the good news that Barry has decided to stay, midfield maestro Stephen O'Donnell has agreed a new one year deal with the Dark Blues. Barry Smith was also delighted that O'Donnell was staying on:
"Stephen O'Donnell has agreed a new deal as well. We're delighted with that because he's been magnificent since he came to the club.
"He doesn't get the credit he deserves but I have loved working with him and can't speak highly enough of him."


Connor Rennie and John Gibson have both agreed one year deals too.
Barry also disclosed that the club is in talks with all of the squad and hope to have some positive news regarding these talks soon.

Sources:

quotes: http://www.thecourier.co.uk/Sport/Football/article/13827/dundee-fc-manager-barry-smith-hopes-to-inspire-others-to-sign-up-for-spl-bid.html

photo (c) http://www.thedees.co.uk/

DUNDEE RELEASE YOUTH PLAYERS

Dundee FC have announced that they have released youth players, Alan Tulleth, Michael Hutcheon, Gary Barlett, Ross Carnegie and Gary Irons. We would like to sincerely wish them all the best for the future and would like to thank them all for their contributions to the Dundee FC cause over the past few months.

Monday, 9 May 2011

DEFEAT AT QUEENS DOES NOTHING TO DAMPEN DUNDEE PARTY.

Queen of the South 3-0 Dundee

A rain soaked Palmerston saw Queen of the South run out comfortable victors against a Dundee side which has achieved so much this season. Goals from Allan Johnston, former Dee Colin McMenamin and Paul Burns for Queens saw off a very tired Dundee side but the result did nothing to dampen the spirits of the 1125 Dundee supporters who made the long trip to Dumfries who enjoyed a party and celebrated a season finish after a rollercoaster last few months.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

7,746 WITNESS THRILLING LAST HOME MATCH AT DENS OF THE SEASON


DUNDEE 3-2 PARTICK THISTLE.


A bumper crowd packed Dens Park today and weren't disappointed as Dundee maintained their unbeaten record in the league this season. Two goals from Craig Forsyth and a penalty from Matt Lockwood saw off a plucky Partick side who were reduced to ten men midway through the second half.

It was Dundee's last home game of the season and the weather was outstanding. The Dundee fans arrived in their numbers to Dens Park for a party in the sun and to show their appreciation and support to Barry Smith and the boys.

Partick Thistle started off very brightly and bossed the possesion in the first quarter of the half. But Douglas was only called into action really once in the first half when he superbly saved from a Doolan shot and Grehan's follow up was diverted behind.

At the beginning of the second half, there was an unfortunate clash of players between Bendictus and Grehan with Grehan coming off the worse and he had to be stretchered off to a chorus of warm applause by both Partick Thistle and Dundee fans. Flannigan replaced Grehan but it kind of knocked Partick for six a little and Dundee gradually began to take charge of the game.

Forsyth, Riley and Harkins were the instigators of the Dundee attacks and they all caused Partick big problems in the last third of the pitch. It was Forsyth that opened the scoring for Dundee in the 58th minute when a superb touch and turn from Riley at the edge of the box resulted in a through pass to Forsyth, the young winger drived forward into the box and unleashed an unstoppable shot which beat ex Dundee keeper Scott Fox at his near post and into the back of the net. Cue wild celebrations in the Dundee stands.

Two minutes later and Dundee doubled their advantage. Rab Douglas launched a mammoth throw to Gary Harkins who with a sublime first touch ran down the left flank and crossed a low ball into the box where Forsyth shot only for Fox to save it before Fozzy had a second bite at the cherry and glided the ball home to make it 2-0 Dundee.

Dundee were cruising here and Partick looked punch drunk. A couple of minutes after the second goal, Dundee nearly had a third when Rennie had a diving header superbly saved from Fox.

The 68th minute saw Dundee's defence switch off and that resulted in Stewart scoring for the Jags with a well placed shot past Douglas and into the bottom left corner after a fine run.

However before Partick could get a grip on the game, Dundee scored their third, courtesy of a Matt Lockwood penalty. Craig Forsyth was homing in on goal when he was fouled clumsily by Kinniburgh and the referee had no hesitation but to point to the spot and to also order Kinniburgh off the park. Lockwood slammed the resulting penalty into the net and cue wild celebrations from the Dens faithful once again.

Forsyth, who was named Man of the Match, should have completed his hatrick in the dying embers of the game but he headed a Rennie cross just inches over the bar.

Thistle managed to grab another goal deep into stoppage time when again Dundee went to sleep and that resulted in Doolan turning the ball home at the near post from close range.

Dundee saw the remainder of the game out rather comfortably and the game ended 3-2.

What a superb achievement from the players and to go through a season at home undefeated in the league is no mean feat either. The players went down the tunnel before coming back onto the pitch to take the acclaim of the Dundee fans who got the party started. It was emotional scenes as the players and fans both showed their appreciation and I am sure there was a lot of lumps in the throats of all Dundee supporters that day as the Dees signed off their home campaign with a fine win in the sun.


Well done the Dees, oh so proud of you all,

Douglas
Benedictus, McKeown, Weston, Lockwood
Rennie, O’Donnell, Irvine, Forsyth
Harkins
Riley (Tulleth 86)

Unused subs: Gibson (gk), Bartlett, Webster, Carnegie

Goals; Forsyth 58, 60; Lockwood (pen) 70

Bookings: none.

Partick Thistle FC

Fox
Kinniburgh, Archibald, Balatoni, Boyle
Campbell (Fraser 67), Cairney, Erskine, Stewart (Lochead 80)
Doolan, Grehan (Flannigan 50)

Unused subs: Scully (gk), McGrotty

Goals: Stewart 68, Doolan 93

Bookings: Lochead (foul on Harkins)

Sent off: Kinniburgh (denying Forsyth goal-scoring opportunity)

Attendance: 7,746



Saturday, 23 April 2011

DEES CONFIRM SAFETY AFTER WIN IN DINGWALL.

Ross County 0-1 Dundee.

Dundee confirmed they will be plying their trade in the First Division next season with a slender win over Ross County in Dingwall courtesy of a second half Leighton McIntosh goal. More to follow......

Friday, 22 April 2011

ROSS COUNTY V DUNDEE PREVIEW

Dundee head to Dingwall tommorow in the knowledge that a win would seal our position in the First Division. It would be an incredible achievement for the Dark Blues after the various sanctions such as the transfer embargo and the 25 point deduction placed upon us.

Still, tommorow is another game in the First Division calendar and Barry Smith is as focused on tommorow's game as he has been on the games he has managed so far. Barry was at Palmerston during the week to see the Staggies in action in preparation for tommorow. Speaking to http://www.thedees.co.uk/, he said:

"I was down watching them on Tuesday for 60 minutes and they done very well so we know it's going to be a good game because as good as were in the first half at Morton, we had the battling qualities to stay in the game in the second half, so it should be a good game.

"We always go into every game believing we can take 3 points but it's not as easy as just believing" said Barry, going on to say his players have what it takes to do the job. "With the set of players and what they've done throughout the season and last week's result, they should go there and have confidence in being able to play and win the game."
"Well that's what we've aimed for since we went into administration" was his response when asked how good it would be to secure league status this weekend. "We want it over and done with as quickly as possible so if it happens on Saturday then that's great."
Dundee have a full squad to choose from tommorow apart from Sean Higgins who is injured. Ross County have Paul Lawson as a doubt after he picked up a knock during the midweek game whilst they have Richard Brittain suspended.