Saturday, 30 April 2011



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,

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

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

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

Bookings: none.

Partick Thistle FC

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


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


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, 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.


Tommorow's match against Ross County in Dingwall is a huge match for Dundee FC. If we can get a win tommorow, then that seals our place in the First Division for next season. However if we lose and Cowdenbeath win, then we could seal our place in the First Division next week at Dens against Partick Thistle. If however Cowdenbeath drops any points tommorow, regardless of the Dundee score, then Dundee will be safe.

Match preview will be on here later today.

Saturday, 16 April 2011


Greenock Morton 1-3 Dundee

A valuable three points headed back to the City of Discovery as Dundee edge closer to safety in the First Division. Two goals from Leighton McIntosh and one from Gary Harkins ensured the win for Dundee although O'Brien scored for Morton. More to follow.....

Friday, 15 April 2011


Dundee have a full compliment of players to choose from ahead of the game against Morton at Cappielow tommorow. The only absentee is Sean Higgins who is out injured. Having played with four teenagers last week at Dens against Stirling Albion and they did very well, Barry Smith is expected to revert back to his strongest possible line up in the hope of winning all three points which could go a long way in our efforts to avoid the relegation play offs. Gary Irvine, Craig McKeown and Rhys Weston all return for the Dees.

For Greenock Morton, they have a few injury worries and hope that Kevin McKinley and Fred Bachirou recover from knocks meanwhile Kevin Kelbie and Sean Fitzharris are both ruled out for the visit of Dundee.

Thursday, 14 April 2011


Mark in his Norwich City days.
Mark Fotheringham joined Dundee FC from Celtic in 2003 and was signed by the then Dundee boss Jim Duffy. A player that was so highly thought of at Celtic, he only managed to make a handful of games for the Parkhead club before making his move to Dundee. At Dundee he made over 50 appearances in his two year stay at Dens Park and helped Dundee to the Semi-Final of the CIS Insurance League Cup after scoring in the 2-1 win over Hearts at Dens Park in the Quarter Final. Unfortunately, he suffered the pain of relegation with Dundee as they were relegated from the SPL in May 2005. His stay at Dens was over though and in 2005 he joined German Bundesliga side SC Freiburg where he would make just 9 appearances. His short stay at Freiburg ended in 2006 and he then joined Swiss outfit, FC Aarau where he would make 13 appearances. 2007 saw a change of scenery and this time he was back in the UK with Norwich City. He made 69 appearances for the Canaries and scored 3 times. During his spell at Carrow Road, he was made club captain. After an alledged bust up with the then Canaries boss Brian Gunn, Mark left the club in April 2009 to pursue his footballing career elsewhere. After various trials and interest in him, Mark joined Dundee United on a three month deal. He had signed a contract to join Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta in January 2010 and so had a spare few months where he chose to sign up at Tannadice under Craig Levein. In January 2010, Mark joined Famagusta and to this day he still plays for them.

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Sunday, 10 April 2011


Dundee 1-1 Stirling Albion.

Dundee had to dig deep again and come from behind to snatch a point against a plucky and attack minded Stirling Albion.

It was a fantastic sunny day at Dens Park and and both teams were vying for all three points. Stirling Albion knew anything other than a win would see them consigned to the Second Division for next season whilst Dundee knew a win would be a huge step in their ambitions to avoid the play off spot.

The first 15 minutes of the game was a cagey period from both sides as neither team had the upper hand. The youngsters Barlett, Rennie and Webster were allowed to settle into the team but there were no real clear cut chances in that period. Things came to life in the 23rd minute when a well struck shot by Stirling's  Smith was palmed away by Big Rab Douglas but it only went as far as Michael Mullen who prodded the ball into the back of the net. Stirling had somehow gained the lead.

Dundee looked slow and sluggish in their attempts to try and test the Stirling defence. The closest the Dark Blues came to an equaliser in the remaining period of the second half was a shot from Gary Harkins which clipped the outside of the post and went behind for a goal kick.

Half time came and with that was Ronnie McIntosh. He was a double amputee who had also had a kidney transplant and he race walked around the track much to the applause of the Dundee fans and also the Stirling support. It was indeed an inspiring and humble sight to see.

The second half and Stirling started brightly and pressed Dundee in the first minute of the second period. Dundee were still looking nervous but the switching of Barlett and Forsyth allowed Dundee more options going forward. Dundee began to get the ball on the deck and started playing football. Nicky Riley was a constant pest on the right wing for the Dees and was much inspiration for the Dundee attack. Leighton McIntosh tested Calum Reidford from 22 yards and he parried the ball away for a corner. From the corner,  O'Donnell struck a tremendous effort from 18 yards after Reidford flapped at the ball, and it hit the underside of the bar. Dundee were gaining momentum and it was only a matter of time surely before the Dark Blues were level.

Dundee were showing the kind of spirit that has been evident in the last six months and in the 50th minute, they were level. A wonderful run from Forsyth saw him skip into the box and just when it looked as if he was going to have a shot, he crossed the ball for McIntosh to guide into the back of the net. It was a goal Dundee deserved and it was also the youngester Leighton McIntosh's first goal for the club. That goal prompted Dundee to become more confident but when going forward they did leave the back exposed and on a couple of times, Stirling looked threatening on the counter. Midway through the second half and Webster who was excellent, was replaced by Alan Tulleth. The Dens faithful acknowledging Webster with a very warm round of applause. He had certainly worked his socks off and Barry Smith knew that too and gave the youngster a firm pat on the back.

Dundee looked for that winning goal but unfortunately the lads were beginning to run out of steam and shots by McHale and Mullen in the closing stages tested Dundee fans nerves.

There was one final chance for Dundee to win the match. A looping corner found Kyle Bendictus free in the box but his header went wildly over the bar. A big chance to be the hero but unfortunately it wasn't to be and the game ended 1-1.

Unfortunately, the final whistle confirmed Stirling Albion to relegation but they will go down with their heads held high and their performance today suggests a team defiant in the face of adversity. For Jocky Scott, I am sure it was a hard pill to swallow but he can be proud of his players who were superb today. We would like to wish Jocky Scott and Stirling Albion all the best for next season.

As for Dundee, we are now 4 points clear of Cowdenbeath with 4 to play. A tough game against Morton beckons next week but at least we will see the return of key players such as Gary Irvine, Rhys Weston and Craig McKeown. The players will do their damnest to avoid the play off spot and I am sure the fans will help them along the way too.


Douglas, Rennie, Benedictus, Lockwood, Bartlett, Riley, Webster (Tulleth 73), O'Donnell, Forsyth, Harkins, McIntosh

Subs not used: Gibson (gk), Carnegie, Hutcheon, Irons,

Booked: O'Donnell

Goal: McIntosh 50 min


Reidford, Doyle, Allison (Corrigan 63) Robertson, Forsyth, Kane (Stirling 85) McHale, Borris (Welsh 45) Brown, Mullen, Smith

Unused subs: Jackson (gk), Brighton

Booked: Robertson

Goal: Mullen 23

Referee: Gary Hilland

Attendance: 4,177

Friday, 8 April 2011


Bryan Jackson.
 Dundee FC are on target to move out of administration by the end of the season according to joint admnistrator Bryan Jackson. Speaking to, he said:

"“Although it may have appeared that the administration was at an end when the period for appealing the CVA was over there have, in fact, been a number of key issues which have had to be dealt with over the last few weeks.”
“Dundee FC Supporters Society (DFCSS) and I have been liaising with John Bennett, over the waiver of his share options to enable the supporters trust to acquire these shares and we are grateful to John for agreeing to do this.  Until the share options issue was resolved I was unable to access the funds raised by the supporter’s trust to start paying dividends to creditors but I can confirm that all of these stages are now nearing completion.”
 “In addition there have been a number of compliance and legal technicalities as well as the settlement of tribunal claims. I appreciate that there is a degree of urgency among the fans that the administration should end quickly but the process is complex and time consuming and I have been working with the DFCSS to ensure that we complete this work as quickly as possible . However, I believe that a realistic time scale for ending the administration is the end of the season. Whilst I, and the DFCSS, would prefer it be resolved sooner, I don’t realistically believe that all of the issues will be resolved before then. I would ask for patience and understanding that this cannot happen immediately but we are working hard to conclude all outstanding business as soon as possible.”


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James in his Dundee days.
James was born in Paisley on March 14th 1971. He started his footballing career with junior side Arthurlie before turning professional with Clydebank in 1994, where he spent three seasons, scoring 25 goals in 108 appearances for Bankies. In 1997, he earned a move to Dundee and was signed by the then Dundee boss John McCormack. He would remain at Dens for the next three seasons and became a firm fans favourite with the Dens faithful. He was a major player in the 1997/8 promotion season and endeared himself to the Dundee supporters with a fantastic volley against Dundee United at Tannadice in the closing stages of their match in 1998, the first season Dundee were back in the Premier League. In his time at Dundee, he would score 23 goals, clinch promotion from the First Division and help Dundee claim their highest placed finish in the top Scottish league in years, 5th.
His time at Dens ended in 2000 when he moved to Ayr United.  Strangely enough, he again woud spend three years at Somerset Park and would score 14 goals in his 80 appearances for the Ayrshire club. In 2003, he moved to Glasgow and joined Partick Thistle. This time, it was only a short stay and after one season making 33 appearances and scoring 15 goals for the Maryhill side, he joined Dundee United in 2004. This spell would mark a very unsuccessful stint in his career, although he made 29 appearances for the Tannaidce side, he only scored twice. In 2005, he was offered an escape route from United with Gretna FC. They were a team on the up and under the ownership of Brooks Mileson, they were spending and investing money and they were quickly running through the divisions of the SFL.  James spent three years with the Borders side and even managed to help them to the SPL in 2007 where he made 62 appearances scoring 19 goals and also helped them to the Scottish Cup Final in 2006 where they narrowly lost to Hearts at Hampden on penalties. He would also feel heartbreak at the Borders side as they were relegated form the SPL at the end of the 2007/8 season before going out of buisness as a professional football club. From there, Grady's career was slowly coming to an end and he spent short spells at Hamilton and Greenock Morton.
He was made caretaker manager of Greenock Morton after sacking of Davie Irons in 2009 and this was made permanent in October 2009. However his managerial spell at Morton would end in May 2010 when he left the club and currently he is helping out at St Mirren coaching the strikers.

For Dundee supporters, he will always be welcomed back to Dens. His tenaciousness, grit, speed and flair endeared him to the Dens faithful and he always gave his all for the club.

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A big congratulations to ex Dundee player and assistant manager Ray Farningham who has been appointed the permanent boss of Montrose. He has been acting as caretaker manager for the past month since Steven Tweed relinquished the post in March. 

We at Dark Blue Forever would like to wish 'Jinky' all the best in his new position.


With Cowdenbeath beating Ross County during the week, there is now much more riding on this weekend's clash with Stirling Albion at Dens Park. Cowdenbeath are now just 4 points behind Dundee going into this weekend's fixtures but face a tricky tie against Raith Rovers at Starks Park. The game against Stirling Albion carries so much importance for Dundee. It is also the first time Jocky Scott has been back to Dens Park since his sacking as Dundee boss in March 2010. With Stirling virtually relegated, they will show no fear against Dundee and I am sure Jocky will have them set out with an attacking attitude. Suspensions sadly kick in for the Dees this weekend, with McKeown, Weston and Irvine all out but I am sure that Barry Smith will work his magic and the players will work their hardest in the approach to this game and hopefully by 16.45 on Sunday we will have the three points that we are craving for and will put us in a good position if Cowdenbeath lose to Raith on Saturday. I am sure the fans will do their bit again as they have been incredible. This is the crux of the season for Dundee and I am sure we will give our all to avoid the dreaded play-offs. In Barry Smith and the team I trust.

Saturday, 2 April 2011



Dundee's unbeaten run came crashing down at Stark's Park this afternoon after a contentious decision from the referee in the build up to Raiths' winner.
Dundee started the game with youngsters Gary Bartlett and Connor Rennie both starting and in the early stages of the first half, Raith dominated but didn't really have any clear cut chances. Dundee's defence stood resolute but were lacking in terms of posession which Raith mopped up well.
It came as no surprise that just before the break, Raith Rovers when a Baird flick found Tade and he struck a low shot past Douglas at his near post, with protests from the Dundee fans of a handball from Tade in the process.
Half time came and went and Raith changed their keeper from McNeil to McGurn. Raith still bossed the early stages of the second half yet rarely did they look as if they could put this game to bed and this allowed Dundee hope. The Dees were still in the game. There was a lack of composure from the Raith side and this allowed Dundee to enter their best spell of the game and midway through the second half the Dees won their first corner. The ball was flighted in from O'Donnell and Bendictus glanced a header towards the top corner but McGurn superbly tipped the ball over the bar.
With 20 minutes to play, Dundee equalised. A great run from Connor Rennie saw his cross met by Stephen O'Donnell who flashed a shot from a tight angle past the Raith keeper. The Dundee fans went wild with delight in the stand behind that goal.
Dundee were more confident with their passing but never looked like grabbing a winner. An unfair second yellow for Craig McKeown meant that Dundee had to play the last 10 minutes or so with 10 men. For all the possession that Raith had, they never really looked like producing a winner.
A minute into stoppage time however, the referee awarded Raith a free kick and from that Dundee couldn't clear the ball and it was Walker who picked the ball up and lashed the ball off the underside of the bar and into the net. An unjust and disgraceful decision from the referee who ultimately cost Dundee a fair share of the spoils and that left Dundee with no time to respond.

Barry Smith had some heated words with the referee at full time and rightly so as the referee had a dreadful match but hey, that's football as they say.

The players at the full time whistle looked dejected but they were superbly given a standing ovation from the Dundee fans who had recognised they had given their all and had battled well throughout the match. The youngsters Rennie and Barlett who were drafted in did very well under difficult circumstances.

The players should be proud of the fantastic 23 game unbeaten run and we are truly proud of the players and their fantastic efforts.

Raith Rovers FC

McNeil (McGurn 45)
Wilson, Murray, Campbell, Hill
Walker, Davidson (Ferry 65), K McBride, S McBride (Weir 79)
Tade, Baird

Unused subs: Wales, Dyer

Goals: Tadé 43, Walker 89


** Two yellow cards

Attendance: 3,143

Benedictus, McKeown**, Weston, Lockwood
Rennie, Irvine, O’Donnell, Bartlett
Harkins, McIntosh

Unused subs: Gibson (gk), Tulleth, Webster, Carnegie, Hutcheon

Goal: O’Donnell 70

Friday, 1 April 2011


Dundee head to league leaders Raith as they look to extend the fantastic 23 game unbeaten run and also to help secure their position in the division. Dundee remain unbeaten against the Kirkcaldy side this season after a 0-0 draw and 2-1 win at Dens with also a 2-1 win in Kirkcaldy.

Missing for Dundee this weekend is Nicky Riley and Craig Forsyth who are both suspended and Jake Hyde has gone to Dunfermline on amatuer terms. Dundee cannot field anymore trialists and so are going to have to look to some of the clubs youngsters to help pitch in in what will be a very difficult fixture tommorow.

Speaking to, Barry Smith acknowledged that this was going to be a tough game.

"It's a difficult game" he told us "Raith are near the top of the league on merit. They've worked hard and have the points on the board, it will be a difficult test"

"We've got two suspended (Nicky Riley and Craig Forsyth) and and lost one (Jake Hyde) to someone else this week. As everyone knows we have a very young squad and we're going to have to rely on the young players to come in and do a job for us - We'll also need the backing of the support to help the young boys through it as well."

We are sure that there will be a great Dundee travelling support that will descend on Starks Park and will once again support the team in the manner in which they have done so this season.

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