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Official Match Day Programme Season 2021/22 MATCH DAY #17

5th Round

DUNDEE Monday 14th February 2022


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Visiting Balmoor Tonight

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DUNDEE


Good evening and welcome to the players, officials, and supporters of Dundee FC for tonight's televised Scottish Cup clash. This has the makings of being an enthralling game at Balmoor this evening in front of those watching from the terraces here and also from the glaring eye accompanied on the sofas at home.

DUNDEE

Speculation has become rife at Dundee FC over the past week, suggestions that there was a boardroom meeting regarding manager James McPake's future were quickly diminished with captain Charlie Adam rubbishing the claims to the Courier followed by Dundee picking up a 2-1 win on Wednesday at Hearts. There's also been the claim that the manager has lost the changing room at the club, to say that is utter rubbish would be an understatement! Winning at Tynecastle is no mean feat and Dundee will carry fresh impetus and momentum prior to tonight’s game. Yes, there is no getting away from the fact that it was a poor 45 minutes last Saturday in the 2-1 defeat to Ross County, but the response has been incredible and it's been an ideal week in terms of alleviating some of the negative background noise. Cammy Kerr is a player who has been a loyal servant to Dundee FC and is due to get a testimonial in the foreseeable future after penning a new deal last Summer. Balmoor used to be home for the full-back however on a couple of occasions, Kerr made his Peterhead debut on 8 November 2014, in a 1–1 draw against Dunfermline Athletic. He scored his first Peterhead goal on 6 December 2014, in a 3–2 win over Stirling Albion. On 9 January 2015, he extended his loan spell until the end of the 2014–15 Scottish League One season. Weeks after extending his loan spell with the club, Kerr later added two more goals for the season against Stenhousemuir and Forfar Athletic. Kerr went on to make 22 appearances for the club during that season. Kerr was again loaned to Peterhead for a four-month spell in August 2015 and made a further 10 appearances in the 2015–16 Scottish League One season.

Enjoy the game!

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JIM McINALLY I felt the defeat in our last game against Alloa at Balmoor was a ‘harsh’ result as we had so much possession and so many chances. I felt that we played okay and limited Alloa to very few chances however we know why we lost it and that was because we did not take any of the chances we created. We played with great enthusiasm and got balls into their box throughout the game however we never scored. Alloa had one really good opening, which came from us losing the ball in midfield, and they scored from it. That turned out to be the difference between the sides. We could have had a penalty in the first half when Russell McLean was fouled and also one in the second half when Andy McDonald was pulled back at a corner, however we never got them. I thought Jack Brown did okay on his debut. I was left with little choice other than to throw him in as we were without an entire midfield through injury when you consider Hamish Ritchie, Simon Ferry, Scott Brown and Grant Savoury are all injured. He will provide more of a goal threat in other games however when you consider that he is only 20 and the other midfielders were 18 and 23 I cannot be too critical of the chances they helped create. It was also good to see Rico Quitongo play the full game and have Ryan Conroy back on as a substitute. The only other positives were that all the other games were draws so we have not lost too much ground.

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BALMOOR NEWS RE-ARRANGED DATES We received notice of new dates for our ‘games in hand’. We were due to play Falkirk away on Saturday past this has now been arranged for Tuesday 22nd February, kick off 7.45pm

Also our game away to Queen’s Park at Firhill, postponed on the 8th January will now be played on Tuesday 1st March, kick off 7.45pm

WELCOME BBC SCOTLAND We are very grateful to BBC Scotland who decided to broadcast tonight’s game live, this is the first time they have broadcast a game live at Balmoor. We also have live BBC radio commentary as Sportsound will be here so it’s a great honour to have them visiting Peterhead.

Sky Sports went live on our two previous occasions when Celtic visited on Scottish Cup business in January 2012 and they returned when Rangers visited in the first league game of 2012-13 Sales of Colin Grant’s new book are still going well. Copies are available form the supporters club shop and directly from Colin Grant with a limited supply in the club shop priced at £10 with the proceeds going towards charity.

Blue Toon Talk Editor Ken Morton btt@peterheadfc.co.uk BTT Contributors Duncan Brown, Sharon Brown, Charles Buchan, Issac Buchan, Colin Byiers Jamie Currie, Martin Johnston, Peter Myers, Nat Porter, David Reid, The Late George Ritchie, Craig Stewart

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Players who have moved from Dens Park to Balmoor

While playing for Dundee’s youth team, Callum MacDonald joined Peterhead for a season loan in 2002 to give the defender some first team experience. MacDonald played 32 times that season. After returning to Dens Park, he would be a regular for Dundee in the Premier League and after the club’s relegation to Division 1 and with financial difficulties at Dens, meant a number of players were moved on and the 24-yearold would leave the club. At Peterhead, MacDonald would become a firm favourite with the Blue Toon fans and despite a relegation in 2011, would remain at the club until 2014 when he left on the back of injuries. The stopper, who would also captain the club, played 211 times for Peterhead in his two spells.

In the summer of 2001, defender Mark Slater was the first player to move to Peterhead from Dundee. Slater, born in Buckie, played only once for the Dark Blues before his release in 2001. Manager Ian Wilson snapped up the then 19-year-old on a 2-year deal. Sadly, for Slater, his time wasn’t the best with Peterhead and left the club with just 11 appearances under his belt in just over a year at Balmoor.

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When Peterhead joined the Scottish League in 2000, the network of players available to the club, opened up to levels never really seen before, but enticing players to the North East would become easier after becoming a League side. One of the clubs Peterhead have managed to secure many players from has been Tayside club Dundee. Even up to this season, the Dens Park side have been able to loan three of their highly rated young players to the Blue Toon. This has been a trend that started almost immediately, with the first player moving from Dens Park to Balmoor taking place in 2001.

Having started his career with Celtic as a youth player until his release without making an appearance for the Parkhead side in 2010, Nicky Riley signed for Division 1 Dundee and would survive the cull of players who left following the club entering administration in October that year. The midfielder was named in the Division 1 team of the year at the end of the 2011/12 season and then helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2014. However, manager Paul Hartley told Riley and a number of Dundee players they could leave the club. Riley joined newly promoted League 1 Peterhead in October 2014 on a month’s loan. He made four starts in that month and after the loan came to an end, his contract at Dens was ended by mutual consent. Riley returned to Balmoor in January 2015, and continued at Peterhead until 2019, where he had to retire because of injury. He made 117 appearances for Peterhead.

Playing for his hometown side Dundee, Bobby Linn made his debut for the Dens Park club, one week after his 18th birthday. 11 months later, Linn’s contract was terminated by manager Jim Duffy for a second failure to attend training. He had made 16 appearances for Dundee before leaving. After a month out of the game, Linn signed for on at Balmoor and on the 16th October 2004, made it a goalscoring debut with the winner in a 3-2 win over Montrose. In September 2006, Linn hit the net 4 times in a 5-2 win over Stranraer but would move to fellow Division 2 side Morton later that season. In 2-and-a-half-years at Balmoor, Linn scored 31 goals in 94 games.

Aberdonian midfielder, Allan Youngson, was a product of the Chelsea youth system before heading back to Scotland to join Dundee 2003. In his year at Dens, Youngson made only one appearance in the blue of Dundee and left the club in 2004. At 19, Youngson joined Peterhead and would become a big part of Ian Stewart’s promotion winning side in 2004/05, making 33 appearances that season. He would make a further 35 appearances the following campaign, in the season the club were seconds away from the second tier of Scottish football, losing to Partick Thistle in the promotion play-off on penalties. Until Stewart left the club, Youngson was still part of the team, but once Stewart was dismissed, Youngson’s chances were limited and he would leave Balmoor in January 2007 for Inverurie Locos after 82 appearances.

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A story of football in Peterhead from 1946 and including other aspects of life enjoyed by children brought up during and immediately after the 39-49 war years. “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” was first serialised in the Buchan Observer in 2002 and we are delighted that Blue Toon Talk brings you the Late George Ritchie’s wonderful account of his memories to a whole new generation of Blue Toon fans.

PART 53 –

PLC and Safeway Cometh

Peterhead Football Club converted to PLC status on Monday 20th September 1993. I was one of 13 people who purchased shares that evening. I had a sense of pride, having been one of the founder members of the previously administered club in the summer of 1955 and now a founder member of the newly formed plc 38 years on. A prominent local businessman attended the meeting, but did not purchase shares. I was surprised he was not asked to leave the meeting, rather than staying on and then to be privy to the proceedings of what was now a privately owned shareholders’ club.

I shall make no further comment on the inner most working of the Limited Company, as stated, it is now a privately owned club and it would be inappropriate of me to betray the trust of my

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shareholding colleagues. Soon after the formation of the plc news of the Safeway developments were announced in the Buchanie. The public debate was long lasting and acrimonious. The final outcome had I thought little to do with public feeling whether for or against the developments. The proposals on offer were simply too beneficial for the town both in terms of employment and sporting facilities. For any council to seriously consider rejection would have been unthinkable. It is possible more money may have been asked from the developers. Such a request however may have put the whole development at risk and Peterhead’s neighbouring town of Fraserburgh would then have benefited. At least one SNP councillor based in Fraserburgh and a member of Aberdeenshire North Council voted against the Peterhead Safeway proposals,


Construction of Balmoor Stadium was well underway by the summer of 1997.

but later thought differently when confronted with new supermarket proposals (Tesco) for his own town.

The new supermarket on the former Recreation Park site enjoys a customer base of 18,000 per week, clear evidence of the store’s popularity in the town. On the other hand, Lord Catto Park was transformed from a sparsely used, poorly drained area into what is now a hive of sporting activity, both in terms of the senior football club and also the extensive use made of the all weather facility by all age groups. It also includes a six dressing room pavilion replacing the almost derelict regularly vandalised structure. Where previously there had been a Presto store, there is now a Spar store. The New Look ladies dress shop and the very busy Argos store.

In researching the Safeway proposals, I discovered their first choice of site was the Kirkburn Mills factory. This was some time before their latest proposal, and the subsequently dropped the idea before being later attracted to Recreation Park. I tried unsuccessfully to find out who had led them to Recreation Park, but to no avail. It came as an unexpected surprise to myself, that after watching football at the “Rec” for 51 years, I then found the move to Balmoor, to be an adjustment too far. My well-settled roots of watching football at Recreation Park were preventing me from settling down in our new home. I had not foreseen being confronted by such a predicament. I was rejecting change, something I had criticised in others.

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MATCH REPORT

SATURDAY 5th FEBRUARY 2022 PETERHEAD

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New home recruit Jack Brown was given a starting slot in place of the injured Grant Savoury, Jason Brown also started with his brother Jordon Brown on the bench alongside skipper Scott Brown who was deemed fit enough for a substitute’s role. January signing Rico Quitongo starting in place of the injured Simon Ferry in the other change to the line-up from last weekend’s goalless draw at East Fife. After a stuffy start by both sides Ryan Duncan showed the danger he possesses on 10 minutes with a swinging cross from the right however there were no takers in blue shirts. Four minutes later Alloa grabbed the lead when Mouhamed Niang won the ball on the half-way line and Stefan Scougall picked it up and drove deep into the Peterhead half where he slipped a pass to Henderson. The on-loan Hearts attacker took a touch before slipping past the advancing Brett Long. On 25 minutes Peterhead were presented with a good opportunity to level when Niah Payne’s persistence forced Fernandy Mendy into a mistake with his clearance hitting the Peterhead man and dropping to Russell McLean. The striker raced goalward however Hutton used his legs to push McLean’s shot past. Henderson forced Long into a save from a free-kick on 26 minutes however Peterhead soon took over again and it looked like Andy McCarthy had equalised with a low 22-yard drive however Hutton finger-tipped the ball past. On 39 minutes Alloa defender Andy Graham flattened

ALLOA ATHLETIC

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McLean with a high challenge in the Wasps’ box however referee Chris Fordyce ignored appeals a for a penalty and the Blue Toon trooped off at the break behind. McInally’s men came out determined to restore parity and Duncan swivelled on the spot on 48 minutes and fired for goal only for his shot to be deflected wide. Sixty seconds later the on-loan Aberdeen man curled over another cross that was begging to be put into goal however McLean was an inch away from turning it in. On 52 minutes striker McLean did get on the end of a left-wing cross from Quitongo and his deft touch looked to be finding the net however at the last second it slipped past the post. Flynn Duffy was next to fire at the Alloa goal when he picked up on good work from Duncan and Payne however the ball cleared Hutton’s bar. Long had to make a double save from Henderson and Connor Sammon as Alloa made a rare attack just after the hour mark.

Peterhead resumed their attack two minutes later with McCarthy going close with a right footed long-distance effort before Niang raced to the other end and fired past Long’s goal. The hosts continued to press and it looked like the equaliser they deserved had arrived in injury time when substitutes Derek Lyle and Jordon Brown combined at the edge of the box. Lyle teed up Brown for a shot that looked in all the way until Hutton stuck up a hand to turn it over.

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TONIGHT’S REFEREE: ASST. REFEREE 1: ASST. REFEREE 2: 4th OFFICIALL:

PETERHEAD Jason BROWN Jordon BROWN Scott BROWN Lyall CAMERON Ryan CONROY Alan COOK Conor CULLEN Flynn DUFFY Ryan DUNCAN Simon FERRY

Derek LYLE Brett LONG Andy McCARTHY Andy McDONALD Russell McLEAN Niah PAYNE Hamish RITCHIE Grant SAVOURY Danny STRACHAN David WILSON

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SQUADS David MUNRO Calum SPENCE David DOIG Dan McFARLANE

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DUNDEE Adam LEGZDINS Jordan MARSHALL Declan McDAID Jordan McGHEE Niall McGINN Paul McGOWAN Paul McMULLAN Danny MULLEN Josh MULLIGAN Finlay ROBERTSON Zak RUDDEN Harrison SHARP Cillian SHERIDEN Ryan SWEENEY

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SPFL1 RESULTS ● SPFL1 TABLE ● TODAY’S FIXTURES First Half of Season (Matches 1-18)

First Half of Season (Matches 19-36)

HOME \ AWAY ALL AIR CLY COV DUM EAS FAL MON PET QUE

HOME \ AWAY ALL AIR CLY COV DUM EAS FAL MON PET QUE

Alloa Athletic -

2:1 0:1 1:3 1:2 3:1 2:0 2:2 2:4 1:1

Airdrieonians 3:1 -

Alloa Athletic -

2:1 0:2 3:2 3:0 1:2 0:3 3:1 1:0

Clyde 2:1 2:2 -

Cove Rangers 3:0 1:0 3:0 -

5:0 0:3 1:3 2:3 0:3

East Fife 1:1 0:1 0:2 4:2 2:1 -

Falkirk 1:1 0:3 3:0 0:3 1:2 2:1 -

1:1

Dumbarton

0:1

1:0 1:1

Peterhead 2:0 2:3 3:2 0:1 5:0 1:1 0:0 0:0 -

0:0

Falkirk

1:2

6:2 1:1

Peterhead 0:1

Queen's Park 3:4 0:0 0:0 2:0 3:0 1:1 6:0 1:1 3:2 -

Queen's Park

1:0

-

Montrose 1:1

2:1

4:2

0:0

0:2 - 2:0

East Fife

0:1 2:1 0:1

Montrose 0:2 2:1 2:2 0:0 1:2 4:1 2:2 -

- 0:1 1:3

Cove Rangers

0:2 0:2 3:0 1:1

1:1

3:0 3:2 4:1

Clyde 2:1

2:0 5:2 1:1 1:1 3:0 3:3

Dumbarton 1:1 2:2 1:1 1:3 -

-

Airdrieonians

2:1 0:3 3:1 1:3 0:5 2:2 2:2

1:3 0:3

0:2 0:0 -

1:1

2:1 - 2:0

1:1 0:1 1:1

2:1

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SPFL1

POS. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Cove Rangers Airdrieonians Montrose Queen's Park Falkirk Clyde Dumbarton Alloa Athletic Peterhead East Fife

P 25 25 25 24 24 25 25 25 23 25

HOME W D 8 5 10 0 5 6 5 5 4 2 4 4 2 4 3 3 4 4 3 4

L 0 3 2 1 6 5 6 6 4 5

GF 28 28 19 22 17 18 17 16 16 11

GA 10 16 14 10 18 26 22 22 11 14

AWAY W D 7 2 4 5 6 4 2 9 5 3 3 5 5 1 3 4 2 2 1 2

L 3 3 2 2 4 4 7 6 7 10

GF 19 16 21 16 19 12 19 15 13 13

GA 12 13 10 14 18 16 28 21 23 37

TODAY'S FIXTURES PREMIERSHIP

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CHAMPIONSHIP

LEAGUE 1

LEAGUE 2

SHFL

SLFL

GD 25 15 16 14 0 -12 -14 -12 -5 -27

PTS 52 47 43 35 32 30 26 25 24 18


STATISTICS SHOTS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS GOALS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS GOALS SHOTS ON TARGET CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS GOALS CONCEDED FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS 1

Cove Rangers

47

1

East Fife

51

2

Airdrieonians

44

2

Dumbarton

50

3

Montrose

40

3

Alloa Athletic

43

4

Queen's Park

38

4

Clyde

42

5= Dumbarton

36

5

Falkirk

36

5= Falkirk

36

6

Peterhead

34

7

Alloa Athletic

31

7

Airdrieonians

29

9

Clyde

30

8

Montrose

26

9

Peterhead

29

9

Queen's Park

24

24

10 Cove Rangers

22

10 East Fife

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS 1

Cove Rangers

12

1

Airdrieonians

304

2

Montrose

9

2

Cove Rangers

301

3

Queen's Park

7

3

Falkirk

273

4

Airdrieonians

7

4

Queen's Park

265

5= Falkirk

5

5

Montrose

264

5= Peterhead

4

6

Peterhead

230

Clyde

4

7

East Fife

228

8= Alloa Athletic

3

8

Alloa Athletic

215

8= Dumbarton

3

9

Dumbarton

190

8= East Fife

3

10 Clyde

7

155

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS 1

Airdrieonians

135

1

Clyde

301

2

Cove Rangers

119

2

Montrose

294

3

Montrose

114

3

Alloa Athletic

288

4

Queen's Park

113

4

East Fife

283

5

Falkirk

109

5

Peterhead

268

6

Peterhead

101

6

Cove Rangers

265

7

East Fife

100

7

Dumbarton

259

8

Alloa Athletic

98

8

Airdrieonians

250

9

Dumbarton

81

9

Queen's Park

237

77

10 Falkirk

10 Clyde

230

GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS GOALS GOALS CONCEDED CLEAN SHEETS SHOTS SHOTS ON TARGET FOULS CONCEDED YELLOW CARDS RED CARDS 1

Dumbarton

61

1

Alloa Athletic

2

Clyde

48

2

East Fife

3

Peterhead

47

3= Clyde

4

Queen's Park

46

3= Cove Rangers

5

Montrose

44

3= Dumbarton

6

East Fife

41

3= Falkirk

7

Cove Rangers

40

3= Montrose

8= Alloa Athletic

39

3= Queen's Park

8= Falkirk

39

9= Airdrieonians

10 Airdrieonians

36

9= Peterhead

6 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1

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FOLLOWING A DIDDY TEAM A diddy team. Often referred to as a smaller club with very little triumphs and trophies. No matter where you live outwith the central belt there are always bus loads of fans heading to either Ibrox or Parkhead every week, but why? Most likely, youngsters follow the club of their fathers, even if there’s a local club right on their doorstep. In years gone by, personally, you had your “big” team, Rangers, Celtic or Aberdeen (other teams available), an English team, again through my experience usually a team where a selection of Scots played mainly Liverpool, Leeds United or Manchester United from my childhood and your national team Scotland, but this could vary as Peterhead had RAF Buchan on it’s doorstep so other national teams were possible. As a boy, Recreation Park, was almost a second home and Saturdays couldn’t come quick enough. Peterhead was and still are my ‘diddy’ team. When Scottish Cup ties came about we’d hope for one of the big teams in the draw, just hearing Peterhead mentioned on Grandstand puffed your chest out. The diddy teams were never expected to reach the latter stages but causing that shock result was our glory chance, our chance to shine. Over the years there have been a few shock results from the Highland League, including February 1985 Inverness Thistle 3 Kilmarnock 0…..January 2018 East Fife 0 Brora Rangers 1….December 2016 Formartine United 4 Annan Athletic 0….January 1959 Fraserburgh 1 Dundee 0, to acknowledge only a few. One for the Petehead memory bank was 1986/7 first round beating East Stirlingshire 1-0 at home, second round beat Rothes 3-1 away, third round beat Clyde 30 at home followed by our epic fourth round encounters taking Raith Rovers to a second replay, played at neutral Arbroath eventually going down 3-0 after 2-2 away and 3-3 at home draws. Over 30 years later these are fresh memories and still talked about by fans.

These are the memories of being a ‘diddy team’ follower, coming up against the big boys and coming out on top. These cup runs are the stuff of dreams as a good cup showing is often a massive boost to the club financially, especially if there’s a live TV/radio broadcast. Peterhead have been involved in two such broadcasts in recent years, a 3-0 defeat to Celtic, in a Scottish Cup tie, but perhaps our best ‘diddy’ experience was season 2012/13 Scottish Third Division opening fixture August 11th our visitors were the recently relegated, Rangers. 4485 fans packed into Balmoor to see Rangers escape with a point thanks to a 90th minute equaliser. This was after Rory McAllister (65) and Scott McLaughlin (82) had us 2-1 up, but better was to come later in that season. After a 2-0 Ibrox defeat in November and a 1-0 defeat at Balmoor in January we had our final visit to Ibrox on April 20th 2013, and an ‘I was there’ moment was to occur. Going one down to a 12th minute Lee McCulloch goal wasn’t the best of starts, but a 23rd minute Scott Ross equaliser took us in all square at half time. Early after the break Rory McAllister sent the away fans into raptures, taking the lead at the home of the once mighty Rangers and taking everything that was thrown at us we held out for a famous victory. That immense feeling of pride, of being there was only outdone by myself and my son receiving a round of applause from opposing fans as we walked to the train on our way home. These are the benefits of following a ‘diddy’ team, going into matches against the bigger clubs without the expectation of achieving any positive result and walking away with something that lives long in the memory. Also there’s an added extra of being a ‘diddy’ team follower. One I cannot foresee happening at bigger clubs, that feeling of inclusion. Players, management and board members happy to spend a little time with fans, not only on match days but also on many community involved projects. I, for one, am proud to be a ‘diddy’ team follower.

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ALEXANDER NOBLE HALL

As the first Scots-born Olympic gold medallist, Sandy Hall has outstanding credentials to be a national sporting icon. Yet this prolific goalscorer from Peterhead remains unheralded in his native land - because his greatest achievement came with a Canadian team. The son of a whale fisherman, Alexander Noble Hall was brought up near Peterhead harbour but spurned the sea to earn his living by cutting granite. The hard physical work kept him fit and he played centre forward for his home town team, but there were few signs of the glory to come, an Aberdeenshire Cup final being a rare highlight.

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Galt's 1904 gold medal winners (pictures courtesy canadasoccer.com)

As the first Scots-born Olympic gold medallist, Sandy Hall has outstanding credentials to be a national sporting icon. Yet this prolific goalscorer from Peterhead remains unheralded in his native land because his greatest achievement came with a Canadian team. The son of a whale fisherman, Alexander Noble Hall was brought up near Peterhead harbour but spurned the sea to earn his living by cutting granite. The hard physical work kept him fit and he played centre forward for his home town team, but there were few signs of the glory to come, an Aberdeenshire Cup final being a rare highlight. That would all change when the young man travelled to Canada in 1901 in search of adventure, picking up work on construction projects. After a couple of years his stonecutting took him to Galt, west of Toronto, a

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small nondescript town which just happened to have the top football team in Ontario. With the added ingredient of Hall’s goals, the Galt eleven would achieve an extraordinary triumph: Olympic gold. The 1904 Olympiad in St Louis was the first where medals were awarded in association football, the winners recognised by the International Olympic Committee even though the competition was limited to just three teams from two countries. Galt defeated the University of Toronto for the right to represent Canada, then headed south to Missouri in exuberant fashion on the Grand Trunk Railway. They were backed by 50 supporters, including the town’s mayor, who paid $10.70 each for the round trip on a special train decked in red and white.


Hall, the only non-Canadian in the eleven, scored a hat-trick in the opening match on 16 November, as Galt thrashed Christian Brothers College 7-0; the following day they defeated St Rose Parish 4-0. Without conceding a goal against these two local sides, the Galt players were duly declared Olympic football champions and trooped off to the Department of Physical Culture to be presented with gold medals. One of those precious prizes, won by fellow forward Fred Steep, is now on show at the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. Until then, the only athlete with Scottish connections to have won an Olympic title was strongman Launceston Elliot in 1896, but he was born in India and brought up in England. Sandy Hall thus became Scotland’s first home-grown Olympic winner, and to this day remains our only footballer (the Great Britain gold medal teams of 1908 and 1912 were all English).

Alexander Noble Hall Born Aberdeen, 3 December 1880 Died Toronto, 25 September 1943 Football career Peterhead 1898-1901 Buckie Thistle 1901 Toronto Scots 1902-03 Galt 1904 Westmount, Montreal 1905 Aberdeen A 1905 Peterhead 1905-06 St Bernard’s 1906-07 Newcastle United 1907-08 Dundee 1908-10 Portsmouth 1910-11 Motherwell 1911-12 Dunfermline Athletic 1912-15 Peterhead 1920-23

Yet when Hall returned home a year later, his Olympian status counted for little, and after a trial with Aberdeen reserves he picked up again for Peterhead in local amateur football. There the story might have ended but he was spotted by Edinburgh side St Bernard’s, who liked his direct bustling style, and they offered him the chance to play professionally. He made a sensational start to his senior career at the age of 25, scoring a hat-trick against Dumbarton, and his goals in 1906/07 were a major factor in Saints winning the second division championship. This scoring prowess brought him to the notice of bigger clubs, and there was none bigger than Newcastle United, who had just clinched the English first division title. They paid £200 to take him to Tyneside in 1907, and again he made an immediate impression with ten goals in three end-of-season tour games in Germany; but when it came to the rigours of the Football League he made little headway and played just six times, scoring twice. United were happy to sell him to Dundee before the season was out. Again he made an early impact, netting a cup double against Aberdeen on his debut, but Hall was used only sparingly as cover for Dundee’s established forward line, and had to be content with banging in the goals for the reserves. His chance to shine eventually came in the 1909-10 season.

Article kindly reprocured with permission from Andy Mitchell at Scottish Sport History. Also with thanks to Les Jones, Colin Jose, Gordon Baird and the Andrew Carnegie Hero Fund Trust for their input.

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Sandy Hall (circled) with Dundee's 1910 Scottish Cup winning squad

No sooner had the season ended than he was off to Portsmouth, where he was offered work as a stonecutter, but he failed to settle with just three goals as his team finished bottom of the Southern League. He returned to Scotland with Motherwell, ironically signed by their new manager John Hunter, who had taken Hall’s place in Dundee’s cup final team, but failed to find the net even once.

The war inadvertently revealed that his family life was quite a tangle: years earlier, Hall had taken up with an unmarried mother, Elizabeth Gibson, and they had three sons but each time lied on the birth certificates that they were married; in fact they only tied the knot late in 1915, perhaps with the realisation that there would be dire financial consequences for her in the event of his death.

While playing success eluded him, Hall hit the headlines for a different reason in the summer of 1912 while visiting his mother in Peterhead. Hearing shouts that a boy was drowning, he ran down the harbour embankment, shed his clothes, and swam out against a strong current to save 5-year-old Alick McKenzie. Both the Carnegie Hero Fund and the Royal Humane Society recognised his bravery.

As it happened, he survived unscathed and after demob in 1919 was still fit enough to embark on a football swansong at home in Peterhead, coaching and playing well into his forties. However, while he won another winner’s medal in the Aberdeenshire Charity Cup, the episode ended in farce in 1923 when most of his team refused to play Aberdeen in a Scottish Cup tie. They were upset at the club’s decision to sell ground rights, and Hall led out a hastily-assembled makeshift eleven who suffered a record-breaking 13-0 thrashing at Pittodrie. It may have been a factor in his decision that summer to emigrate to Toronto with his family, this time for good.

Back to the football, he joined Dunfermline, who had just been elected to the second division and needed experience up front. Hall rewarded their confidence with a Fife Cup victory in his first match and scored 18 league goals in his debut season. Also working as groundsman, he was into his third campaign with the Pars when war intervened and he signed up as an artillery gunner, travelling to the front to bombard the Germans. In a letter home, published in the Dunfermline Journal, he complained about squalid conditions and weak beer: “You can get a dozen into you and still belong to a temperance lodge”. It was a tough existence and within months he became so seriously ill that he was sent home, suffering from rheumatic fever.

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As Sandy Hall faded into distant memory, his death in Canada in 1943 went almost unnoticed in Scotland, even in his native Aberdeenshire. Yet the first Scots-born Olympic gold medal winner retains a unique place in our sporting history, and deserves to be remembered as a local hero in the truest sense of the word.


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NO SPLIT LOYALTIES! Dundee youngster Josh Mulligan is adamant he won’t have any split loyalties when it comes to Monday night’s Scottish Cup clash with Peterhead at Balmoor. However, the 19-year-old admits he owes Peterhead and boss Jim McInally a huge amount after a successful loan spell with the Blue Toon at the start of this season. Mulligan took League One by storm, rampaging down the right flank as an attacking full-back, scoring three goals in 24 appearances. That experience, the youngster says, laid the foundation for him to be able to step into top-flight football with Dundee. After a couple of substitute appearances, Mulligan made his first start in the Premiership in the midweek win over Hearts, joining Charlie Adam and Shaun Byrne in midfield. And he’s looking to keep his place for Monday’s live TV game at Balmoor. “It’ll be an interesting one, but I’m a Dundee player so I obviously want us to win,” he said. “But it will be good to see everyone up there. There are some great boys up there, but we want to get through to the next round. “I did OK there, but I don’t know what the fans might think. They were good with me. I enjoyed my time at Peterhead and Jim McInally helped me a lot. “As soon as I got there, he trusted me to play every week. I think I played every game I was able to. “I don’t think I would have been anywhere near playing

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in the Premiership if I hadn’t gone to Peterhead and played so many games. It definitely helped my career.” Mulligan admits he was feeling the nerves ahead of his first ever trip to Tynecastle. Despite having made his first league appearance for Dundee back in 2019 as a 16-year-old, the versatile youngster has had to wait almost three years to add appearance number two. That came last month at Livingston before manager James McPake trusted him with a starting spot against the Jambos. Mulligan admits it was a learning curve for him at Hearts, but he’s now got the taste for more first-team opportunities. He added: “It was my first league start, I was buzzing with it and to get a win as well – I couldn’t ask for more. I thought the boys were first class. “We’d done a bit of shape on Monday and then on Tuesday I found out I was starting. I was nervous but excited at the same time. “It was a good kind of nerves. I’d never actually been to Tynecastle before and it was a good atmosphere, very loud. I couldn’t hear myself think at times. “It was very different to League One. Sometimes on the ball it’s tough, because it was a lot quicker than League One. “In time, hopefully, I’ll get used to that and I felt as the game went on I was getting more settled.”


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Pittodrie Cup clash made North-East history History was made on January 27, 1974 when, for the first time, official matches in Scotland were staged on a Sunday. Clydebank’s ebullient boss, Jack Steedman, had been behind the move and was gratified that 92,000 fans had turned out to watch the 10 Scottish Cup-ties. The third-round clash between Aberdeen and Dundee had star billing and the attendance of 23,574 at Pittodrie endorsed the general feeling that Sunday football was here to stay. The front page of Monday’s Press and Journal had a picture of fans thronging Merkland Road as they headed for the turnstiles and anticipating a rip-roaring cup-tie. In contrast, the paper’s back page contained only gloomy reading for Dons’ fans as it told the story of their team’s 2-0 defeat. In the match programme, Aberdeen manager Jimmy Bonthrone was upbeat about his team’s prospects and hoped to “finish with a convincing win”. However, he must have been all too aware that Dundee had overcome atrocious weather conditions to win the League Cup Final against Celtic in the previous month. A lacklustre performance by the Dons allowed the Dark Blues to progress to the fourth round. In a stroke of irony, it was an Aberdonian, Dave Johnston, who put the visitors ahead just after the half-hour mark. The overlapping full-back’s shot took a deflection off Aberdeen’s Jim Henry

before it entered the net. The Dons fought back but with little to show for their efforts. The nearest they came to scoring was when a drive from Arthur Graham rebounded off a post. Bobby Robinson killed off any hopes of the home side saving the tie when he netted just over 15min before the final whistle. The Press and Journal’s chief football writer, Alistair Macdonald, put the blame for Aberdeen’s defeat squarely on the shoulders of Jimmy Bonthrone and coach George Murray while individual players were criticised for their lack of effort. Jocky Scott was another Aberdonian in the victorious Dundee side and his excellent performance must have made many Dons’ fans wonder if he could be lured to Pittodrie to pep up Aberdeen’s goal-shy forward line. He did move from Dens to the Granite City in August 1975 and was in the Aberdeen team who beat Celtic to lift the League Cup in November 1976. Scott had netted a hat-trick in the Dons’ 5-1 demolition of Rangers in the semi-final. Scott had been in the Dundee team which lifted the League Cup on December 15, 1973, the club’s first trophy in 11 years. It was a superb team effort by the Dee, inspired by their skipper, former Celt and Lisbon lion Tommy Gemmell.

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The weather was dreadful and to add to the depressing conditions there was a national energy crisis because of a miners’ strike. The kick-off was brought forward to 1.30pm to avoid having to use the floodlights in case extra-time had to be played. Not surprisingly, only 29,974 fans braved the weather to watch the match. It was goalless at the break with the Dark Blues setting up four scoring chances against Celtic’s one. There were fewer opportunities to break the deadlock in the second half as the conditions worsened. In the 76th minute, Dundee full-back Bobby Wilson was fouled by Paul Wilson on the halfway line. Bobby took the free-kick himself and sent a high ball to the edge of the Celtic box. Gordon Wallace took the ball on his chest and pivoted before striking a low shot past the diving Ally Hunter. That single goal was enough to take the Cup to Dens Park.

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In later years, Bobby Wilson achieved notable success as a team manager. He masterminded Keith’s remarkable hat-trick of league championships between 1979 and 1981. A manager is only as good as the players under him and Wilson was fortunate in having a firstclass, talented squad as well as receiving the full support of club chairman Sandy Stables. Wilson’s last game for Dundee was in May 1976. The Fifer then moved north to become player/coach with Lossiemouth before joining Keith as their manager. Bill McAllister, in his centenary history of the Highland League, wrote that “as a reader of play and master of the tactical stratagem, Bobby has had no peer in the modern game”. He showed his skills of man management by melding and motivating a group of fine players rather than trying to dominate them.


Dundee FC's 1973 first team squad with the League Cup

Wilson had been an outstanding defender with Dundee and it was no surprise that Keith became one of the hardest teams to score against. In season 1978-79, the Maroons clinched the title by three clear points and conceded only 25 goals, a new record low for a 30-game championship. It was Keith’s first title since 1962 and club secretary Alex Rutherford was lavish in his praise of the team’s boss: “Bobby is not only a fine manager but a fine person. His knowledge of the game is deep but he gets his message across without any undue fuss.” In his turn, Wilson lauded Keith’s club committee and the players for making his job easier: “I have had no interference at all in team matters and that is the kind of freedom a manager needs. But players win

matches, not managers and my lads have shown great determination and skill. I’m very proud of them.” Inverness man Ross Jack is another former Dundee player to achieve managerial success in the Highland League. Dens’ boss Jocky Scott was under pressure to help balance the books and trim the wages bill and Jack was one of three players sold to other clubs. Jack went to Dunfermline in 1987 and became a prolific goalscorer with the Pars. As a manager, he had spells with Elgin City and Turriff United before taking over the reins at Rothes. He instigated a revival at the Speyside club and his efforts were rewarded when his team beat Buckie Thistle to win the Highland League Cup in October 2020.

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McLean, Jo Brown, L Wilson, Lyle L Wilson, Lyle, Cameron, Strachan, Jo Brown Cameron,Payne,Strachan,Jo Brown, Duncan,L Wilson,Lyle Ritchie, Cameron, Payne, Strachan, Jo Brown, Duncan, Wilson Strachan, Jo Brown, L Wilson, Lyle Jo Brown, Duncan, L Wilson, Lyle Ferry, Strachan, Jo Brown, Diamond, Lyle Jo Brown, Savoury, Cullen, Lyle Cullen, Lyle, Payne, Jo Brown, S Brown Ritchie, Jo Brown, Quitongo, Cairns, Cullen, Lyle Conroy, S Brown, Cook, Jo Brown, Savoury, Cairns, Cullen, Lyle

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