The Dens Park club have spent significant periods in and out of the SPL since the start of the 1998/99 season, twice going into administration and struggling in the Scottish First Division. However, that is not to say that every player in this team comes from that era, although the majority have. It is not just a case of the club being at a lower level but the fact they were so cash strapped they struggled to find players and then became tied down to contracts on the bad ones they had. In the end, it’s a good list of failure spanning two leagues. Dave Mackay writes.
First choice for Trinidad & Tobago
during their successful 2006 World Cup qualifiers keeping Shaka Hislop out of
the side. Unable to organise a defence he reached an ultimate low punching into
his own net against St Johnstone. Boarded flight to World Cup without an offer
of a new Dundee contract after losing his
place to a 16 year old.
Jim Duffy utilised his Chelsea contacts to create a frenzy amongst
fans with securing an international defender. Unfortunately the big Ugandan had
the mobility of a rhino. Not seen in professional football since being jailed
for supplying Class A drugs
Certainly had more of an impact off the
park. The official club website appeared in Chinese and there was a
multi-cultural fixture against Aberdeen
with lion dancing on the park pre-match. Unfortunately China had fluked a spot in the 2002 World Cup
and the national team wanted him in the Far East
to prepare. He never returned despite several attempts for him to do so which
ended up being settled by a tribunal.
Signed a one month contract and made only
two appearances in Dark Blue during 2010/11. In that time he managed to cram in
conceding a penalty, scoring an own goal and getting a red card. He wasn’t
offered an extension.
He had the poise and grace of Zidane. Sadly
poor Freddie didn’t have any end product to justify the nonchalant way he
played the game. Signed to be a pacey winger attacking defences, in the end his
confidence was shot and he shyed away from every challenge. Very popular
amongst the fans but a total dud.
Part of the second wave of glamour signings
when Giovanni Di Stefano was on the board. He didn’t quite hit the heights of
Fabrizio Ravanelli and Claudio Caniggia. Made only two appearances and was sent
off on his debut. He then tried to sue the club while it was £20m in debt
claiming he hadn’t been paid. Actually, he probably had a case there.
Despite being a product of the famed Ajax Academy
it was probably a bad sign fans were talking more about his brother starring in
street soccer adverts with Ronaldinho and Edgar Davids when he signed. Things
didn’t get better when he appeared on the sidelines wearing gold boots. The
trickery promised never materialised. Scored his only goal in a forgettable 4-1
defeat at home to Clyde.
With many Division 2 sides rumoured to be
interested in signing the former Dunfermline
treatment room general it surprised most when Alex Rae made the call for him.
Took him four months to be fit for his debut coming off the bench at Clyde. He was sent off three minutes later. It was April
before he started a game and credit to him he scored the winner.
6 foot 7 man mountain “Jan the man” hit the
ground running scoring twice in a preseason game v Millwall and against Celtic
in the League Cup. Soon resembled a standing stone with the personality to
match. Dundee career effectively over after an
attempted diving header in the centre circle bounced of the back of his head
and landed on his back.
Split fans before he kicked a ball due to his personal problems and
connections with Dundee Utd. Made a reasonable start memorably inspiring Dundee to a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone despite playing 85
minutes with ten men. He was sacked by the club shortly before Christmas after
receiving three red cards in one match at Clyde.
Well, not really him but his wife. He
turned down a permanent to the club because she didn’t like Scotland. Dee fans were then shocked to see him sign for Hibs under
a year later. Presumably she didn’t have a refined enough taste to live in Dundee.
Dealt a raw hand with having to work within
tightest budget constraints of possibly any Dundee
manager. However, facts are he took over with the team top of Division 1
eventually finishing seventh including 7-0 and 4-0 defeats to Airdrie Utd
despite having future Scotland
internationalists Paul Dixon and Scott Robertson at his disposal. Persisted in
playing a long ball game when picking the diminutive Bryan Deasley as a lone
striker. Eventually sacked after a lonely midweek home defeat to Brechin.
Problem was, we didn’t have any money to sack him so just had to ask him not to
come back to work next day. Eventually settled with a court case.
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