Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Craig Signs and Jay is Staying.................

Dundee have signed Montrose centre half Craig Higgins, the 21 year old started his career at Aberdeen and played for Stranraer last season. Also good news in Jay Sheilds is staying until the end of the season. Likely to leave tonight is captain Bobby Mann who is set to sign for Peterhead.
New signing Khalid Hamdaoui turned on the style as a Dundee side made up of youngsters bolstered by four trialists came from two down to draw 3-3 with a full strength home side in a closed door match at Stenhousemuir. Hamdaoui scored a brace, and was also involved in Dundee's other goal, scored by Bryan Deasley, the Dutchman also hit the post twice.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Ross County 0 Dundee 0, Victoria Park, 27/Jan/07 and Latest News.

Dundee returned from Dingwall with a hard-won point after a 0-0 draw, in a game which had few chances.Bob Davidson had the best chance for the visitors when he was put through on County keeper Craig Samson but the former Ranger shot wide.Best for Dundee on the day was Gary McKenzie.Dutch trialist Khalid Hamdouia was introduced as a second half substitute.

Dundee have signed Khalid Hamdaoui, the Dutchman having made a good impression in training and during a twenty minute substitute appearance as a trialist at Dingwall on Saturday. 25 year old Hamdaoui has signed until the end of the current season. He'll take part in a closed door match away from Dens on Tuesday evening and hoping to join him in earning a deal at Dens will be three other trialists, Togo international Didier Paass and Ghanaian Akwasi Okyere and another, as yet unnamed player.Ross Harris has joined Bobby Mann in asking for a transfer but although there's been interest in the players there's been no firm movement from other clubs and both players will remain available for selection while on Dundee's books.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Two More Trialists.

Dundee have Didier Paass on trial this week, the winger has been playing in Germany. Also former Ajax youngster Khalid Hamdaoui will arrive later in the week. Meanwhile Bobby Mann has been talking to two clubs, one it Hamilton and maybe SPL club (Dunfermline?)
Dundee are trying to fix up a friendly for the early part of next week so that manager Alex Rae can watch on-trial pair Khalid Hamdaoui and Didier Paass in match action. both have done well in training.Meanwhile, transfer-listed Dark Blues skipper Bobby Mann has turned down Hamilton Accies.
Dundee have a full squad to pick from for Saturday's game at Ross County, manager Alex Rae will have a few decisions to make.

Dundee 1 Queen of the South 0, Dens Park, 20/Jan/07

Dundee made it five wins in a row at Dens after winning 1 nil,the home record is now very good and if the away record was better we would be putting pressure on Gretna. It was also good that the three new signing all done well. Midfielder Paul McHale caught the eye and the two strikers will get better the more games they play. Derek Lyle scored the only goal just after halftime heading home a great Gavin Swankie cross, and he should have got his second but missed a sitter from 6 yards out. It was a good performance and one which we can build on.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Bobby Mann Asks For Tranfer.

Club Captain Bobby Mann has asked for a transfer and the club have granted his wish. He has been in and out of the team since Gary McKenzie regained his fitness. Rumour says he might be on his way to Peterhead, who are about to go fulltime.
Dundee will play Airdrie on Saturday 3rd of February, the game was called off last weekend due to a waterlogged pitch. Meanwhile Dundee have announced that Callum Macdonald and Graham Hay have been released from their contracts. Macdonald, who has recently been on loan at Peterhead, has joined The Blue Toon on a permanent deal.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Queen of the South 3 Dundee 3,aet (qos win 4-2 on pens) 16/Jan/07

Dundee were knocked out of the Scottish Cup last night at Palmerstone , the game ended 3-3 after extra time and The Doomhammers won 4-2 on penalties. Teamwise Bobby Mann was left on the bench along side Kevin McDonald. I missed the game due to my work So to the game: Dundee had fallen behind to a goal from Stephen Dobbie just before half time but rallied to equalise through Derek Lyle, before the same home player hit the target again, Deasley pulled Dundee level in 83 minutes. It looked all over when Sean O'Connor put the home side back in front with four minutes left but Lyle forced the ball home two minutes later to scenes of joy from the travelling fans. Onto the penalties, Paul Burns and Bobby Mann scored before Ludovic Roy saved Eric Paton's spot-kick. Derek Lyle then hit the post to level things up. Jim Thomson put Queens 2-1 ahead in the shoot out before Gary Smith's effort was saved by Corr. The attempts by Willie Gibson and Dundee's Paul Dixon were successful, leaving Neil Scally with the task of scoring to put his side into the 4th Round, where they will play Cowdenbeath at home.What I find strange is only one striker took a penalty, otherwise it was all defenders.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Deasley's New Deal and Cup Replay News.

Good news for Dundee fans the club has signed Bryan Deasley until June 2009, he had 18 month of his current deal left, but has added another year and on a better contract.
Newly fixed up Deasley will be back in the squad for tomorrow night’s Scottish Cup replay at QOS after recovering from hamstring trouble. And he will be joined on the trip to the borders by Kevin McDonald. He is over a groin problem. New signings Paul McHale, Kevin Smith and Rangers kid Bob Davidson are ineligible, but Gary Smith will be back in the squad now he’s free from suspension.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Tommy Coyne

Tommy Coyne's son is set to have a trial with Dundee this week, he played as a trialist for Stirling Albion on saturday. This was on their website:
'Coyne looked a useful player but the rumour is that he is going to Dundee for a trial so his signing for the Binos might be a long shot'
So time will tell if it's a rumour or not?

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Warsaw and Krakow November 2006

I left Cupar at 08:20 to travel down to Prestwick Airport via Edinburgh and Glasgow, all my trains were on time and l had plenty time to check in. The flight left in time and we were in Warsaw in no time. Weather wise it's much the same as Scotland-it's raining! I got a taxi to my hotel, which is in the centre and close to the railway station. I get booked in quickly and my room is a bit basic but does the job as I travel down to Krakow tomorrow morning.I go out for a few pints first in an Irish bar which is pretty empty, but the beer is going down well, and after two pints I move on to another bar, more local this time and I have a meal as well, which is very good. Then I find a student’s bar, which is selling large beers for half price, works out about 30 pence a litre. After a few more I head back to my hotel, got to be up early for the trip down to Krakow.
I get up around 07:30 quick shower and head for breakfast, a very good choice but no Porridge! Anyway times goes quickly and I head for the railway station for the 10:05, it's costs 90 zloty for a return journey. The train is on time and it's like the train from a Harry Potter film! But at least it's on time and we set off on a 3-hour journey, ten minutes into the journey and we get free coffee and a choc biscuit, you don't get that with First Rail! As we travel down through the countryside I notice that a lot of small farms are rebuilding their houses and farm outbuildings. A sign that money is coming back into the country, an other thing is between farms there does not seem to be fences. And all the fields are in strips, not what farmers do in this country. Any way time goes quickly and I arrive in Krakow at just after 13:30. Had a wee bit trouble finding my hotel, but got there in the end. It's much a better hotel (newer) than the one in Warsaw, and the room has a double bed and works out cheaper as well. I get my bag unpacked and head off a walk around Krakow, it looks a very nice place with a big main square and plenty shops and bars. I head up to the ticket office to find out how to get a ticket to go and see Auschwitz’s and the Salt mines. I get them okay and head off for a beer and a meal. I end up in a Georgian bar and have a chicken dish, which is very good and very spicy, with a big helping and side salad and potatoes, and very good value for just £9 and that includes tip and two beers. After that I go for a walk around the centre and end up in a bar/disco, which is in a cave. Where I meet some people from Wales who are having a guide show them the best pubs in Krakow, they ask me to join them and it turns out to a great night out, after a few bars we finish up in a pub The Dog in the Fog, where we try different strong polish vodka (very good) but has a good kick to them. The Welsh lads are heading back to Cardiff tomorrow and we all head back to our hotels at 01:20. I did sleep that night!
I get up for breakfast at 07:45, feeling okay after last night and head for breakfast, which went down very well. The bus for Auschwitz’s leaves at 09:10 and I get there in time, after a few pickups at a few hotels we set off, up over the hillside and it takes about one and a half hour, we get shown a film about the history of this dreadful place. We arrive and we are gathered in groups to get shown round. It seemed a very eerie place with no birds singing ect, and we get shown some of the conditions the prisoners had to live in, then some of the torture chambers (I won't go into detail) but everybody should go and see it for themselves, as it should never be forgotten. After a small break we go up and see the other camp Birkenau, which was more a death camp for most of the poor people who would only survive around 6 months if they were lucky, it's just the sheer size of this camp which struck me, and they had to live in huts which the army used to keep their horses in.It only happened 60 years ago and should never be forgotten, on our bus there was a mixture of young and old. One man said to me it was his third trip here and he said it was not getting easier at each visit. We had a small break before heading back to Krakow, getting back around 17:00. I went for a McDonald's meal and after that head off to a Milk Bar for a few pints! Real milk I had a Banana milk shake and then a Strawberry one. It was a fine change from Lager (I should have had a meal here) they looked good. After that I go back to my hotel and get changed, then go out for a few pints, this time I end up in a English style pub and it's full of workers from Britain. I met a few lads from Glasgow and we have a few beers, then I had a late meal around 21:00. After that I head off to a bar near my hotel, it's one the locals use and it's very old. The beer is going down well and after a few it's time to head to my hotel. Going to see the salt mines tomorrow plus travel back up to Warsaw.
Get up early for breakfast and my hotel say they will keep my bag safe until I get back. We leave for the salt mines at the same time as yesterday, it’s only half a day trip and it goes quickly. It’s a long way down to the mine four hundred steps, some the things that they have done is breath taking (I only wish is that I took) my camera with me. At least at the other end you get a lift back up a lot easier. The day goes quickly and after a quick coffee it’s back on the bus to Krakow and back to my hotel. I have some time to spare and manage to get a Wisla Krakow top (149 zloty=£27) in the big shopping centre next to the railway station. Anyway I got the 15:00 train back to Warsaw and it arrives on time, booked into my hotel, which is the same chain as the one in Krakow. After a quick shower I head off to see a bit of Warsaw, the traffic is a bit mad with trams, buses, and cars going in all directions. To cross the road you have to go underground and it’s easy to get lost as there are routes going all over the place. I did get a tram to see a bit, but it’s getting too late and I don’t want to get lost on my last night in Poland! I go for a polish meal just to get a feel of the local dishes. And I start with Pieczarek (soup), then Kurczakiem (Chicken) and finish with Sernik (cheesecake) washed down with two large Zywiec beers. Totally stuffed I head up to a local bar near my hotel and it’s like it’s never changed since the 1920’s, I’m sure the fish in the tank is that old! After a few beers I head back up to my hotel. Going home after breakfast.
Up early and I pack my bag before going down for breakfast, it’s the best on this trip and the choice is just first class. After that pay my bill and get a taxi to the airport for my flight home, it all goes quickly and before I know it I’m back in Scotland, I get the train back to Cupar via Glasgow/Edinburgh arriving home at 18:00, a bit tired but I have had a good few days away and must say the Polish people are very friendly and went out of their way to help you.
Footnote for Tommy and Harry.
If you get drunk and get lifted you have to spend the night in the drunk tank (jail) and wear blue pyjamas, and then pay 250 zloty to get out. I never saw anyone totally drunk on this trip (not even) myself!
More Photos just click on the link to open.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Dundee game off, and we sign Bob Davidson.

Dundee have signed striker Bob Davidson on a 18 month deal, he has been at Rangers for 3 years. He was on loan to Boston United at the start of the season, but injury cut that short. That's three players in and if we can add two more Then 'the future is looking dark blue' for our football club.
Tomorrow's game at Airdrie United is called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Latest News From Dens.

Dundee have completed the signing of Clyde captain Paul McHale. The Dens Park side had earlier agreed a pre-contract deal to sign the midfielder, 25, in the summer. But the Scottish First Division side have successfully negotiated his early release and he is expected to make his debut against Airdrie on Saturday. Dundee boss Alex Rae said the club have also signed former Aberdeen defender Gary Smith after his successful loan spell from Cowdenbeath. Smith has signed a deal until the end of the season after being released by the Second Division side.

Alex Rae is also trying to sign up on loan Jay Sheilds for the rest of the season. Other new signing Kevin Smith should make his debut as well.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Cat Fights!

My ginger cat Dariusz has been in the wars again. He usually fights with the grey and white cat who comes up. This time he has a soar looking nose. He should be okay in a few days.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Dundee Sign Kevin Smith.

Dundee have signed Sunderland striker Kevin Smith on loan, until the end of the season. The club tried to sign him at the start of the season, but the move was blocked. With Anthony Stokes signing for Sunderland has helped.He goes into the squad for this weeks game at Airdrie United. Meanwhile Kevin McDonald and Bryan Deasley have a good chance to be back this Saturday. Alex Rae is talking to two other players, believed to Rangers pair Bob Davidson and Brian Gilmore. We also set to offer Clyde's left back Eddie Malone a deal.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Dundee 1 Queen of the South 1, Dens Park, 06/Jan/07

Dundee could only draw 1-1 with Queeen of the South at Dens on Saturday in the 3rd Round of the Scottish Cup tie. With only twelve fit players to pick from. Alex Rae even had to play upfront. We started brightly and had a few chances but Queen's keeper was in fine form. We did score on the 38th minute when Derek Lyle scored with a header from a Paul Dixon cross. But Queen of the South scored with the last kick of the ball of the first-half.
We again started well in the second half and had a few chances. But the Doomhammers came back into it and Ludovic Roy had a few good saves. We then lost Gavin Swankie to injury and Alex Rae also came off for Brian Clark and striker Robert Campbell. In the closing stages Clark just about scored from 20 yards out but a Queen's defender cleared off the line.
So the replay will be a week on Tuesday, and if we get through we will play Brechin City or Cowdenbeath at home in the 4th Round.

Friday, January 05, 2007

v Queen of the South, Dens Park, Scottish Cup 3rd Rd.

Derek Lyle might make tomorrow's game against Queen of the South, after going down with flu. He has also signed a new deal that keeps him at dens until the end of next season. Meanwhile Kevin McDonald and Gavin Swankie are still struggling to make it.
Hopefully we can win tomorrow and start a Scottish Cup run.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Dundee Sign Paul McHale.

Dundee pulled off a signing coup today by securing the services of Clyde skipper Paul McHale for next season — and work to get the midfielder for the rest of this season is ongoing.
The 25-year-old has signed a pre-contract agreement that confirms his arrival at Dens Park on a one-year deal during the summer. Alex Rae is also talking to two other players, and hope to bring them in before Saturday's game.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

v Livingston, Dens Park, 02/Jan/07

A second-half surge by Dundee saw them get the new year boost they desired as they beat Livingston at Dens Park. The visitors should have led after an enterprising first-half showing.
But, when a Ross Harris shot was parried by goalkeeper Craig Wight, the ball rebounded into the net off the back of the unfortunate David Mackay. And Scott Robertson sealed Dundee's better second-half display eight minutes from time with a well-struck volley from a Bryan Deasley cross. that's Four home wins on the trot for Alex Rae's Dark Blues.
Looks like their will be no new faces in time for tomorrow's home game v Livingston. Striker Gavin Swankie should return after injury made him miss the trip to Gretna.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to Family, Friends and all who follow Dundee F.C . Lets make 2007 a better year all round.

We play Livingston on Tuesday and let's hope we get a great result to start the New Year. My English team Oldham are going great guns and thumped Notts Forest 5-0 at Boundary Park and now sit second in the table. Mon Latics let's go for it. And they play Wolves on Saturday in the F.A Cup. A big test for The Latics.

Partick Thistle and Gretna Games.

Dundee beat Partick Thistle 3-1 at Dens, in what was a very good performance. To the game and Partick scored in the first few minutes after some slack play closing down.Allowed Young to net with the help of a big deflection. But we came back and great play from Swankie and Lyle, and Deasley scored with a cool lob. Not long after and a great defence splitting pass to Lyle who's shot was saved by the keeper, but Deasley followed up to make it 2-1. That was the score at half-time. The second half was mainly all Dundee and only some good saves stopped up running riot. We did get a third when Rae and Lyle set Swankie away and he scored the killer third to seal the points.
So in the end a good 3 points and should set us up for the trip to Gretna on Saturday.
I missed the game at Gretna due to having the Flu.We lost 1-0 and by reports we did not play too well. I also see that Bobby Mann was left out and Gary Smith came back after injury. Lets hope that we can get a cup run going and finish up the league a bit before the end of the season, and Manager Alex Rae can bring in the right players this Month.