An Emotional Look Back At Early Dundee Heroes

Yet another picture of the 1910 Scottish Cup winning team sent in by an elderly English based fan, Stan Collins, who used to stay in Dundee and supported the team in the 30's. It's taken from a book but Stan wanted to send it in anyway.

Via his grandson who sent in the pic for him he went on to say: "I never saw this team play, obviously, but my own father used to rant and rave about that team and the day they won the cup after two replays, beating Clyde 2-1. Glad to pass on part of the club's history. My father used to go on about goalie Bob Crumley, whose grandson now writes for the Dundee Courer, Sailor Hunter and Herbert Dainty. Good luck to the present team, who I never get the chance to see, and probably never will, but keep up to date via the radio and TV. Once a Dee always a Dee. Stan."

Look and wonder at those who came before. No smiles in a day when photographs were serious business and it was frowned upon to do so. But no doubt these lads leapt high when Dundee scored the winning goal with as much pride and joy as their modern day counterparts. Sombre faces, but with just a hint of contentment at a job well done, and pride in their team, Dundee F.C.

92 years ago this year they plied their skills in front of large crowds that stood on Dens Park’s hallowed terraces and sang or yelled forgotten battle hymns and chants of days now gone. Yet the link is still there, unbroken, and the pride is still felt by those who never saw them play, but feel an affinity that transcends time. Our grandfathers may have stood there as children then, our great grandfathers, even, whose spirit has passed on to us who chant a different tune on a different day to different players. But still the club they loved and adored we idolise and cherish just the same.

Look and wonder, read the names, look at the faces. Caught in time by a camera on a tripod, a moment of dreamtime for dark blue fans for all time to gaze upon and muse on our historic past. The mere thought of amalgamation would be an insult and a spear in the side of these heroes of a former age and their fans and the proud history of a very proud club. Don’t pass them by and mock their distant golden age. Without them there would be no Dundee F.C. as we know it today. Look and wonder, as I have, and praise our forefathers.

Dave Webster