For football purists last night’s Dundee derby will linger in the memory like a rainy January weekend in Blackpool.
There have been mutterings of disaffection from some St Johnstone fans about manager Tommy Wright after Saints’ dire start to the season.
Having watched Tayside’s top three teams in the last week my fear factor has grown for two of them - the Dundee pair.
Dundee United will romp to the Championship title and back to the Premiership.
Title races are marathons not sprints but points in the bag at an early stage can leave the back-markers struggling to close the gap on runaway leaders.
JIM SPENCE: St Johnstone, Dundee United and Dundee all have reason to be optimistic at the start of a new year
New Year resolutions have hopefully been made, and will be firmly followed though at Dens, Tannadice, and McDiarmid Park.
Scottish football’s new TV deal with Sky received the kind of welcome reserved for a drunken uncle at a wedding reception.
Robbie Neilson’s manager of the month award is testimony to the excellent job he’s done at Tannadice.
Tannadice Park rocked with over 11,000 fans for Thursday’s match against St Mirren, proving that the play-offs, no matter how flawed, are hugely popular and also that there is a great latent support for a successful Dundee United side.
JIM SPENCE: Arbroath are a part-time success story….but there will be sleepless nights for Brechin committee
I had my first visit of the season to Gayfield last Saturday, at the end of which, Arbroath sat proudly fourth in the Championship table.