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125 years of Dundee FC: ‘I ran and hugged Bobby Cox on the halfway line’ – Dark Blues’ famous league win remembered

Dundee Football Club’s most famous day came when they became league champions by beating St Johnstone on the final day of the 1961/62 season.

Former Tele staff man and Blether with Brown columnist John Brown was at the game and he recalls a memorable day…

“To get a feel of what is was like at Muirton Park, Perth, on April 28, 1962, I reckon you have to refer back to a couple of days previous.

“That is when the last game of the season at Dens Park was taking place, with St Mirren visiting.

“It was a Wednesday night fixture and Dundee and Rangers were neck and neck at the top of the league.

“With the score at 1-0 to the hosts, St Mirren were awarded a penalty.

“The 20,000 crowd were stunned and Dens Park fell silent in disbelief… but massively erupted as Pat Liney pulled off a wonder save from Jim Clunie’s spot-kick.

“Dundee almost immediately went down the park and Andy Penman netted the clincher for a 2-0 victory.

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Emotional scenes at Muirton Park in 1962

“At the final whistle, there was the initial cheers, then silence again… as the crowd waited for Rangers’ result at Pittodrie.

“It was an eerie, uneasy and nervous hush for a few minutes until the over-excited announcer on the crackly sound system proclaimed… “Aberdeen 1 Rangers NOTHING!!!!

“Dens erupted and, as we walked down the stairs of the South Enclosure, ‘Hail, Hail The Dee Are Here’ rang out.

“Dundee were two points ahead going into the final game.

“So, on to the Saturday, and, upon waking, the first words I heard was my dad saying to my mother… ‘It’s a glorious sunny day, we can’t fail.’

“How true.

“We journeyed through to Perth in my dad’s car in the company of my uncle and cousin.

“I literally did not see one St Johnstone supporter among the Dark Blue masses.

“The ground filled up quickly and my dad told me and my cousin to go down to the ‘dyke’ to get a better view.

“The game unfolded just as you have heard and read a million times.

“We are 3-0 up and the packed crowd are pushing down towards the ‘dyke’ in an attempt to get on to the pitch quickly to celebrate when the final whistle came.

“I felt a bit crushed and uncomfortable at that point and a patrolling trackside policeman saw this and lifted me over.

“As soon as my feet touched the ground, the ref blew… and a tsunami of dark blue swamped on to the park.

“I led the chase and just ran and ran.

“I literally didn’t know where I was running to and ended up hugging skipper Bobby Cox on the halfway line.

“There is an iconic photo of Bobby on the pitch being chaired by fans… and I am somewhere in there under his backside!

“We all just sang and danced and chanted and some of the Dundee players who got off the pitch eventually ventured into the main stand to received the plaudits.

“We drove back to Dundee and went to a packed city square where the Dee players and officials were on view on the tiny balcony.

“Compared to what would happen on such an occasion nowadays, it was really low-key.

“As a delighted Dundee fan, I thought that this was the way it was always going to be… but we now know otherwise!”

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