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  1. For a complete rebuilding job and from where we were in January, I was happy to make the playoffs, we just fell shy of success at the last hurdle. Toney wasnt as good as I hoped... change may be coming on that front, especially as Assombalonga slotted in nicely to our front 2. Thanks both for reading
  2. Part 1 - The Gamble... Today Football League 2nd Division (2019/20) Pre-season The premise for our season was plain and simple, ship out the dross (i.e. everyone) and rebuild the squad top to bottom with experienced Championship talent. We would raise the best part of £40,000,000 towards that effort, notable sales seeing Jude Bellingham leave for Man. City (£7.75m) and Maxim Colin take his chances in China with DL Pro for over £8m. It gave us enough room to start the new era at the club as we would invest over £150,000,000 into the playing staff to give us a small yet quality looking squad. In no particular order, the arrivals included; Tom Ince, Jack Butland, Ivan Toney, Alex Pritchard, Lyle Taylor, Jed Wallace, Said Benrahma, Barry Douglas, Alex Mowatt, Jake Cooper, Ebere Eze, Pelly Mpanzu, Kyle Bartley and Rico Henry (individual fees listed below in Transfer Centre). In total near on 50 players would leave the club either for a fee or released from their contract, the streamline approach focused on 1st team ready footballers but they had to produce. The season (pre January Window) Lets be honest here, it was tough trying to gel a new bunch of players together into an old fashioned 4-4-2. Our opener saw Brentford rattle us 1-4, as we began the season 4 without a win. That first victory came at the expense of Stoke, shortly followed by wins at Charlton and Derby as things looked to piece together heading towards the meat of winter. Alas October and November were a shambles. We would go on a 4 win, 8 loss skid as we flirted with relegation as any talk of 'form' was well and truly out of the window as we trudged toward the new year. Back to back away wins over Christmas brightened the mood as Hull and Blackburn showed pity on us, but as January came and went, only a 4-0 home win over Cardiff kept the wolf from the door as we languished in 15th and in desperate need of change. The January Window And change was a coming. The owners knew that leaving it as a £150,000,000 punt was silly, if you want to win big, you go big and you hedge your bets... that hedge would cost them another £200,000,000 as Sky Sports began to broadcast their deadline day specials from St. Andrews. Again with fees listed below, our signings included; Lloyd Kelly, Ollie Watkins, Jeffrey Schlup, Conor Mahoney, Cauley Woodrow, Britt Assombalonga, Marcus Bettinelli, Josh Murphy, Matty Cash, Dominic Iorfa, Emyr Huws, Luke Ayling, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Sean Morrison and then most excitingly of all, the English International midfield pairing of Jonjo Shelvey and Jack Wilshere. Chasing the Playoffs We had a new look squad, the board had agreed that we needed to up our stakes and that our now eye-watering £1,400,000 per week wage bill was the right thing to do in order to reach the promised land of First Division football. There were 16 games to go, so no time to slack. We got off on the right foot, beating Forest and Bristol City, whilst a 3-3 draw at Barnsley was a mere stutter as Brentford and Sheff Weds were dealt with at home. Yet draws would become a problem for us. 3 of them coming in a row as we left London with work to do as Millwall, QPR and Fulham all kept us at bay. However we were becoming hard to beat and that run broke the 10 game mark as we beat Huddersfield at home to move into the Top 6 for the first time this season. Things would again fluctuate as draws once more slowed us down, Stoke (a) and Charlton (h) the culprits here, but the reality was if we beat Preston and Derby to finish the season, we would have done enough to make the lottery of playoff football. PNE showed little threat as our 2-0 win at Deepdale left things nicely poised for a final day showdown. St. Andrews would be packed to the rafters as relegated Derby arrived and soon wished they hadnt, as Premier League quality Shelvey started the scoring, before Premier League quality Wilshere finished it as our 5-0 romp proved to be our best win yet and a sealing of our place in the playoffs. Playoffs Here we go then, playoffs or pray-offs as they are commonly known. Its Brentford for us as Assombalonga does the business in the home leg as we take a slender 2-1 lead to Griffin Park. Leg 2 and its 3-1 on agg. as Matty Cash roasts one home, the hosts gain hope late with another penalty strike but its not enough for them as we put them to one side and gear up for a trip to the Twin Towers and a tie against QPR. Nearly 50,000 Brummies invade the capital, expecting their dreams to be realised... yet they were soon in tatters as QPR led thanks to a Jamie Paterson dink. The 2nd half had to be different and it was, Ollie Watkins who barely featured for us since his move, would tie things up as 1-1 would be the scoreline heading through FT and then ET.... Promotion would be decided from the spot! QPR first and when Marc Pugh missed with their 2nd kick the Blues were singing... it didnt last long as Woodrow scuffed our 2nd and we were back to square one. The ball hit the net through the next 5 takers, then when Grant Hall scored for the Hoops to make it 7-6 it was our turn. We wished it wasnt, Jake Cooper stepped up, missed and that was it. Promotion didnt happen, our miracle run of 16 undefeated counted for little. There would be time to reflect and dissect in the coming weeks, but for now, its heartbreak for the Love-able Blues. Second City Derby Nothing to see here, somehow Villa are in the top flight and a quick nosey at how they got on this season, shows me that next year (unless drawn together in the Cup) we will not play 'the Vile'. The F.A. Cup A straight forward 3rd Round exit here, we drew Chelsea away and fell short losing 1-3 with all the goals coming before the half. The Milk Cup A mazy run to the Last 16 here saw us dispatch lower league Ipswich (via penalties), Newport (also via penalties) and then Stevenage as Benrahma spared our blushes with a hat trick in the final 10 minutes. Our hopes of progressing were dashed in the 4th Round as the Baggies shut us out 0-1 as one of our minor rivals got one over us here. Player Stats Transfers In/Out IN | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 22/7/2019 | Jack Butland | Stoke | £10M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 23/7/2019 | Ivan Toney | Peterborough | £5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 23/7/2019 | Alex Pritchard | Huddersfield | £7.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 23/7/2019 | Lyle Taylor | Charlton | £7.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 23/7/2019 | Jed Wallace | Millwall | £10M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 24/7/2019 | Saïd Benrahma | Brentford | £20M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 26/7/2019 | Barry Douglas | Leeds | £7.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 26/7/2019 | Alex Mowatt | Barnsley | £7.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 26/7/2019 | Jake Cooper | Millwall | £10M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 29/7/2019 | Ebere Eze | QPR | £20M | |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3/8/2019 | Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu | Luton | £10M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3/8/2019 | Kyle Bartley | West Brom | £10M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 4/8/2019 | Rico Henry | Brentford | £15M | |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Lloyd Kelly | Bournemouth | £10M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Ollie Watkins | Brentford | £18.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Jeffrey Schlupp | Crystal Palace | £4M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Connor Mahoney | Millwall | £17.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Cauley Woodrow | Barnsley | £10M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Britt Assombalonga | Middlesbrough | £14M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Marcus Bettinelli | Fulham | £7.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Jonjo Shelvey | Newcastle | £7.75M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Josh Murphy | Cardiff | £18.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Matty Cash | Nottm Forest | £18.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Dominic Iorfa | Sheff Wed | £14M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Emyr Huws | Ipswich | £7.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Luke Ayling | Leeds | £15M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Bright Osayi-Samuel | QPR | £18.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Jack Wilshere | West Ham | £8.75M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Sean Morrison | Cardiff | £14M | OUT | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 29/6/2019 | Harlee Dean | Bournemouth | £6.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1/7/2019 | Joshua Bradley-Hurst | Ross County | £10K | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1/7/2019 | Adan George | QPR | £90K | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2/7/2019 | Maxime Colin | DL Pro | £8.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3/7/2019 | Jude Bellingham | Man City | £7.75M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3/7/2019 | Oumar Traore | Derby | £34.5K | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3/7/2019 | Ryan Stirk | Middlesbrough | £59K | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 6/7/2019 | Ryan Burke | Fulham | £32K | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 8/7/2019 | Kristian Pedersen | Frankfurt | £3.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 9/7/2019 | Cheick Keita | Atlanta United | £450K | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 13/7/2019 | Jérémie Bela | Preston | Ln Fee £150K p/m | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 20/7/2019 | Ivan Sunjic | Al-Ahli (KSA) | £3.9M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 29/7/2019 | Wes Harding | NY Red Bulls | £1.5M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 29/7/2019 | Josh McEachran | Stoke | £1.9M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 29/7/2019 | Lukas Jutkiewicz | QPR | Ln Fee £150K p/m | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2/8/2019 | Kerim Mrabti | West Brom | Loan | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 8/8/2019 | Jacques Maghoma | Huddersfield | £925K | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 8/8/2019 | Connal Trueman | Stevenage | Free | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 8/8/2019 | Dan Crowley | Barnsley | Ln Fee £150K p/m | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 8/8/2019 | Marc Roberts | Bristol City | Loan | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1/1/2020 | Maikel Kieftenbeld | Brentford | £1.8M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 1/1/2020 | Tom Ince | Crystal Palace | £6.25M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 31/1/2020 | Alex Pritchard | Middlesbrough | Loan | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 12/2/2020 | Gary Gardner | Vancouver | £1M | | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  3. BIRMINGHAM CITY Its Brum or Bust with one of Englands biggest clubs. The journey to the top begins here, the Blues rightful place is in the Premier League... the City deserves top flight football, forget the impostors..... Its Blues or nothing!
  4. They probably wont be patching that in this years game now mate. If they can fix it, expect a change in the next version. Maybe there is an Argentinian League mod out there to download that may resolve this?
  5. The passion in Argentina and South America as a whole is off the scale compared to Europe. And you are right, money hasnt really ruined their teams.. there are the massive clubs in each country who win more often than not, but thats part of the intrigue in many ways. Argentina has the obvious big 2, but until recently (Boca have dominated in the past 5 years) there is usually a different Champion every year. Its an exciting league, its not a closed book and the Libertadores is full of stories and hope that a team from any of the nations can have a good run in it. Enjoy it whoever you take on
  6. Independiente, Racing's rivals are a big story to rebuild on the Continental Stage. They won the Libertadores 7 times, including 4 on the spin. Most of the known teams are in and around Buenos Aries. You have the La Plata duo of Estudiantes and Gimnasia (Maradonas club) who have a great rivalry... maybe trying to better Estudiantes as Gimnasia is a challenge to take on? Tucuman would be an interesting take, like you say, try and break the dominance of the bigger clubs. As you say, their stadiums and fans are so unique its what I love about them. A few years back all the Primera games were live on Youtube every week which was brilliant. Sadly that stopped, but it was a way into it all. I even watch documentaries about the teams in Spanish, not that I know the language, I just enjoy the atmosphere of it all! Would love to hear how you get on and who you choose
  7. I love playing in the Argentine League and it can be complex to understand. The league has gone through so many format changes recently that year on year its a new look. The toughest part is the competitiveness, at the beginning at least as alot of teams are close in terms of talent.. bar the obvious River/Boca but even they can fall into the mix as there are plenty of big clubs in the league. The Libertadores will probably pit you against the bigger Brazilian clubs down the line, but if you can, run all South American leagues in the game to get a full picture of it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019–20_Argentine_Primera_División Thats a good place to start as to how the league is structured. The exciting part is picking a team that has a 'Clasico', its not just River/Boca but you have NOB/Rosario, Independiente/Racing and many more that can be a nice sideline to how your save goes. As for teams, is there anything you look at in particular? Generally each team produces a decent intake of youth, thats part and parcel of Argentine football. If you are looking for a sleeping giant? Team with money (pretty limited, but sales long term will be your friend there) etc ill try to help. There is alot of fun to be had in Argentina, might even go back there myself now
  8. Doing 'Well'... Good to see a Motherwell save and you are doing better than the AI did in my current save. Motherwell sank to League One for a couple of years at one point, they have bounced back to the SPL and just this year made Europe.
  9. 2031/32 - Part 3 Off the Field and Beyond... Transfers The biggest deal for United this term was the signing of Job Jalving, a Dutch striker who was on the radar of rivals Dundee over the past 18 months. United managed to get the deal done for £20M as Jalvings 'Job' was to replace... Gvardiol! Yes the hitman lasted just one year at United, banging in 39 goals before seeing his release clause triggered by Benfica at £48M. Another player leaving for £48M would be 21 year old Argentine defender Marcos Frutos. Frutos lasted 2 years with the Tangerines before Real Madrid made their move, as United would rake in over £110M to further enhance their finances, a stark contrast to the Blues across the City. This may well be the end of the spending at Dundee as their financial position is increasingly precarious, yet Dunny was allowed to pump another £60M worth of talent into his squad as a fresh batch a faces found their way to the club. A South American influence highlighted Dundee's dealings with Pias, Zulu and Barcelo contributing for half of the clubs spending. Best XI Awards As expected, the awards were cleaned up by United players. Potent (as his name suggests) cleaned up with the Football Writers award as well, thanks to his record breaking 26 assists in the SPL this year. How many of these United players will be in Tangerine next term, that is the question many will ask... Next Season United are fast tracking their way to success and now the players can get involved, as the club sign a big sponsorship deal that will provide Cars for all their players! Other than that, United are coming off the back of a Domestic Treble, 3 straight SPL titles and a season that saw 100 goals and 100+ points. Conquering Europe has to be the next aim, but maintaining domestic dominance will be the challenge facing Tanner Dice as United look to continue their vice like grip on the Scottish game. Dunny Dee has arguably the toughest road ahead. The club are sinking in their debt, the board have announced a halving of their wage budget, which means the club are well over what they should be spending and there is little money available to add to the squad. The chances are Dundee will sell in order to balance their books, or at least free up more funds to have another gamble in the market. However the squad is already good enough to put up a better challenge domestically, so its on Dunny's shoulders to get his team competing with United once more.
  10. 2031/32 Part 2 Cup Fitba' Goals galore and for United their win in this competition would complete a domestic treble as United would be the first team outside of the Old Firm that cleaned up all the Scottish honours in the same season. Uniteds cup run would see them smack Stenhousemuir for 7, then score 8 past Dundee over 2 ties, 4-4 and then 4-2 at home to see of their rivals. Aberdeen also saw 4 at Pittodrie, whilst Celtic and then Hibs in the Final saw 3 a piece as the Tangerines hit 25 goals in this years Cup. Dundee as you will know, lost out to United once more. They rallied to a 4-4 draw at home, but succumbed in the replay as Sapa saw red against his old team in a frustrating evening for the Dee. This would be the first piece of the treble for United, as they imposed themselves over the Old Firm, doing Rangers in the Semis, before Celtic were toppled in the Final, a reverse of last years outcome. Domestic cup football is beginning to gripe for Dundee fans as they are starving for a trophy and this year the League Cup saw them fall early in a beatdown by Hearts. United had another solid outing in the Champions League this term, with the highlight being a 3-2 win at home to Liverpool that all but ensured their place in the last 16. The Tangerines would stumble in winnable games at Hertha Berlin and Ajax, but did just enough to go through with 3 wins and 3 defeats. In the knockout phase United came up against Barcelona. A 1-1 draw at home was respectable but not nearly enough, as a 0-4 beating at the Nou Camp ended their run on a low note. A tough group for Dundee and it showed on the pitch, as they would lose 5 of their 6 ties, salvaging just a draw at home to Feyenoord, which ensured their European adventure was over before the year was out.
  11. 2031/32 - Part 1 All the 3's Theres little to put here other than, United dominated and have now won 3 straight SPL titles. Id love to detail a frantic title race, where United over came the odds and beat Dundee on the final day of the season to edge out their City rivals to the title, however that final day win over Dundee held a different significance. You see Tanner Dice has put together one of the best teams seen in Scotland, its easy to argue that case as the final day win over Dundee saw United put up 100 goals and over 100 points on the year. The title was won by a whopping 34 points, United lost just 2 games all year and their 3rd title was a procession in which the whole of Scottish Football sat back and admired. The battle behind United would be for the remaining 2 Champions League slots. Of course Dunny had has Dundee side involved and the reality for them was the final day defeat at United would see them lose their grip on 2nd place and an automatic place in the group stage. A scenario that could escalate their deteriorating financial position as the club now sit on a net debt of £150,000,000 and are likely to put in measures to curb this dangerous slide towards Administration. Final Table Ding Dong Dundee Derby Its all United... #1 - Welcome Home United led, then had a player sent off late, before former Tangerine 'Sapa stole the show with a last minute strike to share the spoils in the season opening Derby. #2 - United on Top Another tight affair, but United were dominate at home this year as a 26500 sellout saw their team edge past 'Dee/ #3 - Dundee See Red A crazy early red card set the tone here as Dundee would play the whole game with 10-men, something you cant do against the nations best as United waltzed to a 2-0 win. #4 - Double Centurions The irony here saw not only United score their 100th league goal of the year (Bowie 5th minute), but also hold out to win and move to 102pts, as well as spoil Dundees hopes of 2nd place in the table. It really is 'All United'...
  12. 2030/31 - Part 3 Off the Field and Beyond... Transfers As mentioned, United spent heavily this summer (and winter) to recruit a squad that would not only challenge domestically, but also put up results in Europe. The majority of their spend went on a pair of strikers, as Gvardiol (record signing at £40M) and Fuchs (signed in January) would combine for 80% of the clubs spending. Club stalwart Antonio Marin would finally leave, as he challenged himself with a move to Fiorentina, following the best part of 150apps and 50 goals for the club in the SPL. Other notable sales saw both Sapa and Wendling trade colours in the City, as Dundee tempted them across as they both found themselves frozen out of the 1st team picture under Tanner Dice. Dundee also spent more than they received and as mentioned would raid United for the duo of Sapa and Wendling. Another ex-United player also joined their ranks as Lewis Morgan, released by the Tangerines, found himself apart of the Dundee squad come the start of the campaign. The Dee would also see key players leave during this season, as Flemming Cliford, the prolific Danish hit-man rejected a new deal and took on a move to Krasnodar after scoring 95 goals in all competitions for the Dee in 5 seasons. Another player refusing a new contract would be Massimo Gattelli, the Italian Stallion. Dundee cashed in on him early as he signed for Spurs in a bargain £1M deal, signalling the end of his 4.5 year love affair in the City where he scored 105 goals for the club. Best XI Awards United expectedly lined up the majority of the leagues best XI, with just Tambon (Celtic) and Dundee's Boswell spoiling the sweep. Gvardiol also top scored in his debut year in Scotland, justifying (just) his massive £40M fee as his 26 goals is a top flight best for United under Tanner Dice. Next Season 2 down, more to come? United will now aim for a 3rd straight SPL but with success coming in all domestic competitions and a taste of European football deep into the season, you could be forgiven for expecting too much. Financially their debts may weight them down and it may see a fair bit of movement in the squad once more. But Tanner Dice has been adept in rebuilding his team at short notice to maintain its competitive edge. For Dundee, its almost becoming a burden around their necks... another Runners Up slot in the SPL and another chance to win it spurned at the last. The Dee are watching their rivals mop up trophy after trophy, whilst they have now gone 4 years since their last silverware. Again the club may look to cut its cloth a bit here, but can they afford too much upheaval on the pitch if they want to match Uniteds success?
  13. 2030/31 Part 2 Cup Fitba' 4 times in 6 years and you get the feeling that the good times are just going to keep on rolling for United. This win secured them their first ever double and they did it in style, not conceeding all competition and romping to a 3-0 win over Falkirk on a sunny afternoon at Hampden. For Dundee, a year to forget as Championship upstarts Inverness did the damage in and 1 and done year for the Dee. At the time it wouldnt have been thought about, but now, looking back, United were a penalty shootout win away from a historic treble. Celtic played the spoilers here, winning the shootout 2-4 and not only stopping United winning 3 straight League Cups, but also denying them the treble. A penalty loss for Dundee as well ended their cup interest. However the 2nd round loss to Partick is hardly something to write home about. What a wild and mazy run for Dundee United this year in the Champions League. They looked all but dead in the Group Stage after collecting just 1pt from the Ajax fixtures, yet a dramatic late win at home to Manchester United would setup a finale in matchday 6. United had to win, they did just that, 5-0 in Turkey, whilst the 'Other United' in the group did their part in beating Ajax to help send the Tangerines into the knockout phase. A 4 goal salvo would help see off Monaco in the last 16, but the United fairytale would end there as Italian behemoths AC Milan needed no invitation to beat the Tangerines with a pair of old fashioned Italian 1-0 wins as United can hold their heads the highest from this years competition. Dundee also had a lengthy run in Europe, as they waltzed through to the Quarter Finals, beating everyone in their path, including a 4-2 agg. win over Torino that saw the Dee win in Italy 2-0. Sadly a sloppy home performance in the Quarters saw them come up shy 0-0 against AZ, a result that they would rue as the Dutch side turned it on in the return and stopped Dundee in their tracks.
  14. 2030/31 - Part 1 Is it Dundee's turn.... Dens is gone and the Rab Douglas Stadium is here, the Dundee skyline has gone through a dramatic change in the past couple of years and with all the relative success of the Cities football teams, its only right they have the modern stadia available to them to push on a maintain that success. Now its only right we talk about the cost of all this and how we are here. Dundee are just about afloat, it may seem dramatic to say that, but the club is in the can for the best part of £100M, due in part to a new stadium but also transfers and wage dealings. Across the way and United are in a hole for around half of that (£50M) whilst also sporting the 2nd highest annual wage bill in the league at £30M per, half of what Celtic spend, yet almost as much as Rangers and Dundee combined. To maintain the status quo of the clubs competing, its imperative both hit Champions League football on a consistent basis and with the SPL now having 3 slots for next year, there is no better time for the City to send both its sides into the top table of European football. So with money seemingly tight, the transfers should be controlled right? Wrong! United went for it in an attempt to consolidate their position as Champions. A season high £109M would be spent, including a record breaking £40M on Croatian youngster Gvardiol from Manchester United, with another £38.5M going on Fuchs in the winter window. Dundee would also gamble at £59M spent, almost half of that going to United as the first transfer deal involving the teams since Lawrence Shankland, saw Sapa and Wendling swap the Tangerine for the Blue of Dundee. The reality is, for 33 games the City of Dundee was gripped by the tightest of title races as both Dunny and Tanner eyed each other up and let their teams slug it out. United had the slender upper hand going into the league split, part due to their 2-1 at Dundee, then for Dunny to watch his team slump 0-3 at Hibs, as United took control with 5 to play. The split is rarely kind to Dundee and once again it began to bite, back to back home draws with Hibs and Celtic, allowed United to edge 4pts clear as their 4-1 win at home to Hearts, drove a stake into Dundee hearts. Then with both teams in Glasgow, United would lose to Celtic, giving the Dee a chance at Ibrox... they failed to take it and once again saw their title dreams slipping out of their hands. A penultimate day win for Dundee would potentially setup a final day decider at United, but with Hearts playing the spoiler in that tie, a United win at Hibernian would send the Tangerine faithful wild as they would clinch their 2nd straight title and 3rd under the stewardship of Tanner Dice. Dunny Dee would once again wear the bridesmaid dress, his team again failing to get over the hurdle and coughing up a leading position in a miserable finale. There was also no consolation for the team in their 1-0 final day win over United.. a bitter guard of honour was held as United prepared themselves to hoist the flag to open next season. Final Table Ding Dong Dundee Derby Rab Douglas Stadium, a new home for the derby... what can it bring to the table... #1 - Welcome Home Just as United won their first derby in their new digs, so do Dundee and in dramatic fashion with McInnes slotting in the 90th minute. #2 - Thriller at Dens McInnes got involved in the scoring once more, but it wasnt to be for Dundee as United squared up the season series. #3 - Rab is Toppled Sapa saw red against his former team as the Dundee unbeaten run in their new stadium ended at 1. McInnes loves a derby goal, but its not reaping the rewards just yet. #4 - BIttersweet There is little to celebrate here for Dundee as they watch United lift the SPL trophy, its a painful 1-0 win for the Dee.
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