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MINUTE SILENCE AT DENS PARK IN HONOUR OF TOMMY GEMMELL

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DUNDEE FC  will hold a minute silence at Dens Park on Sunday  as the Dens Park club pay their own respects to their former player and manager, Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell.

Dundee confirmed this in social media this evening  saying: “We will hold a minute silence this Sunday before our game against Celtic in honour of former player and manager Tommy Gemmell.”

Tommy played in the Dundee side that won a last major honour where they defeated Celtic in the League Cup Final on December 15, 1973.

Celtic had defeated Rangers by 3-1 in the semi-final ten days before and were the big favourites but Tommy had other ideas!

It was an awful day weather-wise for Celtic and the country was in crisis too with the 3 day week and the tele finishing at 10.30pm!

Celtic lined up as follows: Ally Hunter, Danny McGrain, Jim Brogan, Pat McCluskey, Billy McNeill, Steve Murray, Harry Hood, Davie Hay, Paul Wilson, Tommy Callaghan and Kenny Dalglish.

Celtic had Jimmy Johnstone and George Connelly on the bench.

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The only goal of the game was scored by Dundee’s striker Gordon Wallace and although the crowd was tiny for a cup final, only 27,924, many Celtic supporters stayed behind to see Tommy lift the cup.

Tommy was appointed Dundee manager in 1977 and was there as boss until 1980. A few weeks ago CQN carried a feature on Tommy as Dundee manager and this told the story of him signing Jimmy Johnstone for the Dens Park side. It’s a wonderful read and you can read this HERE. 

Well done to Dundee FC for honouring Tommy in this way on Sunday.

The Tommy Gemmell CSC Dunblane will have their new flag at the game at Dundee. This flag first appeared at Parkhead last Sunday and is pictured below.

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