There’s a story behind this shirt – 100 years ago, in September 1915, Dundee’s local army regiment The Black Watch suffered their cruellest day at the Battle of Loos – 57% of their soldiers who took part were killed, something that hit the city and surrounding areas badly where nearly everyone was affected by the loss of a relative or friend. Dundee would wear this kit against Ross County on 26th September the nearest match to the anniversary of the battle to salute the memory of ‘Dundee’s own’.
We’re three weeks into the new season and I’ve taken a lot of photographs – a new season is usually quite hard work at the start. Friendlies are basically there to get players fit, so there’s few (if any) easy ‘run my way’ goal celebrations, and photographers like players are rusty at first – or at least I normally am.
Got a couple of pics I was reasonably happy with from my remote camera during the Scottish Communities League Cup First Round tie between Dumbarton and Dundee at the Sthrathclyde Homes Stadium on Saturday – this is Steven ‘Savo’ Milne scoring his second goal, I got a better remote shot of Dundee new boy Jamie McCluskey scoring but I can’t show that until I’ve given the paper the choice of using it.
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Shot Arbroath v Forfar Athletic in the 2nd/3rd Division play-off Final first leg on Wednesday evening. I like going to Gayfield at this time of year, the light is lovely and the sky comes out on pics as blue from my Canon kit even when it looks pretty white to the naked eye. The light was the only thing that was warm though – it was bloody freezing, there wasn’t even any excitement on the park to warm us as Forfar achieved their first leg objective of a goal-less draw. I’m shooting the second leg at Station Park tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it – hopefully there will be goals to capture and at the end of the day there will certainly be one team celebrating and another dejected.