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Brawls, Bribes and Broken Dreams: How Dundee Almost Won the European Cup

Graeme Strachan

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From the publisher:

Dundee were the punch-drunk underdogs when they chased European Cup glory after winning the league in 1962. AC Milan, Benfica and Real Madrid were at the peak of their powers and Ipswich would represent England after winning the league under Alf Ramsey. Dundee were about to enter a new world of glamour.

Expectations were so low that just ten Dundee fans put their names forward for a special flight to mark the club's first venture into the unknown. The Dark Blues were up for the fight though, and destroyed Cologne 8-1 in a blitzkrieg at Dens Park that left the German Embassy reeling. In the week they shared the same bill as boxing legends Sonny Liston and Sugar Ray Robinson, the British Army rescued Dundee from a mass riot with as many punches thrown in the return leg.

As this remarkable Cinderella story unfolded, fans of city rivals Dundee United were soon hitch-hiking across the continent to watch Dundee as they came close to conquering Europe, before it all ended in brawls, bribes and broken dreams.

The author:

Graeme Strachan is the group head of nostalgia for DC Thomson, writing for its online and print titles across Aberdeen and Dundee. His first book was The Bird and the Feather: Caniggia and Ravanelli's Dundee Adventures. He was also part of the film-making team behind The Courier's Caniggia documentary, which was made to mark 20 years since the Argentine superstar signed for Dundee, in October 2000..

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Pitch
22 x 14 cm
Hardback
352 pages
May 2022
English
9781801501019