Dundee's Hampden Heroes

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The post-Second World War period was a golden era for Dundee Football Club. Having been relegated on the eve of war, the Dark Blues started in 1946 in the first official season in the second tier but within five years they were runners-up in the Scottish League Championship and won their first trophy in forty-one years.

Back to back ‘B’ Division titles earned George Anderson’s Dundee promotion in 1947 and just two years later they were within a whisker of becoming Champions of Scotland. Silverware wasn’t very far away however as after spending a world record transfer fee, they won the Scottish League Cup in 1951 in one of the most exciting finals Hampden has ever seen.

Twelve months later Dundee were back at Hampden to become the first side to retain the League Cup and in between these two victories appeared in the 1952 Scottish Cup Final. To reach three major cup finals in a row was a remarkable achievement for a wonderful Dark Blue side which included such legends as Bill Brown, Tommy Gallacher, Doug Cowie, Alfie Boyd, Bobby Flavell and Billy Steel.

Their achievements are often overshadowed by sharing an anniversary with Dundee’s Scottish League Championship win ten years later but their accomplishments deserved to be honoured.

This therefore is their story – this is the story of Dundee’s Hampden Heroes.