Tayside derby

The Tayside derby is a football rivalry based in Tayside. The matches are contested by the three professional clubs in the region: Dundee, Dundee United and St Johnstone.

Tayside derby
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Banner and card display by fans of St Johnstone (left) and Dundee United (right) at the 2014 Scottish Cup Final
LocaleTayside, Scotland
Teams
First meeting23 September 1911
St Johnstone 1–0 Dundee Hibernian
1911–12 Scottish Division Two
Stadiums
Statistics
Meetings total515 (September 2021)
Most winsDundee United (152)[a]
All-time record
  • Dundee United (152)[a]
  • Dundee (119)
  • St Johnstone (117)
  • Draw (127)

A match between Dundee and Dundee United, whose grounds are in the same street, is referred to as a Dundee derby. St Johnstone are based in Perth, 20 miles from Dundee.

In seasons where all local derby matches were traditionally held on the same weekend (including at New Year), the Dundee derby would take precedence if all three clubs were in the same league, and any uneven number of Tayside teams would lead to one usually playing Aberdeen, who had no closer rivals geographically.

Followers of the Dundee clubs consider their city rivalry as far more important than any competition with St Johnstone, with Dundee captain Charlie Adam stating in 2021 prior to a Scottish Cup tie with the Saints that there was no such thing as a Tayside derby;[1] opposing goalkeeper Zander Clark did not refute this outright but pointed out the increased traveling support typically brought to each ground for matches due to close distance between Perth and Dundee.[2] This brings a local element into league fixtures, particularly in seasons where no Dundee derbies are played due to the clubs being in different divisions.

AchievementsEdit

Between them, the three clubs have won thirteen major trophies (as well as finishing runners-up/beaten finalists 26 times across the three competitions), with St Johnstone's three triumphs all the most recent, but they are still behind the Dundee clubs who have each won four cups and one national league championship.

In the season following their title wins, the Dundee clubs each progressed to the semi-final stage of the European Cup (Dundee in 1962–63, United in 1983–84). Dundee also reached the semi-finals of the 1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, while Dundee United were runners-up in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final. St Johnstone have never made a major impact in European football, although they qualified for Europe six times between 2014 and 2021, more than either Dundee club managed in the 21st century.

All three clubs have endured spells in the second tier, but St Johnstone are the only club to have dropped into the third tier for a short period. Between them, they have won the second tier championship 14 times, and have lifted the minor Scottish Challenge Cup on four occasions up to 2017–18.

Achievements by Tayside clubsEdit

Up to and including season 2021–22.

Club Top tier
seasons[3]
Scottish League (level 1)[4] Scottish League (level 2)[5] Scottish League (level 3)[6] Scottish League (level 4)[7] Scottish Cup[8] League Cup[9] Challenge Cup[10]
W RU 3rd W RU W RU W RU W RU W RU W RU
Dundee United 61 1 0 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 2 5 1 1
Dundee 98 1 4 1 5 5 0 0 0 0 1 4 3 3 2 1
St Johnstone 51 0 0 3 7 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 2 1 1

Dundee United vs St JohnstoneEdit

Perhaps the most famous meeting between the Terrors and the Saints was the 2014 Scottish Cup Final at Celtic Park, won 2–0 by St Johnstone to secure the first major trophy in their long history.[11]

In 1991, the clubs met in the semi-final stage of the same tournament, Dundee United winning that match at East End Park[12][13][14] to set up a final against Motherwell which they lost 4–3 after extra time.

Results tableEdit

As of: 22 August 2021.[15]

Competition[b] GP DUT Dr STJ DUTG STJG
League[c] 153 57 42 54 219 215
Scottish Cup 4 2 0 2 6 7
League Cup 17 12 3 2 43 24
Total 174 71 45 58 268 246

Dundee vs St JohnstoneEdit

 
Dundee host St Johnstone at Dens Park, 2006

The two clubs met in the semi-final of the 1967–68 Scottish League Cup at Tannadice. Dundee won 3–1,[16][17] but went on to lose the final to Celtic. St Johnstone also lost out (in a replay) at the same stage of that season's Scottish Cup to eventual winners Dunfermline Athletic.[12]

Prior to that, Dundee's greatest triumph – winning the 1961–62 Scottish Division One, the only league title in their history – also involved heartbreak for St Johnstone, as the Dark Blues, needing only a draw to secure the championship, won 3–0 at Muirton Park on the final day, a result which saw the home club relegated on goal average.[18][19]

Saints gained some form of revenge many years later, with both teams in the second tier, when they won 1–0 at Dens Park to all but confirm their return to the top flight by winning the 2008–09 Scottish First Division[18][20] (it was not mathematically certain at that point, although they eventually held a 10-point margin by the season's end). Another result against Dundee remembered fondly by the Perth fans was a 7–2 win in 1997, at which time their manager was former Dundee United hero Paul Sturrock.[21]

Results tableEdit

As of: 22 September 2021.[22]

Competition[b] GP DFC Dr STJ DFCG STJG
League[c] 146 58 36 52 214 186
Scottish Cup 10 6 2 2 22 10
League Cup 12 6 2 4 23 15
Challenge Cup 1 0 0 1 1 5
Total 169 70 40 59 260 216

Dundee United vs DundeeEdit

The city rivals contested the 1980 Scottish League Cup Final, held at Dens Park after lots were drawn. United's 3–0 victory was one of the early signs of them becoming a force in Scottish football along with Aberdeen, with the two clubs' spell of success and relative geographical proximity leading to them being dubbed the New Firm, challenging Glasgow's Old Firm. Previously existing in Dundee's shadow, the United team built by Jim McLean had won the previous edition of the League Cup too, their victory over Aberdeen also played at Dens in a replay after a draw at Hampden Park; Paul Sturrock was a scorer in both years.

Dundee United would win the league title in 1983, and once again it was Dens Park which was the scene of their victory, winning 2–1 over Dundee thanks to a memorable chipped goal from Ralph Milne to top the table by one point from Celtic and Aberdeen.[23] They also came out on top 3–2 in the semi-final of the 1986–87 Scottish Cup between the teams played at Tynecastle Park,[24][25] although lost the final to St Mirren.

The Tangerines' good fortune at Dens Park ran out in May 2016, however, as Dundee won the city derby 2–1 to confirm United's descent to the second tier.[26]

Results tableEdit

As of: 19 September 2021.[27]

Competition[b] GP DUT Dr DFC DUTG DFCG
League[c] 138 66 31 41 230 174
Scottish Cup 18 8 7 3 30 21
League Cup 16 7 4[d] 5 27 26
Total 172 81 42 49 287 221

Totals for three teamsEdit

As of: 22 September 2021.[15][22][27]

Competition[b] GP DUT DFC STJ Dr DUTG DFCG STJG
League[c] 437 123[a] 99 106 109 449 438 401
Scottish Cup 32 10 9 4 9 36 43 17
League Cup 45 19 11 7 8[d] 70 49 39
Challenge Cup 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 5
Total 515 152 119 117 127 555 529 362
Total goals: 1546

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Includes fixtures played under the Dundee Hibernian name
  2. ^ a b c d Does not include unofficial wartime competitions, or regional tournaments like the Forfarshire Cup.
  3. ^ a b c d Includes matches in different divisions, and from the different eras: SFL, SPL, SPFL
  4. ^ a b Includes 1 penalty shootout victory for Dundee in 2017 following a draw, counted as a win in the source but usually considered a draw

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dundee v St Johnstone is NOT a derby, says Dark Blues skipper Charlie Adam ahead of all-Tayside Scottish Cup clash, The Courier, 2 April 2021
  2. ^ St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark weighs in on Charlie Adam's Tayside derby comments, The National, 4 April 2021
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  7. ^ "Scotland - List of 4th Level Champions". RSSSF. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
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  13. ^ "Edged out in East End thriller". St Johnstone F.C. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  14. ^ "St Johnstone v Dundee United in the Scottish Cup – Previous Meetings Part 2". Saints History. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  15. ^ a b "St Johnstone head-to-head statistics (filter: vs Dundee United)". Fitbastats. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Let's make a third national final". St Johnstone F.C. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  17. ^ "1967 Scottish League Cup semi final – St Johnstone 1 Dundee 3". Saints History. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Dundee's 1962 title triumph saw Perth side relegated as a direct result". The Scotsman. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  19. ^ Famous for ever in Dundee, Scottish Professional Football League, 27 April 2012
  20. ^ "Division One: Dundee 0 St Johnstone 1". Daily Record. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  21. ^ Leigh Jenkinson: St Johnstone memories and that 7-2 win against Dundee, Daily Record, 6 January 2021
  22. ^ a b "St Johnstone head-to-head statistics (filter: vs Dundee)". Fitbastats. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  23. ^ "Dundee 1 Dundee United 2". The Blizzard. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  24. ^ "Played for Dundee and Hamilton – John Brown". Dundee F.C. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  25. ^ "Remembering Dundee United in 1986-87: 70 matches, two finals, no silverware". The Guardian. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  26. ^ "Dundee 2–1 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  27. ^ a b "Dundee United head-to-head statistics (filter: vs Dundee)". Fitbastats. Retrieved 20 February 2018.

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