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ADDRESS: Tannadice Street, Dundee, DD3 7JW
CAPACITY: Approx. 14,000.
CELTIC ALLOCATION: (Unknown - Est. 5,000-6,000) - Whole South Stand, Fair Play Stand & West Stand. Access from Tannadice Street.
RECORD VICTORY: Celtic 7, Dundee United 0, 1 March 1930
RECORD DEFEAT: Celtic 0, Dundee United 3, 26 October 1985
BY CAR: Follow the A90 through Dundee, along Kingsway West, to the Kings Cross Circus Roundabout. Follow the B960 (Clepington Road) to the right into Provost Road. A left into Sandeman Street takes you past Dens Park (on your right) and Tannadice Street forks off to the right.
"Also to avoid the queues on the clepington road to get back on the kingsway there are at least 4 other ways to go. if anyones interested again p.m"
BY BUS: The bus station is in the centre of town, down towards the river and your best bet would be to get the 18, 19, or 21 from around there up to the stadium. There used to be a number 20, but its now the 22, so that's also available (sources: Bleward, Mackin) Supporters buses usually park around Arklay Street, which runs behind the East stand, perpedicular to Clepington Road and Sandeman Street.
BY TRAIN: Train stations are also in the centre of town, even closer to the river than the bus station!
PARKING: Many of the side streets around the area can be busy, and your best bet is often to turn left off Clepington Road along Old Glamis Road rather than right and park on one of the side streets there.
WHAT TO EXPECT
If you're lucky, you'll be behind the goal in the West Stand with half decent seats and plenty of leg room. If you're REALLY lucky, you'll be in the back row of the South Stand and no one will complain about you standing up. If you're luck's out, you'll be somewhere else in the South Stand and you'll have to put up with the worst seats in the SPL. We're talking wooden benches that uncomfortable to sit on if you 5 feet tall, and anything more than that and they become impossible to sit on properly as there is no leg room whatsoever. The Fair Play stand seems to be the South Stand done right however, and it literally just the Western section of that stand.
To pass Dundee's Dens Park at some point. Its on the same street. And its to the West of the stadium, so its even on our side.
Tangerine is not orange. Apparently.
To feel like you're in the middle east, where everyone is an Arab. Apparently this only applies to the fans however, as the team are Terrors.
"Any bhoys or ghirls making a weekend of it in the city of discovery drop me a p.m for more info on hotels / tim friendly pubs around the city centre and clubs etc."
Dens Park and Tannadice are officially the two closest stadiums in the world. The distance is a mere 200 yards.
Dundee United were originally known as Dundee Hibernian after being formed for the Irish community in Dundee (somewhat parallel to the origins of Celtic), but it has been suggested that they changed their name in 1923 to attract a wider support. According to one poster (Dossing9)
"There was never a link with the Church, only with the Irish community who never really supported the club in great numbers mainly because they weren't very good. At that time there was virtual civil war going on in Ireland as well and the new owners decide a break from the Irish ties might lead to a wider support."
It is often believed that Dundee Hibernian formed from Dundee Harp. This is a common misconception, and in actual fact Dundee Hibernian merely filled the void in 1909, three years after the demise of Harp. The truth is that Dundee Harp changed their name to Dundee Hibernian in 1894 after the SFA expelled them. This change failed to work and the name was changed back within a year.
Tannadice Park was formerly known as Clepington Park and was the home of Dundee Wanderers until Dundee Hibernian displaced them. For their cheek, Dundee Wanderers beat Dundee Hibernian 2-1 in just their second game ever (the first being a 1-1 draw with the Hibernian of Edinburgh)
Dundee Hibernian had something of an up and down history, including resigning from the league twice in 12 months due to a campaign to have a second division re-introduced after the first world war. Indeed, Dundee Hibernian nearly went under altogether in the early 20s after they once again dropped out the league. With nowhere to play they looked finished, until Celtic came to the rescue by nominating Dundee Hibs as their replacement for their reserve team that was playing in the Scottish Alliance League. This gave new owners time to come in and once again get the team into the Scottish League proper, where they have been since 1923 - obviously a big year for the team.
Dundee United and Celtic's ties may not be what they were in the early days, but it seems that even now they have similarities. For instance, after losing in the final of the 1987 UEFA Cup final, the fans of Dundee United were awarded the Fair Play Award for their sporting behaviour on that ultimately disappointing night for the club. A feat Celtic emulated 16 years later... albeit in MUCH greater numbers - and Celtic fans also got the award from UEFA. But even that is similar as it was the first time UEFA had awarded it to the fans of a club - just as Dundee United's award was the first for fans from FIFA.
Following on from this, the western section of the south stand is known as the Fair Play Stand to commemorate the award given to the fans. This coincided with the work done to improve the facilities in that stand in 1987. The North Stand was completed in 1991, the East Stand and improvements to the West Stand in 1994, and finally the South Stand was updated in 1997.
Just to confuse you, there's a whole host of different names for these stands. There's the South Stand, the Main Stand and the Jerry Kerr Stand, which all refer to the one housing those hideous wooden benches. There's the West Stand, which is also known as the Shed. There's the North Stand which goes by the name of the George Fox Stand. Fortunately, the East and Fair Play Stands are only known as that. So far...
In the 1966/67 season, Celtic won every competition they entered. But only one team can lay claim to having beaten Celtic home and away that same season. The record books show that Celtic only lost two games in the league all season - Dundee United completed the double over Celtic in May 1967 with a 3-2 win at Celtic Park, matching the same scoreline from the game at Tannadice. This was also Dundee United's first ever win at Celtic Park.
Martin O'Neill's first competitive game as manager of Celtic took place at Tannadice. A 2-1 win in the league on 30th July 2000 set Celtic on the way to the treble.
TIM FRIENDLY PUBS
"The Centenary is a good pub, but get there early as it gets seriously mobbed."
"You dont need to cover your colours at the Centenary, the Celtic fans get given the function suite upstairs."
"The Centenary - The function suite upstairs is used for away fans and from memeory is usually packed."
"The Charleston Bar on Charleston Drive is a Tim friendly pub and is home to the Dundee West CSC, but is quite far from the ground."
"Frews bar at the provost rd/strathmartine rd junction,the lounge is a hoops only zone,the bar is a mixed affair but no hassle with either dundee or united fans."
"The Glens on the Clepington Road across from the city council depot is a tim friendly pub with the st fergus csc leaving from there. Separate function room upstairs holds 30/40 tims easy. if you want your csc booked in p.m me."
"the lochee sports bar is a renowned celtic bar and just 15 mns from tannadice as are all bars in lochee also known as tipperary due to the irish immigrants who settled here at the turn of the century,signs for lochee are picked up around the 2nd circle up on the kingsway and lochee about a mile at most down coupar angus road,lochee sports bar on left as you enter lochee high st,you won"t be disappointed.."
PUBS TO AVOID
"Reillys Pool Hall(Arkley Street). Ferrari's(Dura Street) . Various places to avoid in the city centre Mac Daniels,Mercantile - usually hang outs for casuals."
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