What a day Saturday 15th May was. For only the second time in our history and in our centenary year Dundee United beat Ross County to lift the Scottish Cup at Hampden.
Our wee squad consisted of me and Jojo, Tony, Nic, Craig, young Neil, Heny, Barry, Preston, Aves, Boydie, Scott and Peter. Most of us met up at the Church on the Hill pub near Hampden which was pretty much all Arabs.
Kudos to all the Ross County fans though. Everyone was really friendly and there was not one bit of bother between any supporters at all.
When we got to the ground ex United player Paddy Connolly was behind us in the queue. And he was the first of a few old players that we saw in the crowd. We met Dave Bowman next and Tony was speaking away to him as he knows him from the school coaching programs they work on for the kids.
At half time Heny pointed out that a few rows down from us someone was wearing an Erik “Pederson” United top. Erik was a hero of ours in the 90’s and is a bit of an Arab legend. The lad in front of us turned to tell us that it was actually Erik and he was wearing his original United top! We had to go down and say hello where we discovered he was at the game with former players Kjell Olafson and Lars Zetterland. Hopefully we didn’t scare them too much and we got a couple of photos taken.
Thanks for that gents.
We managed to win 3-0 with goals from David Goodwillie (1) and Craig Conway (2) and the celebrations were to begin.
After Hampden we went back to the car park and realised it would take yonks to get out so went to the nearby Asda to get some refreshments (no drink for me – I was driving). The place had been decimated (in a good way) by the United fans. We strolled past the drinks isle to notice there wasn’t much left. We later found out that for a time the fans were actually on the top shelf of the beer section passing down the crates. My favorite bit though was that someone started singing “There’s only one team in Asda” and all the Arabs in the shop joined in.
Aves got interviewed after the game for the TV. Link here – Aves at 2mins in.
We got back to Dundee eventually and ended up in the Royal Arch in Broughty Ferry. It’s safe to say it was a fairly partisan mix of people out that night and we all had a few drinks to celebrate.
Sunday we strolled to the city centre to see the reception for the team and then unfortunately we had to set off for home – otherwise it would’ve been another day of celebrations. I’m sure there are a few sore heads this morning!