An overview of how a much discussed merger in Scottish football could pan out.
The negotiations were tough. However, the pleasant working relationship the supporters and officials of both have with one another allowed for these talks to take place. For the good of the small city they proudly represent, a deal has been struck.
Dundee’s muscle in Scottish Football has doubled. Come Together by The Beatles is on in the background as the new club’s Directors begin to plan for the future.
Dundee FC and Dundee United have just merged to create Dundee City Football Club, a name backed by 75% of fans surveyed. Here’s the latest…
The new club will play at Tannadice, the now former 14,000 all seater home of Dundee United. Dundee FC’s Dens Park stadium is to be sold off to a nationwide property development firm.
Light blue and white will be the primary colours of Dundee City – representing the River Tay which sits beside the city – with room for a slight inclusion of Tangerine (DUFC) and Navy (DFC) to represent the two respective clubs that came before it.
City’s new club motto will be ‘Tay-gether’, a call to arms in an attempt to encourage more of Dundee’s 150,000 population to back the new club.Support should not be restricted to those in the city either. More will be done to attract an increased following from the nearby towns of Cupar, Arbroath and Forfar – something a united Dundee can do much better than a divided one.
After years of holding back on footballing matters to avoid any potential favouritism, Dundee City Council has fully backed the move and today called for supporters of both United and FC to stand together as one.
Season ticket prices have been reduced from what was previously charged, and at no cost to DCFC due to the sale of Dens Park:
- Adult prices will start from £249
- Over 65’s from £149
- Students from £119
- Under 18’s starting at £99
- Under 12’s just £19 (with a full paying Adult).
Matchday prices will be capped at £20, again with no risk attached to Dundee City’s finances. It is hoped that the low prices will significantly reduce the number of fans priced out of watching professional football and entice more people from Navy and Tangerine backgrounds to come and support the new team.
In terms of the badge, the design will focus on The Law war memorial located in the centre of Dundee.
The senior squad will train at St Andrews University (home to Dundee United from 2006 onwards) and Dundee FC’s plans for a youth academy will go ahead now the construction cost is no longer an issue.
Dundee City’s pre-season schedule will begin 15 miles down the coastline in Arbroath followed by a trip to Hungary, Blackburn Rovers (home) and Sheffield Wednesday (away).
City’s first ever competitive home fixture will come against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. A crowd of over 10,000 is expected, hopefully bringing an end to the days of Dundee’s two football stadiums being half empty every week.
Supporters of both sides will now be standing together, something hooligans of both Dundee clubs have been doing for 30 years believe it or not. The rivalry between United and FC has often been described as ‘tame’ and in some cases nothing more than a 90 minute rivalry.
Representatives of Shakhtar Donetsk held talks with Dundee United chiefs back in December 2015 regarding United becoming a feeder club for the Ukrainian side. A decision is due to be made by DCFC in the near future on whether to accept this proposal.
This merger really could work.
But then again, my opinion shouldn’t count for much. Most outside of Dundee think a merger should happen while a majority inside the city are happy with the way things are.
Just 28% of FC and United fans want a merger. More crucially perhaps, just 56% say they would support the new club should a merger go ahead.
There is a reason for this difference in opinion between those in Dundee and hipsters elsewhere baying for blood.
People looking at these two clubs from the outside see a business with huge potential to grow and the opportunity to provide a unique footballing story we can all watch from afar, treating the Dundonians as guinea pigs.
For as long as both Dundee FC and Dundee United look like staying afloat financially – in football, the tradition and heritage of a club should always be given the option to overrule a business decision.