January 1986

Fancy a Move?

Central BarDundee's main housing office in Castle Street runs a house exchange "swap shop" on an internal notice board. Tenants like it. They can look for themselves at what's available throughout the city. And if they want to exchange their own house, they simply card their details and add them to the list.Menzieshill Councillor Bill Roberts thinks the service could do even better. "Castle Street keeps office hours and not everyone can find the time to go into the town. Why not place the exchange lists in the big window overnight? And why not extend the exchange-list idea to area housing offices? People in the various estates could then see what's available with out need for the long trail into the city centre.

Snooker Hall Opened by Professional

Snooker Professional John Virgo was the star attraction at the opening of a new snooker club in Bonnybank Road. A good crowd turned up at the Tivoli Snooker Club to see him take on Dundee's own stars, as well as footballers Davie Dodds and Bobby Glennie.

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Banned…But Not All Gloom For Archie Knox

Dundee's Archie Know has been banned from the dug-put until the end of the season and fined £300. He was in hot water with the S.F.A.'s Referee and Disciplinary Committee for making remarks to a referee at a reserve game against Hearts on December 3.

But it was not all gloom for the Dens boss. For, prior to his appearance in from of the disciplinary committee, it was announce that Knox, Clyde boss Craig Brown and Aberdeen trainer Teddy Scott are to join Scotland's backroom staff for the World Cup finals in Mexico in June.

So Knox will team up again with Alex Ferguson - he was assistant to the Scotland boss at Aberdeen before moving to Dens Park.

Fergie also appeared before the disciplinary committee and was fined £500, following his ordering from the dug-out by referee Alan Ferguson at Tannadice on December 21.

With Dundee United's assistant manager Walter Smith also part of the Scotland backroom staff, Scotland will be well represented in Mexico. And, of course, Tannadice pair Richard Gough and Maurice Malpas look certs to be in the playing party.

Your Journal

Although this is the last issue of the Dundee edition of the "People's Journal", the other editions, Aberdeen and North-East, Inverness and Northern Counties and Argyll and the Isles, will continue to be available. They will contain the regular features which have appeared in all editions of the Journal up to now.

The Dundee Journal title will be incorporated in the Dundee Extra, a new, free, weekly newspaper which will be delivered to more than 60,000 addresses in the city and district. It will be distributed every Wednesday/Thursday, beginning next week.

New Year Dook Draws Hundreds

Several hundred turned up at Broughty harbour on Wednesday to watch Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association demonstrate their traditional cure for a New Year hangover - a dip in the Tay!

The harbour wall was lined with spectators as a bout 40 Phibbies, some wearing party hats, took the plunge. Turnout was well up on last year, even thought the water temperature at about 38 degrees Fahrenheit, was much the same.

Each swimmer received a commemorative certificate, but there were special ones for the youngest boy and girl, Graeme Gatherer and Ashley Craig (both 9), and the oldest people, Margaret Oram (46) and 72 year old George McLaren, the Phibbies oldest active member.

Bright Tips

No Skin - Stop a skin forming on a sauce by covering the entire surface with damp greaseproof paper. When the sauce is used, remove the paper and the skin will be lifted away with it. Mrs Wark, Brechin.

Home-made Soup - Making your own soup? Slowly stir in some powdered potato. As well as thickening, this gives extra flavour. Mrs Watkins, Parkhead.

L.P.'s Message

Lord Provost Tom Mitchell sends a message to readers of this very first Dundee Extra.

"As Lord Provost of the city, I wish to extend a warm welcome to the Dundee Extra and wish the paper every success."

"Just as the People's Journal served the people of Dundee for 129 years, I am confident this new venture will do likewise.

"Once again, 'all the best' to the Dundee Extra from the District Council and the citizens of Dundee"

Our thanks to you, Lord Provost, from everyone here at the Dundee Extra offices in Bank Street. We can assure you, sir, and every reader that it will be out intention to serve this community well.

Scottish Cup

Could Dundee United, beaten finalists in the Scottish Cup last season, be back at Hampden this year?
Bookmakers make the Tangerines third round favourites for the trophy behind Aberdeen and Celtic. With United at home to Morton in the third round on January 25 they should have no worries reaching the next stage of the national competition.

Dundee are away to Nairn County or Meadowbank in the third round. With money scarce at Dens a good Scottish Cup run would be a big booster to finances. But the Dark Blues have struggled against clubs for lower divisions in the national competition in the past so nothing can be taken for granted. It will be hped the Dens men go into the tie with a positive attitude and achieve the kind of result one expects from a full-time outfit against a part-time side.