March 1987

A Tannadice Fiesta

Angus HotelIt was fiesta time for home fans at Tannadice last night when Dundee United gave the Senors of Barcelona a lesson in chance-snapping to take a 1-0 lead to Spain in two weeks time.The Tangerines got off to a dream start in the first leg U.E.F.A Cup quarter-final tie. The whole city was shaken to it foundations at 8.02 – only two minutes after kick-off – when a simultaneous roar from 22,000 throats greeted the goal that gave United hope of advancing to the semis.

A first time cross-cum-shot from Kevin Gallacher on the right left the keeper stranded as the ball dropped just under the bar at the far post to a chorus of Spanish sighs.

The much-vaunted strike of Lineker and Hughes was hardly seen, although the former had the miss of the match about five minutes from half-time. In the clear only yards out with Thomson to beat, he side-footed a weak shot straight at the grateful keeper who scrambled it over the bar.

And that was the Spaniards’ best – and just about only – real chance.

In a clean and sporting game dominated by the raiding of Paul Sturrock up front and the defending of John Clark at the heart of defence, each side had a strong penalty claim turned down in the second half.

The general feeling of most United supporters was reflected in the contented smiles and conversations seen and heard as they trooped down the Hilltown to the city centre, waving scarves in triumph.

As far as the home faithful were concerned the odds were on a favourable overall result after the return leg in Barcelona.

According to Geoff Fitzpatrick, Douglas, a one-each draw is on the cards there. “If United play as well as they did then I reckon we will be through” he said delightedly.

Gary Henderson, Douglas, also predicted United’s forward march into the semi finals, forecasting a 2-1 win for the Dundee side.

The late decision to have the match televised live seemed to convince most of the fans without a ticket that home was the best place to view the game. During the match itself the city centre was almost deserted – certainly no-man’s land - and pubs throughout the city admitted business was slow until full time.

The Royal Hotel, which had invested in £11,000 worth of satellite TV equipment only to see the United board have a change of heart regarding TV coverage, tuned into the local broadcast rather than the Eurovision link. However the staff at the hotel said the new equipment was a long-tern investment, allowing the hotel to pick up games and other events from all across Europe during the future.

Late Night Shopping

We must be off out trolley
Staying open this late.

Your local Asda is open just when you need it most.
With the whole world to choose from under on roof,
And out late night shopping 5 nights a week,
Shopping for the whole family couldn’t be easier.

Late Night Shopping 5 Days Every Week
Monday 9am-8pm.
Tuesday 9am-8pm.
Wednesday 9am-8pm.
Thursday 9am-8pm.
Friday 9am-8pm.
Saturday 8.30am-6pm.
Sunday 10am-5pm.

Derwent Avenue,

You’d be off your trolley to go anywhere else.

“Jih” To Take Over from Jute?

“A tonic for 1987”
“Vocals like David Bowie/David Byrne except on a higher plane”
“A genuine rarity”
These have been some of the reactions toward the debut L.P. of a band called Jih – which is almost completely the work of Grant McNally, a Dundee man about to make good.

Grant has released “The Shadow to Fall” and two singles on his own label, Breadth of Vision Records, with distribution being handled by Jungle Records and the Cartel. A government enterprise scheme and a fan who happens to be a band manager provided the finance and it looks like being a good investment.

Jih make sophisticated, slightly leftfield pop that has a great similarity to the Associates. Grant, whose soulful voice is one of the band’s biggest assets, has an easy explanation for Jih sounding like the city’s finest. He first met Billy MacKenzie when he was 13 years old. Grant tried to sell some records to Billy, who was working in his father’s second-hand record shop at the time. Billy didn’t want the Platters, but the pair remained friends and have worked together since, most recently in Edinburgh, where the ex-Associate is recording his new L.P.

Punk provided the spark that started Grant on his music making trail. His fondness of the legendary Stooges’ “Raw Power” album led him to be a roadie for Iggy in 1982.

Grant’s song-writing is influenced by Scott Walker and “life in general” he says “The Shadow to Fall” is sort of anti-drugs. It was written from seeing a lot of what goes on around me.

The next Jih single is to be a Billy MacKenzie song and the next Billy MacKenzie record is to include Jih’s “The Shadow To Fall”!

Grant said that Billy is currently “in dispute with his record company” and that “a man called Horne” is trying to sign him for his label. What this means, MacKenzie fans, is that ZTT (of Frankie Propaganda and the Art of Noise fame) is trying to get him to sign on the dotted line – but Billy is still undecided.

Fans of Jih will have the chance to see them either in London or in Scotland during the summer. The band has played at the Dance Factory once every year since it started and is keen to do so again.

See Jeremy the Bear

Camperdown Wildlife Centre
City of Dundee District Council
Open Mon – Fri, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat and Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m...
Admission to the centre is 45p.

A Distinguished Night of Music

By Our Music Critic
Programme note writing is usually reckoned one of the least contentious areas of music criticism.

Last night, the compiler of Dundee Chamber Music Club’s notes had the no doubt character-enriching experience of having assessments of Schubert and Prokofiev proved absolutely wrong by the Hanson Quartet.

“Depression” and “sombre mood” do not appear to figure very largely in the interpretative vocabulary of this outstandingly gifted you English quartet.

Not that delicacy and refinement are eschewed, as the trio in the opening Haydn quartet entrancingly demonstrated.

The basic sound, though, is lively, grainy possibly, but even in the more brutal tuttis, always musical.

Haydn can be relied on to respond well to robust treatment and a very satisfying reading of his E flat Quartet provided a nice counterpoint to the modern work- Prokofiev’s First Quartet. This is a marvellous piece and was brilliant.

The dramatic and optimistic aspects of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” were unveiled with infectious vitality – and the occasional untidiness – to complete a distinguished evening of music-making.

City Print Firm Sold as Owner Retires

Dundee Printing Company Harley & Co, has been bought over by management in a deal backed with cash from employees (writes our Industrial Reporter).

The official date for transfer of ownership of the company – first formed in 1904 – is still over a month away but agreements have been finalised accordingly to Mr Gordon Panton managing director and principle shareholder of Harley & Co since 1970.

The company, based in Shaftsbury Road, employs 25 people whose jobs will be unaffected as a result of the ownership transfer.

Mr Panton said the main reason for his selling the company was that his son, who had been working at Harley & Cox with him had decided to emigrate to Australia and would therefore, no longer be involved in the business. “Having reached retrial age, I decided it was time for me to go” added Mr Panton yesterday.

The company which was formed as a partnership in 1904 by Messrs Harley & Cox, moved to their current premises in 1973 and also have an office in the Tayside Region Industrial Office in Aberdeen.

The management-workforce buy-out includes the wholly-owned Panton Business Forms subsidiary, first established in 1985 to carry out continuous stationary printing.
The Harley & Cox business has involved production of a huge range of stationary and printed material – everything from business cards to bus timetables.

Harley & Cox will continue to operate as an independent company, headed by sales director Mr Bob Smith, production head Mr Francis Fraser and Miss Margaret Caswell, who will run the office.

Sandy to Ski Blind for Britain

Dundee Blind Sportsman Sandy Bruce will represent Britain in the Swiss Disabled Skiing Championships later this month – only five days after taking up the sport again.

Sandy, already a prodigious golfer and water-skier, travelled to Aviemore earlier this month to take part in a competition organised by the National Handicapped Ski Association.

“I used to ski before my accident” he explained, “but I didn’t think it was possible to try it again”

He found that, with the help of a special headset and the directions of others being shouted in his ear, he could compete against sighted people in the downhill and slalom

Should he do well in the Swiss Championships on March 26, Sandy will be aiming to represent Britain in the Special Winter Olympics next year in Austria.

Nightclub Plan Turned Down

The vacant garage at 152, Nethergate, Dundee next to St Andrew’s R.C. Cathedral, should not become a restaurant, wine bar, public bar and nightclub.

The application by Mr D.A.B Dick, Hillpark, Kincaple, for change of use was refuses. Three objectors included Bishop Vincent Logan. The premises, directly opposite South Tay Street, are bounded to the east by the cathedral and cathedral house.

A Tatties and Herring Supper

Around 90 members and guests attended the tatties and herring supper of Dundee Highland Society at Dundee College of Further Education.

Before the supper, which was prepared and served by Mrs Mary Lorne and ladies of the committee John Burdin of the Grampian Club gave an illustrated talk, “Some Favourite Mountains”.

Willie John McAulay sang Gaelic songs, accompanied on the accordion by Deirdre Adamson.

Lorne Street Market

Open again to the public
Attention Traders!
A few stalls still available
Trading Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come and visit the best market around.
We have everything, including the kitchen sink!