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Leigh Griffiths | 13:38 UK time, Friday, 12 March 2010

Getting a goal for Scotland in the recent Under-21s match against Azerbaijan was an incredible feeling.

It was the first time I'd scored for my country in a competitive match and I'm hungry for more.

We were disappointed we could only draw but we'll just have to make sure we win the last two games and reach the European Championship.

Back at Dundee, results went our way again in midweek with Ross County and Queen of the South both dropping points.

We had to fight to get a point against Inverness on Saturday after making a decent start to the game.

We created a few good chances then let them back into it and conceded two soft goals.

But once Brian Kerr pulled one back the fans got right behind us and we could have nicked it in the end.

Gary Harkins' goal took a massive deflection to earn the draw, but we'll take that kind of good fortune every week if it helps us to clinch the title.Gary Harkins has been ribbed by his team-mates over his choice of headwear

Some people in the papers were saying how lucky we were.

But Ross County got a similar result against Dunfermline a few weeks ago and it was described as the mark of champions.

Anyway, since Gaz got us an important point I'll give him a break from taking the mickey over his ridiculous hat.

He won the First Division player of the month earlier this year and turned up in what looked like an Eskimo bunnet to collect the trophy.

The boys couldn't allow that to go unnoticed and he's been getting pelters for it ever since.

He really needs to get rid of it; to be fair to him he's not the only one who needs a fashion tip or two - there are a few dodgy dressers at Dens.

David Cowan always wears polo shirts that are about 10 times too wee for him just to show off his muscles.

Then there's Eddie Malone who wears the same cardigan every day I think. John Gibson, who's on loan at Elgin, has some really wild tracksuits.

In fact, that might be why he was sent on loan...

And big Jim Lauchlin thinks he's a smart dresser, and then he turns up for training wearing an Army shirt.

No doubt the boys will give me some stick after these revelations, but it's all good banter.

There's nobody in our dressing room who doesn't get on with each other and when we get down to the nitty gritty we all pull together on the park.

That kind of team spirit is really important. And now we have a new face in the squad in the shape of Bob Malcolm.

Bob's a massive addition: he won SPL titles and cups with Rangers, and knows what's required in the run-in to championships.

If the league goes down to the last day he's got the experience to handle that kind of pressure.

You wouldn't think it if you've watched him play, but he's actually a quiet big guy.

In the changing room he hardly speaks a word. But on the park he turns into the Incredible Hulk.

He doesn't let anything past him and he's a great talker on the park as well.

So wherever the manager decides to play him, I'm sure he'll help everyone around him

As a forward it was a real pleasure to watch Wayne Rooney in action against AC Milan the other night.

He's on a different planet right now and everything he touches turns to gold right now.

He's started adding headers to his game and the composure he had to take his second goal was amazing.

You've got to admire someone like him. When I used to go and watch Hibs as a 13-year-old, Derek Riordan was the player I idolised.

Everything he did was incredible, whether it was scoring goals from 30 yards or three yards.

But, although I respect these players, I don't try to copy their style.

I just try to analyse my own performance and try to do more of the good bits and less of the bad bits.

On Saturday we have a break from the league for the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

Some people might have preferred us not to have to play cup games as well as we go for SPL promotion.

But all the boys see it as a massive chance to get to play a semi-final at Hampden.

To do that we'll have to beat Raith Rovers and I'm expecting a very tough game.

Nobody backed them to win against Aberdeen. But they did, and they'll be coming here without fear.

They'll bring a good support too, but we had another fantastic crowd of 5,000 at Dens last week.

I'd ask the Dundee fans to come out to get behind the boys again.

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  • 1. At 4:20pm on 12 Mar 2010, RyanAFCT wrote:

    With all due respect Leigh, have a terrible end to the season, leaving the way clear for us to make an instant return to the SPL. Cheers.

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  • 2. At 4:31pm on 12 Mar 2010, mattbobbillburns wrote:

    WHA'S IN CHERGE AT DUNDEE PAL?

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  • 3. At 7:14pm on 12 Mar 2010, Stanley Caledonian wrote:

    Hiya Leigh, Hiya pal!

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  • 4. At 7:31pm on 12 Mar 2010, Ruffifan wrote:

    Hiya Lee, Hiya pal!

    Talking about fashion blunders; is it true Jocky struts about with his top off?

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  • 5. At 10:16pm on 12 Mar 2010, Archie wrote:

    See how Wayne is on a different planet? Can you get there by jetpack?

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  • 6. At 01:18am on 13 Mar 2010, DBsPA wrote:

    WHAR'S JOCKY'S TIPPEX?

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  • 7. At 08:33am on 13 Mar 2010, natalie wrote:

    well done mate

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  • 8. At 1:44pm on 13 Mar 2010, The Dee Slayer wrote:

    THUNDERCATS HOOOOOO!

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  • 9. At 2:28pm on 13 Mar 2010, SirEdmund89 wrote:

    Hiya Leigh, Hiya Pal!

    You paid back Jocky that 25 pound you owe him?

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  • 10. At 7:53pm on 13 Mar 2010, crag wrote:

    Red Card for Dundee leigh IT has to be said you play for a joke of a team and could do so much better

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  • 11. At 3:35pm on 14 Mar 2010, ilostmyself wrote:

    Hiya Leigh, Hiya Pal,

    Is it true that this is The Age of Jockey? Still having nightmares? Teckle!

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  • 12. At 4:50pm on 14 Mar 2010, liam_afc wrote:

    Hiya Leigh, Hiya Pal,

    Whas in charge here Leigh?

    David Goodwillie recovered from his traumatic time with Jocky in the bus back from the Scotland game yet?

    Eddie Malone came back after you shot him into Tannadice with a cannon?

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  • 13. At 1:37pm on 15 Mar 2010, Vicky wrote:

    Hiya Leigh. Hiya Pal!

    I hope yer no going to go too hungry in yer teepee this week after Jocky bet all yer wages on you lot beating the Rovers at the weekend? Never mind, there's always the rice krispies at training to munch on. Teckle!

    PS - I saw Jocky's tippex the day, John McGlynn's got it :)

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  • 14. At 2:30pm on 15 Mar 2010, markrrfc wrote:

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  • 15. At 2:31pm on 15 Mar 2010, markrrfc wrote:

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  • 16. At 2:32pm on 15 Mar 2010, markrrfc wrote:

    who have you got in the semi's




    oh wait "The Dee's" arent there hahahahahahaha

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  • 17. At 2:32pm on 15 Mar 2010, markrrfc wrote:

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  • 18. At 6:58pm on 15 Mar 2010, begoy wrote:

    hiya pal.

    how teckle are frozing kwench cups??

    chin up pal.

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  • 19. At 10:54pm on 15 Mar 2010, begoy wrote:

    hiya pal.

    sorry aboot the shoddy spelling in my last post, just had a couple oh tins of export efter meh tea. pure minter like, ken?

    anyhoo, sunny d is the future begoy!!

    see ya pal!

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  • 20. At 1:18pm on 16 Mar 2010, Stew wrote:

    What a waste of time this is. Hope you are going to enjoy your trip to Somerset Par on Wednesday where you are HATED. Perhaps got omething to do with when yo stormed off the park after blowing a 2 nil lead last time you visited. You will be taking pelters and I can't wait to be hearing. Stevo and big McGown on his debut more of the same this time and you won't be so lucky with the goalie dropping the ball this time. It will be WELCOME TO HELL for you

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  • 21. At 3:11pm on 16 Mar 2010, Eddie Ryce wrote:

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  • 22. At 6:12pm on 16 Mar 2010, Stew wrote:

    To Eddie Rice, chooe your words carefully as what you have just said is slander and I recommend you remove it. As for you and your supposed supporting of Dundee 'Plastic Fan' springs to mind. If you have perhaps seen him play, which is prob never you will see he just has pace and nowt else tbh. His attitude is wrong and tbh I would never ever want him in my team...... so remove your comment as slander case will follow

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  • 23. At 7:38pm on 16 Mar 2010, Bad Haircut wrote:

    You are and always will be a Dundee Legend

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  • 24. At 10:12pm on 16 Mar 2010, Shandeeker wrote:

    Hiya Leigh, Hiya Pal.

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  • 25. At 10:50pm on 16 Mar 2010, whasinchergehere wrote:

    Hiya freestylepumper! Hiya pal!

    Pope Jocky isnae worried about yer pal Perry Mason. I'll set Malone an ye, and then it'll be Thundercats HOOOOO!!!!

    Telt.

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  • 26. At 03:31am on 17 Mar 2010, bigpedro wrote:

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  • 27. At 11:57am on 17 Mar 2010, DerbyshireArab wrote:

    Although I'm (obviously) with the other half of the city you get loads of brownie points in my book for going for the ball rather than going down in the box in the Challenge Cup final. Shows your heart's in the right place. Wish lots of others did the same,particularly south of the border where the problem is much much worse. Hope Dundee go up (and then we beat you 6-0)
    Iain

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  • 28. At 10:11pm on 17 Mar 2010, natalie wrote:

    Can anyone answer this question??Where does Leigh live???????

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  • 29. At 10:44pm on 17 Mar 2010, Stew wrote:

    Ooops what happened at the against the mighty Ayr, come on the Honest Men, your boy Paton deserved to go, you had a good game tbh. Unfortunatly your boy Harkins wears a s+++e hat and well he may of scored, given his back pocket rub, but when we scored he couldn't even turn and face the fans he had go at!!!! LOL, well good luck for rest season, have a feeling you will need it. The whole team looked ordinary for the amount of money spent and we will welcome you back in Ayr next season in the first division.

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  • 30. At 11:06pm on 17 Mar 2010, Derek wrote:

    hiya Leigh hiya pal!

    did jockey make you wear the earpeice again tonight pal ?


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  • 31. At 10:56am on 18 Mar 2010, Aquascutum wrote:

    Leigh, you're blog is of the standard of a 5 year old & you repeatedly state the obvious " we hope it clinches us the title", well who would've guessed it?
    As for County & Queens dropping points, you seem to keep ignoring Caley's chances, any reason as to why? Surely have a far better chance that Queens now, & with you's having to come up here on the last day of the season....Bizarre.

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  • 32. At 4:42pm on 18 Mar 2010, David wrote:

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  • 34. At 6:29pm on 18 Mar 2010, natalie wrote:

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  • 35. At 11:50am on 19 Mar 2010, dufcterror - I love the shimmy wrote:

    Hiya Leigh, hiya pal!

    WHA'S IN CHARGE HERE?

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  • 36. At 12:34pm on 19 Mar 2010, Jockys Tash wrote:

    HIYA LEIGH... HIYA PAL!

    Hows you he day, arite?

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  • 37. At 1:14pm on 19 Mar 2010, Jockys Tash wrote:

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  • 38. At 7:13pm on 19 Mar 2010, David wrote:

    Do you use the Mint Original Source shower gel? Nippy stuff. I hear Jocky likes it.

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  • 39. At 7:16pm on 19 Mar 2010, David wrote:

    Fireworks are teckle!

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  • 40. At 7:25pm on 19 Mar 2010, perth st johnstone wrote:

    telt

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  • 41. At 10:14pm on 20 Mar 2010, Jockys Tash wrote:

    Hiya Leigh, hiya pal! Whas in cherge noo?

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  • 42. At 1:23pm on 21 Mar 2010, Stew wrote:

    Hahahahahahahah, you guys are awful now, did Jocky walk or get sacked? fancy getting humped 3 nil by Airdrie, hahahahah. Well guess we will be seeing Dundee at Somerset Park next season prob wiithout you As you will be somewhere better

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  • 43. At 2:15pm on 21 Mar 2010, Beacharab wrote:

    Hiya Leigh! Hiya Pal!
    That bunnet is pure teckle by the way, im wondering if soapy has got one, best go upstairs and check see if he is ready to wash some balls,

    Monkey Puzzle trees are pure teckle

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  • 44. At 5:09pm on 21 Mar 2010, Shandeeker wrote:

    Hiya Leigh, Hiya Pal.

    Jockys gone! Whas in cherge? Mon The Staggies the leagues yours! Del's in cherge and Brewsters pure teckle

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  • 45. At 7:38pm on 21 Mar 2010, barrsmit wrote:

    hi leigh
    new managers get back to your scoring lets do this the league is ours for the taking!

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  • 46. At 8:58pm on 21 Mar 2010, Roberto calico wrote:

    So Leigh I ask again-in order for you to play in the SPL when will you be joining the big team in Dundee :- ) ?

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  • 47. At 9:42pm on 21 Mar 2010, dundeefc1989 wrote:

    leigh,
    as a dark blues regular at dens, i have to say our form of late has been terrible. we lack structure, creativity and attitude. deffianately not the credentials of a league winning side. with the squad of players we have at hand and being 9 points ahead at christmas, it makes me think at what point did it go wrong.
    watching you lot on that park of late has been like watching a sunday league team after the players had a few too many pints the night before ( how i hope that doesnt ring true leigh!), you lot seem to lack any desire or passion in those dark blue shirts. i knw i'm an armchair critic, but the fans seem to have more desire to put in the hard yards than you boys at th minute and as much as i loved the challenge cup final ( dont get me wrong i loved tht day, one ill take to the grave) i didnt realise that attempting to come back from two down was goin to be a regular sight at dens, and the sacking of jocky. what i can i say... i'm disappointed, i feel it will have more of a negative impact rather than posistive but who knws. with gordon chism i see a good manager, someone who has led the dees in a playing an has been sucessful in this league and understands what we're up againset but i do not agree with th appointment of dodds, his comments on radio of us have left a lot to be desired and won't sit well with the fans, but who knws maybe they'll get you lads playing again an see us home. all i can say is i'll be at dens tuesday against QOS, looking for some immediate reaction to whats happened and hoping you can prove me wrong. good luck griffths an all the boys, do us proud and bring us home the league. C'MON DUNDEEEE!!!!

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  • 48. At 9:52pm on 21 Mar 2010, Jockys Tash wrote:

    Hiya Leigh, hiya pal! Gordons in cherge!!! Come on Leigh my son get these begiods telt! We're teckle, the tecklyist o the teckle, the tecklemysters the top teckle instigators in the league!!

    Mon the Dee!

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  • 49. At 10:34am on 23 Mar 2010, noonooman wrote:

    We have to have a go from the whistle,high tempo,put opposition back on their heels.As Chis says its 9 cup finals,no fear just do it!...............Rhumba time!

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  • 50. At 9:41pm on 23 Mar 2010, Stew wrote:

    Oh dear you guys can't beat 10 men again!!!! We humped Queens 3-0 on Saturday, prepare yourselves for first division again next year. Looks like ICT are going up HANEK HANEK HANEK.............

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  • 51. At 8:14pm on 25 Mar 2010, David wrote:

    Hiya Leigh! Hiya Pal! Do you have writer's block?

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  • 52. At 10:17pm on 25 Mar 2010, dufcterror - I love the shimmy wrote:

    Hiya Leigh hiya pal!

    Why is there a link for this in the SPL page?
    You'll no be playing here for years....

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  • 53. At 8:30pm on 26 Mar 2010, Roberto calico wrote:

    Hiya Leigh! Hiya pal!

    Well it looks like Chis is not the Messiah-he's just a very naughty boy.

    So when will you be joining the big team in Dundee ?

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  • 54. At 5:44pm on 30 Mar 2010, ZBoy wrote:

    Hiya Leigh, Hiya Pal!

    Thought everything was going teckle like with the glorious leader Jocky Scott - However, the age of Jocky is no longer with us.

    How's training going with Billy's cone set-up? Billy likes Futba, he really does.

    Straight Out O' Dundee.

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  • 55. At 00:00am on 31 Mar 2010, RyanAFCT wrote:

    First off, what is this 'Hiya Lee, Hiya Pal' stuff?

    Secondly, hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!! The title is ours to lose now. You've thrown it, lads.

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  • 56. At 10:55am on 31 Mar 2010, abracadarab wrote:

    Hiya leah, hiya pal . . .teckle result last night . . .

    Mr Melville i`ll no be pleased . . . .

    "You scared of papa shango ?"

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  • 57. At 11:53am on 31 Mar 2010, YumIrnBru wrote:

    Hiya Leigh, Hiya pal.

    Looking forward to seeing you play caley at the end of the season. Im interested though, has jocky ever worn his jetpack whilst dressed as deewok the mascot or is he always stripped to the waste? Also, could you ask Jocky what he did with his dodgem? looking for a new car and fancy one masel, Teckle

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  • 58. At 04:29am on 01 Apr 2010, hibsinoz wrote:

    Hiya Leigh! Hiya Pal

    Nobody works up a lather like Soapy Soutar eh? Pure teckle

    Get Chisholm Telt!

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  • 59. At 12:53pm on 01 Apr 2010, Black_n_White1987 wrote:

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  • 60. At 10:13am on 03 Apr 2010, TommyCoss wrote:

    Unless the average age of posters is 14 or below, there has surely been some contamination of the nation's water supply.

    No go area.

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  • 61. At 01:22am on 04 Apr 2010, liam_afc wrote:

    Hiya Leigh! Hiya Pal!

    Get Azerbaijan telt Leigh!

    Billy likes futba!

    Pure Teckle, Whas in charge here Leigh?

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  • 62. At 7:21pm on 04 Apr 2010, dufcterror - I love the shimmy wrote:

    Google the real leigh griffiths blog

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  • 63. At 10:37am on 06 Apr 2010, the-old-castle-rock wrote:

    Get TommyCoss telt!

    Whae's in cherge here?

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  • 64. At 1:47pm on 06 Apr 2010, saintkev wrote:

    Why have these witty insights stopped? Surely not because Dundee are trying their best to throw away the league?! You should have joined up at Saints with Murray Davidson and Dave Mackay... top bananas!

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  • 65. At 11:54pm on 13 Apr 2010, FridayYodel wrote:

    "And now we have a new face in the squad in the shape of Bob Malcolm."

    Imagine having a face like that. I'm no surprised this face hasn't been revealed to the public.

    BTW - Hiya Leigh, hiya pal.

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  • 66. At 02:41am on 17 Apr 2010, Rab Cluvell wrote:

    Congratulations on your nomination for the Scottish Young Player of the Year and of course to both you and Gary Harkins for your nominations for the Scottish First Division Player of the Year. It must be especially pleasing to you taking into account that you are the only player outwith the SPL to be nominated. Well done. I suppose it would be a perfect night for all Dees if you won the Young Player trophy and GGH won the SFL1 award. (Mind you, I dinna think he's done a lot for his chances by wearing that thing on his heid!). Anyway best of luck to you both. Good luck also at Cappielow tomorrow. Dig deep please. We need the win.

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  • 67. At 7:54pm on 17 Apr 2010, TheWesthillDon wrote:

    Why has this blog stopped this last month?
    Could it be the fact that soon after your last post Jocky Scott got the bullet and since then Dungdee have continually dropped points and have blown the title and promotion.
    Division 1 for another season .... nae luck.

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  • 68. At 4:04pm on 19 Apr 2010, minuend wrote:

    The rumour is that your season has finished and that you are on your way out of Dundee.

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  • 69. At 4:47pm on 21 Apr 2010, SuperCaley wrote:

    Dundee FC Champions Hahahahahahaahaaa! Unlucky this season Leigh! Maybe if you spent more time training and working on team unity than blogging about your pal's headwear and bleaching your heed Dundee would be half the team super Caley Thistle have been this season!

    Enjoy the SFL for another season pal!

    'Mon the Caley!

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  • 70. At 1:40pm on 22 Apr 2010, abracadarab wrote:

    If yi' can keep yir stovies when a' aboot yi' are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if yi can trust yourself when a' men doubt yi"... ask yer agent if yi have a get out clause on yir contract . . .

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  • 71. At 6:20pm on 22 Apr 2010, CalumMacK wrote:

    Are Dundee supporters supposed to read this rubbish?

    All those close season acquisitions, all that pre-season hype, all the swagger about running away with the league.

    What an embarrassment!

    Chis now says half the team are non-triers - and there's goin to be a clear-out. Let's hope the new signings just get their heads down, concentrate on football not bloody blogs, and remember how difficult this league is to get out of.

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  • 72. At 7:06pm on 26 Apr 2010, dusangeezasmile wrote:

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