Dundee Football Club has always had a fine tradition of goalkeeping greats since they were founded in 1893 right up to the present day. The Dark Blue support love their goalkeepers and have voted them player of the year in four out of the last seven seasons and four of them have over 300 appearances for The Dee.
The first time the national side called up a trio of Dundee players in 1894, a goalkeeper was amongst them and Dundee have provided eight goalkeepers for Scotland sides over the years. The 1964 Scottish Cup Final was named after a Dundee goalkeeper while Championship winning goalkeeper Pat Liney is the club's Honorary President. It's fair to say that Dundee FC have been more than lucky with the quality of goalkeeper that has been the last line of defence throughout its history.
From Liney to Letheren, from Donaldson to Douglas, from Allan to Anderson, from Marsh to Muir, from Slater to Speroni and from Brown to Bain, this is the story of Dundee's Goalkeeping Greats.
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about KENNY ROSS
Kenny Ross was born in Dundee in 1973 and grew up in the City of Discovery where he went to school at
Rockwell Primary and the High School of Dundee. In 1991 Kenny headed north to attend the University of Aberdeen where he gained an M.A. (Hons) degree in History - International Relations before
completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the Northern College to become a secondary school history teacher. Kenny has taught in both Dundee and Aberdeen and now works in a Sports
College Secondary School in Newcastle after moving to the Toon in 2005.
Kenny is a huge Dundee F.C. fan, attending his first match at the age of three and he has been a season ticket holder and share holder for most of his adult life. He cites his highlight of following The Dee as travelling on the team's flight to Albania for a U.E.F.A. Cup tie against Vllaznia in 2003 in the wake of the Scottish Cup Final that year and despite now living in the north-east of England he still attends most Dundee games and in August 2014 became Chairman of the Dundee FC Supporters Association.
Now the official club historian, Kenny has written for the Dundee F.C. match day magazine since 1992 and in 2014 won the Best Regular Award in the annual programme awards. He also regularly writes for the official Dundee F.C. website and does the live updates for the website on matchdays and post match DeeTV interviews. He has also had articles published in the Scotland on Sunday, Sunday Mail and Daily Mirror newspapers and the football magazines Four, Four Two and Back Pass.
Kenny's writing was influenced by his favourite novel Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby and in 2003 he completed his own book Dundee Champions of Scotland which quickly became the most successful book ever written on a Dundee F.C. related topic. Telling the story of Dundee's Scottish League Championship triumph in 1962 and it's subsequent European adventure, it is now in it's third print in paperback following the sell out of two hardback editions and is now available on Kindle.
In 2012, on the 50th Anniversary of Dundee FC winning the League championship, Kenny was asked by Dundee FC to write the commentary for a DVD for the celebration dinner as well as the profiles from for the Championship winning players inducted into DFC's Hall of Fame and used his Dundee Champions of Scotland book as the basis for this work.
In 2010 Kenny completed his second book entitled Dundee Legends which charts the career of over eighty of the best players and managers to have been with the Dens Park club with each biography carrying an illustration of the featured legend. It has locally and nationally received some very positive reviews.
Kenny co-wrote his third book "It's All About the Memories" with Jacqui Robertson. It tells the incredible story of Dundee F.C.'s 2010/11 season where they went into administration for the second time and were docked 25 points by the Scottish League but after monumental efforts of players and fans alike, the club was saved when they overhauled the points deduction to avoid relegation and raise £250,000 to stave off liquidation and become a fans owned club. It's All About the Memories was nominated for 2012 Sports Book of the Year and is now available on Kindle.
Also in 2012, Kenny wrote his fourth book 'Dundee's Hampden Heroes' to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Dundee becoming the first club to win back to back League Cups.
In both 2013 and 2015, Kenny wrote the profiles for the Dundee F.C. Hall of Fame inductees which included Crystal Palace's Julian Speroni who subsequently asked Kenny to contribute to his Testimonial brochure for the charity match against Dundee in May 2015.
This inspired Kenny to write a book about Dundee goalkeeper's and October 2015 saw the launch of Kenny's fifth book; an eBook release entitled Dundee's Goalkeeping Greats