08-19-2016, 11:04 AM
Dundee host Hamilton Academical in the third Ladbrokes Premiership game of the season and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.
FIXTURE: Dundee v Hamilton Academical
COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
DATE: Friday 19th August 2016
KICK OFF: 7.45pm
VENUE: Dens Park
STADIUM: SuperSeal Stadium
PITCH SIZE: 105m x 68m
MANAGER: Martin Canning
CHAIRMAN: Les Gray
NICKNAME: The Accies
MASCOT: Hammy the Hamster
CLUB COLOURS: Red and white
HONOURS: Scottish League Division Two (second tier) winners: 1903/04
Scottish League First Division (second tier) winners: 1985/86,
SPFL Premiership Play-Off winners: 2013/14
Scottish League Third Division (fourth tier) winners: 2000/01
Scottish League Challenge Cup (B&Q Cup) winners: 1991/92.
RECORD WIN: 10-2 v Greenock Morton, SPFL Championship, May 3rd 2014
CLUB WEBSITE: www.hamiltonacciesfc.co.uk
Getting to the Ground
The full address of Dens Park for Sat-Nav is Dens Park, Sandeman Street, Dundee, DD3 7JY
The city centre of Dundee can be reached easily by both road & rail. From Dundee City Centre you can use the no 1A or no 24 National Express Dundee bus service, both of which can be boarded at the Albert Square. For a taxi to the ground, call Tay Taxis on 01382450450.
Head to Head v Hamilton Academical
LEAGUE: Won 68, Drawn 30, Lost 32
SCOTTISH CUP: Won 3, Drawn 3, Lost 1
LEAGUE CUP: Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 2
CHALLENGE CUP: Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 1
TOTAL: Won 74, Drawn 33, Lost 36
Last Five Dundee v Hamilton Academical Matches
7/5/2016 | Home | Premiership | Lost 1-0 | 4,757
9/4/2016 | Away | Premiership | Lost 2-1 | 2,764 | Harkins
19/12/2015 | Home | Premiership | Won 4-0 | 4,568 | Hemmings (3), Stewart
17/10/2015 | Away | Premiership | Drew 1-1 | 2,862 | Holt
31/1/2015 | Home | Premiership | Drew 1-1 | 5,6,18 | Stewart
In the wake of the euphoria of relegating United five days before, the Hamilton game was like ‘after the Lord Mayer’s show’ when the Accies came to Dens and took home all three points in a 1-0 win. Hamilton needed to win to secure their Premiership status and did so thanks to a Carlton Morris goal after eight minutes.
It was Accies’ third win in four matches and that form came at the right time as coupled with Kilmarnock’s defeat to Partick, it consigned the Ayrshire side to the play-offs.
It was a lack lustre start from the home side and that was evident when Morris opened the scoring. A ball that should have been dealt with by the Dundee midfield fell to Morris who took a neat touch before turning inside the box and sending a low left-foot shot into the corner of the net.
Maybe Dundee’s exertions in the derby earlier in the week had taken their toll but they gradually found their rhythm and should have been level before the mid-point of the first half after going close on three occasions.
A terrific solo run by Craig Wighton saw him elude three Accies defenders before having his effort blocked. Kane Hemmings then headed a Paul McGinn cross over the bar before a neat sweeping move saw Nick Ross miss a sitter when he screwed his shot wide of the post from six yards.
The most controversial moment came two minutes after the interval when Eamonn Brophy thought he had put Accies 2-0 ahead but instead saw his effort disallowed for offside. The main issue was the time it took for the officials to reach that decision, with the players having already lined up to restart the game despite protests from Dundee players for offside. A discussion then took place between ref McLean and his assistant Graham Chambers which lasted about two minutes before they disallowed the counter.
Holding onto the slim lead became defensively testing for the Lanarkshire club as Dundee pressed for an equaliser. Darryl Meggatt had a header from a Stewart corner blocked on the line before substitute Rory Loy saw his low shot smothered by Michael McGovern.
Accies missed a couple of chances near the end to extend their margin of victory through substitutes Alex D’Acol and Greg Docherty, but one goal was sufficient to see them remain in the top flight for a third successive season.
Dundee: Bain, Gadzhalov, Etxabeguren (Loy 71’), O’Dea, McGinn, Meggatt, Ross, Holt, Hemmings, Wighton, Stewart
Booked: Gadzhalov, Meggatt
Hamilton Academical: McGovern, Gordon, Devlin, Tagliapietra, Tena, Kurtaj, Crawford (Gillespie 82’), MacKinnon, Imrie, Morris (D’Acol 78’), Brophy (Docherty 63’)
Goals: Morris (8’)
Booked: Gordon, Tena, Kurtaj, Imrie, Morris, Docherty
Referee: Steven McLean
Hamilton’s Season So Far
Accies’ season started off with a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Ayr United in their opening Betfred Cup match but they bounced back and won their next three matches 3-0 v St Mirren (h), 4-2 v Edinburh City (a) and 2-1 v Livingston (h) to top their group.
However in the first knockout round Hamilton crashed out to Championship side Morton at the Superseal Stadium. Dougie Imrie had given the Accies an early lead from the spot but Jim Duffy’s men hit back with goals from Ross Forbes and Jai Quitongo to shock their Premiership hosts 2-1 and progress to the quarter-finals.
Hamilton’s league campaign had a much more positive start with a very credible 1-1 draw with Premiership new boys Rangers. Ali Crawford stunned the capacity Ibrox crowd with a stunning strike before the break before Martin Waghorn drew the sides level on the hour and it stayed like that to give Hamilton their first point in Govan since 1938!
In their first home league game last Saturday however the Accies crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock despite taking a 26th minute lead through Louis Longridge. Second half strikes from Boyd and Coulibaly gave Killie their first three points of the season and Hamilton will be looking to bounce back at Dens.
DUNDEE: Stewart 6; Hemmings, Loy 3; McGowan 2
HAMILTON ACADEMICAL: Crawford, Imrie, Longridge 3: D’Acol, 2
Tickets for the Hamilton game are available for purchase online now – Click here to visit our online ticket site
Tickets are priced at –
£22 (adults) and £15 concessions (Over 65 or Students with valid student photo ID), Juveniles under 16 are £12
Dundee’s new look 2016/17 match programme The Dee will be available to buy at the Hamilton game in and around the ground and in the club shop. It is a full, colour 52 page edition packed with news, views, features and exclusive interviews which this week include:
A message from manager Paul Hartley
A message from managing-director John Nelms
This Week in History
The second in a regular series of articles looking at the players who have worn the different squad numbers over the years featuring this week number 2 worn by the likes of Alex Hamilton and Barry Smith
Profile on visitors Hamilton Academical
Junior Dees News
Dundee Supporters Association news
Match stats from last week’s match against Rangers
The Dee, produced by our partners Curtis Sports will be available on Saturday for just £3.
How To Watch
Fans from outside of the UK who are virtual season tickets will be able to watch the Hamilton match live on DEETV or alternatively they can view it for just £5.
The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to every subscriber of DEETV on Saturday while a shorter highlights package will be available to view during the weekend alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.
The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV from Thursday.
You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.