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We Must be Daft: Following the Fortunes of Dundee FC Paperback – 5 Nov 2009
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This book records in detail what it means to be a dedicated follower of Dundee FC. It's all here. Peter's account revived for me so many happy memories of a thrilling period in the club's history. --Alan Cousin
About the Author
Peter Caproni played at senior professional level with Stirling Albion and Alloa Athletic and, although illness then injury cut short his career as a player, he spent over thirty years in the professional game. As a qualified Fitness and Sports Therapist, he worked on the back-room staff of six senior clubs including Dundee FC. In his two and a half seasons at Dens Park, under, initially, Jocky Scott, to be followed in quick succession by Dave Smith and Gordon Wallace, Peter established a coaching class for Dundee FC at Stirling University. Peter supported first, Bobby Glennie, then the late Bert Slater and finally Billy Kirkwood, on a Saturday with the reserve team. Before taking up his part-time role with Dundee, Peter spent seventeen seasons at Stirling Albion. After Dundee were relegated in 1989-90, the reserve team started to play their games in mid-week which was inconvenient for and clashed with work commitments, so he accepted Alex Smith's invitation to take up a similar position at Aberdeen. Peter spent two seasons helping Willi Millar with the reserves before being invited back to Stirling Albion by John Brogan to take up the position of Youth Development Officer and establish the Albion youth policy. Two of the youth players signed by Peter were later sold on for around £200,000, a significant sum of money for a club like Stirling Albion. After five seasons, Peter joined Eamonn Bannon's Falkirk FC as u/18 Youth Coach, then had a season at East Fife coaching their u/21 side during Jimmy Bone's tenure. When Jimmy Bone moved on to take up the position of assistant to Jocky Scott at Dens, Peter took up a scouting position with Luton Town. Peter has worked with fourteen different managers including the late, great Bob Shankly for twelve years at Stirling Albion. Away from football, Peter was a Director of a company selling Health & Safety products and now runs his own Sports Injury Clinic in Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, aptly called, The Treatment Room. During his time in professional football, Peter's love of Dundee Football Club remained, and on retiring from the game in 1999, he has seldom missed a game home or away and is a season ticket holder at Dens Park.
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Entitled "We Must Be Daft! Following The Fortunes Of Dundee FC", this new book charts what is means to follow Dundee through the years as Peter retells his experiences of being a Dundee supporter from his first game in 1954.
Peter's story follows the premise that if you want an easy life, supporting Dundee FC should not be for you and the unpredictability of following Dundee hasn't really changed much in over fifty years of being a Dee.
Peter's story is compelling and regularly funny and focuses mostly on the following Dundee from the mid fifties through to the mid seventies which was one of the most exciting periods in the club's history. By the seventies, Peter's own football career was well up and running and so he got to watch Dundee less and less and the book concentrates mostly on his experiences of watching Dundee in his formative years.
The book therefore takes in the period of becoming Scottish League Champions, taking on the cream of Europe and Scottish and League Cup Finals and if you are old enough to remember those halcyon days then this book will revive a very many happy memory while if you weren't around for the glory days, this will give you a flavour of what you missed.
The idea for the title of the book came from Peter's father's phrase that he was heard to say after a disappointing result and it's the perfect title for an emotional rollercoaster of a story charted through memories individual games.
Peter has over the years kept studious scrapbooks of Dundee games and memories and in writing the book has used them to good effect in helping to write his story. He enjoyably tells a tale which encapsulates the highs and lows of supporting Dundee in an era that included such legends as Alan Gilzean, Ian Ure, Gordon Wallace, Jocky Scott and Alan Cousin, the last of whom writes the foreword for the book.
While concentrating mostly on his memories of being a Dundee supporter, Peter also briefly touches on his own football career in which he narrowly missed out of becoming a Dundee player himself.
Peter also records some interesting thoughts on Dundee today and reflects that the life of a Dundee fan has changed very little in half a century as they still experience the same rollercoaster ride as they did when his Dad Tommy first took him to a match.
Peter also explores what it means to be a Dundee fan and how it can affect your routines in life and touches on aspects that Dundee fans everywhere can relate to.
With Christmas just around the corner, this would make an excellent Christmas present for any Dundee fan either as a gift for friend or family or as a treat to yourself. It conveys what it means to be a Dundee supporter with some great memories, stories and tales of watching and working with the great Bob Shankly among others.
"We Must Be Daft!" is a must for any Dee's book shelf and is a terrific read