Film-maker shares Tan­ger­ines cup fi­nal footage on tele­vi­sion

Bbc ALbA: Amateur record­ing of Uefa Cup fi­nal to be shown

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - RICHARD ROONEY

An amateur film-maker who dreamed of work­ing for the BBC will see his­tory turn full circle tonight when his rare footage of Dundee United’s Uefa Cup fi­nal ap­pear­ance is shown on na­tional TV.

Gra­ham Dun­can was one of the 20,911 fans who packed into Tan­nadice ex­actly 30 years ago to watch the Tan­ger­ines take on IFK Gothen­burg.

While the rest of the crowd lived only in the mo­ment, ag­o­nis­ing as Jim McLean’s ex­hausted side saw their hopes of glory dashed, Mr Dun­can was watch­ing from be­hind a tiny viewfinder as he recorded the oc­ca­sion us­ing a small film cam­era.

Mr Dun­can, 59, says he was de­ter­mined that the match – and the ca­ma­raderie be­tween the fans in­side and out­side the ground – would be prop­erly doc­u­mented.

“When I woke up in the morn­ing I knew it was go­ing to be a spe­cial day, what­ever hap­pened,” he said.

Nowa­days, of course, al­most ev­ery­one has a high-def­i­ni­tion video recorder built into their mo­bile phone, but things were very dif­fer­ent in 1987 and Mr Dun­can be­lieves his is the only sig­nif­i­cant record­ing of the oc­ca­sion other than the of­fi­cial video shot for TV.

As well as footage from in­side Tan­nadice, his “Lit­tle Gi­ants” film also cap­tured rare shots of the Gothen­burg fans ar­riv­ing in Dundee in the hours lead­ing up to the match and shows the Swedes mix­ing freely with lo­cals.

“It brought the view of the fan,” he said. “I see the ma­jor cov­er­age and it’s like it’s a dif­fer­ent match to the one I saw.”

Mr Dun­can’s film has been watched tens of thousands of times since he digi­tised it and up­loaded it to YouTube.

But tonight it gets its most high­pro­file show­ing as it fea­tures in an an­niver­sary pro­gramme on BBC Alba.

For Mr Dun­can, it is a fit­ting trib­ute to an un­for­get­table time for Dundee United and vin­di­ca­tion of the film­ing skills he prac­tised all those years ago be­fore he was turned down by the BBC and life took him in other di­rec­tions.

“I often think you have eyes to see, but you also have eyes to feel and some­times the feel­ing is pride, some­times emo­tion, some­times sad­ness,” he said.

“But on that day is was a mix­ture of all that: it was spe­cial. I was glad I was there and able to record it.”

Tan­nadice 87 will be broad­cast on BBC Alba from 9pm tonight.

It brought the view of the fan. I see the ma­jor cov­er­age and it’s like it’s a dif­fer­ent match to the one I saw

Pic­ture: Dougie Ni­col­son.

Gra­ham Dun­can with some film and pho­to­graphs of Dundee United which he took from the mid ’70s.

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