This special edition of Stats of the Stars takes a look at some of the standout statistics from the 2007-2008 season, where the team continued competing in the Northern League but they also joined the Scottish Premier League.

By Kris Smith

In the club’s seventh season, they finished second in the Northern League with 39 points from 24 fixtures and third in the SPL with 14 points from 16 games.

The Stars won 65 per cent of their 40 league matches that season but were both six and 14 points behind their main rivals, Fife Flyers, who won both league titles.

Dundee had a positive goal difference of 58 in the Northern League after scoring 140 goals and conceding 82 but in the SPL, they scored 70 times and allowed 62 goals into their own net, giving them a positive goal difference of eight.

The team also competed in two cup competitions and reached the finals of both again but came away with some silverware this time.

In the Scottish Cup, the Stars eliminated the holders, Fife in the Quarter-Finals with an aggregate score of 11-9 but the first leg had been a 5-5 draw.

In the Semi-Finals, the Stars came up against the Scottish Under 20’s and won by the large margin of 16-2 to set them up against Solway Sharks in the final and Dundee emerged as 7-4 winners to claim the Scottish Cup for the first time in the club’s history.

Also, the Stars won another trophy for the first time in their history, as they lifted the Autumn Cup.

Their journey to final began with a 4-1 Quarter-Final victory against the Scottish Under 20’s team and in the Semi-Final, they knocked out Paisley Pirates 8-5 on aggregate.

 

 

In the final, they again came up against their arch enemies once again and after the first leg ended in a 3-3 tie, Dundee clinched the cup with a 4-2 victory in game two.

Dundee once again made the end of season playoffs in both the Northern League and the SPL and their second place finish in the Northern League set them up against third place, Whitley Warriors in the Semi-Final.

The Tayside team advanced to the final after a 9-5 victory over the Warriors but would go on to fall 5-2 to the Flyers in the championship match.

However in the SPL playoffs, the Stars experienced a similar run and after beating Edinburgh Capitals SNL team 14-7 in the Semi-Finals, they again met Fife in the final.

The two-legged series saw the Flyers win both matches but their wins were narrow, as 6-4 and 5-4 results won them the SPL Playoff trophy.

Therefore, in the overall knockout matches against Fife that season, the overall score was 30-28 in favour of the Flyers.

Also, there was one player that topped the team’s scoring charts in both leagues that season and it was iconic forward, John Haig.

He led the team in points across both the Northern League and SPL, collecting 55 in the Northern and 33 in the SPL.

Haig also led the Stars in assists in the Northern League with 32 and goals in the SPL, after he netted 19.

 

 

The other player who claimed top goal scorer in the Northern League and had the tied-most assists in the SPL, was John Dolan.

The Dundonian bagged 27 goals but had the same amount of assists as Iain Robertson, which was 15.

Also, the most penalised Star that season was Liam Grieg, who accumulated 52 penalty minutes in the Northern League and 73 in the SPL.

There were also two players, who’s season totals were high enough to rank them in the top 10 of the Stars all-time per season statistics charts.

Firstly, Haig’s 88 points that season is enough to have him ranked fifth in the club’s most points in a season list but as the chart separates the two league campaigns, he is lower down.

Also, Dolan’s 44 goals in the 2007-2008 season would lift him up to second on the current list.

Next-up in our ‘Look Back’ series, we catch-up with a former Star from the 2007-2008 season and see how his life has changed since leaving the Stars.

If you want to be a part of the historic 20th Dundee Stars season then you can buy your season tickets by contacting [email protected]

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