THEY too share a city with their rivals and once sang the praises of Duncan Ferguson – so Everton supporters travelling to Dundee United today may feel just a little at home.
The Blues head to Tannadice Park for their second pre-season friendly against a club still getting used to the news that neighbours Dundee have been promoted to the Scottish Premier League next season in the wake of Rangers’ meltdown.
United have not crossed swords in a league fixture with Dundee since the latter’s relegation to the second tier seven years ago.
They did meet in a friendly on Saturday at Dundee’s ground Dens Park, just a stone’s throw from Tannadice, when Jon Daly’s hat-trick gave the visitors a 3-0 win and allowed them to warm up nicely for the more challenging prospect of hosting David Moyes’ men tonight.
And the home fans will have fond memories of a player who has worn both the orange of United and royal blue of Everton.
Ferguson came to prominence at Dundee United in the early 1990s, after convincing then manager Jim McLean that he was the next Andy Gray.
Ferguson arrived at Tannadice after being spotted playing for a team in Stirling, Carse Thistle, and went on to score 28 goals in 77 appearances over three seasons before Walter Smith, who had previously been McLean’s assistant at United, signed him for Rangers in a British record £4m deal.
He is now pursuing his dream of a coaching career back at Goodison.