The most Inspiring Dundonian, as voted for by Tele readers, can today be revealed.
Dundee has spoken loud and clear and declared footballer Bobby Cox as the city’s most favourite son.
The Evening Telegraph ran a series of special magazines to celebrate Dundee and its amazing people.
We told the story of 100 inspiring individuals who have played a part in Dundee’s story and asked you to vote for your favourite from a shortlist of 10.
Robert “Bobby” Cox received the most votes out of 829 — with football manager Jim McLean and missionary Mary Slessor tied in second place.
Activist Frances Wright and actor Brian Cox completed the top five.
Bobby played for Dundee FC his whole career, making 433 appearances in all competitions, from 1956 to 1969.
A lifelong Dark Blues fan, Bobby was born just a few hundred yards away from Dens Park on Wedderburn Street in 1934. He died in 2010, a year after being inducted into the Dundee FC Hall of Fame.
The left-back’s legacy is still very much alive in the city, as the majority of readers backed him for the coveted position of Dundee’s greatest.
Ian Ure, 76, played alongside Bobby as a defender for five years at Dundee FC and was part of the team that won the club’s only Scottish League title in 1962. He said: “He was a great wee player and it really doesn’t surprise me to hear he won. He was just so Dundee.
“He was a great favourite in the crowd. I think they recognised he was as Dundee mad as them.
“Week in, week out, he was fantastic and, as a defender, Bobby was supreme. What surprises me is that such an iconic player, and he was iconic when he was playing, didn’t get any Scottish caps.
“He was small but he was mighty and he commanded respect.
“People knew he was playing for the shirt in a way no-one else but a real fan could.”
Kenny Ross, chairman of the Dundee Supporters Association, said the result was not a big surprise to him either.
He said: “It’s terrific news and I’m really pleased he won. He inspired many generations of players and fans alike, right up until the 2000s.
“He lived in the city his whole life, and was a real favourite of the fans. He lived our dream, from the stands to the pitch.
“Bobby had two nicknames and they show what an iconic figure he was to Dark Blues fans.
“He was Mr Dundee, or Sir Bobby.
“It’s not really that surprising, is it.”