Double sends Kerr Waddell into list of goal-scoring Dundee FC centre-backs

Centre-back Kerr Waddell’s double at the weekend has suddenly propelled him into the goalscoring defender bracket — something Dundee fans haven’t seen much of over the years.

The Tele Sport team has been poring over the history books to find any centre-backs who have grabbed more than one goal in a game.

And you have to go all the way back to April 6, 1985, to see John McCormack’s name twice on the scoresheet as the Dark Blues went down 4-2 to St Mirren at Love Street.

“Cowboy” even did a double-double that season as he netted a brace against Rangers in a 2-2 draw at Dens Park two months before.

Kerr Waddell made the headlines with two goals against Hearts on Saturday.

Waddell, meanwhile, now has two goals in just 13 appearances for the Dark Blues — a pretty good strike rate compared with other dark blue goalscoring centre-backs.

So, who is he catching up on? (League appearances and goals only).

Gordon Chisholm — 15 goals in 155 appearances (1987-92)

Chisholm, who would end up in the Dens Park dugout as manager, has the best strike-rate of central defenders in modern times.

Averaging three a season over five years doesn’t sound much but in 1988-89 he was third-top scorer with four behind Keith Wright and Tommy Coyne.

Neil Duffy — 11 goals in 107 appearances (1993-96)

South African-raised Duffy would eventually cross the Tannadice Street divide as he left Dens for United in a £200,000 deal in 1996 but before that he was a fairly prolific scorer.

John McCormack — Nine goals in 61 appearances (1984-86)

John McCormack was the last centre-back to score twice in one game for the Dark Blues.

Cowboy was another who would go on to manage the club after hanging up his boots but, during his playing days at Dens, was a real threat in the opposition penalty area.

Nine goals in two seasons is a pretty tidy record for a centre-back in a team that finished in the bottom half of the Premier Division in both his seasons.

Willie Jamieson — Six goals in 90 appearances (1990-92)

Willie Jamieson built an almost-prolific centre-back partnership with Gordon Chisholm at Dens in the 1991-92 season.

Teaming up with Chisholm at centre-back in the First Division winning season in 1991-92 to score nine goals, Jamieson actually netted twice in a Forfarshire Cup win over Brechin in the close season.

Bobby Glennie — Six goals in 309 appearances (1978-88)

Dens legend Glennie could hardly be described as a goal-scoring defender with one goal every 50-odd games but he is remembered for one in particular. In a 3-1 home defeat to Aberdeen, Glennie rattled in a superb 40-yard strike beyond the despairing dive of Jim Leighton.

Bobby Mann — Four goals in 81 appearances (2004-07)

Bobby Mann

In his second season at Dens, the Dee struggled after relegation from the top flight brought on by the club’s first administration but Mann found a goalscoring touch.

Four goals in one campaign helped his team out, including one in a Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Hamilton.

Steven Tweed — Four goals in 76 appearances (1998-2001)

Tweed signed for Jocky Scott before Ivano Bonnetti took over and would go on to have a colourful career in Germany and Japan before finishing at Montrose in 2011.

Brian Irvine — Four goals in 69 appearances (1997-99)

Scottish Cup-winner Irvine would help the Dark Blues to the First Division title in his debut season before moving to Ross County after keeping them in the top flight the following season.

Darren O’Dea — Four goals in 53 appearances (2016-present)

Current club skipper O’Dea can be a threat from corners and has shown himself to be a handy penalty taker when needed.

All four of his strikes were last season — he’ll need to add to them to keep young Waddell behind him.

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