Kane Hemmings’ strikes at Partick last weekend saw him join an elite band of players — the frontman’s Firhill brace opened the door to the Dark Blues’ 20-goal club.
Hemmings became the 10th Dundee player to net 20 or more in the top flight since the Second World War. The first to achieve the feat for 13 years and just the third to do so since the 1970s.
And it’s fair to say the Englishman is in the company of many of the club’s greatest. Here we take a look at the men to have done it before.
Nacho Novo, 20 (2003/04)
This one is up for debate. Some records say he netted 19, others 20.
For this, we’re referencing Norrie Price’s ‘They Wore the Dark Blue’ and his word is that the pacey Spaniard reached the mark on the penultimate game of that campaign, in which Dundee also narrowly missed out on the top six, with a brace at Livingston.
Tommy Coyne, 33 (1987/88)
Forty three games returned a remarkable 33 goals in the Premier Division for former-Dundee United forward Coyne.
Again, in a theme that is becoming common, the Dark Blues finished seventh.
That year the prolific striker earned Uefa’s bronze boot for his 37 goals across the season.
No player has threatened to even get close to this since, and is unlikely ever to do so again.
Jocky Scott, 22 (1973/74)
A genuine club legend, Scott sits third on the all-time appearance charts, second only to Bobby Cox (who started more games) and top of the pile Doug Cowie.
Scott pulled on the famous dark blue 433 times, scoring 154 times in two spells at Dens Park between 1964 and 1981.
Also sits third on the all-time scoring charts behind Archie Coats and Alan Gilzean.
Scott netted 29 in total as Dundee finished fifth in Division One and won the League Cup.
John Duncan, 23 (1972/73)
Duncan was signed by Tottenham Hotspur as a striker but in his time at Dens he was often used as a foil, out wide, for Gordon Wallace.
A further 11 goals in 10 games in the League Cup run to the quarter final and six in the Scottish Cup saw him hit the 40-goal mark in total that season, outshining Wallace and Scott (both 18). Seventy-six goals were scored between the deadly trio.
Gordon Wallace, 21 (1969/70)
He got close on a number of occasions but, remarkably, Wallace only hit the 20-goal league mark once, in his first season.
Rates as one of the club’s greatest-ever buys, signing from Raith Rovers in the summer of 1969.
Wallace was domestic football’s record goalscorer until his total was passed by Ally McCoist.
His 21-goal tally saw the Dark Blues go into sixth position that season, one place behind city rivals United, whom he scored against both home and away.
George McLean, 23 (1967/68)
Five goals in the Fairs Cup, including four away from home in round two against Royal Liege, saw his total season goals reach 35.
His strikes saw Dundee to ninth that campaign and beaten in the League Cup Final 5-3 by Celtic, a game in which he got two.
Andy Penman, 24 (1963/64)
The man known as the penalty king wasn’t in modern-day terms regarded as a striker. Operating mostly from midfield, his 24 efforts helped the Dark Blues to another sixth-place finish. Penman scored 33 goals in total in all competitions, although he failed to net in that season’s Cup Winners Cup.
Alan Gilzean, 33 (1963/64), 24 (1962-63), 24 (1961-62)
The only man to have hit the 20-goal mark on three separate occasions, as well as the fact he did it three seasons on the bounce, one of which helped guide the Dark Blues to their first and only league title to date.
Was also a part of the Dundee side beaten in a Scottish Cup Final in 1964 to Rangers in front of 120,000 fans.
His 169 goals makes him not only Dundee’s greatest-ever forward but also their record holder.
Alec Stott, 30 (1948-49)
His goals came within a whisker of Dundee winning the title at Dens. A loss on the last day — 4-1 at Falkirk — robbed the Dark Blues of glory, handing the trophy to Rangers.
Scored four goals on two occasions that year against St Johnstone and Albion Rovers as he plundered 39 in total.