Dundee and Aberdeen face each other this weekend at Riverside, to contest the Dallas Allardice trophy. This trophy means a great deal to both clubs and always adds a little spice to proceedings.
Here’s a personal experience and an extract from a press report 68 years ago, from Scotland against France in Paris.
“The victory was largely due to the stupendous efforts of sturdy little Allardice at scrummage half. Allardice baffled the heavy French forwards in the breaks time and time again and paved the way to both tries. In the first half, an adroit kick ahead helped Elliot to beat a surprised defence. In the second, Allardice gave a pass which sent Jackson away, the latter doing well to kick inside when about to be crowded out and Kinninmonth getting the try which Allardice converted”.
Scotland also defeated Wales that year
In the crowd that day was Dallas’ future wife Pat. The pair met one year later in Menton, in the south of France, where, by coincidence, William Webb Ellis, the inventor of rugby is buried. The rest, as they say is history