Dundee United supporters have begun to emerge from the rocks they crawled under two years ago.
One such specimen, Wayne Robertson (43), from Carnoustie, began cutting himself off from society after his side lost 4-0 at Hamilton to plunge to the foot of the Premiership in August 2015. He deactivated all social media accounts following a 2-1 derby defeat the following January and has made only fleeting public appearances since United were relegated at Dens Park at the end of the 2015/16 season, a match he did not attend.
With the Tannadice side riding high in the Fundesliga and Dundee toiling in the big league, Wayne has now ended his self-imposed exile, according to Dundee-supporting friends.
“Wayne missed my wedding and didn’t even acknowledge the birth of one of our mate’s kids,” said Dens Park season-ticket holder Duncan MacDonald. “He was an absolute walloper about football for years then as soon as United turned shite and he got a bit of stick back he claimed everything he’d said about Caballero’s leg, Rab Douglas’ wife, people losing their jobs and all his FTD tattoos were just banter whereas we were bitter and obsessed.
“We didn’t hear from him for two years. Then they beat St Mirren and he re-joined the group chat and re-registered on Facebook, where he posts constantly about Dundee. He came to my son’s birthday at a soft play, even though he doesn’t have kids, just to noise up Dees. We ended up having to ask him to leave.”
Wayne, who has now recovered from his selective agoraphobia, said, “It was a nightmare trying to remember all my social media passwords so I had to reset them all. Now every single one is a variation on the date James McPake got injured. All banter isn’t it?
“I’m definitely considering going to the derby with Brechin City this weekend, but it will depend on how Dundee get on against Rangers on Friday.”