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Wraparound marks Scottish Cup Final first

A Scottish regional daily created a special front page wraparound featuring the faces of football fans to mark the first ever Scottish Cup Final between two local teams from its patch.

The Dundee Evening Telegraph featured 350 pictures of supporters from both of the teams competing in Saturday’s Tayside derby between Dundee Utd and St Johnstone.

The photograph used to make up the wrap were either ‘selfies’ sent into the paper by the supporters themselves, or photos taken at special roadshows, where the Telegraph gave away foam fingers, along with copies of the paper.

As well as last Friday’s wraparound edition, the Telegraph also produced two special 16-page pull-outs – one in the run-up to match-day, and one that ran on the Monday after the game.

Editor Richard Prest said: “The Scottish Cup Final was a huge event for this part of the country, given that both sides competing in the clash were from Tayside, so we thought we’d try something just that little bit different.

“It was a great team effort all round, and certainly went down very well with the fans.”

And the ‘foam finger initiative’ also went down a storm with the footie fans, as prior to the final, supporters snapped up more than 7,000 of the foam fingers that were given away with the Telegraph in order to celebrate the event.

Dundee United lost out to St Johnstone 2-0, as goals from Steven Anderson and Steven MacLean brought St Johnstone the Scottish Cup for the very first time.