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RIP The Doog

Wolves legend Derek Dougan has died, aged 69.

One of the games more colourful characters, The Doog signed for Wolves in 1967 from Leicester City for 50,000, forming strike partnerships with Hugh Curran, Peter Knowles, and possibly most famously, John Richards.

He went on to make 323 appearances, including 18 in Europe, scoring 123 goals in total and was an integral part of the 1974 League Cup winning side where Wolves beat a Manchester City side featuring Frannie Lee, Rodney Marsh and Colin Bell 2-1.

Toward the end of his career he was elected Chairman of The Professional Footballers Association, and until his death remained a strong exponent of players rights in football, and their welfare after leaving the game.

In 1983 he returned to Wolves as Chief Executive under The Bhatti brothers, which for some, tainted his legacy, but to most Wolves fans, the memories will always be of a footballing wizard, not a political pawn.

Beginning his career in Northern Ireland with Lisburn Distillery, in August 1957 he signed professional forms with Portsmouth. He left Fratton Park in March 1959, signing for Blacburn Rovers for 15,00 and following moves to Aston Villa, Peterborough United and Leicester City, he joined Wolves in 1967 where he remained until retirement.

The Doog twice travelled to America, representing LA Wolves and Kansas City Spurs, winning the NASL title in 1967 and the NASL International Cup in 1969.

The only Wolves player to score a hat trick in Europe, The Doog earned 43 caps for Northern Ireland, scoring 8 times.

Sometimes magical, often controversial, the mercurial nature of The Doog's talent meant he frequently found himself on the wrong side of footballing authority, and he may still be the only professional player booked for throwing a snowball.

In 1973 he was one of the organisers of an "all Ireland " side, Shamrock Rovers XI also featuring Pat Jennings, Martin O'Neil and several Republic players that took on Brazil, with The Doog scoring in a 4-3 defeat.

The Northern Ireland FIA strongly opposed the unification match and The Doog never represented his country again.

For all the controversy, the jokes (that included once shaving his head bald) and the furore, everyone at Olofin Towers will always remember him as simply one of the most talented players to ever wear a Wolves shirt.

Vital Wolves offers its sincerest condolences to the Dougan family.


League Appearances 244(14) Goals 95

FA Cup Appearances 12(0) Goals 4

League Cup Appearances 22 Goals 7

European Games Appearances 18(0) Goals 12

Other Appearances 11 (2) Goals 5


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Writer: Stuart Smith Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 24 2007

Time: 1:43PM

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Derek you will be sadly missed, much love to his family during this very sad time.
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24/06/2007 14:46:00

Very sad news indeed. best wishes to the dougan family
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24/06/2007 20:28:00

All the best for the future - you will remain in the hearts of all Wolves fans for now and forever. Hope you can watch us storm the Championship next season wherever you are. Jonathon x
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24/06/2007 22:42:00

God Bless the Doog from all at Vital Villa, the Dougan Richards combo was one of the best football has ever seen.
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24/06/2007 23:07:00

Thoughts are with his family at this time. RIP Derek - all at Vital Rotherham
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25/06/2007 10:17:00

The one and only Doog,thanks for some happy memories standing on the North Bank with a "soggy" pasty , cup of Bovril and a couple of mates Mick and John Hankin.Will never forget your massive smile when you were on the pitch with King John,Bailey,Wagstaffe,Hibbitt,Parkes,Parkin,McCalliog,Munroe. RIP
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25/06/2007 16:00:00

Met the legend back in the early 80's and his love and passion for the game was immense. A true gent....R.I.P condolences from Zippy (Rotherham)
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06/07/2007 01:51:00


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