A tribute to great players
from the period 1965/66 to 1979/80, particularly highlighting their appearance
in football cards. For more see the
Player Pages Index.
A list of all of the appearances of this player in football cards in the period 1965/66 to 1979/80 appears at the foot of this page.
1966/67 A&BC Gum
Footballers, No. 212
1967/68 A&BC Gum
Star Players (Black backs), No. 45
1968/69 FKS Publishers
Wonderful World of Soccer Stars, No. 317
1970/71 D.C. Thomson
World Cup Stars (Hotspur and Hornet), No. 23
1972/73 FKS Publishers
Wonderful World of Soccer Stars, No. 318
1972/73 FKS Publishers
Wonderful World of Soccer Stars, J
1974/75 FKS Publishers
Wonderful World of Soccer Stars, No. 308
Derek Dougan was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1938. He began his
football career with Distillery in the Irish Football League. In August
1957, aged 19, he joined Portsmouth at a time when Pompey were enjoying
their long run in the First Division (including Champions in 1948/49 and
1949/50). Unfortunately for Dougan his arrival coincided with a downturn in
their fortunes as they struggled to 19th in 1957/58, 20th the following
season, and were then relegated to the Second Division in 1958/59.
In 1958, aged 20, Dougan was part of the Northern Ireland squad in Sweden for the World Cup. He made his senior international debut on June 8th in Northern Ireland's first game of the tournament against Czechoslovakia, a 1-0 win. Northern Ireland went on to win a Group A play-off, before being beaten in the Quarter-Finals, though Dougan didn't appear in any of these subsequent matches.
In March 1959 Dougan was sold to Blackburn Rovers, having made 33 League appearances for Portsmouth in 18 months, scoring 9 goals.
Dougan's time with Blackburn was short, only two years and four months, during which time he made 59 League appearances, with 26 goals. He did, however, play for Blackburn in the 1960 F.A. Cup Final in a game which Blackburn lost, ironically, to Wolves. In July 1961 Dougan was sold to Aston Villa for £20,000, continuing his record of playing in the top flight of English football.
Dougan stayed two years at Villa, making 51 League appearances, scoring 19 goals before a £25,000 move to Peterborough United, then in Third Division having been promoted from the Fourth in 1961. Perhaps a strange move for a star player with 4 years and over 140 appearances in the First Division? He remained at Peterborough for two years (spot a trend here?), making 77 League appearances, scoring an impressive 38 goals. Interestingly, by 1961 Portsmouth had slipped to the Third Division, so he would having been playing against some of his old team mates!
In May 1965 Derek Dougan was transferred to back to the First Division when he was signed by Leicester City for £25,000. The 1966/67 A&BC card notes: "Leicester City centre-forward. A brilliant centre-forward, but slightly temperamental. "The Doog", as he is known to the fans, has proved a valuable capture for Leicester City, who signed him from Peterborough United in 1965. Capped nine times for Ireland he is an experienced campaigner, having previously been with Portsmouth, Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa. Height 6' 3". Weight 12st. 7lbs."
The Barratt's A14 card notes: "One of the outstanding 'characters' of modern soccer ever since he left his native Belfast as a 17-year old, transferred from Distillery to Portsmouth. Has since moved to Blackburn, Aston Villa, Peterborough and Leicester for fees which hardly reflect the natural ability of this talented, free-scoring centre-forward. With more consistency could have been one of the very great."
Dougan stayed at Filbert Street for two years, making 68 League appearances, scoring 35 goals before his transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £50,000. The 1968/69 FKS album notes "Unorthodox but clever and entertaining leader with Wolves since March 1967".
At the time of his transfer, March 1967, Wolves were fighting for promotion from the Second Division. He made 11 appearances for Wolves in that season, scoring nine times and helping to secure the promotion back to the First Division.
The 1970/71 D.C. Thomson card notes "Belfast-born, this strong, fast-running, hard-hitting centre-forward stands 6ft. 3ins. and weighs 12st. 6lb."
The 1971/72 A&BC Gum cards notes: "One of the most colourful players in modern football, Dougan has been a popular figure on the football pitch for many seasons in a widely travelled career. A very dangerous striker, particularly strong in the air...".
In his 8 years with Wolves the team never came close to challenging for League honours. The highest they finished was 4th in 1970/71, and most of the time they were in the bottom half. Dougan's contriution was, however, significant. Following his retirement and departure in 1975 Wolves struggled, and were relegated from the top flight in 1976. His Wolves career included 258 League appearances, and 95 goals.
Following the end of his playing career (which included stints in the U.S.) Dougan was appointed as Chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and, in the 1980s, was Chairman and Chief Executive of Wolves.
Derek Dougan died, aged 69, on June 24, 2007.
1966/67 Barratt & Co. Ltd.
Famous Footballers, No. 43
1967/68 Ty-Phoo Tea
International Football Stars, No. 8
1969/70 FKS Publishers
Wonderful World of Soccer Stars, No. 318
1971/72 A&BC Gum
Footballers (Purple backs), No. 49
1972/73 D.C. Thomson
Super Stars of '72 (presented with the Victor)
1971/72 Top Sellers
Football 72, No. 353
1973/74 Top Sellers
Football 74, No. 354
Football cards issued in the period 1965/66 to 1979/80
(note: this is an incomplete list, and will updated as new information is obtained).
|1966/67||A&BC Gum||Footballers, Series 2 (111-220)||Leicester City|
|1966/67||Barratt & Co||Famous Footballers A14||Leicester City|
|1967/68||A&BC Gum||Star Players||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1967/68||Barratt & Co||Famous Footballers A15||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1967/68||FKS Publishers||The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars||Wolverhampton Wanderers||320 of 330|
|1967/68||IPC Magazines / Fleetway||Lion & Champion Album of Soccer Stars||Wolverhampton Wanderers||42 of 110|
|1967/68||Typhoo Tea||International Football Stars, 1st series||Wolverhampton Wanderers||8 of 24|
|1967/68||Typhoo Tea||International Football Stars, Premium Issue||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1968/69||FKS Publishers||The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars||Wolverhampton Wanderers||317 of 330|
|1968/69||Longacre Press||Charles Buchan World Stars||Northern Ireland|
|1969/70||Anglo Confectionery||Football Quiz||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1969/70||FKS Publishers||The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars||Wolverhampton Wanderers||318 of 330|
|1969/70||Texaco||Famous Footballers||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1969/70||The Sun||Footballers||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1970/71||A&BC Gum||Footballers, Orange backs, Series 3 (170-255)||Wolverhampton Wanderers||184 of 86|
|1970/71||Anglo Confectionery||World Cup / Learn the Game||Wolverhampton Wanderers||23 of 48|
|1970/71||B.A.B. Products||Shooting Stars||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1970/71||FKS Publishers||The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars||Wolverhampton Wanderers||318 of 420|
|1970/71||Lyons Maid||Soccer Stars||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1970/71||Nabisco||Footballers (Nabisco Foods)||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1970/71||Nabisco||Footballers (Nabisco Foods Ltd.)||Wolverhampton Wanderers||10 of 24|
|1970/71||The Sun||Football Swap Cards||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1970/71||Thomson, D.C.||World Cup Stars (Hotspur and Hornet)||Northern Ireland||23 of 72|
|1971/72||A&BC Gum||Footballers, Purple backs, Series 1 (001-109)||Wolverhampton Wanderers||49 of 109|
|1971/72||FKS Publishers||The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars||Wolverhampton Wanderers||318 of 330|
|1971/72||IPC Magazines / Fleetway||My Favourite Soccer Stars (Red backs), Lion/Thunder||Wolverhampton Wanderers||9 of 32|
|1972/73||Americana||Soccer parade||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1972/73||FKS Publishers||Soccer Stars, Circular stickers||Northern Ireland|
|1972/73||FKS Publishers||The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars||Wolverhampton Wanderers||318 of 330|
|1972/73||The Sun||Gallery of Football Stars, 3D||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1972/73||Thomson, D.C.||Super Stars of 1972, Victor||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1972/73||Top Sellers||Football 72||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1973/74||FKS Publishers||The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars||Wolverhampton Wanderers||275 of 304|
|1973/74||Top Sellers||Football 73||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1973/74||Typhoo Tea||Football Stars, Premium Issue||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1973/74||Typhoo Tea||Football Stars||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1974/75||FKS Publishers||The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars||Wolverhampton Wanderers||308 of 320|
|1974/75||Top Sellers||Football 74||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1975/76||Top Sellers||Football 75||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|1978/79||The Sun||Soccercards||Northern Ireland||247 of 1000|
|1979/80||Sigma Sport Silhouettes||Action Portraits of Famous Footballers||Wolverhampton Wanderers||21 of 60|