I remember a Pompey home match against Birmingham City, played on 4th April 1958 ( I still have a History of Portsmouth FC, which confirms this fixture). Pompey were 0-1 down at half-time and the Doog was in the hospital nearby having his head stitched after a clash with an opponent. He came back on in the second half with his head well bandaged, but Pompey went 0- 2 down. However, the Doog then played a blinder, scoring two and assisting in the winning goal. He said afterwards that he had no recollection of playing in the second half, due to concussion!
He used live with my friends parents, mrs cley.He played 7s for half a crown per knock with Alex Stenhouse and Jimmy cCugston. Great guy watched him play against Wolves soon after he came to us from Distillery and he made Billy Wright look like a novice.
I first saw The Doog making his Football League debut for Aston Villa against Everton at Goodison Park Evertons opening fixture of the 61/62 season.
He swagered onto the field like somthing out of a B movie western rather than a footballer sporting a Yul Brynner hair cut (somthing that was not even thought of in the day although very popular with the so called 'stars'of today.
I became a big fan of The Doogs thereafter and i am still collecting memorabilia to this day ,a love afair that has lasted over fifty years.
When my family moved from Scotland to Leicestershire in the early sixties we lived for a while in Anstey, at the same time as Derek Dougan. Leicester City were knocked out of the FA Cup at an early stage and Glasgow Rangers had been beaten in the Scottish Cup by I think, Berwick Rangers. When the time of the next rounds of each cup came around neither team had a game, so they arranged a friendly match at Filbert Street. As my mother worked in the chip shop in Anstey and, like Derek, she came from Northern Ireland, Derek would talk to her while he was being served. This is how I got to know him as well. When we talked about the up coming game I said that I thought Rangers would win easily. Derek said that if City won I would have to buy him a portion of fish & chips and if he scored it would cost me two fish & chips. Needless to say City won and shortly after I arrived home from the game our doorbell rang. Our house was across the street from the chip shop. It was Derek at the door to get the two fish & chips that I owed him. No healthy eating for players in those days. I was sad when he moved to Wolves. I real gent.
Derek Doogan had many facets to his life. One Christmas I attended a Charity event at Central Hall Birmingham.Derek was their guest of honour and he spoke eloquently at the event which was to raise money for children
Derek had a great career with Wolves and scored lots of goals but he fell in my estimations when he spoke ill of my Wolves hero Billy Wright.
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