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Dougal: David Wishart (David)

1908-1910 (Leeds City Player Details)

Outside Right

Born: Dundee Scotland: 22-03-1882

Debut: v Clapton Orient (h): 07-09-1908

5’8 1/2” Weight Unknown (1908)

Dougal started his career in his hometown and initially signing with Dundee Harps in August 1902 before joining Dundee in May 1903. He had trials with First Division Preston North End and Second Division Grimsby Town in 1904 but was unsuccessful on both occasions. He signed for Second Division Clapton Orient on 1st August 1905. He had two successful seasons there making fifty League appearances for them and scoring three goals he also scored four times in four F.A. Cup games in 1905-06. He then joined Non-League Reading and stayed there until he moved to Non-League Brighton and Hove Albion in February 1908. There he joined up with Manager Frank Scott-Walford and he was one of the many Brighton players to follow him to Elland Road when he took over the reins at Leeds City in June 1908. He was never a regular with City as there was a proliferation of Outside Rights, Dickie Guy, Dickie Joynes were the main opposition for a place in his first season but he managed to get ten games, including one game at Outside Left, in the rare absence of Fred Croot, and he found the net late in the season in the home win over Oldham Athletic. Colin Stockton staked his claim for the Outside Right spot in Dougal’s second season, starting off like a world-beater in the first three fixtures, but soon disappeared. Then Ted Hamilton staked his claimed, before Hugh Roberts made the position his own and Dougal had a couple of games at Outside Left as Fred Croot’s deputy before being pressed into service at Inside Left where he made his final six appearances after Billy Halligan left for Derby County and Jimmy Gemmell was injured. In all he made fifteen appearances in his final season at Elland Road. According to Linesman in the Leeds Mercury, "Dougal did not create a very favourable impression". He was dropped and struggled to recover his place in the City first team. He came back into contention in January, and won this praise from the same Linesman for his performance in a 3-1 home win over Glossop on 13th February1909: "Dougal appears to have come to stay, for after his display on Saturday it would be foolish not to persevere with him." Nevertheless, he drifted in and out of contention, making only ten appearances in his first season with the Peacocks. Things were little better in 1909-10, Dougal scoring once, in the 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic at Elland Road on 24th April 1909 in fifteen games. He moved back to Scotland to sign for Montrose in November 1910 and later worked in the confectionery industry in the Dundee area. He died on 5th March 1937.

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