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Neil Dougall

(December 03, 2009)

Neil Dougall, one of Argyle's true legends sadly passed away on Monday at the age of 88.

Born in Falkirk on 7 November 1921, Neil joined Burnley as a semi professional but it was during the war years that his career flourished, playing in the RAF side alongside such greats as Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen and being selected for the Scottish wartime international side.

After the war, he joined Birmingham and was selected to play for Scotland against England in a ‘Victory' international in 1946.  The following year he won his only full cap against Wales at Wrexham.

In 1949, he signed for Argyle for the not inconsiderable sum of £13000.  It began a long association with the club.  Neil is best remembered as an intelligent and hard shooting half back but during his Pilgrims career, appeared in every position except goalkeeper and left wing.  He played 289 games for Argyle scoring 26 times.

After his playing days had ended, Neil held various positions with the club – trainer, coach, chief scout and PR officer.  He also had a 6 month spell as first team manager.  He remained at Home Park until the early 70's before running his own fitness club and then taking up a position in charge of the Mayflower Sports Centre.

Without exception, his former colleagues spoke highly of Neil.  He was a genuinely lovely and kind person who will be greatly missed.  Argyle Legends sends its condolences to Neil's surviving family.

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