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Derek Dougan

Personal information
Full nameAlexander Derek Dougan
Playing positionDefender / Midfielder / Forward

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Alexander Derek Dougan (20 January 1938 24 June 2007) was a Northern Irish professional footballer. Dougan played for several clubs, but had his longest association with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In 18 years in the English League, Dougan scored 294 goals in 685 matches, including 95 in 258 for Wolves. He began his career as a wing-half / central defender before being converted to a centre-forward. During his career, Dougan scored hat-tricks in the First Division, the Second Division, the Third Division, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the UEFA Cup and scored more English League goals than any other Irishman.

On 24 June 2007, Dougan died at the age of 69 from a heart attack at his home in Wolverhampton. His funeral was held on 5 July 2007 at St. Peter's Church, Wolverhampton, and the service was transmitted to a crowd of mourners outside the church with loudspeakers.

He was the first ever player to score against a San Marino XI in international competition, netting two for Northern Ireland during an unofficial friendly match in 1963. The game, won 7 - 0 by Northern Ireland, was one of the first fixtures to be played by San Marino (their team was only formed in 1962 and was recognized officially by FIFA in 1986) and they have only won a single match since.

Dougan holds a number of scoring records for the Northern Ireland national football team. His 41 goals in 30 matches for the NI Schoolboys has been challenged only by David Healy in recent times, who scored 27 in 33 games for his country at that level. Healy also comes closest to Dougan in terms of goals scored for the NI under-19 team: Healy hit 7 goals in 11 under-19 matches for Northern Ireland whilst Dougan hit 18 in as many games. Dougan also scored 12 goals in 13 matches for the discontinued Northern Ireland Amateurs team, and twice in three matches for the Northern Ireland B national football team. These statistics make Dougan one of the most prolific goal-scorers in international youth football ever to have lived.

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