Former team-mates pay tribute to legend Dougall
ONE of Plymouth Argyle's legendary players of the 1950s, Neil Dougall, has died aged 86.
Dougall, who also managed the Pilgrims for a period in the same decade, passed away on Tuesday at Derriford Hospital.
The Scotland international is remembered as one of the most versatile players to have pulled on an Argyle shirt.
Dougall was described as a 'real gentleman' and a 'hard man on the pitch and a nice guy off it' by two of his former Argyle team-mates.
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"It's very sad news – Neil was a truly nice guy and a very good footballer," said fellow Scot Alex Govan, who played alongside Dougall on the wing in the '50s, before moving to Birmingham City.
"I think aside from Johnny Williams, Neil was the best wing-half that Argyle ever had.
"He had a fierce shot and was a fair but strong tackler."
Plymouth-born Williams said he had fond memories of Dougall, who had remained in the city.
"I've got great memories of playing alongside Neil and of him as a person," said Williams.
"He was a real gentleman, although he was uncompromising as a player and was well respected."
In a 10-year period until he retired in March 1959, Dougall holds the distinction of having played in every position – one to XI – for the Home Park club.
Falkirk-born Dougall, who began his professional career at Burnley, joined the Pilgrims for £13,000 from Birmingham in the spring of 1949, ostensibly as an inside-forward.
He made his name, though, as a wing-half and his form was so impressive that he was tipped to add to the one Scotland cap he'd won shortly after the Second World War.
Dougall had played for Scotland against England in the Victory international in 1946 and was a prominent figure in the Argyle line-up, led by the formidable centre-back Jack 'Jumbo' Chisolm, during the 1950s.
In total, Dougall made 289 appearances for Argyle, scoring 26 goals.
He succeeded Jack Rowley as manager of the Pilgrims in 1959 and was at the Home Park helm for eight months and also performed various coaching roles at the club until 1969.
Dougall, whose wife Monica predeceased him, is succeeded by two daughters, Andrea and Anita, and two grandchildren, Amy and Charles.
Dougall's funeral service will take place at 9am at the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Wyndham Square, on Thursday, December 10 and from there to Weston Mill Crematorium.