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Derek Dougan

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15:10 9th January 2011

Inducted into the Wolves Hall of Fame in 2011

A flamboyant yet highly skilful centre-forward, Dougan joined Portsmouth from Irish side Distillery and went on to spend about two seasons each with Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Peterborough and Leicester City.

He faced Wolves in the 1960 FA Cup final when he shocked Blackburn by putting in a transfer request on the day of the game. Many thought his best days were behind him when Molineux boss Ronnie Allen signed him but he had seven fine seasons with Wolves. He made a dramatic entry, scoring a hat-trick against Hull in his first home game and helped the club clinch promotion from the Second Division. His strike partnership with John Richards was as memorable as it was effective and his goals helped Wolves reach the 1972 UEFA Cup final. He at last won a major trophy when Wolves beat Manchester City in the 1974 League Cup final. As chairman of the PFA, the footballers’ union, he did great work to raise the status of players. He became a familiar face on TV as a pundit and later returned to the club as chief executive.

Date of birth: January 20, 1938, Belfast. Died June 24, 2007.
Years with Club: 1967 to 1975.
Club signed from: Leicester City.
Appearances: 323.
Goals: 123.
International caps: 26 for Northern Ireland, plus 17 before joining Wolves (8 goals).

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