Dougie Morrison
Dougie Morrison
Dougie Morrison
● Dougie Morrison, 1915 (DPJ)

born in Scotland

Dugald McKerrell Morrison was born on Tuesday, 20th March, 1894, in Renfrew.

The 5' 8 (11st 7lbs) midfielder signed for George Easton's Thistle on Saturday, 5th October, 1912, having most recently been with Denny Athletic.

Aged 18, he made his debut appearance on Tuesday, 15th October, 1912, in a 6-1 defeat at home to Clyde in the Glasgow & District Mid-Week League.

Dougie scored his first two goals for Thistle on Saturday, 18th January, 1913, in a 2-1 win at home to St Mirren in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 5 goals on Saturday, 26th February, 1916, in a 3-1 win at home to Motherwell in the Scottish Football League.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 20th January, 1917, in a 3-0 defeat away to Rangers in the Scottish Football League, having clocked up 103 appearances as a Jag.

His club-list included Denny Athletic, Partick Thistle and East Fife.

Dougie died on Tuesday, 22nd November, 1938, in Glasgow, aged 44.

Bio Extra

Son of John Morrison (carpenter) and Helen Morrison (née McKerrell).

Almost 50 years before substitutes were allowed in Scottish League matches (the first official substitute in a Scottish League match was Paul Conn for Queen's Park v. Albion Rovers in a Division 2 match on 24th August 1966) Rangers, Thistle and the referee took it upon themselves to make up their own rules in a First Division match at Ibrox on 20th January 1917. Our Morrison was injured after only 5 minutes play and the three parties agreed that Thistle could replace him with McIntyre. The gesture was terrifically sporting and was reported positively in the press as “an innovation”. Presumably the clubs in question were reprimanded because the incident remained isolated in Scottish League Football for another 49 years! The sad footnote to the story is that Dougie never played for Thistle again.

(WS)



Historian's note: JL contends that this player signed from Plymouth Argyle on the 5th October, 1912, but the excellent GOS has no note of him. The KC (18 Oct 1912) reports that he signed for Thistle from Denny.

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