July 3, 1984
Pre-war Anfield wing half dies
One of Liverpool’s outstanding pre-war footballers, former wing half Jimmy McDougall, has died in Liverpool, aged 80. McDougall, who made his debut for the Reds in 1928 after joining them from Partick Thistle, played nearly 300 League games for them before his retirement 10 years later.
He was widely respected for his cultural football and gentlemanly conduct, and was given a testimonial cheque for £650 by the club after his last match, against Aston Villa.
Although Scotland refused to award official caps to “Anglos” in the 1930s, McDougall played three times for his country and actually captained Scotland against Italy in Rome. On that occasion he had to hand over a pennant to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini – and was rewarded with a huge bouquet of roses in return.
One of eight Scots at Anfield, McDougall played alongside giants like Matt Busby and Elisha Scott, frequently advancing into attack and scoring valuable goals.
After leaving Anfield he accepted a job as a youth coach to South Liverpool, and for several years enjoyed passing on his skill to others.
He leaves a wife, a daughter Louise and two grandchildren.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: July 4, 1984)