Former Montrose player Charlie Douglas passes away at the age of 92

Charlie Douglas

Montrose Football Club has paid tribute to Charlie Douglas, who played for the Links Park side in a life devoted to the game.

Born in Govan in 1924, Charlie returned to his father’s home town of Montrose at a young age where football was to dominate his life.

At North Links primary school, Charlie played alongside the great Gordon Smith and during his early working life, whilst based in London, enjoyed a spell at Wimbledon.

In the 1940s he played for Hillside United, Montrose Roselea and Montrose FC, at a time when the Angus club was in Scotland’s  old C division of the and it was not unusual for crowds to reach 3,000.

In 1947, Charlie spent four days in a coma after sustaining a serious facial injury at Dens Park.

He recovered from the dramatic incident, but his interest in the game then moved towards coaching and refereeing.

Mr Douglas maintained a lifelong devotion to local football and in recognition of his commitment to the game was made Honorary President of Montrose FC Supporters Club and  an Honorary Member of Montrose Roselea.

Montrose FC said his main wish had been for local lad and former Nottingham Forest captain John McGovern to be inducted into Scottish football’s Hall of Fame, and he was delighted to be told in his last days that the midfielder had been given that honour.

“Charlie died peacefully and his legacy will be the input he had into all levels of football in Montrose,” said the club.