Doug Cowie (footballer)

Douglas Cowie (1 May 1926 – 26 November 2021) was a Scottish footballer who played for Dundee, Greenock Morton and the Scotland national team. He played initially as a central defender but later converted to a left half.

Doug Cowie
Personal information
Full name Douglas Cowie
Date of birth (1926-05-01)1 May 1926[1]
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Date of death 26 November 2021(2021-11-26) (aged 95)
Place of death Dundee, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Position(s) Half back, centre-back
Youth career
Caledonian Juveniles
Aberdeen St Clement's
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1961 Dundee 341 (20)
1961–1963 Greenock Morton 61 (9)
Total 402 (29)
National team
1953[2] Scotland B 1 (0)
1953–1958[3] Scotland 20 (0)
1953–1956 Scottish League XI 3 (0)
1958[4] SFA trial v SFL 1 (0)
Teams managed
1963–1964 Raith Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Signed for Dundee by manager George Anderson, Cowie went on to play 341 times for the club in the Scottish Football League alone, many of them as captain. He was part of the Dundee side that won back-to-back League Cups in 1951–52 and 1952–53, also played in the 1952 Scottish Cup Final and was a member of the squad that missed out on winning the League Championship by one point in the 1948–49 season.

Cowie left Dundee in 1961 and had a two-year spell with Greenock Morton as a player-coach. He was Raith Rovers manager for the 1963–64 season but left the Kirkcaldy club to rejoin the Morton coaching staff in the summer of 1964. He later worked at Dundee United in coaching and scouting capacities.

On 3 April 2009, Cowie was inducted into Dundee's Hall of Fame.[5]

International careerEdit

Cowie won all 20 of his Scotland caps while with Dundee. He made his international debut against England in April 1953. He was involved in Scotland's first two World Cup appearances, playing both matches in 1954 and two of three matches in 1958; Scotland's 3–2 defeat to Paraguay at the 1958 World Cup was his final appearance for Scotland. He also appeared once for the Scotland B team and three times for the Scottish League representative team.[6]


Cowie died on 26 November 2021, at the age of 95.[7][8] He was the last surviving player of the 1954 and 1958 Scottish World Cup teams.[9]


  1. ^ Neil Brown football stats
  2. ^ Scotland B player Cowie, Doug, FitbaStats
  3. ^ Scotland player Cowie, Doug, FitbaStats
  4. ^ Scottish trial match at Easter Road, Glasgow Herald, 4 February 1958
  5. ^ "International Dees – Doug Cowie". Retrieved 4 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Doug Cowie". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Doug Cowie obituary". The Times. 15 December 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Doug Cowie 1926-2021". Dundee Football Club. 27 November 2021. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  9. ^ Dundee legend Doug Cowie: Oldest surviving Scotland internationalist, last link to storied era, 'best-ever, better than Billy Steel', Alan Pattullo, The Scotsman, 30 November 2021

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