In the Tunnel today is Charlie Douglas - Match Programme Season 2013/14
Charlie Douglas played for Montrose in the late 1940’s C Division days so is possibly the oldest living ex Mo player. Time Tunnel caught up with him via his son Graham Douglas who is based in Edinburgh but is very much a Mo fan and attends as many games as he can. Graham also writes for the Gable Ender programme. His dad Charlie prefers to avoid the limelight but we could not pass up this great opportunity to get a few memories out of him.
Charlie, what age are you now?
I am 89 years young – I will be 90 in November
Briefly summarise your career in junior and senior football.
Amongst the many teams I played for were:
North Links, Montrose Schools Team, Montrose and Kincardine Schoolboys, Montrose Academy, Bogus Football FC, Arbuthnot Select, Montrose Legion, Montrose Roselea, Montrose FC, Pitlochry Amateurs, Centels ( London) 1950.
Did you have a nickname and can you tell us what it was?
Not that I know of other than ‘Chae’
Do you still look out for Montrose scores?
Yes – text is on as soon as I get back into the house from Fordmill Care Home where I see my wife. My son and grandson keep me updated when they are at games.
What is your other favourite team whose results you look out for?
Nottingham Forest – I was a scout for them in the late1950s, early 1960s and took a couple of Montrose boys down there on trial. I look for the Arbroath, Forfar, Brechin and Roselea scores.
I guess you are retired now but what did you do for a living outside of football?
Administrative Officer with the Post Office
Montrose were re-forming after World War 2. Clearly your football career was greatly shortened by the war but how hard was it in those C Division days?
C Division was a very competitive league with many good players giving it a high standard. There were big attendances at that time too.
Did you play at a lot of the bigger stadiums?
Dens Park, Easter Road and Tannadice were the biggest.
Tell us about some particular moments in a Montrose shirt which stick in your memory whether it was a goal, a miss or even in the dressing room after a training session.
In my very first game for Montrose FC, against Brechin at Brechin, I scored with a header from a corner kick. One team mate, after scoring, was told by an opponent ‘no goal – you were offside.’ The irate Montrose player shouted back’ Well just buy the Sporting Post tonight and it will have my ** name as scoring a goal.’
List some of the other Montrose players in your time.
Alan McClory was a keeper coming to the end of his career – he had been capped 3 times by Scotland whilst playing for Motherwell. Jimmy Weatherspoon was another great player.
Did any of them go on to play at a higher level?
George Stewart went on to play for a lower league North of England side – the standard of that league was really high.
Any regrets about your time at Montrose?
I got a really bad facial injury whilst playing for Montrose at Dens Park – this curtailed my career.
Which was your favourite away ground and why?
Glebe Park – big crowds tightly packed for the local derbies.
What are you most proud of in your football career?
Signing for Montrose
Do you keep in touch with anybody at the club or fans or ex players?
Not really now as my time is totally devoted to visiting my wife, Gladys, every day at Fordmill Care Home.
If you agree that football in Scotland is not in a good state nowadays, where do you think it has all gone wrong?
Quite simply – money : too much is circulating round those who have no interest in the game e.g. agents.
What do you honestly see as the future for Montrose FC?
Not sure : ‘ you never know what is round the corner’
Is there anything you would like to see happen to improve the fortunes of the club?
Attacking football leading to promotion and more local youngsters in the team.
Anything else come to mind? Please say whatever you like here. We want to hear anything you want to say about Montrose FC in the 1940’s and 1950’s – or anything about the present day team.
There were many good players at Montrose FC in the 1940s. A high percentage came straight from school football. I want to mention ‘Acky’ Nicol – he put so much effort and time into Montrose Vics and brought through many good players over a period of over 40 years.
Well I’ve seen a lot of Mo games going back to the early 1950’s but even I can’t go back as far as Charlie Douglas. What this column has been able to do over the last couple of years however is unearth or re-discover some of those who have in the past played a part in the history of our football club. If you know of any others who should be included please tell one of the club officials or a Supporters Club official and we will do our best to make contact.
Steve Doyle (Sassmo)