At Sunderland A.F.C. - The Team of all the Talents
The First Championship
Anglo Scottish Recognition
The Prince of Goalkeepers
The First Major Football Disaster
Leaving Sunderland A.F.C.
At Liverpool F.C. 1904-1908
St. Helens Recreationals F.C. 1908-1910
In the Beginning
From 15 years old 'Ned' began to take his football seriously. He joined the 2nd Forfar (Angus) Company of the Rifle Volunteer Corps, played in the band and became proficient on many wind instruments, his favourite tune being "The Standard on the Braes of Marr"10.
'Ned' began playing football for St Helena, a junior club, on the "common" in the right wing position. He was friendly with the Petrie family who had a fishing trawler in the town. From them he acquired three beams which he fixed as a goalmouth. Suspending a ball from the crossbeam, he taught himself to punch a ball from any angle until he excelled at the skill. He could punch a ball so hard that it would swing twice over the bar- others could do this only once. Using two dumbbells13 which he had made at the local foundry, he trained by placing them at the foot of each post and using alternate arm would dash across the goal, swinging a dumbbell high, repeating with the other arm. With this exercise, he built up strength, agility and fleetness of foot.
He could place his team-mates around the field and punch a ball to their feet and his strength enabled him to send the ball over the halfway line. It is said that this feat could only be done by one other player - William "Fatty" Foulke, the 6 foot 3 inch, 22 stone 'keeper of Sheffield United. He found himself to be ambidextrous and could write with each hand and by his late teens was very proficient in goal and could fist a ball out with great force and accuracy using either arm.
As a youth 'Ned' was apprenticed as a baker; (his Mother was a confectioner). It was at this time that Davina Bertie and young 'Ned' noticed each other. 'Ned' was not to remain in the bakery, as he had aspirations to enter the insurance business as an agent. However, events were to take a markedly dramatic turn
On September 12th 1885, Arbroath
Football Club made history by recording the biggest score in an official
competition, beating Bon Accord of
This remains an all time record and reports of this game are given in "The Story of Arbroath Football Club (1947)"and the "Arbroath Guide" of Saturday September 19th 1885. By February 1886, James Milne the goalkeeper who had given valiant service to the Club since its earliest days, stepped down in favour of 'Ned' Doig to fill this position, which in those days was the toughest job on a football pitch14.
At that time the Scottish Football League had not been formed and matches consisted of friendly games interspaced with cup games such as the Forfarshire Cup and the Scottish Cup. 'Ned's' youngest brother Robert, reminiscing to his son Aikman, recalls how he accompanied 'Ned' to an Arbroath match. It transpired that Arbroath were without a goalkeeper. Someone in the crowd called out "let Ned Doig play" and this became his first game for the club. It is possible that this was a second team game in 1884. In 1895 a pen portrait in the Sunderland Daily Echo stated that he played for two seasons in Arbroath reserves which would be 1884-5 and 1885-6. By the 9th January 1886 it was recorded15 "At Arbroath a match was played on Gayfield between the first and second elevens. A very fine game was witnessed between these teams. Doig, in goal, it may be mentioned was at this match under the observation of the Arbroath Committee and he played a splendid game". The result was given as first eleven 5, second eleven 1, 'Ned' Doig played for the reserves. At this time he would be 19 years old and had been playing for a junior team - St. Helena16 of Arbroath on the "common" for a season before being recruited to Arbroath's second team, which then reached the semi - final of the Forfarshire Second Eleven Cup. By the time Milne stepped down 'Neds' capabilities and agility were well known. There is a photograph in the boardroom at Arbroath F.C. showing eleven players and lists Doig as one of the three players that did not take part in the famous victory against Bon Accord.
It is known17 that 'Ned' appeared in at least five of the sixteen games played in the later half of the 1885-86 season. An away match on 6th February, lost by 2:3 to Harp of Dundee was said to be his first appearance for the first team. The match report stated "Not withstanding that a few players from each club were away at the Intercounty (game), good substitutes were found and readers will no doubt take note that this was the first appearance in the Arbroath 1st Eleven of 'Ned' Doig. 'Ned' Doig, goalkeeper - a player who came and turned out to be the Prince of Goalkeepers of our County". The other games were on 13th March away to Strathmore (of Arbroath) which the club won by 5:1 :- "In an altered team Doig getting his chance to show his abilities" and further, on 15th May at home to Friockheim won by 4:2 reported "Doig for the second time (sic) played for the first eleven and gave a splendid exhibition of goalkeeping. He played against Strathmore of Arbroath on 29th May losing 0:3. Finally at home to Harp of Dundee on 5th June won by 5:1 noted "The Maroons were rearranged and Doig was introduced into goal and he proved his worth for the Maroons. His skilful and dextrous movements being the talk of the match: this was the best match the Maroons played for a long time".
Prior to the beginning of the 1886-7 season
the club held a four - a -side competition with seven teams entered. 'Ned'
Doig had the fourth team and were beaten in the first round by 0:3.
Now, with 'Ned' as first choice in goal, Arbroath, following an away defeat by Forfar
Athletic, opened their home programme with a
visit by the illustrious Preston North End. Although
the 'Maroons' were beaten 2:6 the "Arbroath
Guide" reported that "Doig repulsed a goal attempt, a splendid
piece of goalkeeping. When Doig was left alone to defend a break, he secured
the ball and threw it out for the best piece of goalkeeping in the game.
Doig performed marvels but let in a soft one".
Arbroath were again to record a big victory in the first round
of the Scottish Cup, this time against Orion of Aberdeen on 11th September,
the score being 20:0. Doig had a splendid game against Strathmore (
On February 19th 1887 he took his place in
goal for his country versus
Doig played in his first game for Forfarshire
when they travelled to
It was the custom at that time for a benefit game on behalf of "The Fishermen's Fund for Widows and Children" to be played at Gayfield . This took place on Saturday 23rd April between Arbroath F. C.'s 'Ancients' and 'Moderns' and Doig took his place in the 'moderns' who won 6:1 following a half time lead of 2:0.
It is clear from match reports that 'Ned' Doig
was reaching a peak in his Arbroath career.
At home to Forfar Athletic on April 30th 1887
the 'Herald' stated "Doig was admirable.
Keenness of eye and deftness of both hand and foot were very marked in
his play and although he had a lot of work, played with a masterly coolness
throughout". And a few days later versus
Harp of Dundee away "We daresay Doig, often experiencing some of
the brutal charges of forwards who rushed furiously at him several times,
full five seconds after he had sent the ball half up the field, will prey
to be delivered in future from such friendly encounters".
In the last game of the official season at home to a
As part of the general celebrations and events
to mark Queen Victoria's Jubilee a football game was played at Gayfield
Park with Our Boys (Dundee) providing the opposition.
The date of this game was Thursday 23rd June 1887 and the home team was :- Doig; Collie,
Besides the four cup games Doig is known to have played in at least 33 of the 42 friendly games played in the season and with the four representative games his total is at least 39 matches.
Scottish Cup results :-
11. 9.1886 Home to Orion (
2.10.1886 Away to Forfar Athletic won 5:2 2nd round
13.11.1886 Away to Queen of the South Lost 2:8 3rd round
Forfarshire Cup result :-18.
9.1886 Away to Strathmore (
Annual Arbroath sports took place on Saturday 13th August 1887. 'Ned' Doig won the high jump with a leap of 4'11", in the 300yard sprint he came third whilst in the mile handicap race he was placed second from a four yard start.
The next season, Arbroath
again met Orion in the first round of the Scottish Cup, this time recording
an 18:0 victory on 3rd September 1887. Strathmore
of Dundee were beaten in the next round on September
24th, S. Buick scoring a hat-trick for a 3:1 victory.
A long and difficult trip to Oban was rewarded
with a 5-1 win on October 15th in the third round and secured a bye for
the club in the fourth round. Arbroath
eventually reached the sixth round by beating Cowlairs
by 5:1 on 26th November, before losing to Abercorn (in
The Forfarshire Cup opened with a home victory
over the 3rd F.R.V. (?Forfarshire Royal
Volunteers) by 13:0. A further big win, this
time 12:0 was recorded when Our Boys were beaten at
In the newly instituted District Charity Cup, big home wins were recorded over Lindertis of Kirriemuir 13:3 and 9:1 over Brechin before losing in the final to Forfar Athletic on neutral ground by 2:3
When the season finished in 1888 the Club had won the Forfarshire Challenge Cup and were the District Charity Cup finalists and 'Ned' Doig was looked upon as the greatest goalkeeper ever reared in the east of Scotland and even by 1947 many older followers of the game aver that his equal has never been found in the ranks of any club in the east16.
Scottish Cup results :-
3. 9.1887 H Orion (
24. 9.1887 Strathmore (
15.10.1887 A Oban won 5:1 3rd round
Bye. 4th round
26.11.1887 H Cowlairs won 5:1 5th round
17.12.1887 A Abercorn lost 1:3 6th round
Forfarshire Cup results :-
10. 9.1887 A 3rd F.R.V. won 13:0 1st round
1.10.1887 A Our Boys (
22.10.1887 H Wanderers (
12.11.1887 N Strathmore (
District Charity Cup results :-
10. 3.1888 H Lindertis (Kirriemuir) won 13:3 1st round
31. 3.1888 H Brechin won 6:1 semi-final
21. 4.1888 N Forfar Athletic lost 2:4 Final
Summary of the 1887 - 1888 season :-
Played 42; won 32; drawn 0; lost 10; goals for 262; against 80.
(Note As recorded in "History of Arbroath)
On 11th August 1888, Annual Sports were held
Open 1/4 mile handicap. Result - Doig second. (Doig on scratch gave 2 or 4 yards to others.)
Club 300 yards. Result - Doig first.
Skipping rope race. Result - Doig first.
Obstacle race. Result - Doig second.
Hop, step and leap. Result - Doig first with a distance of 39' 7". Second place only managed 37'. (Note that in the 1896 Olympic games third place only achieved 41'1".)
Place kick competition. Result - Doig third place with 50 yards 2' 4". It would be interesting to find the rules of this event.
Season 1888-9 was another outstanding one for Arbroath, repeating their feat of last year of winning the Forfarshire Challenge Cup adding to the win of 1883-4 and also gaining the District Charity Cup. A copy of a photograph exists of the team and officials displaying these trophies. In the Scottish Cup, Arbroath again progressed to the fifth round, winning at Aberdeen 4:3 in the first round, beating Montrose at home by 6:2 in the second round on 22nd September, Forfar Athletic away on 13th October by 3:1, Fair City (of Perth) away by 3:1 on 3rd November before meeting the very strong Renton side on 24th November at Gayfield. Arbroath were unfortunate not to win in a hard fought 3:3 draw in which Skae the Arbroath inside forward was badly injured when he rushed Lindsey, the giant Renton goalkeeper, crashing against a post when the 'keeper eluded him. Doig was reported as giving a masterly display; as a leading Scottish official put it "was as nimble as a cat."
A very young cub reporter for the Arbroath Herald who covered this game as his first senior
match recollecting many years later as "A Red Lichtie
looks back"17 was very anxious to go to the replay at Renton (Dumbartonshire). The editor of the
Herald, Mr. J. B. Salmond, promised to let the
young lad go with the Arbroath party if someone
would look after him. Mr. Salmond
called upon Doig at the Alma Works on the Monday and 'Ned' promised to
look after him and see him safely restored to his parents.
Accordingly the party arrived in
It was a sad homecoming for the reporter but
not for the team who had a sing-song and were encouraged by the club officials
to "forget about it -there's better days in store" and
the cub reporter was "delivered home safely" with the feeling
that he had seen play two of
February 1889 was a busy month for 'Ned' Doig.
On 2nd February Doig and Petrie were playing in an Intercounty
match at Falkirk versus Stirlingshire which was won easily by 7:4 after
a half time lead of 3:2 whilst Arbroath lost
heavily to Harp of Dundee at Gayfield by 3:7
thus proving Doig's value. Doig was chosen to play an International trial
'Ned' enhanced his personal reputation by gaining
his second International cap on 9th March 1889, again against
Forfarshire Cup results :-
20.10.1888 Away to Strathmore won 5:3 1st. round
17.11.1888 Home to Our Boys (
12.01.1889 Neutral ground v. East End (
District Charity Cup results:-
2. 3.1889 Home to Coupar Angus won 10:0 1st. round
16. 3.1889 Home to Lindertis (Kirriemuir) won 9:1 Semi-final
20. 4.1889 Neutral ground v. Montrose won 6:1 Final
The results of all Arbroath's matches for 1888 -9 were recorded as follows :-
P 39; W 27; D 4; L 8; goals for 200; against 94.
The annual benefit game for 'The Fishermen's
Widows and Children' was played at Gayfield
on Monday 20th May with Doig in goal for the Arbroath
'Moderns' v 'Ancients' in which the Moderns were held to a 3:3 draw following
a lead of 3:0 at half time. To conclude the season, Doig, O'Kane
and Salmond of Arbroath
were chosen to appear for Forfarshire against an all Scotland Eleven at
There is a photograph in the family showing
'Ned' with his friend William Matthew among a group of workers in a factory
yard with large gates behind them. 'Ned' and 'Will' are wearing his International
caps so the date must have been 1889 or later.
At this time 'Ned' was working as a lapper at Frances Websters
flax, linen and canvas factory in Arbroath.
The main factory buildings were demolished in the 1990's but in 1994 the
Among Arbroath players
who were reared at
From September 1889 to early November Doig
played in 10 or 11 games for Arbroath but at
a match on 16th November McNicholl took his
place as it was noted that he was away at
Doig's grand play had attracted the attention of prominent clubs
all over the country and many were the inducements offered him to leave
Arbroath. He went south to play for
Blackburn Rovers and on the 16th November 1889 played his first and only
game for this club, the match at home to
As he was now 23 and in gainful employment,
marriage was contemplated and so in 1890 a document states20 :- "Proclamation of Marriage
between John Edward Doig. Insurance Agent, 38,
Copy of the Marriage Bans held by Grandson J.ohn A. Doig
However, in less than two weeks after his marriage, an offer came up that persuaded him to turn professional as a footballer and once again Doig crossed over the border, this time with his young bride, to join a team that was soon to be referred to as "The Team Of All TheTalents".
At Sunderland A.F.C. - The Team of all the Talents
The country, your companions, and the length of
your journey will give you a hundred compensations for your toil.
Sunderland and District Teachers Association Football Club was formed in 1879 by James Allen, but was soon to widen its aspirations and was renamed Sunderland Association Football Club in October 1880. From 1888, the Club had the intention of building a reputation for itself under the guidance of Robert Thompson (a leading shipbuilder), James Marr, Samuel Tyzack (coalowner) and the newly appointed paid Secretary Tom Watson, who was recruited from the Newcastle West End Club. From 1884 Sunderland had supported professionalism in football and now Tyzack (Club Treasurer) and Tom Watson, travelled to Scotland to pursue a policy of importing top class, usually young, international players. By the 1888-89 season only four of the original team survived, one of them being the amateur goalkeeper Bill Kirtley.
The English Football League was formed in the 1888-89 season with twelve clubs all from the midlands or the north west of England. Sunderland A.F.C were admitted in the 1890-91 season, replacing Stoke who had finished bottom the previous season. They were admitted to the league with the proviso that as the North East was out on a footballing limb, then the expenses of all the visiting clubs must be paid by Sunderland. The rise to fame of the Club was astonishingly fast, relying on these Scottish players, who being previously amateurs in Scotland, were paid a signing on fee, a wage, and frequently set up in business or provided with a job outside football.
In 1890 the League consisted of only one division. Sunderland started their campaign on 13th September at their Newcastle Road ground against Burnley, which was lost by 2 goals to 3. On the following Monday (15th) the first clash of team colours occurred when Wolverhampton Wanderers, who at that time also wore red and white striped shirts, visited the North East. The League ruled that the home team should change strip and this ruling was retained until 1909. All subsequent photographs of 'Ned' show him in the team shirt worn by goalkeepers until 1909. Wolverhampton, despite being three goals down by half time, left the ground as winners by 3:4. Kirtley had played in goal for both these matches although being unwell. This depressing start, coupled with the pressure of having to pay the expenses of the visiting teams caused Tyzack and Watson to return to Scotland to recruit J. Edward Doig (or Teddy as he became known) from Arbroath. Robert, his youngest brother, who accompanied 'Ned' on his journey to sign for Sunderland, says that the signing fee was #75, whilst 'Ned's' son Stanley relates that it was #85, both large enough sums for 1890. The historian of Sunderland A.F.C. suggests that this fee was #40. However, "Association Football, The Men who made it" written closer to the time in 1906 states that a bonus of #10 on engagement and a wage of 25 shillings a week was the norm. Also included was a club house near to the ground, removal expenses as well as a job as a timekeeper (or storekeeper) in Thompson's North Sands shipyard. Once success was assured the wage was made up to #3 a week all the year round. Coincidentally, the Athletic News of 6th January reported that "in Sunderland, although the crowd included all classes of the community, it was chiefly the 'horny-handed in the shipyards' who patronised the local club by 1890".
17 Foster Street
'Ned' now 23 years 10 months old and Davina, 22 years 2 months, moved into a new terrace house at 17, Forster Street, Sunderland, near to the ground. A reporter, writing under the name "Argus"20 in the late 1920's, recalled that as a boy the street lads used to give him a shout of "good old 'Teddy' as he came along to his home in Forster Street, and how he used to wave his hand in cheery recognition. He played his first game for the club on 20th September, this was an away match at West Bromwich Albion which was won by the grand score of 4:0. The newspapers on Wearside made very little of this new signing. The Sunderland Daily Echo mentioned briefly that "there was a change in the Sunderland goal, G.(sic) Doig replacing Kirtley." Unfortunately, Doig was deemed to be an ineligible player as his registration had not met the seven day qualification period as he had previously played for a league club. Subsequently, Sunderland were fined #50* and had two points deducted. (* Note - Football League rules of 1890 -1 quote that breaches of rule 8 carried a fine of #25 with the deduction of 2 points). Sunderland appealed against this two point deduction. A Football League meeting was convened with a representative from all the other clubs. Sunderland produced evidence to show that the registration form should have reached the League Secretary in time and Mr. Tyzack gave evidence as to the date of signing. A Post Office official from Sunderland could not swear to any posting date. After the hearing the League decided to uphold it's previous decision of a fortnight ago. A goalkeeper called Potts played in Sunderland's next game the following Monday 22nd September, a friendly away to Stoke as Doig went back to Sunderland to settle into the area.
On 1st November 1890 the Prince and Princess of Wales visited the town on the same day as Blackburn Rovers. The Athletic News reported that 'it was no contest' as the Royal couple were welcomed by a crowd of 2,000 just down the road at Seaham Harbour and 20,000 attended the match. However the official attendance quoted in the Newcastle Journal was given as 13,000. The match report stated "Doig, in goal, proved himself a first-class man, for he had a good number of warm shots to deal with, and he cleared time after time with great coolness and judgement". Sunderland won 3:1 with 2 from Campbell at centre forward and the other from Millar. Pennington, the Blackburn 'keeper was dropped and played only once more that year. There was no doubt that Blackburn rued the loss of Doig. A curious incident occured when Sunderland appealed for a corner kick against defender Brandon (decisions like corners had to be appealed for and play would sometimes continue before a decision was reached). The Journal described "at length Sunderland got round the Rovers goal and a pass from the right wing was partly stopped by Brandon, and then seemed to go about a foot over the line. The Wearsiders claimed a corner, but Brandon again got at the ball and put it into play. As the whistle had not sounded he lunged out and as Mr. Mitchell (Rovers Umpire and club secretary) was standing about 10 yards in front of him, the ball struck the Blackburn umpire on the side of his face, knocking him clean off his feet and rebounded right into the goal mouth where Campbell placed it out of Pennington's reach. The on-lookers were highly delighted by this turn of events". N.B. Referees became the sole judge from 1891 and the umpires became linesmen.
Doig, who at this time was reserve 'keeper for Scotland and was described as "cool as a cucumber" between the posts, at 5ft 9" and twelve stone, was a modest, lanky, barrel-chested young man. It was said that he was wonderfully slippery when opponents were trying to charge him and that his "fists out" were as safe and as long as punt kicks from the hands.
Despite the setback of having two points deducted, Sunderland finished their first season a respectable seventh of twelve teams, but for the two point penalty, would have been fifth based on superior goal difference over Bolton who finished with 25 points. A 'double' was completed over Bolton Wanderers 5:2 and 2:0 whilst 'Proud' Preston, League Champions the two previous seasons failed to score against them, results being 0:0 and 2:0. Although Everton, who became Champions, defeated Sunderland 0:1 in a November away game, Sunderland took revenge by beating them 1:0 in the home league fixture and also the first round of the F. A. Cup. In the last 10 league games, including the December home fixture against Everton, Sunderland's opponents failed to score against Doig in 7 of them and only 5 goals were conceded in the other 3 games.
Their 1890-91 League record is as follows :-P 22; W 7, D 2, L 2, F 31, A 13; W 3, D 3, L 5, F 20, A 18; Pts 23.
By the middle of the season the capacity of the Newcastle Road ground was increased from 15,000. In a first round F.A. Cup match in January 1891, 21,000 crammed into the ground to give the biggest attendance in the country, this included those people on the stand roof. The huge crowd saw stocky Jimmie Campbell score the only goal to eliminate Everton. An away match in the second round at Darwen was won by 2 : 0. In the next round a 4:0 home win over Nottingham Forest gave Sunderland a semi-final against Notts County at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, this match was drawn 3:3. Sunderland were eliminated in the replay at the same ground by 0:2 after extra time. F. A. Cup results :- P 5, W 3, D 1, L 1, F 10, A 5.
'Teddy' Doig thus played in 20 of the 22 league games and 5 F.A. Cup matches. Sunderland also continued to play "arranged" i.e. friendly games, as these matches were frequently more lucrative than the "gates" from some league fixtures. Twenty-eight of these games were played, 'Teddy' appearing in twenty of them including a game against the famous amateur side Corinthians at Sunderland on Monday 30th March who were beaten by 1:0. The 'Liverpool Mercury' reporting that Doig was called upon once or twice in the first half and that both 'keepers played well. A friendly match was played at home on April 11th. against Notts County who had eliminated Sunderland from the cup and the County were soundly beaten by 6:0. The following Saturday there were a large crowd of onlookers at Stockton to see Sunderland easily beat the home team by 9:0, the biggest win of the season, goals coming from Campbell 2, Harvie 2, Hannah 3, Miller and Scott. Teddy accompanied the team on a short southern tour to finish the season and Woolwich Arsenal, Chatham and Millwall were defeated by 3:1, 2:1, and 3:1.
Friendly results:- P 28; W 22, D 5, L 1; F 94, A 25.
The 1890-1 season total games recorded read :- P 55; W 35, D 11, L 9; F 155, A 61. Five friendlies were played prior to Doig joining the club with Kirtley (twice) and Potts playing on three later occasions.
In his total of 45 appearances 'Teddy' kept a 'clean sheet' in 17 of them, goals for 119, against 46 and the worst defeat was a 1:4 league reverse, away to Accrington in November.
The Directors of Sunderland, having adopted professionalism, devised strict rules for the players lifestyle and a copy of these was reproduced in Arthur Appleton's Sunderland Centenary Book.
Rules for Training
The First Championship
Sunderland Team 1892 (Team of All the Talents).
Back Row : - T Watson (Sec), J McClintock, J McMillan, W Pickersgill, T Carter, E J Doig, J Marr, J Fenton, J Cooke, W T Wallace (Sec), T Dodds (Trainer)
Middle Row : - S Tyzack (Treasurer), T Pprteo8us (Capt), T Oliver, H Wilson, W Gibson, J Dalton, J R Auld, J Murray, D Gow, Coun. R Thompson (President)
Front Row : - J Hannah, J Smith, T Miller, J Campbell, D Hannah, J Scott
Prior to the 1891-92 season, Club Director James Marr, announced to the Football League that the club would no longer continue to subsidise the expenses of visiting teams and Sunderland's promising start in League football, coupled with the good F.A. Cup run were too powerful to be ignored. The season began then on a high note both for the Club and for Edward and Davina Doig for their first born child - a son who they also named Edward, was born on 31st August 1891.
With the League now increased to 14 teams by admitting Stoke and Darwen, Sunderland began the campaign on 5th September 1891 with a home win by 5:2 against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Penalty kicks were first introduced in the Football League at the start of this season and on September 12th at Preston the first penalty kick may have been scored against goalkeeper Doig. The Newcastle Journal's match report states that "Hands resulted to the Prestonians a yard from goal, and Gordon scored a second point". The match was lost by 1:3 to Preston North End. Two more away defeats followed - September 19th, Bolton Wanderers 3:4 and Aston Villa 3:5 on Monday September 28th. Everton were then beaten in a home game on the 3rd October by 2:1. The next two games were played against West Bromwich Albion away on the 17th October giving a 5:2 win, then a week later at the Newcastle Road ground the Albion were beaten again, this time by 4:0. Accrington also left Sunderland's ground on 31st October with a score of 4:1 against them.
Everton, in dispute with their landlord over ground rent, published figures of other leading clubs in the 12th October edition of Athletic News which showed that Sunderland paid #45 annually.
November opened with a defeat on the 7th at Blackburn by 1:3, before Derby County on the 14th and Burnley on 21st were beaten at home by 7:1 and 2:1 respectively; this was followed by an away win at Stoke on 28th by 3:1. Then followed four wins in December - 5th at home to Notts County by 4:0; 12th at home to Darwen by 7:0; then by 4:0 away on Christmas Day at Everton and finally on Boxing Day away to Wolverhampton Wanderers by 3:1, to give seven straight league wins.
To fill in a fixture gap in the early part of January before F. A. cup football commenced five friendlies were arranged in thirteen days. Away to Ardwick on 28th December the sides drew 0:0. Then followed three home games against Scottish sides, Morton on January 1st beaten 4:0, the next day Glasgow Northern for a 7:1 win and then a massive 11:0 victory over Glasgow Thistle on the 4th; finally a 6:4 win over Newcastle East End on Saturday January 9th.
Following a two month break in the league programme the
triumphant progress continued; on March 1st, Bolton Wanderers beaten at
home 4:1; on 5th, Accrington beaten away 5:3; at home on 12th, to Preston
N.E. by 4:1; 19th saw an away win at Derby 1:0 and a home win by 2:1 against
Aston Villa on the 26th. The 'Arbroath Herald'
carried a comment on this game "Doig had again embraced his dear
old friend Matt. Dickson, late of Strathmore Dundee.
Dickson's nose came in contact with Doig's hand with the natural result.
Readers of the 'Herald' will remember the same thing perhaps oftener at
Rollo's Pier in the old days" A 4:1 home win on April 2nd against
Stoke, gave Sunderland their 13th consecutive league win. The
next game, an away defeat by 0:1 on the 9th April against Notts County,
was the prelude to the last home game of the season on 16th against Blackburn
Rovers which they won 6:1.
During their Easter Northern Tour, the famous amateur side "The Casuals" visited Sunderland on Tuesday 19th April and were soundly beaten by four goals to nil. The home team scored once in the first half and but for fine play by the Casuals defence would have run up a large score as the inside left Newbury had sprained his ankle just before half time leaving the Casuals with ten men. A 7:1 win at Darwen on the 23rd gave Sunderland their biggest away victory until December 1908 and caused Darwen to be relegated from the league; on 30th April a final away win at Burnley by 2:1 confirmed Sunderland as League Champions by a clear five points. As it was down to individual clubs to mark the occasion (The Football League did not award medals until many years later) silver medals, made by local jewellers Messrs. Livermore of Peoples Palace, were presented to the Championship team along with commemorative League Championship caps. League results were :- P 26; W 13, D 0, L 0, F 55, A 11; W 8, D 0, L 5, F 38, A 25; Pts 42 from a possible 52. 'Teddy' Doig had kept a "clean sheet" on five occasions in the league.
The severe wintry weather in the January of 1892 played havoc with the F. A. Cup fixtures. On January 16th Sunderland were due to play at home to Notts County in the first round. County fulfilled the fixture after lodging a protest at the state of the pitch and they were beaten by 3:0, Miller, Campbell and Hannah scoring. By the Tuesday the F. A. had upheld County's appeal along with six other ties and the game was replayed on Saturday 23rd January. The appeal was to no avail as this time Notts County were beaten 4:0, with goals by Hannah, Campbell 2 and Gibson. In the second round at Accrington on the 30th the referee, Mr Fox of Sheffield, no doubt primed by the F. A. decided that as the pitch was so wet and sloppy the game should be played as a friendly so as not to disappoint the many thousands of spectators. This game resulted in a 0:1 defeat for Sunderland. On Tuesday February 2nd it was reported that Sunderland had offered #200 to the Accrington Board to change the venue to Sunderland. This sum was refused with the hint that #350 may be acceptable. However the Football League ruled that the tie must be played as drawn. The cup-tie eventually took place on Saturday February 6th when Accrington were beaten 3:1 away. In the third round at Stoke, following a score of 2:2 at half time, Stoke "went off at a dash, Schofield sent in a lightening shot which Doig saved in a marvellous manner", a 2:2 draw remained after 30 minutes extra time. The replay a week later at Newcastle Road was won easily by 4:0 but in the last 20 minutes Stoke pressed strongly, Doig handling four times within a minute. The semi-final, held at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, was lost by 1:4 to Aston Villa, who were to become Sunderland's F.A. Cup jinx. This score line was not believed when it was relayed back to Sunderland.
Doig was the only ever-present in the 26 league and 5 cup matches, with 15 players used; Doig appearing in all 5 F.A. Cup games and all 27 "arranged" games played during Sunderland's first Championship success in only their second season in the league. The league home record of 13 wins out of 13 with 55:11 i.e. 5:1 goals ratio, has not been bettered by any Sunderland side. Doig kept 21 'clean sheets' in the 58 games.
In all matches the results were :- P 58; W 46, D 3, L 9, Goals - for 217, against 67.
In the F.A. Cup :- P 5, W 3, D 1, L 1, F 14, A 7, therefore in the 27 arranged games 110 goals were scored and 24 conceded.
The league home record of 13 wins out of 13 with 55:11 i.e. 5:1 goals ratio, has not been bettered by any sunderland side. Doig kept 21 'clean sheets' in the 58 games.
Medals were struck to mark the momentous 1891-2 season. An article in the Sunderland Daily Post in May 1892 described these :- Mr. R. L. Rennison, jeweller and silversmith, Bridge Street, has been showing the League Championship Cup, won by Sunderland, and the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup, won by Sunderland 'A' for the third time, in his shop window, where they have been much admired. He has just completed a set of gold medals, 15 in number, which are to be presented to the individual members of the first team. The medals are of 15 carat gold. On the face are the words: "Sunderland Football League Championship, 1891-92," with a shield in the centre, on which the town arms are wrought. Oak leaves are introduced ? round the shield, and the outer rim has a bright polish which greatly enhances the effect. The obverse side of each medal bears the name of the player to whom it is presented. The medals are enclosed in a morocco leather case lined with red velvet, forming a most handsome memento of a highly interesting and historic event.
By 1892, 'Teddy' Doig at the age of 25 was prematurely bald and as goalkeeper always wore a cap. To avoid embarrassment, this was fixed under the chin with an elastic strap. Opposing forwards knew of this embarrassment and it was a well known ploy to try to knock off his cap, but this was usually followed by swift retribution. It is said that the cap was only lost twice in his career and 'Teddy' was more concerned with regaining it rather than the ball.
The league system, having completed four years with obvious success, increased in size again from 14 to 16 teams in what was now called the First Division, with a Second Division also created, consisting of 12 teams.
In a friendly game, prior to the official
programme, Sunderland as League champions travelled to
The new season opened with
Following their first Championship Sunderland
were much in demand for exhibition games which frequently led to heavy
travelling. On Wednesday 5th October the team left
by train at 11 a.m for
Monday 10th October 1892 also saw the birth
of 'Teddy' and Davina's second child; a daughter who they named Eliza
Bertie after Davina's elder sister. It is unlikely
that 'Teddy' was home for this event as he certainly played in
In an away match on November 26th,
The severe weather in January 1893 did not
Newton Heath were also recipients of heavy
league defeats, by 5:0 in Manchester on March 4th, which included Campbell's
fourth hat-trick and in the return game on Tuesday April 4th, Sunderland's
last home league game, a 6:0 scoreline was registered, Campbell and
Millar getting two each, Wilson and J. Hannah netting the others.
The March win against Newton Heath gave Sunderland a total of 38 points
which effectively secured the Championship as
By the close of the season the all-conquering side which included eight Internationals, had gained their second Championship title in only three seasons of league competition. Championship medals for this feat were again provided by the club. These were made by Vaughtons & Sons Ltd. Birmingham, who are still medal suppliers to the Football League. An illustration of this medal can be found in an advertisement in a book in 1893 called "The Football Industry". The Athletic News also awarded 11 medals to the team for this achievement. "Teddy Doig's" is pictured 2 x lifesize
The seasons results were: - P 30; W 13, D 2, L 0, F 58, A 17; W 9, D 2, L 4, F 42, A 19; Pts 48 from 60.
A hundred league goals were scored, a total not beaten until West Bromwich Albion scored 104 in 1919-20, although in 42 games. The winning margin of 11 points over Preston North End, has not been beaten, only equalled, under the old points system.
In the F.A. Cup a first round victory by 6:0 at home over Woolwich Arsenal led to a second round win away to Sheffield United by 3:1 before the side was defeated 0:3 at Blackburn Rovers. At this game on February 18th, according to the Athletic News two days later, four mounted policemen had to be withdrawn when their horses took fright at the sight of the two teams.
Once more, the team was undefeated at home in the league and cup with Doig being ever present in all competitive matches keeping "clean sheets" in 20 games of the 57 he played out of the seasons total of 59 which included 24 of the 26 friendly games. Matt. Scott replaced Doig for two of the friendlies. P 59; W 45, D 5, L 9, F 199, A 68.
In commenting on the Championship winning
season the Athletic News of 21st August stated 2
The 'Newcasle Daily Leader' of 16trh March
1893 reported that " Doig, who was in negotiation with a LancashireClub,
has decided to sign on again for
On the 20th November the Athletic News made
the comment that "
At home to Preston on New Years day a 6:3
victory was recorded and the following day the side without Wilson and
Gow visited Glasgow to play Rangers in front of a 10.000 crowd at Ibrox,
the score finishing at 2:2, Gillespie in the first half and Harvie just
after the interval. The next day a tired Sunderland
team lost to Heart of Midlothian in
League results :- P 30; W 11, D 3, L 1, F 46, A 14; W 6, D 1, L 8, F 26, A 30; Pts 38.
In the F.A. Cup, following a 3:0 home win
against Accrington, Aston Villa then visited
game against Newcastle United on Thursday April 5th. included a most
unusual incident and accounts of it are still mentioned in 1997. Sunderland were leading 2:0 by half time with
goals by D. Hannah and J. Hannah, Doig making good saves, two from Wallace,
the second being a free kick and a third from Thompson. United were awarded a penalty for handball in
the second period. Wallace took
the kick and sent it high over the bar.
The referee, Mr W. Chard ordered the kick to be retaken on the
grounds that Wilson of Sunderland had impeded (either by tripping or
charging) the kicker. The
Two days later, a League game at Darwen was
won by 3:0 and then the side travelled to
At the end of the season the club had played 68 matches according to the Club historian26. Doig had missed one league game out of 30, played in 3 cup-ties and 32 friendlies for a total of 64 out of the 68 games recorded. A 'clean sheet' was kept by him in 13 of these. P 68; W 42, D 8, L 18: F 185, A 104.
A rule change with significance to goalkeepers was passed in 1894 which stated that they could only be charged when playing the ball or obstructing an opponent. This was the first protection given to goalkeepers under the laws of the game.
In the autumn of 1894, 'Teddy' and Davina's third child, a son whom they named William Paterson was born.
There is a saying in football in the 1990's
that it is a game of two halves. The opening game
of the season, 1st September 1894 produced a game of three halves!!27. Sunderland
were at home to
The Club was selected to play against a "very
strong" representative side from the Rest of the League.
The game took place on Wednesday December 5th at
The league summary is as follows :- P 30; W 13, D 2, L 0, F 51, A 14; W 8, D 3, L 4, F 29, A 23; Pts 47.
A magnificent first round F.A. Cup win by 11:1 at home to Fairfield remains Sunderland's record score, the team that took the field on that day, 2nd February 1895 was Doig; McNeill, Johnston; Dunlop, McCreadie, Wilson; Gillespie, Millar, Campbell, Hannah and Scott. The goalscorers: McCreadie 1, Gillespie 1, Millar 5, Hannah 3 and Scott 1.
Further home wins over Preston North End
by 2:0 and Bolton Wanderers by 2:1 took
Sunderland Championship winning side 1894-5
Back Row: - Mr T Watson (Sec) Mr McLintock Mr C Walton Mr Fenton Coun. Henderson (President) Coun Marshall Mr Potts Mr Reynolds Mr Dodds (Trainer)
Second Back Row: - D Gow, J meehan, J Doig, R McNeill. 2nd Row : - J Auld, J Dunlop, A McCready, J Miller, R Hyslop, J McNaughton.
Front Row: - J Hannah, J. Harvie, J M Campell D Hannah, J Scott H Johnson
Sunderland Football Club Commitee 1895?
Back Row: - W Wallace (Financial Sec) T. Dodds (Trainer), R M Neil, J E Doig, H Wilson, D Gow, A. McCready, Mr. J AS Henderson, H Reynolds (Groundsman)
Middle row: - Mr T Potts, T. Watson (Sec) W. Dunlop, J Miller, J Hannah, J Harvie, Coun. J P Hendrson (President) Coun. T Marshall.
Front Row: - J. Auld, J. Gillespie, J. Caambell, J Scott, H. Johnson, Mr S Wilson
By the end of the season, a massive painting
measuring 12 feet by 8 and a half feet was completed by the artist Thomas
M. M. Hemy. This depicted the meeting between Sunderland
and Aston Villa on 2nd January 1895, the final result being 4:4, although
at half time, in front of a crowd of 12,000
Tom Watson, in his annual report to Sunderland
A.F.C. stated "The likenesses of the different men are capitally
It is said31&10 that Tom Watson is shown standing on the line with a flag,
the local story is that he was added by the artist as an afterthought
when he expressed his disappointment at not being portrayed.
The view of the
now only twenty-nine years of age, J. E. Doig, the goalkeeper of the
Sunderland League Team, has had a long and distinguished record in Association
Football. A native of Arbroath, he showed a capacity for
the game which had its reward in his selection to represent his
Note that the official Club record shows that Doig had only missed one league match in his first five seasons, the second occurred in the September of 1895-96.
Anglo Scottish Recognition
SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL TEDDY DOIG
The Scottish Football Association had refused
to recognise professionalism in the game until 1893, as a consequence
no footballer who had crossed the border to earn a living at football
was chosen to play for
The season began for
Although 1895-96 showed moderate results for
Sunderland compared with previous seasons, the unbeaten home run continued,
Sunderland were to have the proud record of losing only one home match
in five seasons. These results tended to have an adverse
effect on attendance, as only 3,000 saw the biggest home win by 7:1 against
West Bromwich Albion and the only two hat-tricks of the season by
Hughie Wilson had the indignity of being the
P 30; W 10, D 5, L 0, F 36, A 14; W 5, D 2, L 8, F 16, A 27; Pts 37. Position 5th. However the total goals scored was ominously low at 52, Campbell the main scorer with 15.
At an interview to the Newcastle Journal in
January, Manager Tom Watson indicated to the reporter that the
In December two friendly games were arranged
Following the last of the league matches on
'Teddy' Doig was to miss only two league matches,
In a trial match at Ibrox Park on 25th March
1896 between "home" Scots and "Anglo-Scots", Doig
kept goal for the "Anglo-Scots" and from the first there was
no doubt as to who would keep goal for Scotland33. Other
Sunderland men Wilson, Hannah and Campbell were in the side as was Hyslop,
now with Stoke, who had also won a championship medal with
England : G. B. Raikes, Oxford University; L. V. Lodge, Corinthians, W. J. Oakley, Oxford University, J. W. Crabtree, Aston Villa, T. H. Crawshaw, Sheffield Wednesday, A. G. Henfrey, Corinthians, J. Goodall, Derby County, W. I. Bassett, West Bromwich Albion, G. O. Smith, Oxford University, H. Wood, Wolverhampton Wanderers, C. J. Burnup, Cambridge University. An account of the match by "Clydeside" entitled "A victory that thrilled" and published many years later captures the spirit of the occasion.
"The mention of T. Brandonin an article
published some time ago in connection with the Jubilee of the Blackburn
Rovers Club recalled to my mind in a dazzling flash the famous day for
The Old Spirit.
We have nowadays, perhaps, grown less subject
to such patriotic impulses where football is concerned, and no doubt some
may consider the incident I have described as rather too demonstrative
for present day conditions. I think however that football
30yrs ago was all the better for the springs of National patriotism it
set flowing. The blind club partisanship of the present
day is surely not a wholesome substitute. But I am not
in the pulpit. It was the victory of those five Anglo-Scots and their
six home companions that I was thinking of. Perhaps
the Scottish Team were not the best who have defeated the English and
other people will doubtless give palm to teams for some years.
But the 1896 eleven gave us our first victory over the Saxons in seven
seasons and for that reason it should be enshrined in the memory of all
good Scots. Let me name the noble band.: - Ned
Doig; Tom Brandon and John Drummond; Neil Gibson, James Cowan and George
A Goodall Memory
There was one amateur among them and he was
the long striding Lambie, who had the distinction of scoring the first
A reporter noted that "Doig was cheered to the echo again and again for his daring work in goal and at the finish was surrounded and carried shoulder high off the field". He remembered one enthusiast from Arbroath shout to Doig as he was carried off triumphantly "Gie me a lock o' your hair 'Ned', tae tak hame tae Arbroath". "I'm awfu' sorry I canna oblige, freend, but you can tak my best wishes tae them at home". 'Ned' Doig had become bald early in life so for good reason could not oblige his friend.
When Doig returned to the Sunderland side in
a home friendly match against
Sketches featured in thae "Illustrated Sporting nd Dramatic News"
On the top right hand side Doig can be seen "Lodging a Protest" about bad light and saving a goal on the larger one.
Many changes occurred at the Sunderland Club in the summer of 1896. In July, as the Club needed capital, the Chairman John P. Henderson decided that a limited company should be formed with a share capital of #5,000, James, his brother and partner in a wine and spirit firm, joined him as a director. The Sunderland Herald on 10th July voiced local criticism that at #1 each the shares had been priced out of the reach of working men who made up the bulk of the club's support.
The club secretary, Tom Watson, was lured away to Liverpool F.C. and the 'A' team secretary Bob Campbell took over his post.
There were changes on the field also and although
five new players had been recruited only one was able to gain a regular
place. With other reliable players injured the results
slumped to a disastrous level, only one team scoring less goals than
Mr J. E. Doig, Sunderland F.C.
Scottish Sport newspaper, January 1896
Sunderland were defeated by a Davy Hannah hat-trick
at Anfield by Liverpool on November 7th and a sketch of his first goal
showing Doig being beaten first appeared in the "Illustrated Sporting
and Dramatic News " of 14th November 1896 and is reproduced in Stephen
Kelly's book "You'll Never Walk Alone" on page 16, "Liverpool"
by Matthew Graham, page 17 and Sunderland Annual 1990 page 4.
A small accompanying sketch captioned "Sunderland lodge a protest
on account of bad light" clearly shows Doig remonstrating with the
referee following a third goal. The game began in a
heavy downpour and thick haze and with a half time score of 1:0 in favour
For the second year, the Scottish F.A. continued
the policy of matching Home' Scots against the 'Anglos' in a trial match
for the international verses
Doig had been selected to play for Scotland against England on April 3rd but as Sunderland were struggling in the League having won only 6 matches he turned down the offer preferring to help his Club who won away to Stoke by 1:0.
League results for the season :-
P 30; W 4, D 6, L 5, F 21, A 21; W 3, D 3, L 9, F 13, A 26, Pts 23 : Posn. 15 out of 16.
The last two teams in Division One had to play
home and away test games against the top two in Division Two.
The first for Sunderland at
The old style friendly games were also losing
their appeal, the greater attendance's being against renowned league teams
such as Preston North End, Aston Villa and Everton and large guarantees
were no longer obtainable. J. Campbell was given a benefit
in a game at home to
'Teddy' Doig played in all 30 league, 4 test, 2 F. A. Cup games and 12 of the 14 friendly games making a total of 48 out of 50 for the season. Stevenson stood in for two friendlies prior to the test matches. P 50; W 15, D 14, L 21, F 64, A 78.
The management, in view of the adverse results
decided to rebuild the team, releasing regulars such as Gow, Gillespie,
Campbell, James Hannah and Johnstone. 'Teddy' Doig,
As a reward for the seven seasons that 'Teddy'
had played for
The Prince of Goalkeepers
At first, a team of teachers on the Blue House field
Then a 'team of all the talents' like J. E. Doig, 'Prince of Goalkeepers'
Ian Horn, Poet and
By 1897 the popular press had bestowed this
title on 'Teddy' Doig, who had ably demonstrated that height was not indispensable
to a goalkeeper as he stood 5' 8 and a half inch (some sources report
an inch higher37) for the game had produced a no more brilliant exponent.
At the height of his fame, a postcard was
received at the club from a friend on holiday in
In the 1897-98 season, the newly formed side
was to restore some of
A further milestone in 'Teddy's' career was
reached on 16th October. In a home match against West
Bromwich Albion he played his 200th league game for the Club, unfortunately
losing by 0:2 for the only home defeat of the season.
A week later 22,000 spectators viewed a home goalless draw against old
rivals Aston Villa.
At an International trial game at
Doig, for the second time, had to forgo the
honour of playing for his country. Altough he and Hugh
Wilson were selected,
P 30; W 12, D 2, L 1, F 27, A 8; W 4, D 3, L 8, F 16, A 22; Pts 37.
The final position was second, five points behind Sheffield United. The attack had scored less than nine other teams but the defence had established itself as the best in the league, with a total of only 30 goals conceded. 'Teddy' had kept a total of 13 'clean sheets'.
However, in the F.A. Cup the Club suffered
a first round home defeat in the game with The Wednesday by 0:1.
It was beginning to appear that a gypsy woman's prophesy before the 1892
A benefit game
for Bob Cain of Sheffield United was played on 17th January 1898. Billed as Scottish players v English players,
the teams were made up from the two
Following the away league fixture at Everton
on Monday April 11th,
Plans were now well in hand for the move to the new ground and so the last game to be played at Newcastle Road was on the 23rd April 1898 when Nottingham Forest were easily beaten 4:0 in the last league match of the season. Summary for the season in which 18 'clean sheets' were recorded, 13 in the League :- P 48; W 26, D 9, L 13; F 82, A 52. 'Teddy' Doig once again played in all 31 official games and the 17 friendlies.
A fourth child, who was given the names James Henderson after the Sunderland Director, was born on 14th August 1898 to 'Teddy' and Davina.
Proud J P Henserson, his vision of a new ground materialised. Goal Keeper Teddy Doig with his stockings up and cap on Billy Williams a year at the job, Sunderland in white because of
September 10th 1898 marked the day when the
Four weeks later on October 8th, a benefit
was awarded to 'Teddy' at the home league game against West Bromwich Albion.
The match, attended by a crowd of 16,000, was won by
In a 3:0 home win over Bury on October 29th
all three goals were scored by Hughie Wilson for his first hat-trick in
nine seasons of league football. Wilson, the only player
to accompany Doig from the 1890 side, played his last game for the club
on April 22nd at
Burnley, the first league side to win at
Although Sunderland had played in friendlies
against both Newcastle East End and
Sunderland's great rivals Aston Villa were
convincingly beaten 4:2 at Roker (H.T. 3:1) on Saturday 1st April 1899
but the heaviest reverse since September 1893 was suffered by the club
going down by 1:6 away to Bolton Wanderers in January. In
the final game of the season a league fixture, brought the F.A. Cup winners
Sheffield United, to Roker Park; a first half strike by Leslie securing
a win for Sunderland.
In the F.A. Cup, Bristol City were beaten 4:2 away from home; in the second round Tottenham Hotspur, who at that time were a non league side, were the victors 1:2 also away from home. Eight friendlies were also played giving 'Teddy' a total of 42 out of the 44 games.: P 44; W 19, D 9, L 16, F 62, A 56.
For the fourth season in succession, Doig was
selected for the International trial representing the Anglo-Scots. This
took place at
'Teddy' missed two league games on April 3rd
and 8th as he was chosen for his fourth International to represent
Action aroun the Scottish Goal during the match against
The great amateur goalkeeper Dr. L. R. Roose
who played for Sunderland from 1908 quotes the proverb "Before you
go to war, say a prayer; before going to sea, say two prayers; before
marrying, say three prayers" and added "Before deciding to become
a goalkeeper, say four prayers. He is an Aunt Sally".
There is no doubt that in those times the profession of goalkeeper was
a hazardous one. The practice of the day was for one
or more forwards to "rush" or block a goalkeeper so that another
colleague could score. Two incidents related by 'Teddy'
Doig to his son
The biggest win of the season occurred on December
The 1900 Roseberry Shirt that Ned never wore.
The goals against of only 9 at home was the
best by Sunderland for the seven seasons in which 17 home matches were
played in the League, 13 clean sheets being recorded, 10 at home.
The first round of the F.A. Cup saw Sunderland held to a 2:2 draw by Derby
County but in the replay, Roker Park's first F. A. cup tie, they triumphed
'Teddy' Doig again played in all 34 league
and 3 cup games and also six of the nine friendlies.
Tom Naisby replaced him for one game at home on September 6th against
an African touring team 'Kaffirs' and in another friendly on January 2nd
1900 he was replaced by half back Matthew Ferguson because Doig had an
When the club accounts for the season were announced it was seen that players wages amounted to #3,674. 11s out of a total income of #6,771, the club making a trading loss of #247.
Stars of Early
Back Row:- A. McCombie W. Faquhar J E Doig W Prior R Jackson J Watson Front Row: - F Craggs, whitey Robinson, W Hogg J Gemmell H Buckle
The first season of the new century 1900-01
heralded a defensive combination of Doig, McCombie and Watson that became
renowned throughout the land. Andy McCombie had replaced
Phil Bach at right back in February 1899 when Bach was chosen to play
In an away match at
A story by 'Argus'21 and part apocryphal one hopes, relates that it was the usual custom for each player to get a half bottle of wine on away journeys. Doig usually put his straight away into his bag, so that he and his wife could share it on a Sunday with dinner. One Saturday on a return journey two of the players (possibly one was 'Billy' Hogg the outside right) extracted the bottle, polished off the contents and filled it with water. What 'Teddy' said on the Sunday is not recorded, but he was round to the ground on Monday with a carving knife, and 'Billy' Williams, the trainer, had to smooth away the trouble which was likely to arise in Doig's anger.
Now in his eleventh season, Doig reached his 300th league game on November 10th when Blackburn Rovers were beaten by 1:0. How must the Directors of Blackburn be regretting not reaching amicable terms with Doig when he played that one game for their Club in November 1889. A week later Stoke were the victims of a 6:1 win, Alf Common at inside right , later renowned for the first #1,000 transfer, scoring his first goal for Sunderland.
However it can be claimed that the high number of draws, particularly away from home, led to the loss of the title. The defence again proved to be the best in the league with only 26 goals against them, 15 of these away from home. Both these totals remain as club records. 13 clean sheets were recorded in the league, 7 at home and a further 4 in friendly games.
Back Row; Williams (Trainer) A Common J E Doig J Watson J Miller,Groundsman Middle Row: W Raisbeck A McAllistair M Ferguson (Captain) W Faquhar R
Between January and March 1901 another son, the fourth, was born into the Doig family and was given Davina's family name of Bertie.
The F.A. Cup proved to be as elusive as ever,
Once again 'Teddy' played in all 35 official
games and all 10 friendly games. The biggest win of
the season was recorded in a 10: 0 defeat of Scarborough and a score of
7:2 in a visit to Yarmouth Town also gave 'Teddy' Doig little to do.
The previous day, April 15th, however, in a benefit game for Gibson,
The First Major Football Disaster
The promise of the previous season was fulfilled
by the end of the 1901-02 season.
Back Row W MURRY J E DOIG W WILLIAMS Groundsman
Middle Row; W FAQUHAR M FERGUSON J MILLER J WATSON R JACKSON, C McLATCHIE
Front Row :- W HOGG R HOGG Geo PRIOR J GEMMELL J HEWITT
On Monday March 24th 1902 a Scottish International
trial match took place at Cathkin, Glasgow which featured 'Home' Scots
v 'Anglo' Scots. The 'Anglo's' team was Doig; Bennie (
Back Row :- J.WILSON (FITNESS TRAINER), "BOBBY" WALKER, NICOL SMITH, "NED" DOIG, A. KIRKWOOD (PRESIDENT OF THE SFA), "JOCK" DRUMMOND, "ALEC" RAISBECK, R. DIXON (TREASURER OF THE SFA), "JACK" ROBERTSON
Front Row :- ROBERT TEMPLETON, ALEXANDER BROWN, "ANDY" AITKEN, GEORGE LIVINGSTONE, "ALEC" SMITH.
Faced with a busy Easter weekend
This Photo from the program celebrating the 1901-02 Title shows a cup which is not the Championship Trophy. The Team had got over the disappointment of being runners up to
Doig missed two league games in this championship
season, the first on October 5th 1901 was due to an injury to a knee during
training thus ending a league and cup run of 79 consecutive games.
The second occurred on 5th April 1902 when he gained his fifth International
Cap. His season's total games being 41 for his club, one Scottish trial
and one International. 14 of his 17 'clean sheets were
kept in his 32 league games. In a run of eight games extending from 26th
December until 1st February not a single goal was scored against him.
He was now the only player to have remained in
The sound defence of Doig, McCombie and Watson
had played together 27 times this season in league and cup and had become
firm friends. A story retold in the Newcastle Evening
Chronicle of May 5th 1937 tells of how the two fullbacks decided to play
a joke upon their fellow Scot. All three had been in
the habit of indulging in a cigar after a match, each one taking a turn
to pay. One weekend the three chums went to their usual
tobacconist. It was not Doig's turn to pay and one
of the others laid down sixpence and obtained two cigars, leaving Doig
out of the deal, as pre-arranged. Doig, overcoming his immediate surprise,
soon grasped the situation however and walking to the counter said "those
cigars are five for a shilling aren't they?".
"That's right" came the reply. "Aw weel" said Doig,
there's anither sixpence. Aal jeest tak' the ither three".
And he did, much to the astonishment and subsequent
laughter of McCombie and Watson, who realised that their joke had gone
against them - Scots outwitted by a Scot who was born nearer
A first round F. A. Cup away win 1:0 over The
Wednesday secured a visit to local rivals Newcastle United who were to
The International match
The two Football Associations agreed that the
game be declared void and the result struck from the records, with the
match to be re-played at
J. E .Doig wearing his1902-3 cap and badge
At a Football League Management Committee meeting
it was decided to stage a game for the disaster funds and a Football League
team , which included Doig and Watson of Sunderland was chosen to meet
a Southern League Select, on April 26th. Unfortunately due to the cup
final having been to be replayed and re-arranged this prestigious
At the end of April 1902, a tournament which
was billed as the British League Cup was held, the proceeds to be donated
to the Ibrox Disaster Fund. The 'Newcastle Daily Leader' reported
that Glasgow Rangers had donated a trophy called the 'Glasgow Rangers
Exhibition Cup' and that Messrs Bovril Ltd. offered gold medals for the
winners. Sunderland and Everton, the top two teams
Summary for the season :- P 46; W 25, D 8, L 13; F 65, A 54.
To celebrate the Championship Title a Dinner
was given for the Sunderland Team by Sir Theodore Doxford , M.P. at the
In the early 1900's cigarette companies included
Doig in their football sets of cards : Wills's "Wild Woodbine"
in their football series No. 8 - a set of 66 showed 'Teddy' in a Sunderland
shirt wearing a plain cap ( photo by Thiele , London) with only advertising
on the reverse (5 cigarettes price 1d). Clarke's cigarette
card series No. 8 also showed the same photo but the reverse side stated
"J. E. Doig .
Ogdens and Clarkes Cigarette Cards
Two other postcards show sketches of Doig in goal35.
In 2001, a
Doig Saving a Goal
On 29th July 1902, a sixth child (fifth son)
was born to 'Teddy' and Davina and was called
With the fourth league trophy in the Sunderland
Boardroom, it looked as if
In the away fixture versus Everton on March
14th the 'Liverpool Mercury' reported that "Doig was given plenty
to do. He made a pretty clearance from a header and
later made two fine saves from Settle, he defied every attempt to secure
the downfall of his charge and the keenest efforts of Everton were baffled
by the cleverness of Doig. Whilst
P 34; W 10, D 5, L 2, F 27, A 11; W 6, D 4, L 7, F 24, A 25; Pts 41.
An unusual shot of Sunderlands squad in the 02-03 season, It showshow Roker park looked at the turn of the century. Although the capacity was a vast improvement on
On February 28th 1903,
A match report stated "With little or
no grass to be seen and the surface in a greasy condition, accurate passing
and kicking became very difficult. The conditions appeared
to affect the professionals but little and they gave a display of collective
excellence from the start to finish. The amateur forwards
were an untried combination; they had not played together before and they
proved totally ineffective. The professional backs were complete
masters of the situation43". Miller
(2) and Hewitt scored for
Sunderland with Trophies having beaten Corinthians 3-0.
'Teddy' Doig again featured in the now regular International Trial game between the 'Home' and Anglo Scots. He had most of the work to do, being beaten twice in both halves, the 'home' side winning 4:1, Rennie in the opposing goal being practically idle. McCombie and Watson of Sunderland had declined to play in the trial after being criticised for their performance against the Welsh on March 9th.
However, on April 4th 1903 the Sunderland defence*
of Doig, McCombie and Watson were chosen en bloc to appear for Scotland
against England, the rest of the side being :- A. Aitken, Newcastle; A.
Raisbeck, Liverpool; J. Robertson, Rangers; R. Templeton, Newcastle; R.
Walker, Hearts; R. Hamilton, Rangers; F. Speedie, Rangers; A. Smith, Rangers.
England's representatives were :- T. Badderley, Wolverhampton Wanderers;
R. Crompton, Blackburn Rovers; G. Molyneux, Southampton; W. H. Johnson,
Sheffield United; T. Booth, Everton; A. E. Houlker, Portsmouth; H. Davis,
Sheffield Wednesday; P. Humphries, Notts County; V. J. Woodward, Tottenham
Hotspur; A. J. Capes, Stoke City; J. Cox, Liverpool. (*
The match, played at
Doig saves a Stinging Shot
The medal and shirt badge for this game, 'Teddy's'
6th International is also in the possession of
An unfortunate row over a payment of #100 to
McCombie marred the 1903-04 season. This resulted in an F.A. investigation
over illegal bonus payments, the club was fined #250 and all six Directors
suspended. The results on the field may have been
reflected by this row as all players were investigated and severely censured.
However, the season began well enough with four
wins. Two excellent home wins of 4:1 and 6:1
Now Doig in the goals played a very long time,
Im just saying this for to make up the rhyme,
McCombie and Watson as backs are a treat.
They kick, tackle, head, never know when theyre beat.
And as to the half backs, its a difficult task,
When, who is the best, is the question you ask,
Billy Farquhar though light is a grand sticker in,
And Nannys as sharp as the proverbial pin.
Dick Jackson the captain makes up the third man.
If you cant get the ball, get the man is Dicks plan,
And tho sometimes its risky, this plan to pursue.
Theres many a game won, through taking this view.
Jack Craggs, outside right, last year played for the South,
He swings the ball nicely, across the goal mouth,
And Bridgett from Stoke, never misses a chance,
To lead the defence quite a hell of a dance.
Now Hogg in the centre in himselfs quite a host,
when he shoots the ball seldom goes outside the post.
And Gemmel and Buckle on the left make a wing
,to beat which youve got a most difficult thing.
In addition to these a spare linesman weve got,
Charlie Fosters his name, hes a Galashields Scot.
Hes only "yae" fault, hes a terrible man,
On a Saturday "nicht" when hes on the ran-dan.
On 28th November 1903 'Teddy' Doig notched
up his 400th league game at
On Boxing Day 1903, a seventh child and only the second girl was born and 'Teddy' and Davina named her Eva Martin.
Again Sunderland were defeated in the first
round of the F.A. Cup, this time losing to
P 45; W 24, D 6, L 15; F 103, A 69.
Leaving Sunderland A.F.C.
During the summer break in 1904, relations between the Club and their longest serving player seem to have soured somewhat. Teddy Doig was apparently offered reduced wages and this made up his mind to seek a change of club. A newspaper report stated :-
"Doig and The Sunderland Club.
The decision of J. E. Doig to ask the directors of the Sunderland AFC. to place him on the transfer list formed an engrossing topic of conversation yesterday in the Wearside town. That the club should lose the services of so firm a favourite as the tried international is, it may well be believed, a matter for the deepest regret to local followers of the game, and there seems to be a widespread hope that a settlement may after all be effected between Doig and the directors. Unfortunately, however, there appears to be a considerable amount of feeling on both sides, and at the moment it is almost certain that the veteran will not sign on again. There is no truth, Doig himself declares, in the report which was circulated some days ago to the effect that he was endeavouring to induce the directors to give him a benefit; and he gives as the reason for his refusal to sign on that the directors wished him to accept terms which would mean a lesser income than he has formerly enjoyed. Yesterday afternoon Doig said the directors had now offered him the sum he wanted, but he had made up his mind to seek a change".
J. E. 'Teddy' Doig had now completed fourteen years continuous service with the one club, at that time a record for the League. He played in a grand total of 417 league games plus 4 Test games out of a possible 434; all 35 F. A. Cup and 1 Charity Shield match and numerous other representative and friendly games totalling at least 216 more. Of the thirteen league games missed, only eight were due to injury, the other five as he was on International duty. The league games total at the Club has only been bettered by goalkeeper Jim Montgomery in the 1970's. He had helped the Club to four Championship Titles, the Club were also in the top three places on five other occasions in his fourteen years. It is still fairly rare even today for a player to make a century or more consecutive appearances in first class games. 'Teddy' did this feat twice. 108 consecutive games between September 1890 to 6th January 1894 and the second time 100 games between 11th April 1896 to 1st April 1899. He also managed to make a further 80 consecutive games between 8th April 1899 to 5th October 1901.
From the time that 'Teddy' joined Sunderland in September 1890 until the beginning of 1896-97 season (five seasons) Sunderland were only beaten once at home (December 9th 1893) in both league and cup. Their defensive record was the best in the League in seasons 1892-93, 1894-95, 1897-98, 1900-01, and equal best in 1902-03 with the average seasonal goals against being 37.4 compared with the average for all other teams in the league of 51.6 over the fourteen seasons.
The 8 goals against total at home in 1897-98 in 15 games (or 9 in 1899-1900 in 17 games) and the 15 goals against away from home in 17 matches and 26 in total in 1900-01 - equivalent to 11, 18.5 and 32 respectively in 42 match seasons, have not been bettered by any Sunderland side.
In an International career spanning 16 years from 1887-1903, 'Teddy' Doig represented his country six times, a figure that undoubtedly would have been much higher but for the ban on "Anglo's" up to 1896 and also Sunderland's refusal to release him on dates when they had vital league games.
'Teddy' in the summer of 1904 therefore looked for a transfer that would continue his career. Events were to prove that honours in the game were still to await him. The Sunderland Echo of Friday August 12th 1904 carried the following report :-
Sunderland loses its Goalkeeper
Doig signs on for Liverpool
We are informed by Mr. Tom Watson, secretary of the Liverpool A. F. C., that he has signed on J. E. Doig, the old Sunderland international goalkeeper. A statement has been made that negotiations between the club and the player had ceased owing to the Sunderland A. F. C. altering their terms, but this has proved incorrect. Doig as a matter of fact being away at Liverpool when the statement was being made, for the purpose of coming to a final agreement, and this was arrived at today. With regard to the Sunderland and Liverpool Clubs all arrangements were made and agreed upon quite two months ago, and never since the Mersey club first took the matter up, has it been dropped. Doig long since having received instructions from Mr. Watson to do nothing -- meaning presumably, not to sign up with any other club until they had settled with him. Doig, we understood, though by no means inclined to back out of the negotiations with Liverpool, would had these fallen through, willingly have re-signed on for Sunderland had he been asked : family reasons making his stay in Sunderland very agreeable. We are moreover given to understand that certain of the directors of the Sunderland club would have been pleased had their famous player re-signed. A telegram from another Liverpool source states that the transfer fee was #150.
Picture of John E. DOIG and Len Shackleton in the Sunderland Directors room
John Edward "Teddy" Doig
At the end of the 1903-04 season
DOIG TRANSFER CONFIRMED
"It is officially announced from Sunderland
that J. E. Doig the veteran goalkeeper of the Sunderland Club and Scottish
International has been transferred to
An intriguing proposal, reported in the 'Echo'
of 21st May, put to the Football League Management Committee by Liverpool
F.C. was for a change of rule 15 on shirt colours.
They proposed that "All home teams to wear red shirts or jerseys
and away teams to wear white shirts or jerseys".
Edward Doig moved his young family to Liverpool,
his eldest son, also Edward, being 13 years old, whilst his youngest Stanley,
just over two. They first lived at 314,
Front Row M Parry, D M urry, R Platt, J E Doig , W Dunlop, C Wilson, C Evans,
Second Row W Connell (Trainer), G Fleming, J Carlin, G Latham, A Raisbeck.
Third Row J Hughes, T Charlton, J. Cox, T Watson (Sec)
Fourth Row. A Goddard, R Robinson, R Morris, J Ewitt J. Parkinson, J. Garside.
With Doig now in the side and Robert Robinson,
also signed from Sunderland the previous February,
The League season opened on Thursday 1st September
with the visit of Burton United to Anfield who,
in front of a crowd of 10,000,were beaten 2:0.
On the Saturday, the "Reds" entertained Glossop who drew 2:2, Hewitt equalising
Cock -a doodle-doo! You'll excuse my crowing, Unbeaten still it's true. One has no chance of knowing , who will be the foe, To bring my record low. So I have the pluck, While I'm in such luck. To cock-a-doodle, cock-a-doodle, cock-a-doodle-doo.
The October League fixtures closed on the 29th
with a 5:0 home win against Grimsby and whilst the headline in the 'Echo'
extolled the great display, a sub headline stated "Doig Invincible"
reporting that he saved time and time again; punched clear away a free
kick; the Grimsby outside right presented Doig with a fine swirling shot;
and Nelmes also tested Doig with a shot that
was gathered and successfully cleared.
The famous music hall comedian, George Robey, nicknamed "the Prime Minister of Mirth" frequently
organised a charitable football match.
He invited a selected side to play with him on Monday December 5th against
Tottenham Hotspur to raise funds for the widow
of J. Jones, a footballer who had recently died.
His selection was Doig (Liverpool); Spencer (Aston Villa), Sharp (Fulham);
A friendly fixture on 10th December at Leyton between The Corinthians and
There was great excitement in the City on January
2nd 1905 as Liverpool were due to meet local rivals Everton in the Liverpool
Senior Cup final at Anfield.
The match was attended by the Lord Mayor, "a party from Knowsley"
(i.e. Lord Derby's family) and 25,000 other spectators.
Everton's First Division side lined up as follows :-Scott;
Balmer, Crelly; Hanlin, Taylor, Abbott; Rankin, McDermott, Young, McLoughlin and Hardman.
The match was reported as being marvellously exciting with Doig having a warm time from frontal
attacks, fisting out gallantly from McLoughlin
and Young. McLoughlin further
tested Doig, who repelled the dangerous shot coolly enough and a further
beautiful shot by the same forward was headed out by Doig in wonderful
fashion. With the score of 1:1 at half time and
Everton pressing strongly
The league programme
resumed on 7th January with a home game of some significance against
Liverpool's cup battles with Everton resumed
with a home draw in the first round of the F.A. Cup on Saturday 4th February
and Everton, determined to avenge the earlier cup defeat, soon put the
'Reds' under pressure. The 'Echo' reported that
"Settle had a clear course and a GOAL
SEEMED IMMINENT but Doig summed up the
situation in a flash, running out to intercept Settle at the CRITICAL MOMENT. It was a fine example of COOL UNERRING JUDGEMENT". With a 1:1 score a late Everton
rally gained a free kick which resulted in Doig being called on and right
vigorously he fisted out. In the replay at
Liverpool then had to travel to West Bromwich
A mid-week game against Bradford on Tuesday
7th March saw
April began with a home match on the 1st against
Bolton Wanderers, who were also vying for promotion, Doig bringing off
what was described as a pretty save from a centre by Nelson, the final
score between the rivals was 1:1 in front of a 25,000 crowd.
Burslem Port Vale then suffered from
Another win was then recorded on the 15th by 1:0 away to Bristol City and six days later on Good Friday, Doncaster Rovers were beaten at home again by 1:0 and then on Saturday 22nd against Manchester United, Liverpool again won handsomely by scoring 4 goals without reply, to clinch promotion to the First Division, the players being carried off to the dressing room shoulder high by some of the biggest crowd of the season at Anfield - 28,000.
The last match of the season saw the headlines
"DOIG SAVES A PENALTY" and "LIVERPOOL WIN WITH 9 MEN" when
In the Lancashire Senior Cup Liverpool got
through the first two rounds with easy home victories against Burnley
by 7:1 on October 10th and 5:1 over
P 34; W 14, D 3, L 0, F 60, A 12; W 13, D 1, L 3, F 33, A 13; Pts 58. Position - First.
Before the start of the 1905-06 season, Liverpool held a practice game on Saturday 19th August, again the usual format being the first team defence against the best attack but a significant feature was the appearance for the 'whites' of their newly signed goalkeeper from Chesterfield. Teams :- Reds : Doig; West, Dunlop; Parry, Raisbeck, Fleming; Dudley, Gorman, G. Robinson, Hewitt and Garside. Whites :- Hardy; Wilson, Murray; James Hughes, Lathom, John Hughes; Goddard, R. Robinson, Parkinson, Raybould and Cox.
The programme in the first Division began disastrously but the season ended in triumph. It began at Woolwich Arsenal on 2nd September. The Liverpool Echo reported "the finer points of the game were conspicuous by their absence". There was an exhibition of long kicking but it resulted in nothing more than a series of wild bullies in front of goalkeepers Doig and Ashworth. In the first half Parkinson, who had scored 20 goals in the previous season, broke his wrist in collision with the Arsenal 'keeper, Robinson was also hurt and had to retire for a short while for treatment and the 'Reds' had to struggle on, losing the game by 1:3.
Parkinson was side-lined until mid March and
the reliable left back Dunlop was also injured and missed the next two
games. The first of these, a home game versus
The balance was again restored at home on 7th
October against Derby County, in the first half Warren scored for Derby,
the ball taking a lot of curl into the top corner of the net leaving Doig
beaten for a half time score of 1:1. In the second
period, Doig had to deal with a couple of swift corners but
P38; W14, D3, L2, F49, A15; W9, D2, L6, F30, A31; Pts 51.
'Teddy' Doig's eight games at the beginning of the 1905-06 season showed 3 wins and 5 defeats, 14 goals for and 20 against, with only one 'clean sheet'. It is not known that a championship medal was awarded to Doig. At that time clubs were providing medals to players at the discretion of secretary / managers and only 13 players had played more games than 'Teddy' Doig and so it is possible that the veteran 'keeper received one. However neither the Club nor the Football League or indeed the medal makers Vaughtons of Birmingham have records which would substantiate this.
Tom Watson's report to the Liverpool Shareholders
meeting on Tuesday 12th June 1906 summarised
each players contribution to the Championship Title.
He was to say of the goalkeepers that Hardy, who was signed from
Doig, fit again, had to concede his first team
place to Hardy, who had proved his qualities, and so took his place in
the Reserves on 11th November to assist the side to their second win of
the season 3:0 at home to Nelson. Spectators at Rossendale
were given a rare treat when
P38; W17, D8, L13, F72, A57; Pts 42.
A Reserve match of note was the return fixture
at home against a highly placed Everton side on March 31st 1906.
Doig saved a penalty for the 'Reds' whilst Everton's 'keeper failed to
stop a similar award to
To commemorate the season's success in winning
the League Championship, Liverpool Senior Cup and the Sheriff of London's
Charity Shield, the Directors decided to reward the team with a trip to
As a postscript to the report, an American
lady, dining at the hotel, was heard to remark "Who
are those men with the red bands ? Are they a
club?" When told that they were from
Liverpool Football Club, she replied "Well, who would have thought
that there was a football club staying here. They behave splendidly".
To say if the men are behaving themselves or not needs
no further comment. The players were probably
'kitted out' for the trip and the red band referred to was around a straw
'boater' hat and it had the Liverpool F.C. crest in the front.
The band off 'Teddy' Doig's hat has been donated
A "prince of goalkeepers"lang hes been,an' mony a battle he's seen; O fitba' intrest just as keen; as golfer caddie, Lang may he live an' aye kick clean, Oor Arbroath Laddie!
On Tuesday 7th August 1906 the team reported
to Anfield to begin their pre season training.
With Hardy now so reliable in goal, 'Teddy' Doig was restricted to replacement
appearances when Hardy was chosen to play for
Liverpool Team in white strip with Sam Hardy and Teddy Doig
It may be about this time that an unknown author penned the following lines :-
There's life in the old dog (Doig) yet.
Not long ago 'twas given out The veteran Doig was done
and strange reports were going about of the baldy-headed one.
'Twas said he'd joined a fighting band and O'Brien clean knocked out
and thus received the damaged hand thro' giving him a clout.
Therefore it's pleasing to the mind and helpful to the soul
to know that actions of this kind don't come under Teddy's role.
The lines below prove once for all that
is still as active with the ball as many a younger one.
He may have given a "bob" or two to whoever these lines sent
but this he'll easily renew by getting this weeks rent.
The 1906-07 season brought only four First Division team appearances in the later part of the programme but on Monday October 15th Doig replaced Hardy in the second round of the Lancashire Senior Cup, against Rossendale United, the First Eleven easily winning 6:0. It can be noted that the reserve side, including Doig, had been beaten 3:5 by the same team two days earlier. Following the cup match Doig missed three reserve games and resumed playing on Saturday November 10th, Jewkes replacing him in the reserves.
A happy event on 31st October 1906 was the
birth of 'Teddy' and Davina's eighth and last child - a girl, born at
'Teddy' Doig returned to reserve duties on
November 10th at
Hardy suffered an injured foot and so on 2nd
March, Doig was again picked to play at
An intriguing comment in the Liverpool Echo
of April 25th 1907 stated that "full backs occasionally score from
penalties but rarely do goalkeepers. Doig, the
In 1907-08, 'Teddy' now 41 years old, had again
to wait until late February before taking his place in the first team.
In a very windy game at Anfield against Everton Reserves on February 22nd,
in front of a 7,000 crowd which doubled during the game, Doig saved from
Jones and later brought off one glorious save but the game was lost by
0:2. By the next Saturday he was called on to
play for the first eleven at home to
By the 31st March, Hardy was injured by a kick
and Doig took his place against Preston North End at Deepdale. Saul (full
back) and Parry (wing half) were also unavailable.
In this weakened team, Doig played well, dealing with a ground shot by
Carlin in his most juvenile fashion,
With Hardy on International duty at
Hardy took his place in the side two days later
The five first team games played by Doig resulted
in two wins and three defeats, goals for twelve, with eighteen against,
and the season ended with
On the 25th of April 1908 Doig played his last
J. E. Doig was soon to have his first class career ended by having a postcard delivered through his door from Liverpool F.C. which stated, "your services are no longer required"10. Stanley, his son then aged six, remembers taking in this card from the door to his Father who upon reading it flew into a rage, sweeping crockery from the table and all the children scuttled up the stairs to keep out of the way. On Saturday May 2nd, the Club announced via the Liverpool Echo that Doig was one of several players not re-signed for the following season.
"The Committee of St. Helens Recreational
Football Club have considerably strengthened
the team by the inclusion of the following notable exponents of the game
- Doig of Liverpool (and several others with football league experience)".
"Teddy" Doig was now nearing his 42nd year
and his 17 year old eldest son Edward had chosen engineering for his future
occupation. The boys of the family were all immersed
in football with Edward following his father in choosing goalkeeper as
his favourite position. On 29th August a final
club practice game was held with Doig in goal for the probable first team
in red against the reserves in blue. The eager young
reserves won by 3:0 following a goalless first half
!! On this day "Stud Marks"50was also to comment that
he very much doubted that Liverpool's new reserve goalkeeper Sloan, was
as good as Doig. Doig kept his place for a further practice
game away to Halton Villa on Tuesday 1st September.
The league proper commenced on Saturday September 5th
with St. Helens 'Recs' travelling
to Bolton to play Wanderers Reserves which was creditably drawn 2;2.
Following three wins in the league the 'Recs' were drawn to play away to Accrington
Stanley in the preliminary round of the Lancashire Senior Cup and drew
0:0. After some disagreements over the replay date the
League Committee ruled that the game be played before Tuesday 6th October.
The St. Helens Committee, following discussions with Accrington
Stanley officials, agreed to hold the match at Accrington's
However the side were
brought down to earth the following week by losing 0:4 to Manchester United
Reserves, a first half penalty beginning the rout.
A week later on 7th November they were also eliminated from the English
Cup (F.A.) 2nd round by Northern Nomads. Reporting a
3:3 draw away to Liverpool Reserves on Saturday 21st November, the 'Echo'
stated "the 'Recs' would win the Combination Championship if they keep
on at this rate". Now lying third with matches
in hand the results were :- P10; W7, D2, L1,
F24, A15; Pts 16. The morale of the team was lowered
on 19th December when a player suffered a nasty leg break early on in
the game at
January 1909 was not a happy month for the
injury hit side. In two games on the 9th and
16th they lost 0:5 and 0:6, both at home to
On Good Friday, 9th April, Everton the league
leaders and eventual Champions were due at
P 3; W 2, D 0, L 1, F 6, A 4. English (F.A.) Cup.
P 3; W 1, D 1, L 1, F 1, A
Over the whole season Doig had played in every game including Cups and practice games, a total of forty-six. A remarkable feat for a man of forty-two years.
Prior to the beginning of the 1909-10 season
In October two notable games occurred.
In the home match versus Oldham Reserves he
"made a fine clearance from Doughty. The ball was
sent towards the goal at lightening speed but the old International was
as sharp as a needle and diverted it's course
over the bar. He showed his best form". However by 1st November the 'Recs' were lucky to survive in the Lancashire Senior Cup,
Doig being accountable for some of Accrington
Stanley's goals in a 3:3 draw. The Directors decided
to rest him and he missed three games before returning to the side on
20th November, away to Nelson. On Monday November 22nd,
Doig kept his place in goal, appearing at Everton in the Lancashire Senior
Cup semi-final against, presumably, their first
eleven. Although "The Liverpool Courier" reported
that Doig had a marvellous game "The Rec's"
lost by 0:2. The following Saturday, at home to
In the second game of the New Year on Saturday 8th he was to earn further praise "Citizen" remarking "'Teddy' Doig was a great success and in saying that he never kept a better goal, I consider it to be the highest praise I can give to a man who has had such a great and meritous career". Up to January the 'Recs' were showing indifferent form. In twenty-three matches the results were :- W12, D6, L10, F40, A51; Pts 20. position 12th.
As the year progressed there was a dramatic
improvement in form. The 'Advertiser' report
of the away game at
Everton Reserves, leading the league, were
Doig played definitely in 40 matches and 1 reserve in the season 1909-10 with 2 games in which the goalkeeper has not been identified but in which he probably took part.
Now nearing the age of forty-four in the summer
of 1910, there is no mention of
A verse of an old footballing song sums up very aptly the magnificent twenty-five footballing years of John Edward Doig
Forty years on, growing older and older
Shorter in wind as in memory long
Feeble of foot and rheumatic of shoulder
What will it help you that once you were strong?
God give us bases to guard or beleaguer
Games to play out whether earnest or fun;
Fights for the fearless and goals for the eager
Twenty and thirty and forty years on!
Taken from "The History of The
In the years prior to the First World War the children of ‘Teddy’ and Davina grew up normally and healthily; the boys occasionally getting into pranks which, on occasion caused the local policeman Bobbie Creighton to escort them home to swift retribution. ‘Teddy’ all his life had kept and bred canaries and Bill, who was generally the son in most trouble, climbed up to a sparrow’s nest, collected the eggs and put them in one of the canary nests. Needless to say the eggs were recognised for what they were and he had to replace them as part of his punishment.
The youngest son, Stanley, remembered that
when he was quite a small boy his father said to his sons that he would
give a penny to those who could say the twelfth chapter of Ecclesiastes
verses one to seven. He recalls that he must have recited the lines over
one hundred times before his father said "You are right, Laddie,
here is your penny".
Football however dominated the boys free time and son ‘Jim’ also recalled with pride carrying his fathers bag to the Anfield ground on match days. They practised their game in the road using a tennis ball to develop their skill, running up and down taking wall passes in roads untroubled by motor traffic.
Upon the advent of the 1914 war the three older
boys were to take part. Edward junior, 23 years old was soon to join the
Navy eventually serving in the submarine branch. William at twenty was
recruited to one service and finding it not to his liking, deserted and
joined another (Navy to Army) . Stanley told
a story were they were notified at home that William who was serving on
a ship to Russia was lost at sea presumed drowned but as he had deserted
and joind the army he turned up 'like a bad
penny'. He also recalled the Military Police arriving at the house
for him and Davina delaying them whist he made
an escape out the back door. ‘Jim’ who was just
sixteen atthe outbreak of hostilities joined
the Army as soon as he could, on 2nd November 1915 giving his age as born
in 1896 instead of 1898, his real age at this time being 17 years 3 months.
He was drafted into the 1st.
Tom Watson, who was instrumental in bringing
‘Te4dy’ Doig into professional football with Sunderland and
who later brought him to
Now nearing the age of forty-four in the summer of 1910, there is no mention of St. Helens calling upon him to sign for the new season, and so it must be assumed that his last competitive game would be the drawn game versus Manchester United Reserves on Saturday April 30th 1910.
A verse of an old footballing song sums up very aptly the magnificent twenty-five footballing years of John Edward Doig :-
Forty years on, growing older and older
Shorter in wind as in memory
Feeble of foot and rheumatic of shoulder
What will it help you that once you were strong?
God give us bases to guard of beleaguer
Games to play out whether earnest or fun;
Fights for the fearless and goals for the eager
Twenty and thirty and forty years on !
Taken from "The History of The Lancashire Football Association 1878 - 1928" by C. E. Sutcliffe and F. Hargreaves.
In the years prior to the First World War the children of 'Teddy' and Davina grew up normally and healthily; the boys occasionally getting into pranks which, on occasion caused the local policeman Bobbie Creighton to escort them home to swift retribution. 'Teddy' all his life had kept and bred canaries and Bill, who was generally the son in most trouble, climbed up to a sparrow's nest, collected the eggs and put them in one of the canary nests. Needless to say the eggs were recognised for what they were and he had to replace them as part of his punishment. The youngest son, Stanley, remembered that when he was quite a small boy his father said to his sons that he would give a penny to those who could say the twelfth chapter of Ecclesiastes verses one to seven. He recalls that he must have recited the lines over one hundred times before his father said "You are right, Laddie, here is your penny". Stanley also remembers an occasion when holidaying in Arbroath as small boys he was carrying a bag of pebbles and shells. Swinging it vigorously he accidentally hit his father behind the knees. This caused his father to topple over and lose his temper. Football however dominated the boys free time and son 'Jim' also recalled with pride carrying his fathers bag to the Anfield ground on match days. They practised their game in the road using a tennis ball to develop their skill, running up and down taking wall passes in roads untroubled by motor traffic.
Stanley recounted the occasion on his 15th birthday (July 29th 1917) when four men called at 18, Miriam Road to discuss his (Stanley's) future employment.. The men persuaded 'Teddy' to do his 'party trick'. He buttoned up his jacket and proceeded to jump backwards over a dining-room chair. At the age of fifty he was still able to demonstrate his agility.
Upon the advent of the 1914 war the three older boys were to take part. Edward junior, 23 years old was soon to join the Navy eventually serving in the submarine branch. William at twenty was recruited to one service and finding it not to his liking, deserted and joined another (Army to Navy or vice versa). 'Jim' who was just sixteen at the outbreak of hostilities joined the Army as soon as he could, possibly at seventeen and a half and was drafted to The Royal Artillery. Following his initial training at Blackpool where he exercised the horses on the beach, 'Jim' saw active service in France. He was certainly in the later battles at Ypres, had his favourite horse killed from under him and also received a whiff of gas. All three sons survived the conflict.
Teddy and his 5 sons with Teddy's image implanted
From Left to Right Bertie, William Patterson, "Teddy" Edward , Jim and Stanley (age 16) in 1918
Tom Watson, who was instrumental in bringing 'Teddy' Doig into professional football with Sunderland and who later brought him to Liverpool, died in May 1915. His managerial career at Liverpool F. C. spanned 19 years from 1896 until his death. At his funeral on 11th May 1915 past players including Doig, Raisbeck, Goddard, Parry, Wilson, Robinson and Fleming and also trainer W. Connell carried Watson's remains to their final resting place at Anfield Cemetery. His grave is unmarked in the General Section, Plot 1463.
In the late Autumn of 1919, a virulent type of influenza, popularly called "Spanish Flu" swept throughout Britain and Edward Doig succumbed to the contagion. As all the local and central Liverpool hospitals were full of the victims he was taken to Rainhill Hospital on the city outskirts. On Friday 7th November, his youngest son Stanley cycled to the hospital for the evening visit, which turned out to be his last. The Liverpool Echo of Saturday 8th November was to announce :-
DEATH OF TED DOIG
"TALENTS" GOALKEEPER AND SPLENDID FELLOW
"We regret to announce the death, last night, of Edward Doig, the great goalkeeper. Doig was born in Forfarshire and Sunderland was his first team of note. It was the "Team of all the Talents" that Tom Watson got together. Doig served Sunderland for fourteen seasons. He was chosen to play for his country in 1896, 1899, 1902 and 1903 v England and still further back he played twice against Ireland.
It is strange that two of the men who appeared in the Ibrox Park match which was the biggest disaster football has ever known in 1902, should have died within a week, 'Bobbie' Templeton died early this week and Doig last night.
Doig joined Liverpool F.C. in 1904 and until Sam Hardy displaced him, he did most valuable service for Liverpool. His son Edward Junior is a signed player for South Liverpool.
A splendid fellow, everyone will miss the cheery 'Teddy', who never adopted 'side' in success and was a most estimable man. He was fifty-two years of age last week and his last playing club was St. Helens. Our sympathy goes out to his wife and family of eight".
The formal family notice in the obituary column alongside the above tribute confirmed his correct age as fifty-three years. An undated newspaper cutting carried a photograph captioned "THE LATE E. DOIG" and stated
EDWARD DOIG DEAD
"Edward Doig one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, died in Liverpool, his home, on Friday night at the age of fifty-three. Doig played for various clubs including Liverpool with whom he concluded his first class career, but he will always be remembered for his association with Sunderland, which lasted fourteen years.
He played a number of International games for Scotland, and was one of the team on that terrible day at Ibrox, nineteen years ago, when occurred the greatest disaster ever known on a football field. He played a great game that day, and his admirers carried him off shoulder high, little knowing that a terrible tragedy had occurred but a few yards away."
"On Wednesday 12th November the funeral cortege left his home at 18, Miriam Road at 11.30am for Anfield Cemetery where J. EDWARD DOIG was interred nearby to Tom Watson, his mentor from his days at Sunderland and Liverpool Football Clubs.
The chief mourners were Messr's Edward, William, James, Bertie and Stanley (Sons), E. Evans (Son in law) and Mr Ellis.
The pall bearers were Messr's C. Wilson, G. Fleming, J. Parkinson (all ex Liverpool players) and E. Longworth (present player).
Others at the graveside were Messr's G. Patterson (Secretary L.F.C.) Walter Langtry (Sunderland A.F.C.) J. Hughes (ex Liverpool) and D. Hughes (ex Blackpool F.C.)".
The grave is situated in General section 4, plot 1477 in a corner of the cemetery shaded by trees and is unmarked by a stone. Tom Watson is buried a few yards away in plot 1463 also without a distinguishing stone.
The Sunderland Echo also announced the sad news :-
FUNERAL TRIBUTE TO DOIG
'Teddy' Doig, the famous Sunderland and Liverpool goalkeeper, was buried yesterday afternoon at Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool, not many yards away from the grave of the late Tom Watson.
A large number of mourners were present, including his five sons, Mr. G Patterson, secretary of the Liverpool Football Club and Mr. Wal Langtry, representing the Sunderland F. C. were also present. The bearers were Longworth (Liverpool) Captain 'Charlie' Wilson, George Fleming, and Jack Parkinson, old colleagues of Doig's in the Liverpool team.
It is possible
that only the male members of the family attended the interment.
His widow, Davina, was later to say that he died of a 'broken heart' from
seeing all the boys returning from the ravages of the World War, with
little prospects for the future.
1 "Famous Footballers" by C. W. Alcock and Rowland Hill. 1895. Full length photograph of J. E. Doig. Reprinted 1997. 2 "Association Football, The Men Who Made It." by ALFRED
GIBSON and WILLIAM PICKFORD. pub. Caxton Publishing Co. 1906. p. 103 -108 Sunderland F.C.; p. 107, 138, 148 ref Doig. Pictures - Liverpool F.C. 1905 - 06 season. England v Scotland at Sheffield
1903 entitled "Doig saves a stinging shot". 3 "The Football Encyclopaedia". pub. London Associated Sporting
Press. June 1934. p. 107 (Liverpool), p. 141 (Sunderland), p. 162 (Arbroath). Ref. Doig. 4 "The Story Of The Maroons, Past And Present. Arbroath Football
Club. 1878 - 1947. p. 17 &18 Text. Picture p.35. 5 "Great Soccer Clubs Of The North East." by ANTON
RIPPON 1981. Pictures - Sunderland Championship Sides 1894-95 & 1901-02. 6 "Haway The Lads - Story Of Sunderland A.F.C.". 1897 - 1973. 7 "Sunderland A. F. C. Centenary 1879 - 1979. by ARTHUR
APPLETON. 1979. Signed copy. p. 8, p.18, p. 21, p. 22 text & photographs. ps. 72-80 Records. 8 Sunderland A. F. C. 1890 -1990 & S.A.F.C. Supporters Association
25 years. Photographs and some text. 9 "Football Under The Skin." by Billy Simmons, Paul Joannou
and Arthur Appleton. 10 Sunderland 1990 Annual. Black Cat Publications. Editor Alan Brett. p. 15 1892-3 team photograph. p. 23 & 94. p. 106 photograph and text. 11 Sunderland 1991 Annual. p. 74, full length photograph and text. p. 84 text re Internationals.
p105 1903 team with Sheriff of London's Charity Shield. 12 Sunderland 1993 Annual. p. 95 Picture of programme "Corinthians v Sunderland 26/02/1898"
(Doig in goal). 13 "Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who's Who." by DOUG.
LAMMING. p. 63 Text and sketch. 14 "The Football League. - The Official Illustrated History."
by BRIAN BUTLER. pub. Blitz Editions. p. 22 - 23 Sunderland A.F.C. picture - Opening of Roker Park. 1898. 15 Liverpool F.C. Football Brochure. 1947. p. 10 Text. 16 " Who's Who of Liverpool 1892 - 1989". by DOUG.
LAMMING. pub. Breedon Books. Brief career summary and sketch. (see item11). 17 "Liverpool - A Complete Record 1892 - 1986". by BRIAN
PEAD. pub. Breedon books. p. 319 Career description and photograph. 18 "Liverpool F. C. Club Of The Century". by IAN
HARGRAVES et.al. Liverpool Echo Publication. p. 15 and p. 20. 19 "Liverpool Football Club". by DAVID JONES.
Liverpool Echo Publication. 1989. p. 11 Ref. to Doig in Sunderland side, p.12 20 "The Liverpool Story". by DEREK HODGSON.
pub Arthur Barker Ltd. p. 20 Text. 21 "Liverpool - A Pictorial History". by NEAL
SIMPSON. pub Breedon Books. 1992 p. 10 Photographs of 1904-05 and 1905-06 sides. Both with red shirts. 22 "Liverpool, The Official Centenary History 1892 - 1992".
by STAN LIVERSEDGE. Hamlyn Publishing Co. p. 10, 30, 126, 128, Text. p. 200 photograph 1905-06 Team. 23 "Encyclopedia Of British Football". by P.
SOAR and MARTIN TYLER. pub. Willow Books
(Collins). 1983. p. 18 Picture of Sunderland Team on souvenir lapel button 1902. also
p. 173 Aston Villa attacking Sunderland's goal 1902. 24 "The Footballer". vol. 3 no. 1 p. 7 and 8. Liverpool Goalkeepers. Also photograph of 1905-06 team on
rear cover. 25 "Ee-Aye-Addio, We've Won The Cup". by BRIAN
PEAD. pub. Champion Press. 1993. p.64 - 67. Match reports F.A.Cup Jan. 1905. 2 games v Everton. 26 "You'll Never Walk Alone. Official History Of Liverpool F.C.".
by STEPHEN F. KELLY. 3rd edition. 1991. p. 20 Text (wrongly worded). 1905-06 team picture (white shirts). p.
16 sketch Liverpool v Sunderland 1896. (Doig in Sunderland's goal). 27 "The A - Z of Liverpool Football" by STEPHEN
KELLY. 1993 p. 45 biography. 28 "The Daily Telegraph Football Chronicle". by NORMAN
BARRETT. pub. Carlton Books. 1993. p.16, 17, 20 Text and photographs (1) 1902 Ibrox stand. (2) "Doig
saves a stinging shot". England v Scotland. ( see book no.1) 29 "The Sunday Times Illustrated History of Football". by CHRISTOPHER
NEWRAT & STEVE HUCKINGS. pub. Hamlyn 1994. p.13, 14, 17, 35. 30 "The Cassell Soccer Companion" by DAVID PICKERING.
pub. Cassell 1994. p. 93 Short biography refers to nickname "Prince of Goalkeepers",
p. 307, 315. 31 "Liverpool" by MATTHEW GRAHAM. pub
Hamlyn 1984 p. 17. Sketch of Liverpool scoring v Sunderland 1896. Doig in goal. (see
book no. 19) 32 "Newcastle United v Sunderland, A History of a Great Football
Rivalry" by ALAN BRETT & ANDREW CLARK.
pub Black Cat Publications 1995. pages 5-11 text; p 5 full-length picture. 33 "The Kop". by STEPHEN F. KELLY. 1993 Contributors include Stan. Doig, Wendy Doig and Eric Doig. No references
to 'Ned' Doig. 34 "The Anfield Encyclopedia" by STEPHEN F.
KELLY. 1993. Mainstream Publications. Text p. 48. 35 "Sunderland A.F.C. Archive Photograph Series." 1996. by
ALAN BRETT & GEORGE HOARE. Pen portrait and photographs p 20, 17, 18, 23 & 24. 36 "The Kop" Monthly paper. Published by The Liverpool Echo.
Issue 30, October 1997 "A to Z in Anfield Hall of Fame". Brief
biography and photograph (Sunderland shirt). 37 "Scottish Football, A Pictorial History 1867 to Present Day"
by KEVIN McCARRA. p 10 Arbroath F. C. 1885 - 1886. 38 "Scotland - The Team" by ANDREW
WARD. Breedon Book Publishing Co. 1987 Photographs p 16 & 23, ref. p12 & 21 plus
all internationals. 39 "Liverpool versus Everton - A Complete History" by MICHAEL
HEATLEY & IAN WELCH. Published by Dial House. 1996. Ref p 36
and 149. Photographs of 'Ned Doig'. 1 Half right profile, upwards from chest. Maroon International cap but
no year dates. No badge on Sunderland shirt. Photo by Forde 1901 in colour
-- Inscription on small front plate "Presented to J. E. Doig. Jas.
Henderson. Nov. 1901". Original held by John Doig. Large copy with
Eric Doig. 2 Oval, black and white,very slightly right profile. International cap
with year date. No badge on shirt. Original with G Hoare. In Sunderland
Archive Photograph book. 3 Black and white, full face, upturned moustache. International cap and
1903 International badge on Sunderland shirt. Large oval original and
8x6 copies held by J. E. Doig and John Doig. 4 Arbroath Team and Officials 1885-86 season. In boardroom of Arbroath
F.C. and caption states that Doig was one of the three players who did
not take part in the Bon Accord 36: 0 victory. Also reproduced in the
Arbroath Centenary book 5 A young 'Ned' wearing International cap with a group of workers at
the gate of Websters factory. One is said to be 'Will' Matthew (artist)
also wearing a borrowed cap. Date therefore about 1889. Original with
John Doig, copy with Eric Doig. 6 Arbroath Team and Officials with Forfarshire Cup and District Charity
Cup. 1888-89 season. Original with John Doig, copy with Eric Doig. 7 Full front from knee up. International cap, Sunderland shirt, no badge.
1893 portrait. Copies in various sources. Taken from "Famous Footballers
1895" 8 Sunderland 1892-93 Second Championship Team with Trophy. 9 Sunderland Team. Dated 23rd December 1893, No 46 of ? series. 10 Sunderland team with unidentified team. 1893-94. History of Sunderland
A. F. C. by Bob Graham, 1995, p 48. 11 Sunderland 1894-95 Team. Taken from "Boys Own Paper" 2nd.
March 1895. 12 Sunderland 1894-95 Team. Large house in near background. Original
in Sunderland Museum. 13 Sunderland 1894-95 Third Championship Team. Players and officials
include James Henderson. Championship Trophy on display. Large house over
wall. 14 Sunderland 1897-98 Team and officials. In goalmouth. History of Sunderland
A. F. C. p 51. 13 Sunderland , opening of Roker Park, 10th September 1898. Players and
Officials. 'Ned' Doig in front of James Henderson and Marquis of Londonderry.
Copy in boardroom at Sunderland and other sources. 14 Sunderland Team. Stars of early Roker Park days. 15 Sunderland 1900-01 Team. History of Sunderland A. F. C. p 55. Not
good likeness of Doig. 16 1901-02 Sunderland Team on a commemorative lapel button. "Encyclopedia
of British Football" p.18. 17 Sunderland 1901-02 Team. Golden Penny football Album. 18 Sunderland 1901-02 Championship Team. No trophy. 19 Sunderland 1901-02 Championship Team. With a trophy - not League championship. 20 Sunderland 1902-03 Team. Roker Park terracing in background. 21 Cigarette cards : a) Wills Football series no. 8. Chest and front face, Sunderland shirt
and plain cap. b) Clarke's Football series no. 8. as above. c) Robert Sinclair Brand. 1900. Sunderland shirt but with arms folded,
plain cap. d) Churchman's Footballers (brown back). International cap. e) Ogdens Cigarettes. Same picture as 1) f) Ogdens Cigarettes. as above but slightly different size. 22 Aston Villa v Sunderland March 1902. "Sunderland's goal under
attack". "Encyclopedia of British Football" p. 173. 23 England v Scotland at Sheffield 1903 "Doig saves a stinging shot".
Copy given to Eric Doig by Arbroath F.C. 24 Sunderland 1903. Team displaying the First Division Championship Trophy,
The Sheriff of London's Charity Shield and the Durham Cup. Boardroom Sunderland
A.F.C. Shortened version of team in a Sunderland Annual. 25 1904-05 Liverpool Team. Red shirts. (In black & white) 26 1905-06 Liverpool Team. White shirts with red shoulders. (In black
& white). 27 1905-06 Liverpool Team. All red shirts. (In black & white). 28 1905-06 Liverpool Team. Displaying the League Championship Trophy,
The Sheriff of London's Charity Shield and the Liverpool Cup. (Background
- an ivy covered trellis fence). 29 Right side view, white shirt, red shoulders, plain cap. (In b &
w). Undated newspaper cutting of obituary and in "Liverpool, A Complete
Record" by Brian Pead. p 319. 30 Computer produced colour picture of cigarette card 14a "Surnames of Scotland" G.F.Black, New
York 1946 "Dictionary of the Saints" A.Butler,
revised by D.Attwater " The Tartans of the Scottish Clans "
J.D.Scarlett. "The Dictionary of National Biography" Personal communication from a city executive,
Fort St. John, British Columbia. Robert Young Doig to his son Aikman Dumbbells now in the possession of Grandson John
Doig "History of Arbroath Football Club. 1874
- 1928". by D.Kyd. Unpublished, hand-written in Arbroath Library. "Old Gayfield Memories - A Red Lichtie looks
back". Arbroath Herald June 19th 1942 Part II. Blackburn Rovers : The Official Encyclopaedia.
Career summary. Newcastle Journal, 1st November 1890. "Pastime", April 27th 1892. A magazine
edited by N. L. Jackson - founder of "The Corinthians" in 1882. Sunderland Annual 1991. Black Cat Publications.
Editor A. Brett. p105 Sunderland Annual 1992 Black Cat Publications;
editor A. Brett. p4 Newcastle Journal, 22nd April 1895. Empire News. Sunday 6th November 1938. Review
of Sunderland A.F.C. This is also confirmed by 'Neds' son Stanley,who knew Watson. "Old Gayfield Memories - A Red Lichtie looks
back". Arbroath Herald June 19th 1942. Part II As footnote 19 but June 26th 1942. Part III. Sunderland Football Echo. September 16th.1905.
Career summary on occasion of Liverpool and Doig's visit to Roker Park.
"Liverpool, Club of the Century " page
15. A Liverpool Echo Publication. 1988. Ian Hargraves et.al. Original menu and memorabilia in posession of
Mr. G. Hoare, Witton Gilbert, Durham. "The Annals of the Corinthian Football Club".
B. O. Corbett 1906. "Association Football, the men who made it".
Alfred Gibson and William Pickford. Caxton Publishing Co. London 1906. Liverpool Echo, Thursday August 2nd 1906. Report by 'Citizen'. St. Helens Newspaper and
Advertiser. Central Library, St. Helens. Match report by "Citizen". St. Helens
Newspaper and Advertiser. Central Library. St. Helens. The Liverpool Courier, Thursday November 13th
1 "Famous Footballers" by C. W. Alcock and Rowland Hill. 1895.
Full length photograph of J. E. Doig. Reprinted 1997.
2 "Association Football, The Men Who Made It." by ALFRED GIBSON and WILLIAM PICKFORD. pub. Caxton Publishing Co. 1906.
p. 103 -108 Sunderland F.C.; p. 107, 138, 148 ref Doig.
Pictures - Liverpool F.C. 1905 - 06 season. England v Scotland at Sheffield 1903 entitled "Doig saves a stinging shot".
3 "The Football Encyclopaedia". pub. London Associated Sporting Press. June 1934.
p. 107 (Liverpool), p. 141 (Sunderland), p. 162 (Arbroath). Ref. Doig.
4 "The Story Of The Maroons, Past And Present. Arbroath Football Club. 1878 - 1947.
p. 17 &18 Text. Picture p.35.
5 "Great Soccer Clubs Of The North East." by ANTON RIPPON 1981.
Pictures - Sunderland Championship Sides 1894-95 & 1901-02.
6 "Haway The Lads - Story Of Sunderland A.F.C.". 1897 - 1973.
7 "Sunderland A. F. C. Centenary 1879 - 1979. by ARTHUR APPLETON. 1979. Signed copy.
p. 8, p.18, p. 21, p. 22 text & photographs. ps. 72-80 Records.
8 Sunderland A. F. C. 1890 -1990 & S.A.F.C. Supporters Association 25 years.
Photographs and some text.
9 "Football Under The Skin." by Billy Simmons, Paul Joannou and Arthur Appleton.
10 Sunderland 1990 Annual. Black Cat Publications. Editor Alan Brett.
p. 15 1892-3 team photograph. p. 23 & 94. p. 106 photograph and text.
11 Sunderland 1991 Annual.
p. 74, full length photograph and text. p. 84 text re Internationals. p105 1903 team with Sheriff of London's Charity Shield.
12 Sunderland 1993 Annual.
p. 95 Picture of programme "Corinthians v Sunderland 26/02/1898" (Doig in goal).
13 "Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who's Who." by DOUG. LAMMING.
p. 63 Text and sketch.
14 "The Football League. - The Official Illustrated History." by BRIAN BUTLER. pub. Blitz Editions.
p. 22 - 23 Sunderland A.F.C. picture - Opening of Roker Park. 1898.
15 Liverpool F.C. Football Brochure. 1947.
p. 10 Text.
16 " Who's Who of Liverpool 1892 - 1989". by DOUG. LAMMING. pub. Breedon Books.
Brief career summary and sketch. (see item11).
17 "Liverpool - A Complete Record 1892 - 1986". by BRIAN PEAD. pub. Breedon books.
p. 319 Career description and photograph.
18 "Liverpool F. C. Club Of The Century". by IAN HARGRAVES et.al. Liverpool Echo Publication.
p. 15 and p. 20.
19 "Liverpool Football Club". by DAVID JONES. Liverpool Echo Publication. 1989.
p. 11 Ref. to Doig in Sunderland side, p.12
20 "The Liverpool Story". by DEREK HODGSON. pub Arthur Barker Ltd.
p. 20 Text.
21 "Liverpool - A Pictorial History". by NEAL SIMPSON. pub Breedon Books. 1992
p. 10 Photographs of 1904-05 and 1905-06 sides. Both with red shirts.
22 "Liverpool, The Official Centenary History 1892 - 1992". by STAN LIVERSEDGE. Hamlyn Publishing Co.
p. 10, 30, 126, 128, Text. p. 200 photograph 1905-06 Team.
23 "Encyclopedia Of British Football". by P. SOAR and MARTIN TYLER. pub. Willow Books (Collins). 1983.
p. 18 Picture of Sunderland Team on souvenir lapel button 1902. also p. 173 Aston Villa attacking Sunderland's goal 1902.
24 "The Footballer". vol. 3 no. 1
p. 7 and 8. Liverpool Goalkeepers. Also photograph of 1905-06 team on rear cover.
25 "Ee-Aye-Addio, We've Won The Cup". by BRIAN PEAD. pub. Champion Press. 1993.
p.64 - 67. Match reports F.A.Cup Jan. 1905. 2 games v Everton.
26 "You'll Never Walk Alone. Official History Of Liverpool F.C.". by STEPHEN F. KELLY. 3rd edition. 1991.
p. 20 Text (wrongly worded). 1905-06 team picture (white shirts). p. 16 sketch Liverpool v Sunderland 1896. (Doig in Sunderland's goal).
27 "The A - Z of Liverpool Football" by STEPHEN KELLY. 1993
p. 45 biography.
28 "The Daily Telegraph Football Chronicle". by NORMAN BARRETT. pub. Carlton Books.
1993. p.16, 17, 20 Text and photographs (1) 1902 Ibrox stand. (2) "Doig saves a
stinging shot". England v Scotland. ( see book no.1)
29 "The Sunday Times Illustrated History of Football". by CHRISTOPHER NEWRAT & STEVE HUCKINGS. pub. Hamlyn 1994.
p.13, 14, 17, 35.
30 "The Cassell Soccer Companion" by DAVID PICKERING. pub. Cassell 1994.
p. 93 Short biography refers to nickname "Prince of Goalkeepers", p. 307, 315.
31 "Liverpool" by MATTHEW GRAHAM. pub Hamlyn 1984
p. 17. Sketch of Liverpool scoring v Sunderland 1896. Doig in goal. (see book no. 19)
32 "Newcastle United v Sunderland, A History of a Great Football Rivalry" by ALAN BRETT & ANDREW CLARK. pub Black Cat Publications 1995.
pages 5-11 text; p 5 full-length picture.
33 "The Kop". by STEPHEN F. KELLY. 1993
Contributors include Stan. Doig, Wendy Doig and Eric Doig. No references to 'Ned' Doig.
34 "The Anfield Encyclopedia" by STEPHEN F. KELLY. 1993. Mainstream Publications.
Text p. 48.
35 "Sunderland A.F.C. Archive Photograph Series." 1996. by ALAN BRETT & GEORGE HOARE.
Pen portrait and photographs p 20, 17, 18, 23 & 24.
36 "The Kop" Monthly paper. Published by The Liverpool Echo. Issue 30, October 1997 "A to Z in Anfield Hall of Fame". Brief biography and photograph (Sunderland shirt).
37 "Scottish Football, A Pictorial History 1867 to Present Day" by KEVIN McCARRA.
p 10 Arbroath F. C. 1885 - 1886.
38 "Scotland - The Team" by ANDREW WARD. Breedon Book Publishing Co. 1987
Photographs p 16 & 23, ref. p12 & 21 plus all internationals.
39 "Liverpool versus Everton - A Complete History" by MICHAEL HEATLEY & IAN WELCH. Published by Dial House. 1996. Ref p 36 and 149.
Photographs of 'Ned Doig'.
1 Half right profile, upwards from chest. Maroon International cap but no year dates. No badge on Sunderland shirt. Photo by Forde 1901 in colour -- Inscription on small front plate "Presented to J. E. Doig. Jas. Henderson. Nov. 1901". Original held by John Doig. Large copy with Eric Doig.
2 Oval, black and white,very slightly right profile. International cap with year date. No badge on shirt. Original with G Hoare. In Sunderland Archive Photograph book.
3 Black and white, full face, upturned moustache. International cap and 1903 International badge on Sunderland shirt. Large oval original and 8x6 copies held by J. E. Doig and John Doig.
4 Arbroath Team and Officials 1885-86 season. In boardroom of Arbroath F.C. and caption states that Doig was one of the three players who did not take part in the Bon Accord 36: 0 victory. Also reproduced in the Arbroath Centenary book
5 A young 'Ned' wearing International cap with a group of workers at the gate of Websters factory. One is said to be 'Will' Matthew (artist) also wearing a borrowed cap. Date therefore about 1889. Original with John Doig, copy with Eric Doig.
6 Arbroath Team and Officials with Forfarshire Cup and District Charity Cup. 1888-89 season. Original with John Doig, copy with Eric Doig.
7 Full front from knee up. International cap, Sunderland shirt, no badge. 1893 portrait. Copies in various sources. Taken from "Famous Footballers 1895"
8 Sunderland 1892-93 Second Championship Team with Trophy.
9 Sunderland Team. Dated 23rd December 1893, No 46 of ? series.
10 Sunderland team with unidentified team. 1893-94. History of Sunderland A. F. C. by Bob Graham, 1995, p 48.
11 Sunderland 1894-95 Team. Taken from "Boys Own Paper" 2nd. March 1895.
12 Sunderland 1894-95 Team. Large house in near background. Original in Sunderland Museum.
13 Sunderland 1894-95 Third Championship Team. Players and officials include James Henderson. Championship Trophy on display. Large house over wall.
14 Sunderland 1897-98 Team and officials. In goalmouth. History of Sunderland A. F. C. p 51.
13 Sunderland , opening of Roker Park, 10th September 1898. Players and Officials. 'Ned' Doig in front of James Henderson and Marquis of Londonderry. Copy in boardroom at Sunderland and other sources.
14 Sunderland Team. Stars of early Roker Park days.
15 Sunderland 1900-01 Team. History of Sunderland A. F. C. p 55. Not good likeness of Doig.
16 1901-02 Sunderland Team on a commemorative lapel button. "Encyclopedia of British Football" p.18.
17 Sunderland 1901-02 Team. Golden Penny football Album.
18 Sunderland 1901-02 Championship Team. No trophy.
19 Sunderland 1901-02 Championship Team. With a trophy - not League championship.
20 Sunderland 1902-03 Team. Roker Park terracing in background.
21 Cigarette cards :
a) Wills Football series no. 8. Chest and front face, Sunderland shirt and plain cap.
b) Clarke's Football series no. 8. as above.
c) Robert Sinclair Brand. 1900. Sunderland shirt but with arms folded, plain cap.
d) Churchman's Footballers (brown back). International cap.
e) Ogdens Cigarettes. Same picture as 1)
f) Ogdens Cigarettes. as above but slightly different size.
22 Aston Villa v Sunderland March 1902. "Sunderland's goal under attack". "Encyclopedia of British Football" p. 173.
23 England v Scotland at Sheffield 1903 "Doig saves a stinging shot". Copy given to Eric Doig by Arbroath F.C.
24 Sunderland 1903. Team displaying the First Division Championship Trophy, The Sheriff of London's Charity Shield and the Durham Cup. Boardroom Sunderland A.F.C. Shortened version of team in a Sunderland Annual.
25 1904-05 Liverpool Team. Red shirts. (In black & white)
26 1905-06 Liverpool Team. White shirts with red shoulders. (In black & white).
27 1905-06 Liverpool Team. All red shirts. (In black & white).
28 1905-06 Liverpool Team. Displaying the League Championship Trophy, The Sheriff of London's Charity Shield and the Liverpool Cup. (Background - an ivy covered trellis fence).
29 Right side view, white shirt, red shoulders, plain cap. (In b & w). Undated newspaper cutting of obituary and in "Liverpool, A Complete Record" by Brian Pead. p 319.
30 Computer produced colour picture of cigarette card 14a
"Surnames of Scotland" G.F.Black, New York 1946
"Dictionary of the Saints" A.Butler, revised by D.Attwater
" The Tartans of the Scottish Clans " J.D.Scarlett.
"The Dictionary of National Biography"
Personal communication from a city executive, Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Robert Young Doig to his son Aikman
Dumbbells now in the possession of Grandson John Doig
"History of Arbroath Football Club. 1874 - 1928". by D.Kyd. Unpublished, hand-written in
"Old Gayfield Memories - A Red Lichtie looks back". Arbroath Herald June 19th 1942 Part II.
Blackburn Rovers : The Official Encyclopaedia. Career summary.
Newcastle Journal, 1st November 1890.
"Pastime", April 27th 1892. A magazine edited by N. L. Jackson - founder of
"The Corinthians" in 1882.
Sunderland Annual 1991. Black Cat Publications. Editor A. Brett. p105
Sunderland Annual 1992 Black Cat Publications; editor A. Brett. p4
Newcastle Journal, 22nd April 1895.
Empire News. Sunday 6th November 1938. Review of Sunderland A.F.C. This is also
confirmed by 'Neds' son Stanley,who knew Watson.
"Old Gayfield Memories - A Red Lichtie looks back". Arbroath Herald June 19th 1942. Part II
As footnote 19 but June 26th 1942. Part III.
Sunderland Football Echo. September 16th.1905. Career summary on occasion of Liverpool and Doig's visit to Roker Park.
"Liverpool, Club of the Century " page 15. A Liverpool Echo Publication. 1988. Ian
Original menu and memorabilia in posession of Mr. G. Hoare, Witton Gilbert, Durham.
"The Annals of the Corinthian Football Club". B. O. Corbett 1906.
"Association Football, the men who made it". Alfred Gibson and William Pickford. Caxton
Publishing Co. London 1906.
Liverpool Echo, Thursday August 2nd 1906.
Report by 'Citizen'. St. Helens Newspaper and Advertiser. Central Library, St. Helens.
Match report by "Citizen". St. Helens Newspaper and Advertiser. Central Library. St. Helens.
The Liverpool Courier, Thursday November 13th 1919.