"Let your lives speak"
Inscription carved on the rock – George Fox's 'Pulpit' Fairnbank Fell, Yorkshire
In the years following the death of 'Teddy'
Doig, his children began to construct their lives in the post war period.
His eldest daughter Eliza, known to the family as
'Lila' was already married by November 1919 to Edward ('Ted') R. Evans
and was living nearby at 40, Hornsey
Road, Anfield. In the 1915 street directory
'Ted' Evans was listed at the above address and his occupation was given
as a tobacconist but he was later to be in insurance. They had
two children both boys, the eldest, Albert remained unmarried in the
family home and is living there in 1999. Clifford married and
had two boys and they live in Fleetwood. 'Lila' and 'Ted' remained in
for the rest of their lives.
junior (Ted) 28 years old in 1919 and an engineer must have made his
father proud when he played a few games in goal as an amateur in the
September of the 1919 - 20 football season for Liverpool F.C. reserves.
Within two months 'Teddy' Doig had succumbed to influenza
and 'Ted' junior was stated to be playing for South
Liverpool at the time of his death. By the 1920-21
season he was playing with his brother 'Jim' for Stuart A.F.C.
He also, like his brother 'Jim', had a representative game with Liverpool
County versus Lancashire and
Cheshire as an undated newspaper
cutting indicates. He had also appeared in goal occasionally
for Liverpool F.C. Reserves during the war, certainly appearing at Anfield
against Crewe A. (score 1:1 ) in the Central League (2 cuttings). Prior
to the war (1911) he worked in America
and played for Campbell Rovers in the Football League of Chicago playing
against such sides as Calumet, Pullmans
and Bricklayers and during this time was selected for a combined Chicago
Team v The Bricklayers. (3 cuttings).
Stuart F. C. 1921
A 1921 photograph shows that he was a Goalkeeper,
(with the Cap), for Stuart A. F. C. with his younger brother Jim as
Captain in the front with the Ball. The Liverpool Echo of Friday October
5th 1923, in the column announcing the teams for the following day stated
"Earle have been fortunate in signing Edward Doig Goalkeeper, the
son of the ex-Liverpool goalkeeper and will appear at Orrell on the
6th. Earle were beating Orrell 2:1 at half time Doig being beaten by
a hard long drive. The following week Earle were away to Whalley Grange
in the first round proper of the English F.A. Amateur Cup and were beaten
0:1 The Saturday Football Echo of the 13th October carried a picture
of Edward Doig on page 4.
He married, on December 26th 1924, Renie
Telfer Griffiths and they resided (1937) at 69, Albert Edward Road,
Kensington, Liverpool where they brought up their two girls, Iris born
10th May 1932 and Marie born 26th July 1936.
Miriam Douglas married John Arthur Greensmith passed away and was interred
on 7th June 1939 aged 32yrs in tragic circumstances, her sonArthur
Stanley Greensmith married Phyllis Mary Hill and had two daughters Gail
Lauren and Caroline Lee. Stanley
passed away on the14th January 2001 at the Hershey Medical Centre
Edward died on 10th March 1952 age 60 and
is buried with his father and youngest sibling, Miriam Greensmith at
Anfield Cemetery. His wife Renie
remained in Albert Edward
Road until her death in late June 1980. Iris,
whose first husband Mr Dunn (married in 4h qtr. 1953) died suddenly,
married Tommy Lee and they have two children, Ken ( from the first marriage),and
Diane. Marie married Jimmy Dowling (3rd qtr. 1958) and have four children
:- Rita, Paul, Greg and Anthony. Marie was bitten in
her garden and after suffering a few strokes as a consequence
died shortly after on the 29th May 2002
Very little is known of the life of William
(Bill). Always laughingly referred to as the black sheep of the family
he moved to London and lost contact with the family for many years and
only in the 1980's had contact with his youngest brother Stanley and
his son John who attended his funeral in 1992. 'Bill' was said to have
taken his father's International Caps with him and no trace of them
has been found. 'Bill' married a Miss Davies in 3rd qtr 1925 but had
no children. He would be 97 or 98 when he died.'
On his Death Certificate he is recorded as having been Ships Steward.
always called 'Bert', was too young to serve in the Great War and was
18 when his father died. He had a post in Paris for a time in the post war reconstruction
period and was football captain of the English Club.
He was certainly back in Liverpool
by 1922 as he was playing at inside left with his younger brother Stan
in a team called Oakmere in the Liverpool Invinsa League, Southern Section.
By 1926 he was playing football with his brothers 'Jim' and Stanley
in the West Derby Union from this time. The April
1927 annual report of the W.D.U. Officers Guild lists him as working
at the Assessment and Brownlow Hill Relief Departments where he was
a clerk. His last working years were spent at Brougham
Terrace (Registrar's Offices). He married Blanche
Allen on 28th November 1931 and in 1937 they were living at 66, Pinehurst Road, Anfield, Liverpool where two girls were born, Barbara in October
1938 and Beryl in September1940. Blanche still lives
at Pinhurst Rd. Blanche in her later years suffered from Alzimer having
danced her years away until her 90's died in a nursing home in Formby
Merseyside on Tuesday 16th July 2002.aged 94.
the youngest son, 16 years old at the end of the Great War became an
upholsterer and for most of his working life was foreman upholsterer
at Walton Hospital.
He cycled to Sunderland in 1919 and
visited the Club to see the massive painting referred to on page 16
which at that time was situated at the head of the staircase.
The Club secretary, Mr. Bob Kyle upon finding out who he was, advised
him to go to the Station Hotel (? Queens Hotel).
In the foyer there were three large coloured tiled panels 10' 6"
x 6' 6". The first depicted W. G. Grace batting
at Lords, the second was of a great Australian sculler on the Thames
and the third was of his father J. E. (Ned) Doig with a ball in his
hands. Across the top in large gold lettering was the caption: - "THE THREE GREATEST SPORTSMEN OF THE 19TH CENTURY". It is believed that the hotel no longer exists.
In 1922-23 Stanley
was playing centre half for a football team called Oakmere in the Liverpool
Invinsa League (Southern Section) with his brother Bertie at inside
left. By the end of October 1922 this team was leading
the league - P6 Pts 11.
Stanley married Doris Moorcroft born 6th August 1908 and had two
children Jean Avril born 15th April 1937 and John Alexander born 19th
December 1940. Jean married James Joyce Hucker on the 6th August 1960
and has a son Duncan born January 13th 1961. he married Lynn
in 1981 and has two children Keeley born 14th Sept 1986 and Daniel born
26th October 1989?
Stan & Doris 1929
The seventh child, Eva married Edward
Heron who was also an insurance agent and they bought a house in Blackmore Drive, West Derby,
only had one child, Sheila who married John Beaton and they eventually
settled in Brixton, near Plymouth, Devon.
Sheila and John adopted a child whom they named Shona and shortly after
had a boy of their own called Ruari.
The youngest of the eight children, Miriam
(Mim) made an unhappy marriage to a Mr. Joh n Stanley Greensmith in
the 3rd qtr. 1927 and they had a boy (in about 1928) whom they called
Arthur Stanley (known as Stanley).
Mr. Greensmith left his family and 'Mim' and
Stanley lived with her mother Davina at 18
Miriam Road and Miriam took her own life
in early June 1939 and she was interred with her father at Anfield Cemetery
on 7th June 1939. Stanley
remained with his grandmother and became a draftsman with A.V. Roe the
aircraft manufacturers after the Second World War and eventually emigrated
He married Phyllis Mary Hill daughter of John Hill and Rose Maude (Ramus)
and had two daughters, Gail Lauren and Caroline Lee (?10th September
1960). Stanley retired age 65 (?28th
February 1993). His address at this time being 127
Laurel drive, Enola, PA 17025 - 1544
Tel Area Code 717, 732, 1753).
'Ned' Doig's third son 'Jim' (J. H.)
following his army service, obtained a post as a clerk in Walton Hospital,
Rice Lane, Liverpool and worked mainly in the wages and salaries office
until his retirement after forty years service. Walton Hospital
was originally a workhouse for the poor, but by 1922, under the New
West Derby Union, was classified as a "Poor Law Institution".
'Jim', like his father, was interested in
breeding canaries but along with his brothers his main pastime was football.
A photograph shows him in a team called Stuart A.F.C. in 1920-21.
He appears to be Captain, seated in the front row centre with the ball
whilst 'Ted', his oldest brother, is the goalkeeper standing behind
him. For the 1921-22 and 1922-23 seasons 'Jim' played
for West Kirby F.C. in the West Cheshire League. At
the end of the season he was presented with a silver cigarette case
inscribed "An Appreciation from a few Supporters of West
Kirby; season 1922-23" This is now in the possession
of his son J. Eric Doig.
In 1923 the staff of The West Derby Union
formed an Officers Guild and a football section was organised. 'Jim'
Doig and brothers 'Bert' and 'Stan' who were also in the service were
players. The team played in the I Zingari leagues
from 1926. Three different photographs show the three brothers
with 'Jim' again in the middle front with the ball as captain.
Stanley Jim and Bert
In the Annual Report of the Guild for the
year ending 30th April 1927 it is seen that J. Doig was a correspondent
for Walton Hospital;
B. Doig is listed as a member of the Assessment and Brownlow Hill Relief
Department and S. Doig was given as a "Relative" member, indicating
that he was not on the staff. In the Football Report section
it was noted that a successful application was made to the I Zingari
Alliance prior to the start of the season, the First team joining the
First Division and the Second Team placed in the Second Division.
Season 1926-27 was summarised "After a very close fight the First
Team finished second in the league table, missing the top position by
one point. Taking all things into account, both teams
have been successful. First Team results :- P26;
W20, D1, l5; F 129, A 61; Pts. 41. Liverpool
Amateur Cup: - lost first round. I Zingari Cup: -
Got through to the First round Proper. It was reported
that it was believed that this had only been accomplished on one previous
occasion. (Note. Presumably by a team from the Alliance.)
Earle who eliminated the Union,
eventually won the Trophy. The leading scorers were
:- J. H. Doig 38 league 12 cup total 50. B. Doig 23
league 10 cup total 33. The total goals scored in
all competitions by the team 179. The captain of
the First Team was given a F. Lennon. (Note. The team would have
been promoted to the I Zingari Fourth Division.)
Pictures of the Brothers before they got married
Bert, Stan, Ted, Bill anfd Jim
Bill,Bert, Ted, Stan and Jim
Four Brothers with Davina Bill is missing.