First posted on Facebook on October 14th, 2016
At a time when Scotland needs heroes, born today in 1909 Douglas ‘Dally’ Duncan could be classed as one. Dally played all of his football in England and at a time when Anglos weren’t that popular, he played for Scotland 14 times during his time with Derby County scoring 7 goals. His most celebrated goals must be the two he scored against England in April, 1935 to give Scotland the 2-0 win.
Although perusing through Brian James’ England v Scotland book published in 1969 it suggests that this particular game was one of the poorest in years. Contemporary newspaper reports suggest that the 30,000 locked out of the game were the more fortunate rather than the 130,000 “locked in”.
Duncan scored his goals in either side of half time. The great Hughie Gallacher would make his final appearance in the blue of Scotland that day. Scotland were captained by Jimmy Simpson of Rangers, father of Celtic legend Ronnie that day.
The Scotland line up was Jackson (Chelsea), Anderson (Hearts), Cummings (Partick Thistle), Massie (Hearts), Simpson, Brown (both Rangers), Napier (Celtic), Walker (Hearts), Gallacher (Derby County), McPhail (Rangers), Duncan (Derby County).
Duncan in later years would manage Blackburn Rovers and would be in charge of one Ally MacLeod during this time. Dally passed away in 1990.
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