A Blantyre born footballer that was part of the Great Britain football squad that took part in the 1948 London Olympics. Born on 22nd September 1924, Douglas was brought up in Knightswood Terrace, Blantyre, and attended the former Hamilton Academy. However, it was football, which would dominate his early adulthood.
As a 23-year-old righthalf, Douglas McBain played alongside Lisbon Lion, Ronnie Simpson in a team coached by Manchester United legend Sir Matt Busby. He scored the first goal of the tournament as the British team defeated Holland 4-3. Douglas was one of seven Scots in a squad that made it to the semi-finals.
To take part in the 1948 Olympics, he had to take six weeks’ unpaid leave from his jobs as a tax officer with the Inland Revenue. His appearance in the tournament was one of the highlights of a footballing career in which he played with Hamilton Accies and Dumbarton and twice reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup with Queen of the South. He played with Queen of the South for 7 years. McBain left QoS in 1955 after a contractual dispute with the chairman and retired from professional football. He was aged 30 at the time.
McBain instead ran the post office business in Locharbriggs for 11 years. The war had deprived him of the opportunity of tertiary education. However the sale of his business was used to fund his way through Edinburgh University. After bagging his degree he remained in the academic world, becoming a lecturer in economics and business studies at Telford College in Edinburgh.
He then retired aged 58 and became secretary of Barberton Golf Club and worked part time for Scotbec. Shortly after celebrating his diamond wedding anniversary, Dougie McBain died on 1st February 2008, aged 83.
Pictured is the Great Britain match at the 1948 Olympics.
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