Great day for George at Ipswich reunion

GOLF: Remember the day that Ipswich Town lost 10-1 at Fulham and then beat the Londoners 4-2 48 hours later at Portman Road?Well, George Dougan certainly does because out of the 20 first team appearances he made during his two-year stay at Portman Road, the Fulham matches were two of them.

REMEMBER the day that Ipswich Town lost 10-1 at Fulham and then beat the Londoners 4-2 48 hours later at Portman Road?

Well, George Dougan certainly does because out of the 20 first team appearances he made during his two-year stay at Portman Road, the Fulham matches were two of them.

Now 63, George returned to Ipswich last weekend for only the third time since he left Portman Road in 1965 to play in the former players' golf day and attend the reunion dinner.

Signed by Jackie Milburn from non-league Yiewsley in March 1963, George was a left-half who went on to play his football in South Africa for nine years after leaving Suffolk.

George played for Durban City on a part-time basis as well as working for a construction company and after he hung up his boots he stayed in South Africa until 1980.

It was not until he was in his mid-40s that George took up golf, but he got down to a seven handicap although these days plays off 13.

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He is a country member of Flackwell Heath after moving to Worthing a couple of years ago and is also a member at Littlehampton.

Golf, however, runs in the Dougan family because his son Paul has been a professional for the past 12 years.

A former European Tour player, Paul is the professional at the Royal Zurich club in Switzerland where George visits twice a year.

George thoroughly enjoyed his weekend, renewing acquaintances with former players he had not seen for years and he told me: "Ipswich Town is a lovely club. I may have made only 20 first team appearances, but I played against people like Jimmy Greaves, Johnny Haynes and George Eastham and nobody will ever be able to take that away from me."

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