Former striker Frank McDougall has lifted the lid on his amazing football career in a no-holds barred autobiography.
McDougall tells how he has a rather unusual claim to fame – he’s the only footballer to have punched Sir Alex Ferguson and knocked him to the floor when the legendary manager was at Aberdeen FC.
But McDougall was also a player with the goal-den touch, scoring for fun, getting hat-tricks for Aberdeen against Rangers and netting four goals in one game against Celtic. His scoring exploits even earned him the European Bronze Boot Award.
He came from a rough, tough background in the schemes of North Glasgow and his football skills took him to the heights of the beautiful game.
But he feared his dreams of being a footballer were shattered when, as a 15-year-old who had just signed an S-Form for Hearts, he was blinded when a thug threw a brick through the window of a bus McDougall was on. The glass smashed and tiny shards were catapulted into the back of his eyes. For months, surgeons battled to save his sight and thanks to their skills, he could eventually see again.
McDougall takes us on an amazing journey from scallywag to European goal-scoring hero via Clydebank, St Mirren – where he was Scotland’s most expensive player at the time – and Aberdeen.
But as McDougall was reaching the peak of his goal-scoring prowess, he had to give up the game he loves with a crippling back injury and his career was brought to a premature end.
McDougall could have gone on to be one of the real greats in British football – just ask Sir Alex Ferguson who pays tribute to him in the book. Describing McDougall’s four goals in the game against Celtic, Fergie says:
‘It was potentially one of the greatest individual displays I have ever seen on a football field. His goals were simply breathtaking.’
McDouGOAL! is published by Macdonald Media Publishing and is priced at only £9.99. For more info or to arrange an interview with Frank McDougall contact Norman Macdonald, on (o) 01505 816980 or (m) 07958 648814.