Doug Newlands passes away
By Tony Scholes
Updated Friday, 15th April 2011
On Monday of this week, former Burnley winger Billy Gray passed away at the age of 83, and now news has reached us of the sad passing at 79 of Doug Newlands, the player who took Gray's place in the Burnley team.
He eventually did take Gray's place and such was his form in the 1957/58 season that he was selected in the initial 40 players for Scotland's World Cup squad.
But just as Newlands had replaced Gray, so the emergence of future England international John Connelly saw another change in the number 7 shirt and that led to Doug asking for a transfer which was granted. He moved to Stoke for £10,000 in the summer of 1959.
After one year at Stoke he returned to Scotland where he played for St. Johnstone and Airdrie before managing Forfar. Even at the end of his footballing days he was not lost to sport and became a renowned crown green bowler.
In this sad week, our thoughts are with Dougie's family as friends as they are with Billy Gray's.