All Time Legend Feature #5: Ted MacDougall

  • Happy down south: Ted MacDougall scored over 126 times for the Cherries

    By Joshua Hoare:

    THERE are fewer players who can compare to Ted MacDougall’s goal scoring ability during their footballing playing days. An old-fashioned ‘fox in the box’, MacDougall bagged 126 goals in just 165 appearances for the Cherries. He would later make over 5oo appearances, scoring 256 goals for eight clubs, including seven international caps and three goals for Scotland. 

    But it was MacDougall’s spell on the South coast where he made his name. ‘SuperMac’ as he was nicknamed netted forty-two times in the 1970-71 season, with his partnership with Phil Boyer blossoming, the pair helped Bournemouth gain promotion from what was than known as Division Four (now League Two). But the 1971-72 season was where both Boyer and particularly MacDougall began to make the headlines and even history. 

    In an FA Cup tie on 20th November 1971, SuperMac hit nine goals in the Cherries 11–0 win over Margate. MacDougall scored five in the first half, at which point the Margate boss jokingly asked for him to be subbed! And another four after the interval. It is and remains the largest-ever individual haul of goals by any player in a FA Cup match. 

    So what made SuperMac so great? Well his goals of course and lots of them, but many Cherries fans will remember him for his loyalty to the club especially when few of the big clubs came calling. His transfer to Manchester United in 1972 for what was than a record £200,000 was impossible to refuse for a player destined for the top. 

    But MacDougall excited all those fortunate enough to see him play at Dean Court, a prolific goal scorer will always go down in Cherry folklore for his nine goal haul and particularly his flying headers as seen (below) 

    All Time Legend Rating: 9/10

    Flying Scotsman: 'SuperMac' nets a trademark diving header

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