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Doug Coutts Squad Index
Information:
1963-64 Squad Number:
5
Position:
Centre Half
Date of Birth:
03rd March 1942
Birthplace:
Aberdeen
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
6' 2
Weight:
12st 10lbs
Signed:
20/02/1960
Career History:
NOTE: Player Career history has been temporarily removed for data cleanse.
 
Profile:
Doug always seemed destined to make an impact in the game having captained both the Aberdeen primary and secondary school select teams.
While at Kittybrewster Primary School he had appeared alongside Denis Law and while at the Grammar School he had been capped at schoolboy level.

He was signed by manager Tommy Pearson despite interest from both East Fife and Forfar Athletic. With steady employment as a civil servant in the local income tax office, Doug initially asked for a few days to think the opportunity over. He finally agreed to sign but only as a part-time player.
His first appearance for the reserves was against a Rangers 'A' team whose forward line contained Sammy Baird, Max Murray and Ralph Brand and he came through with 'flying colours'. Doug's first team debut came shortly after, with Jim Clunie unavailable (playing for the RAF) and Willie Clydesdale out with a chill, so with only one reserve team appearance he was given his first team debut against Clyde. Doug got off to a good start when he made a timely and successful tackle on John Coyle, the Clyde centre-forward who appeared well placed to find the net.
From the 1-0 defeat it was seen that the only bright feature from the game for Aberdeen was the excellent debut of Doug. Taking no risks throughout the game and appearing completely free from big occasion nerves, he had "every reason to look back on his Scottish League debut with pleasure." Doug was returned to the reserves for the following week but with the transfer of Jim Clunie to St Mirren at the start of the following season, Doug found himself as the first choice centre half.
However he struggled to replicate the good form that he had shown the previous season, "Young Doug Coutts did not always inspire complete confidence as centre half," and was replaced at centre half by George Kinnell.
He was back in the team in December and more or less remained there until a disastrous run of results in March 1961 saw him out of the side. For the 1961-62 season he was the stand in centre half for first choice George Kinnell making only a handful of appearances. However, the following two seasons saw him as the regular centre half missing only a handful of games through injury.
A lanky and sometimes ungainly centre half Doug had a tough streak in him but despite all his abilities he sometimes did not inspire confidence. This was certainly the case at the start of the 1964-65 season Doug Coutts when a poor start to the season saw manger Tommy Pearson move him onto the right wing. Doug's credentials as a winger were in truth built on somewhat slender ground having only played there in the Summer Cup in May 1964.
Manager Pearson pointed out that Doug, "has the height, is fast and he has a good shot" he continued that this was something he had thought about for some time. Despite showing no lack of effort in the game against St Johnstone (12th September 1964) and scoring in the 2-1 victory there were few observers convinced that Doug was a right wing player.
This appeared to include manager Tommy Pearson and the following week Doug was in his more customary position of centre half. It was to be short term return as John MacCormack was signed in October 1964 and effectively ended Doug's career at the club. Doug then asked for a transfer as he was moving to the tax office in East Kilbride before the start of the 1965-66 season.
However, as a part-time player he was never going to be in new manager Eddie Turnbull's plans and was one of the 17 players freed at the end of the 1964-65 season. Signed by Berwick Rangers, he became immortalised as a member of their team which beat Glasgow Rangers 1-0 in the Scottish Cup in January 1967, a game in which he gave a terrific performance and confirmed what many Berwick supporters believed Doug was playing in a league below his level. From there he moved to Wigan Athletic, helping them win the Northern Premier League championship in 1970-71. He was also a member of the side which gave Manchester City a huge test in the FA Cup at Maine Road losing only 1-0. Doug ended his football career with Altrincham in 1973.

"He is fast and strong and very cool for one so young. A part-timer who works in the Inland Revenue".

Source: Blackpool programme, 28th January 1961

One of the most commanding and stylish players in the Second Division, Coutts has been a Berwick stalwart for three years since coming from Pittodrie. He has recently been operating at left half, with much more freedom to roam upfield.

Source Programme Notes from Aberdeen v Berwick Rangers, 25th January 1969


Appearances: show debut only
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
08/03/1960
Aberdeen 0-2 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 18 Start
02/04/1960
Aberdeen 4-2 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 18 Start
16/04/1960
Stirling Albion 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,185 18 Start
23/04/1960
Arbroath 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 18 Start
30/04/1960
Aberdeen 2-0 Ayr United
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 18 Start
13/08/1960
Aberdeen 4-3 Ayr United
League Cup G4 14,000 18 Start
17/08/1960
Raith Rovers 4-1 Aberdeen
League Cup G4 6,000 18 Start
20/08/1960
Aberdeen 1-4 Dundee
League Cup G4 18,000 18 Start
24/08/1960
Aberdeen 1-4 Dunfermline Athletic
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 18 Start
01/10/1960
Ayr United 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 18 Start
10/12/1960
Aberdeen 3-2 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 18 Start
17/12/1960
Aberdeen 2-1 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 18 Start
24/12/1960
St. Mirren 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 18 Start
31/12/1960
Dunfermline Athletic 2-6 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,335 18 Start
02/01/1961
Aberdeen 2-1 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 23,000 18 Start
07/01/1961
St. Johnstone 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 18 Start
14/01/1961
Aberdeen 1-3 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 18 Start
28/01/1961
Blackpool 1-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 4,430 18 Start
04/02/1961
Third Lanark 5-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,500 18 Start
11/02/1961
Aberdeen 4-2 Deveronvale
Scottish Cup R2 14,200 18 Start
18/02/1961
Aberdeen 4-2 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 18 Start
25/02/1961
Aberdeen 3-6 Dunfermline Athletic
Scottish Cup R3 18,000 18 Start
01/03/1961
Aberdeen 0-1 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 18 Start
04/03/1961
Airdrie 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 19 Start
11/03/1961
Kilmarnock 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 19 Start
14/03/1961
Aberdeen 0-2 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 11,500 19 Start
18/03/1961
Motherwell 1-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 19 Start
25/03/1961
Aberdeen 1-4 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 19 Start
26/08/1961
Aberdeen 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic
League Cup G2 10,000 19 Start
09/09/1961
St. Johnstone 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,500 19 Start
20/01/1962
Partick Thistle 4-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 19 Start
24/02/1962
Motherwell 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 19 Start
03/03/1962
Aberdeen 1-2 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 20 Start
17/03/1962
Aberdeen 1-4 Dunfermline Athletic
Div 1 (Old) 5,509 20 Start
07/04/1962
Dundee United 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 20 Start
06/05/1962
Le Havre 2-5 Aberdeen
Friendship Cup 2L 2,000 20 Start
01/09/1962
Falkirk 1-2 Aberdeen
League Cup G3 4,000 20 Start
08/09/1962
Dundee 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 20 Start
15/09/1962
Aberdeen 4-0 Dunfermline Athletic
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 20 Start
22/09/1962
Celtic 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 29,000 20 Start
29/09/1962
Aberdeen 4-1 Third Lanark
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 20 Start
06/10/1962
St. Mirren 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 20 Start
13/10/1962
Aberdeen 10-0 Raith Rovers
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 20 Start
20/10/1962
Queen of the South 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,500 20 Start
27/10/1962
Aberdeen 2-3 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 36,000 20 Start
03/11/1962
Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 20,000 20 Start
21/11/1962
Motherwell 0-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 20 Start
24/11/1962
Aberdeen 1-0 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 20 Start
01/12/1962
Clyde 1-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 20 Start
08/12/1962
Dundee United 3-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 20 Start
15/12/1962
Aberdeen 1-1 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 20 Start
22/12/1962
Aberdeen 1-0 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 20 Start
01/01/1963
Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 20 Start
05/01/1963
Aberdeen 1-5 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 20 Start
16/02/1963
Aberdeen 0-1 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 20 Start
09/03/1963
Aberdeen 2-1 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 21 Start
13/03/1963
St. Johnstone 1-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R2 9,000 21 Start
16/03/1963
Hibernian 2-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 21 Start
20/03/1963
Aberdeen 4-0 Dunfermline Athletic
Scottish Cup R3 20,000 21 Start
23/03/1963
Aberdeen 1-1 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 21 Start
26/03/1963
Aberdeen 4-1 Queen of the South
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 21 Start
30/03/1963
Raith Rovers 2-1 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R4 8,000 21 Start
03/04/1963
Falkirk 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 21 Start
06/04/1963
Aberdeen 0-2 Clyde
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 21 Start
10/04/1963
Airdrieonians 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 21 Start
17/04/1963
Dunfermline Athletic 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,716 21 Start
20/04/1963
Partick Thistle 2-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 21 Start
24/04/1963
Third Lanark 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 2,100 21 Start
04/05/1963
Raith Rovers 0-4 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 1,000 21 Start
07/05/1963
Aberdeen 1-2 Dundee United
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 21 Start
23/05/1963
Peterhead 5-2 Aberdeen
Friendly 1,100 21 Start
27/05/1963
Rangers 2-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 14,000 21 Start
10/08/1963
Dundee United 1-1 Aberdeen
League Cup G2 15,000 21 Start
14/08/1963
Aberdeen 2-2 St. Mirren
League Cup G2 11,000 21 Start
21/08/1963
Partick Thistle 1-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 9,000 21 Start
21/09/1963
Aberdeen 0-2 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 21 Start
28/09/1963
Airdrie 1-7 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 21 Start
05/10/1963
Aberdeen 1-1 Third Lanark
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 21 Start
12/10/1963
Celtic 3-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 21 Start
19/10/1963
Kilmarnock 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 21 Start
26/10/1963
Aberdeen 3-0 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 21 Start
02/11/1963
Heart of Midlothian 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 21 Start
09/11/1963
Rangers 0-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 34,000 21 Start
16/11/1963
Aberdeen 6-2 Motherwell
Div 1 (Old) 8,500 21 Start
19/11/1963
Aberdeen 2-0 Stoke City
Friendly 10,000 21 Start
23/11/1963
Queen of the South 2-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 21 Start
30/11/1963
Hibernian 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 21 Start
07/12/1963
Aberdeen 4-1 East Stirlingshire
Div 1 (Old) 7,000 21 Start
14/12/1963
Dundee United 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 21 Start
11/01/1964
Aberdeen 5-2 Hibernian
Scottish Cup R1 15,000 21 Start
18/01/1964
Aberdeen 2-2 Airdrie
Div 1 (Old) 7,500 21 Start
25/01/1964
Aberdeen 1-1 Queens Park
Scottish Cup R2 13,300 21 Start
29/01/1964
Queens Park 1-2 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R2 REP 6,100 21 Start
01/02/1964
Third Lanark 1-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 21 Start
08/02/1964
Aberdeen 0-3 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 15,000 21 Start
15/02/1964
Aberdeen 1-2 Ayr United
Scottish Cup R3 10,300 21 Start
19/02/1964
Aberdeen 0-0 Kilmarnock
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 21 Start
22/02/1964
Falkirk 2-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 21 Start
29/02/1964
Aberdeen 1-2 Heart of Midlothian
Div 1 (Old) 10,000 21 Start
11/03/1964
Aberdeen 1-1 Rangers
Div 1 (Old) 22,000 22 Start
14/03/1964
Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 22 Start
21/03/1964
Aberdeen 3-0 Queen of the South
Div 1 (Old) 3,400 22 Start
28/03/1964
Aberdeen 3-1 Hibernian
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 22 Start
04/04/1964
East Stirlingshire 2-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 1,000 22 Start
08/04/1964
Aberdeen 0-1 Dunfermline Athletic
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 22 Start
18/04/1964
Aberdeen 0-0 Dundee United
Div 1 (Old) 3,500 22 Start
24/04/1964
Dunfermline Athletic 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 5,500 22 Start
02/05/1964
Aberdeen 3-2 St. Johnstone
Summer Cup 4,500 22 Start
06/05/1964
Dundee 1-0 Aberdeen
Summer Cup 12,000 22 Start
09/05/1964
Dundee United 4-1 Aberdeen
Summer Cup 5,174 22 Start
13/05/1964
St. Johnstone 0-2 Aberdeen
Summer Cup 4,800 22 Start
16/05/1964
Aberdeen 3-1 Dundee
Summer Cup 9,000 22 Start
20/05/1964
Aberdeen 5-0 Dundee United
Summer Cup 10,343 22 Start
23/05/1964
Partick Thistle 1-0 Aberdeen
Summer Cup SF 1L 11,537 22 Start
27/05/1964
Aberdeen 3-1 Partick Thistle
Summer Cup SF 2L 14,000 22 Start
01/08/1964
Aberdeen 3-2 Hibernian
Summer Cup F 1L 22,000 22 Start
05/08/1964
Hibernian 2-1 Aberdeen
Summer Cup F 2L 28,000 22 Start
08/08/1964
Rangers 4-0 Aberdeen
League Cup G1 45,000 22 Start
12/08/1964
Aberdeen 2-1 St. Johnstone
League Cup G1 10,000 22 Start
15/08/1964
St. Mirren 3-3 Aberdeen
League Cup G1 5,000 22 Start
19/08/1964
Aberdeen 2-1 St. Mirren
Div 1 (Old) 11,000 22 Start
22/08/1964
Aberdeen 3-4 Rangers
League Cup G1 30,000 22 Start
26/08/1964
St. Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen
League Cup G1 4,000 22 Start
29/08/1964
Aberdeen 2-2 St. Mirren
League Cup G1 7,000 22 Start
02/09/1964
Aberdeen 1-3 Hibernian
Summer Cup F REP 22 Start
05/09/1964
Dundee 3-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 8,000 22 Start
12/09/1964
Aberdeen 5-5 St. Johnstone
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 22 Start
19/09/1964
Hibernian 4-2 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,000 22 Start
26/09/1964
Aberdeen 5-1 Partick Thistle
Div 1 (Old) 5,000 22 Start
03/10/1964
Third Lanark 4-1 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 3,000 22 Start
10/10/1964
Aberdeen 1-3 Celtic
Div 1 (Old) 13,000 22 Start
24/10/1964
Dunfermline Athletic 2-0 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 22 Start
31/10/1964
Aberdeen 2-1 Falkirk
Div 1 (Old) 4,000 22 Start
28/11/1964
Dundee United 0-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 6,000 22 Start
12/12/1964
Heart of Midlothian 6-3 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 12,117 22 Start
10/02/1965
East Fife 1-0 Aberdeen
Scottish Cup R1 REP 7,000 22 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1964-65
11
0
1
6
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
1
3
0
0
1963-64
28
0
0
2
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
34
0
0
9
0
1
1962-63
31
0
1
1
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
35
0
1
1
0
0
1961-62
6
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
1
0
0
1960-61
17
0
1
3
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
22
0
2
1
0
2
1959-60
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
Totals:
98
0
3
13
0
0
10
0
1
0
0
0
121
0
4
15
0
3
Total Appearances/Goals: 121 4