Regan, Douglas

Birth Date

3rd June 1922


Stoke-Under-Ham, England



Biographical Text

Regan was one of many players to have had a late start to his senior football career due the Second World War, serving with the Fleet Air Arm, and he was 24-years-old when he made his Football League debut for Exeter City on the opening day of the 1946-47 season against Torquay United.

Regan did in fact appear for the Grecians in the wartime season of 1945-46 when he made 9 appearances and scored two goals in the Division Three South Cup (Southern Section), his first game being against Cardiff City at St James’ Park in January 1946.

Story has it that Regan walked into the office at St James’ Park and asked for a trial, which was successful and he was given a contract. He had previously played in the Devon Minor League.

Regan was to top City’s goalscoring charts in 1947-48 with 11 goals in 36 league appearances and he did again the following season with 15 goals in 38 games.

He remained with Exeter until December 1952 when he signed for Bristol City. Regan was to play a further 39 league games for the Ashton Gate club, scoring 11 goals.

Yeovil Town enquired after the player in February 1955, but the fee of £2,000 for him proved to be too much.

On his release at the end of the 1954-55 season, he signed for Weymouth and was still there in 1956-57, although by then playing left-back.

Duggie Reagan died on the 13th December 2006.






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