Douglass, Norman

Birth Date

14th May 1930

Birthplace

Penshaw, Co Durham

Occupation

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Biographical Text

Norman Douglass played for Exeter City between 1953 and 1955. He joined the club from Chelsea and, after a spell away from the game, briefly reappeared in non-league football for Peterborough. He was the Grecians' regular left-back in 1954/55.

Norman was playing for Crook Town when he was signed by Chelsea in March 1952. Unable to break in the first-team at Stamford Bridge, he signed for Exeter City in June 1953.

Making his debut in the opening-day win over Leyton Orient on 19 August 1953, Norman made 22 league appearances in his first season before making the left-back position his own when he played 41 league games in 1954/55.

Turning down a new contract offer at the end of the season, Norman returned to London and worked for a firm of outfitters in Croydon.  After a year out of the game and declining offers from Sittingbourne and Tonbridge, he signed for non-league Peterborough United in June 1956 before announcing his retirement in November 1957 to concentrate on his outside employment. Settling not far from Croydon, Norman had a spell as manager of Dorking in the late 1950s and died in Ashtead, Surrey in April 1987.

Appearances

Exeter City league games only

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