RECENT publicity about the re-emergence of Darlaston Town has reached as far as Liverpool. We were contacted this week by Phil McCrudden of Liverpool.
Phil is a massive Wolves fan and an avid collector of all things relating to the late great Derek Dougan.
"I first became a fan of Derek Dougan as a 12 year old after seeing him make his debut for Aston Villa in 1961 at Goodison Park," says Phil. "I just fell in love with the man and his style of play. I remember him ambling onto the pitch like something out of a movie.
"I started collecting Doog memorabilia, and I set out with the intention of obtaining one from every game he played in. I became a big fan of Wolves in the mid 1960s and was overjoyed when Doog joined them in 1967. I attended most of his games while he was at Molineux and have some great memories, especially his home debut, when he scored a hat-trick v Hull City.
"I have most progammes from his time with Portsmouth, Blackburn, Villa, Peterborough, Leicester and Wolves, as well as non-League Kettering Town, as well as 40 of his 43 appearances for Northern Ireland, and many from his 73 games for Belfast Distillery.
"One of the programmes missing from my collection is from the Darlaston v Kettering game in the 1976/77 FA Cup. Former Wolves player Terry Wharton was player manager for Darla ston whilst The Doog was player manager at Kettering. It was drawn 1-1 with Kettering winning the replay in controversial circumstances.
"I am desperate to add this programme to my collection and would be delighted if any Bugle reader would sell me their copy."
If you can help, contact Darlaston Town chairman Neil Chambers on 07976 752698 or email chambers568@btinter net.com.