Renfrew born half back Jimmy Douglas initially played for Paisley Institution in 1878 and Renfrew in 1879. Although he only weighed 8 stones he had the ability to score and make goals.On 27th March 1880, Douglas won an international cap playing for Scotland against Wales. Scotland won 5-1 but it was the last time he played for his country as later that year he joined Blackburn Rovers. At that time Scotland did not select men playing in England.
In 1882, Blackburn became the first provincial team to reach the final of the FA Cup but lost 1-0 to the Old Etonians. They got to the again FA Cup Final 2 years later, and beat Scottish club Queen’s Park 2-1, with Douglas playing at outside right. When Blackburn Rovers became a founder member of The Football League in 1888, Douglas played in their inaugural League fixture, a 5-5 draw with Accrington. He made 34 League appearances over the next 4 seasons before playing his last game in 1892.