Witcomb Doug Image 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1947

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Witcomb Doug Image 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1947

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Cwm, Monmouthshire born wing half Doug Witcomb began his football career with Cwm Villa in 1934 and spent 1935-36 as an amateur on the books of Tottenham Hotspur, without making a first team appearance. He joined their nursery club, Northfleet, in 1936 and played for Enfield in 1937 before signing for Second Division West Bromwich Albion in October 1937, making his Football League debut at Burnley in September 1938. He became a regular in The Baggies’ starting eleven during the final season before the Second World War, which substantially interrupted his career, and by the time of its outbreak he had scored 3 times in 36 appearances for Albion.

During the War he played in 7 unofficial wartime internationals for Wales, scoring once. He also made one wartime appearance for Leicester City in 1941, playing against Tottenham Hotspur in a 3-0 defeat.

After the War he resumed with West Brom and scored once more in a further 28 appearances, and also made his full international debut for Wales, playing in all three of his country’s matches in the 1946-47 British Home Championship, making his debut on 19th October 1946 in a 3-1 victory over Scotland at Wrexham. Wales lost the remaining two matches, 3-0 to England at Maine Road in November 1946 and 2-1 to Ireland.at Windsor Park Belfast in March 1947, however these proved his only caps for Wales.

He transferred to Second Division Sheffield Wednesday in March 1947 and spent the next 6 and a half years at Hillsborough, helping them to promotion as Second Division runners up in 1950, and, after their immediate relegation a year later, to the Second Division Championship in 1952. He remained a regular in the Wednesday first team as they consolidated their top flight status in 1952-53 before joining Newport County in November 1953 after 12 goals in 230 appearances for The Owls.

After 25 appearances during his single season at Somerton Park, he joined non league Llandudno Town in 1954 before moving to Redditch Town in 1955. He finished his playing career with IHB Alloys & Alkamatic Works in 1956.

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