Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - Number seven

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In eight years at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Derek Dougan was loved for more than just the 123 goals he scored in all competitions.

 

Ahead of his move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Derek Dougan had spent two seasons or less at each of his five previous clubs, but things changed when he arrived at Molineux and developed a connection with the supporters.

 

That started when he scored a hat-trick on his home debut before Wolves ended that season with promotion to Division One. The following seasons would see him finish on top of the goalscoring charts on three separate occasions as he spearheaded the club's progress on both the domestic and European scene.

After helping Wolves to fourth position in the 1970-71 campaign, Dougan scored regularly as the Black Country reached the final of the UEFA Cup, only to slip to defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. During the run, Dougan scored a hat-trick against Portuguese side Academica, while he also netted the decisive goal against Juventus in the quarter-finals.

 

Later in his Wolves career, the Northern Ireland international helped his side win the 1974 League Cup as he featured in the 2-1 win over Manchester City in the final. When he left Wolves and retired from professional football a year later, he received huge praise for his time at the club, where he scored 123 times in 323 matches. He currently sits at number nine on the all-time goalscoring list.

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