David McLean (footballer, born 1890)

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David McLean
Personal information
Full name David Prophet McLean
Date of birth (1890-12-13)13 December 1890
Place of birth Forfar, Scotland
Date of death 23 December 1967(1967-12-23) (aged 77)
Place of death Forfar, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1907 Forfar Athletic
1907–1909 Celtic 24 (19)
1909–1911 Preston North End 49 (25)
1911–1915 Sheffield Wednesday 132 (88)
1918–1919 Rangers 24 (29)
1919 Sheffield Wednesday 3 (0)
1919–1922 Bradford Park Avenue 85 (49)
1922 Forfar Athletic
1922–1926 Dundee 114 (43)
1926–1931 Forfar Athletic 153 (72)
National team
1912 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Prophet McLean (13 December 1890[1] – 23 December 1967) was a Scottish internationalist Association footballer. McLean represented Celtic, Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday, Rangers, Bradford Park Avenue, Dundee and three spells at Forfar Athletic. McLean played as a striker scoring consistently throughout his career.



In his years with Celtic from 1907 until 1909 he won a Glasgow Cup medal in 1907. He played a great part in Celtic's famous fortnight in April 1909 when they played eight games in twelve days to win the Scottish League. He was not however able to displace his great friend, the mighty Jimmy Quinn, and that was why he moved on to Preston North End.

The Wednesday[edit]

In England he top scored twice in successive seasons in England's top flight when playing for the The Wednesday as the Sheffield club were then named. The first two of those occasions he shared the distinction before he was outright winner in 1913/14.


He later played for Celtic's cross-town rivals, Rangers. He top scored in the Scottish league in 1918/19. He thus became the first player to be outright top scorer in the top divisions in both England and Scotland. The feat has since only been matched by McLean's future team mate at Dundee, Dave Halliday.[2]


McLean joined Dundee in 1922 where in McLean's first season he was a team mate of Alex Troup. Dave Halliday top scored in Dundee's run to the 1924-25 Scottish Cup Final. In the final McLean's goal had Dundee leading at half time. Celtic's Patsy Gallacher equalised before Jimmy McGrory headed a last minute Celtic winner.[2]


He received one international cap for Scotland, in a 1912 British Home Championship match against England.[3]

IFFHS recognition[edit]

In the International Federation of Football History & Statistics updated 2008 list of the world's most successful top division goal scorers (1888-2008), McLean was placed at 43rd equal with 316 top division strikes.


McLean also played cricket for Strathmore C.C. and famously played in the game in June 1930 at The Hill in Kirriemuir when J.M. Barrie opened the pavilion, and two members of the touring Australian side, one of them the great Macartney played before a packed crowd.

Personal life[edit]

Apart from when his footballing career took him elsewhere, he lived in Forfar all his life. He frequently attended football matches and often invited to be the guest of Celtic at games in which they were involved. He died in December 1967.


  • Forfar Greats - David Potter 2009

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