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 football player.


During his playing career, McLean represented several clubs, including Celtic, Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday, Rangers, Bradford Park Avenue, Dundee and three spells at Forfar Athletic. He is best known however for his years with Celtic from 1907 until 1909. He won a Glasgow Cup medal in 1907, and 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.

He received one international cap for Scotland, in a 1912 British Home Championship match against England.[2]

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

He is not to be confused with another David McLean, who managed Bristol Rovers, East Fife and Hearts.[3]


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  2. ^ Sat 23 Mar 1912 Scotland 1 England 1, London Hearts.
  3. ^ "David McLean remembered". Heart of Midlothian F.C. official website. 14 February 2011. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  • Forfar Greats - David Potter 2009

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