|Date of birth||17 July 1928|
|Date of death||21 June 1996(aged 67)|
|Height / weight||184 cm (6' 0½"), 96 kg|
|1957–1961||Coburg (VFA)||102 (65–36–1)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1956.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Recruited from Bentleigh Football Club, he played his first match in round 11 of the 1947 season, against Melbourne, at Essendon's home ground, Windy Hill. He went on to play 148 games for Essendon from 1947 to 1956.
He played in the highly talented 1952 Essendon Seconds Premiership team that beat Collingwood Seconds 7.14 (56) to 4.5 (29):
|Backs||Alan Thaw||Jack Knowles||Doug Bigelow|
|H/Backs||Brian Paine||John Ramsay||Bob Taylor|
|Centre Line||Keith McIntosh||Hugh Morris||Alby Law|
|H/Forwards||Greg Sewell||Bill Snell||Ray Martini|
|Forwards||Brian Gilmore||Ken Reed||Stan Booth|
|Rucks/Rover||Allan Hird (c/c)||Geoff Leek||A. Taylor|
|Reserves||Mal Pascoe||Ian Monks|
Excluding the senior games that some had already played (or would go on to play) with other VFL clubs, the members of the Essendon 1952 Seconds Premiership Team played an aggregate total of 1072 senior games for Essendon Firsts.
He was Acting Captain of the Essendon team on three occasions in 1956.
He was a strong, tough, dogged and tenacious defender, who also played in the ruck from time to time with great success. His great strength always gave him a great advantage at the boundary throw-ins.
He also coached at his original club, Bentleigh, in 1963.
He served on the Essendon Football Club Committee from 1964 to 1976, having also served in 1954 and 1956 (whilst still a player).
Almost from the inception of Australian television (November 1956), along with Percy Beames, Thorold Merrett, Doug Heywood, and Tony Ongarello, Bigelow featured in various football shows on ABC Television.
- "Doug Bigelow - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- Maplestone, M., Flying Higher: History of the Essendon Football Club 1872-1996, Essendon Football Club, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-9591740-2-8
- Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897-1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0