Doug Rougvie

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Doug Rougvie
Personal information
Full name Douglas Rougvie[1]
Date of birth (1956-05-24) 24 May 1956 (age 61)
Place of birth Ballingry, Fife, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1984 Aberdeen 180 (19)
1984–1987 Chelsea 74 (3)
1987–1988 Brighton & Hove Albion 35 (2)
1988–1989 Shrewsbury Town 21 (3)
1989 Fulham 18 (1)
1989–1990 Dunfermline Athletic 28 (0)
1990–1992 Montrose 46 (2)
National team
1983 Scotland 1 (0)
Teams managed
1990–1992 Montrose (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Douglas Rougvie (born 24 May 1956) is a Scottish former footballer, who played mainly for Aberdeen and Chelsea. Rougvie played in one international match for Scotland, in 1983.

Playing career[edit]


A hard-tackling and committed defender, Rougvie played for Aberdeen between 1975 and 1984,[2] one of the most successful periods in their history. After debuting for Aberdeen in an away friendly against Persepolis of Iran in summer '74, he made 279 appearances (28 as substitute) and scored 21 goals, winning the Scottish league championship in 1979–80 and 1983–84, the Scottish Cup in 1982, 1983 and 1984, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1983 and the European Super Cup in 1983.

While an Aberdeen player, Rougvie played one game for Scotland in 1983.[3]


Rougvie signed for newly promoted English side Chelsea in 1984 for £150,000, a team which included the likes of Kerry Dixon, Pat Nevin and David Speedie. He made his debut for the club in the opening game of the new season against Arsenal at Highbury, at one point managing to floor Arsenal's Viv Anderson with a crunching challenge. Though initially a regular in the side, Rougvie's lack of pace and often reckless tackling were to hamper his progress with the club.

During a Milk Cup quarter-final match with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, Chelsea came from 0–3 down to lead 4–3, only for Rougvie to concede a last minute penalty with a careless challenge and cost the team victory. He lost his place in the side towards the end of the 1984–85 season and thereafter only featured sporadically, though he did play in Chelsea's Full Members Cup win over Manchester City at Wembley; despite scoring an own goal, his team won 5–4. He was later sent off within ten minutes of the kick-off in a match against Wimbledon for punching Dave Beasant and headbutting Carlton Fairweather.[citation needed]

Brighton and Hove Albion[edit]

He was sold to Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer of 1987 for £73,000 having made 100 appearances for Chelsea and scored three goals.

Later career[edit]

He later had brief spells with Fulham, Shrewsbury Town and Dunfermline, as well as a stint managing Scottish Part Time professional side, Montrose before playing for, and subsequently managing Huntly in the Scottish Highland Football League. Big Doug also played for top Aberdeen amateur league side Kincorth A.F.C in the late 90s.


  1. ^ "Doug Rougvie". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Doug Rougvie at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  3. ^ Doug Rougvie at the Scottish Football Association