Legendary ‘keeper’s grave marked

The commemorative stone marking the final resting place of Ned Doig.
The commemorative stone marking the final resting place of Ned Doig.

The final resting place of one of Arbroath’s most famous footballing sons has finally been marked with a commemorative stone.

Ned Doig, who was born in Letham, played in goal for the Lichties from 1884 to 1889 and is still the only player to have gained an international call up while at Gayfield.

He played his first game for Arbroath in 1884 when the Maroons were without a goalkeeper and a voice in the crowd shouted that he should be allowed to play.

During this time in 1887 he became the first Arbroath player to gain an international cap while at the club when Scotland faced Ireland in Glasgow.

He then moved south to Sunderland (aged 23), where he was an ever-present for 14 seasons on Wearside winning the English league championship on four occasions in a side dubbed the ‘team of all talents’.

He finished his career at Liverpool, winning another championship in 1901.

He died aged 53 in November 1919, a victim of the Spanish ‘flu epidemic and it wasn’t until 2010, that his grandson, Eric, located his unmarked grave, in the shadow of Anfield stadium, Liverpool.

And just recently a stone has been placed on his grave, which details his playing career at Arbroath as well as Sunderland and Liverpool.

Also commemorated on the stone is Mr Doig’s daughter Miriam, who is buried alongside him.

Outside of football, he worked as an insurance agent at an office in Helen Street and married Davina Bertie at Ladyloan Church in 1890.