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David McLean (footballer born 1887)


David McLean (footballer born 1887)

David McLean
Personal information
Full nameDavid Prophet McLean
Date of birth(1890-12-13)13 December 1890
Place of birthForfar, Scotland
Date of death23 December 1967(1967-12-23) (aged 77)
Place of deathForfar, Scotland
Playing positionStriker
Senior career*
?–1907Forfar Athletic
1909–1911Preston North End49(25)
1911–1915Sheffield Wednesday132(88)
1919Sheffield Wednesday3(0)
1919–1922Bradford Park Avenue85(49)
1922Forfar Athletic
1926–1931Forfar Athletic153(72)
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

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,Third Lanark 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]


  • Forfar Greats - David Potter 2009

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