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Full Name: Duncan Welbourne
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Born: 28/07/1940 (Scunthorpe)
Died: 14/01/2019 (Southport)

After representing Lincolnshire schoolboys at wing-half he was signed by Grimsby Town, turning professional when barely 17, having assisted Scunthorpe United as an amateur while still at school.

In his first season he helped Grimsby regain their Second Division status. He lost his place in 1962 and, after making 129 appearances and scoring 3 goals for the Mariners, was signed by Watford manager Bill McGarry who had previously bid for him at Bournemouth.

In almost 11 seasons with the Hornets he played a record 404 (+ 7) League games, including a run of 4 successive seasons ever-present. Initially at wing-half, he moved to full-back when new manager Ken Furphy stopped playing. He won a Third Division Championship Medal in 1968-69.

Welbourne with Sir Elton John, who became Watford Chairman in 1976


Following ten years at the club, he was rewarded with a testimonial with Elton John singing at his do and also presenting with his gold disc from the record Goodbye Yellow Brick Road .

Transferred on a ‘free’ to Southport, he brought his career record up to 585 (+ 8) games and 28 goals, making him the most experienced player to turn out for the Sandgrounders.

On 26 September 1975 he was appointed player-coach when Jimmy Melia left for the Persian Gulf. Whilst never officially appointed as manager, the club were not initially looking for a replacement for Melia, with Chairman Tom Robinson happy to share the duties with Welbourne.

Liverpool Echo – Monday 29 September 1975
Liverpool Echo – Saturday 04 October 1975

Welbourne himself did class the role as his first step into management and therefore that’s good enough for us to include him amongst the list of former managers on this site.

In 2012 he gave an interview to the Watford Legends website in which he commented on his time at Southport.

“I was the Manager of Southport for a while, and the Commercial Manager but there was no money and was really hard work. It became not really worth doing. I was struggling to get my wages.”

“I then became a Tunneler. So for example the underground tunnel at Canary Wharf was worked on by me. That was a very dangerous job as there was water pouring in all the time.”

In January 1976 the technically still vacant manager’s role was filled by Allan Brown. Duncan played on for another month before retiring from playing duties to become Commercial Manager following the resignation of Keith Butler.

Watford Football Club sadly confirmed his passing on the morning of 14th January 2019.

Profile reproduced with Permission from:
The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport F. C., by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde (Palatine Books, 1995). ISBN 978-1-874181-14-9




Statistics include the following competitions
FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, League, PLAY OFFS , Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1974/1975 3802
1975/1976 1810
Total 56 1 2


Games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
13/02/1976 LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 4
07/02/1976 LeagueA WATFORD 0 - 2
31/01/1976 LeagueH TRANMERE ROVERS 0 - 0
24/01/1976 LeagueH NEWPORT COUNTY 3 - 0
17/01/1976 LeagueA HARTLEPOOL 0 - 0
10/01/1976 LeagueH READING 1 - 2
03/01/1976 LeagueA DARLINGTON 0 - 2
29/11/1975 LeagueH CAMBRIDGE UNITED 2 - 4
20/10/1975 LeagueA TRANMERE ROVERS 0 - 1
03/10/1975 LeagueH BRADFORD CITY 1 - 2
27/09/1975 LeagueA DONCASTER ROVERS 2 - 5
24/09/1975 LeagueH LINCOLN CITY 1 - 2
19/09/1975 LeagueH HARTLEPOOL 2 - 4
13/09/1975 LeagueA NEWPORT COUNTY 0 - 2
10/09/1975 Football League Cup / 2A NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 - 6
30/08/1975 LeagueA READING 0 - 1
25/08/1975 Football League Cup / 12LA STOCKPORT COUNTY 2 - 1
23/08/1975 LeagueH BARNSLEY 0 - 0
16/08/1975 LeagueA EXETER CITY 0 - 2
01/05/1975 Liverpool Senior Cup / FH LIVERPOOL 2 - 1
28/04/1975 LeagueH LINCOLN CITY 3 - 2
26/04/1975 LeagueH ROTHERHAM UNITED 2 - 0
28/03/1975 LeagueH BRADFORD CITY 1 - 2
22/03/1975 LeagueA TORQUAY UNITED 2 - 3
18/03/1975 LeagueH MANSFIELD TOWN 1 - 1
11/03/1975 LeagueA ROCHDALE 3 - 3
28/02/1975 LeagueH HARTLEPOOL 0 - 0
22/02/1975 LeagueA NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1 - 1
14/02/1975 LeagueH ROCHDALE 1 - 0
08/02/1975 LeagueA EXETER CITY 0 - 1
31/01/1975 LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 1 - 1
17/01/1975 LeagueA NEWPORT COUNTY 0 - 1
10/01/1975 LeagueH SWANSEA CITY 3 - 0
04/01/1975 LeagueA BARNSLEY 0 - 3
28/12/1974 LeagueA DONCASTER ROVERS 1 - 1
26/12/1974 LeagueH WORKINGTON 2 - 2
21/12/1974 LeagueA BRADFORD CITY 2 - 1
30/11/1974 LeagueH NEWPORT COUNTY 1 - 3
23/11/1974 FA Cup / 1A BURY 2 - 4
15/11/1974 LeagueH NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0 - 0
09/11/1974 LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 0
02/11/1974 LeagueH EXETER CITY 3 - 0
25/10/1974 LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY 2 - 1
19/10/1974 LeagueA ROTHERHAM UNITED 0 - 3
15/10/1974 LeagueA SCUNTHORPE UNITED 3 - 3
11/10/1974 LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 1
04/10/1974 LeagueA CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0 - 1
01/10/1974 LeagueH DARLINGTON 1 - 0
28/09/1974 LeagueA READING 1 - 4
25/09/1974 LeagueH SHREWSBURY TOWN 1 - 2
20/09/1974 LeagueH BARNSLEY 1 - 0
18/09/1974 LeagueA LINCOLN CITY 1 - 1
06/09/1974 LeagueH TORQUAY UNITED 1 - 1
02/09/1974 LeagueA DARLINGTON 1 - 1
31/08/1974 LeagueA HARTLEPOOL 1 - 1
24/08/1974 LeagueH BRENTFORD 3 - 0
21/08/1974 Football League Cup / 1H TRANMERE ROVERS 0 - 2
17/08/1974 LeagueA MANSFIELD TOWN 1 - 2

Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
01/05/1975Liverpool Senior Cup / FH LIVERPOOL 2 - 1
28/04/1975LeagueH LINCOLN CITY 3 - 2
18/09/1974LeagueA LINCOLN CITY 1 - 1
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