Vale black armband

Vale Doug Stewart

The Football Hall of Fame WA is saddened to learn of the passing of highly respected player and coach Doug Stewart. A former Socceroo who could star on either wing or at inside right, Doug passed away at a care facility in Queensland on Tuesday 12th March, aged 92.

Born in Burma (Myanmar), Doug was introduced to football as a child and would represent his nation 14 times, including at the 1954 Asian Games in the Phillipines. He played in his home land for the Stage Agricultural Marketing Board (SAMB) and enjoyed a spell with Indian club Ragistan.

Doug arrived in West Australia in April 1955 and soon after joined North Perth, where he won back-to-back league titles in 1955 and 1956. A switch to East Fremantle Tricolore the following the year returned another league success, in 1958.

1958 Don Mcardle And Doug Stewart
Doug Stewart (right), playing for East Fremantle Tricolore, gives chase to Don McArdle of Azzurri

Doug hadn’t been in West Australia long when he received his first State cap, against Austrian giants Rapid Vienna in August 1955. In total he donned the black and gold twelve times in addition to two outings for Australia, against Blackpool and Heart of Midlothian.

Work committments took Doug to New Guinea in 1960. On returning to Perth he turned his hand to coaching with Swan Athletic (1965-66) and Azzurri (1967-1968), winning two league titles, the D’Orsogna Cup and the Night Series with the latter.

After acquiring his senior coaching certificate in January 1969, Doug guided the senior State team on 12 occasions before another stint with Azzurri. He was by this time also running his own residential football camps and writing regularly for the Sunday Independent newspaper

Doug headed east in 1973, coaching in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Queensland amid a three-year spell with the Brunei Sports Development Program. In 2004 he was selected by the Football Hall of Fame WA as one of the State’s Top 100 players between 1902 and 2002.

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