article ... 13.10.2001 (Brighton
McDougald has plenty in common with
Bobby Zamora. He joined Albion at 19,
showed pace, the ability to make
intelligent runs and a hungry
Significantly the striker could also
find the back of the net, top scoring in
both his seasons with the Seagulls.
Moreover there's Leicester City.
Zamora, Albion's prized possession,
has been linked with a move to Filbert
Street where former Seagulls boss Micky
Adams is getting his feet under the
table as No.2 to Dave Bassett.
City's ground was the scene of
McDougald's high point with Albion, a
2-0 Football League Cup victory.
McDougald looks back in fondness at
that fleeting moment in the spotlight,
but feels Zamora should resist any
overtures to play on the same stage.
The 26-year-old, who was with
Premiership club Tottenham prior to
moving to Albion, said: "Bobby has made
a big name for himself nationally with
all the goals he has scored and, like
me, like any player, he is ambitious.
But I don't think it would be a good
move to go to Leicester. He is young and
needs more experience, he has plenty to
learn. He can improve himself with
Brighton and then a better club than
Leicester will want him."
McDougald has doubts over Adams' move
to Leicester this week.
"Micky Adams is a very good manager
and the Leicester job could be seen as a
great opportunity for him. But Leicester
look certainties to go down and he could
find himself up against Albion in the
First Division next season. If it had
been me, I'd have stayed at Brighton,
but he knows what he is doing."
McDougald earned an accolade for his
part in Albion's giant-killing act in
"That was a great effort. I remember
it was over two legs and, although I
didn't score in either of them, I earned
the Run Of The Tournament. I beat a few
Leicester players at Filbert Street to
set up a goal for Kurt Nogan. Stuart
Munday got a great goal that night too.
We won the first 1-0 with a goal from
Kurt at the Goldstone."
He played during a difficult time in
Albion's history, but has positive
"There was no stability off the field
and that could transfer itself on to it.
I was very young and Liam Brady, who was
the manager, was a great help. I was
pleased to have played with legends like
Steve Foster, although he was coming to
the end of his career.
"The supporters were fantastic and
really good to me as a young player.
Overall I had two enjoyable years there
and I'm delighted to see them doing so
well now. They've always had the
potential and the fans deserve the
He has regrets over leaving Albion in
a £50,000 switch to Rotherham after 95
appearances and 22 goals from 1994 to
"I am a bit of a nomad but when I
left I did have regrets because I hadn't
done what I wanted to do with Brighton.
"But it wasn't the happiest of times
with the club being relegated to the
Third Division. I was ambitious and felt
Rotherham would be a good move as they
were in the Second and it was a division
I had experienced."
McDougald, who drifted out of the
league after injury problems with the
Millers, plans to re-launch his league
career with Conference leaders Dagenham
"The team is flying. I've enjoyed my
time with them. We did well in the
Ryman, have had a decent FA Cup run and
won the Essex Senior Cup and now I
believe the club will help take me back
into the Third Division. I'm certainly
looking at Dagenham as the platform to
get back in the league."
But he is yet to play this season due
to injury. I've had a hamstring problem
and still about two weeks away. It is
frustrating. It is bizarre really
because several key players are out, but
it is going so well.
"I don't see it as a setback for me
personally. We are all very good
friends, we are like a family. Old
campaigners Mark Stein and Ken Charlery
have come in up front. They have a
combined age of about 75. But I wish
McDougald has developed an acting
sideline in Sky TV's Dream Team which
has put him in touch with former Albion
mates Andy Ansah and Peter Smith.
"I've only just got involved and it
was through Andy who actually recruits
the players who play for the fictitious
Harchester United. Pete Smith told me it
was fun and it is. We just do what
footballers do and are filmed playing,
in changing rooms and night clubs. It is
a good little avenue."
He is setting up JMC Soccer Schools
for youngsters in Huntingdonshire, where
he lives, and Cambridgeshire.
"It is an area of talent. Nicky Rust,
who played with me at Albion came out of
it and played for Arsenal before he went
to Brighton and, of course, I was at
Spurs. but there isn't enough done for
"Hopefully I can help them follow
their dreams with a series of camps."
JMC (Junior McDougald, geddit?) is
also the name of an Eastbourne youth
club of which he is chairman.
"Lee Nolan runs the club and is a
friend of mine and asked if he could
name it after me and make me chairman.
"I meet up with the boys and it is an
exciting thing to see good young players
progressing. It would be lovely to see
them go on and play for Albion. Who
knows? It could happen.
"I still have a lot of roots in the
Sussex area and spend a lot of time
"When I go past the old Goldstone it
is a strange feeling to see Toys 'R' Us
instead of a pitch on which the players
were trying to do their best for
The Texan-born front runner is a
member of the Christians in Sport
movement and visits Atlanta in the
United States every year.
"It's not Bible-bashing, it is just
going over with others in the movement
to give a bit of love to some inner-city
kids who need it.
"Some are involved in drug deals and
other bad things but what they want is a
bit of attention."
McDougald is already planning for the
future as a sports agent. There aren't
enough honest ones around. There's
certainly a niche for me there, I
McDougald keeps himself busy. Even
when I spoke to him, he was ferrying his
brother Ted to a dental surgery.
But his mind was on the heartache
rather than toothache Albion fans would
suffer if Zamora the scorer swapped a
South Coast city for one in the
Midlands. And just how he can realise
his many ambitions.
striker, coach, chairman, actor, budding
agent and Christian, Junior McDougald...
this is your life."