Dougherty: Joseph (Joe)
1914-1919 (Leeds City Player Details)
Born: Darlington: 11-11-1894
Debut: v Clapton Orient (h): 14-04-1914
5’10” 11st 7lb (1914)
Dougherty was discovered by Herbert Chapman while playing for Darlington Forge Albion and
signed for City in February 1914. It was his fate to be one of Billy McLeod’s understudies
and he duly got his call up to the City first team in the only game that Billy McLeod missed
in the 1913-14 season in a 0-0 draw with Clapton Orient two months after signing for City.
It was his only game for City as Arthur Price and John Edmondson were McLeod’s deputies in
the final season before WW1 and he did not feature in any Leeds team during the War years.
When the Football League recommenced after WW1, he was sold to First Division Oldham
Athletic for £100 in April 1919. He had some success in the top flight scoring five times in
fifteen appearances at Boundary Park, but, after losing his place to former City player
Billy Halligan, he moved into Non-League with Shildon Athletic, before re-emerging with
Third Division North Hartlepools United in March 1921. He played his first game for
Hartlepools United away to Chester-le-Street on 9th April 1921, making six appearances in
that season but had made another thirty-two appearances as Hartlepools joined the Football
League in 1921 before his last game at Barrow on 6th May 1922. He did not score while with
Hartlepools and by then was operating at Left Half. He had trials with Third Division North
Lincoln City and made two League appearances for them before retiring.