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Stuart Douglas

First Team
Date of birth:
9th April 1978
Previous clubs:
AFC Wimbledon

Stuart Douglas was appointed to Jason Tindall’s backroom staff as a first-team physiotherapist in October 2020.

He joined the Cherries from AFC Wimbledon where he had spent more than seven years as head physiotherapist.

Douglas qualified as a physiotherapist towards the end of his playing career and his first appointment was with Woking.

Born in Enfield in April 1978, Douglas progressed through the youth ranks at Luton Town and went on to make 173 appearances in all competitions for the Hatters.

A striker, he scored 23 goals for Luton between August 1995 and August 2002 and also had spells on loan with Oxford United and Rushden & Diamonds.

Ahead of the start of the 2002/03 season, he signed for Boston United, the Pilgrims having been promoted to the Football League for the first time in their history.

He played 63 times for the Lincolnshire outfit as they comfortably held their own in League Two in their first two seasons in the Football League.

During his time at York Street, Douglas played alongside current Cherries coaches Graeme Jones and Simon Weatherstone.

Douglas left Boston in June 2004 and had a brief spell in Finland playing for Rovaniemen Palloseura before returning to England with Dagenham & Redbridge in the Conference.

He made eight appearances for Crawley Town in 2005/06 before then Weymouth player-manager Tindall signed him ahead of the start of the 2007/08 campaign.

Douglas reunited with Weatherstone at the Terras, the pair playing alongside a host of former and future Cherries players including Marcus Browning, Anton Robinson, Narada Bernard and James Coutts.

In July 2009, Douglas joined Conference South outfit Bath City but, ahead of the season, he required surgery to insert titanium plates into his neck to fix prolapsed discs in his spine.

He featured for the Romans as they beat Grimsby Town in the first round of the FA Cup and came off the bench in the second-round defeat by Forest Green Rovers.

Douglas also had a brief loan spell with Newport County in 2009/10 before returning to Bath City and then Dorchester Town.

He finished his playing career with Wessex League champions Poole Town, scoring twice on his debut for the Dolphins in a victory over Alton Town.

Appointed head physiotherapist by Neal Ardley in July 2013, Douglas also served AFC Wimbledon managers Wally Downes and Glyn Hodges.

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