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Football: Douglas is Clones cyclone.


THINK of Clones and most people think of boxing, Ulster football and the Butcher Boy.

They think of Barry McGuigan, Kevin McBride and Francie Brady. Well they used to.

Now Jonathan Douglas is the flavour of the month - the small-town-hero who excelled himself last month against the Czechs.

Plucked from obscurity, Douglas outstripped every other midfielder, Lee Carsley included, and the brilliance of his performance was lost amid the heroics of Paul McShane.

Yet Douglas, and Clones, had every reason to be proud.

Douglas said: "Not too many from Clones play football - there are more boxers than footballers.

"So I was proud to do it for them because it's not a very big town and there's probably a lot more Gaelic Football played there than soccer.

"It's a good achievement for me and a good achievement for the people of Clones that a footballer and couple of boxers have come out of the town."

And that night at Lansdowne, Douglas's performance made him the talk of the town. Suddenly the local kid had come good.

Douglas said: "After the game I felt very good and a lot more confident in my own ability that I could mix it with the big teams and big players."

And since then he has displayed that confidence in a Leeds United team who are struggling for form.


STAR: Jonathan Douglas
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 15, 2006
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