Dugald Livingstone 1956-1958

Dugald Livingstone was named Team Manager of Fulham in January 1956. He was then a month off his 58th birthday and was to stay a little more than two years, but he had a major impact on the Club.

He arrived at the Cottage with impeccable credentials. He came directly from Newcastle United and had steered the Magpies to the FA Cup the previous season.

Livingstone had coached abroad, at club level in Holland with Sparta Rotterdam and with the Belgian national side in the 1954 World Cup finals after a spell in charge of the Republic of Ireland team.

In the UK, he had been a coach at Exeter City and Manchester City, but had made his name during a 13-year stint at Bramall Lane. Indeed, he was coach of the Sheffield United side which beat Fulham in the 1936 FA Cup Semi Final.

As a player in the inter-War period, Livingstone had been with Celtic and Aberdeen in his native Scotland, and with Everton, Plymouth Argyle and Tranmere Rovers in England.

At Fulham, Livingstone fashioned a side that went close to promotion and even closer to Wembley within 18 months.

By 1957/8, Fulham had their best season in the two major domestic competitions since their debut in the league in 1907/08. A dramatic FA Cup Semi Final was narrowly lost to the post-Munich Manchester United and the resulting fixture pile-up cost Fulham promotion.

The board offered Livingstone a new contract, but he said his wife could not settle in the south, and he left to manage Chesterfield. He stayed at Saltergate until retiring in 1962, and he died in Marlow 10 days short of his 83rd birthday in February 1981.