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When tragedy rocked Wednesday

6 January 2021

The recent holiday period marked the 60th anniversary of one of the most distressing incidents in Wednesday’s history.

On Boxing Day 1960 the Owls were returning from London following their old Division One game at Arsenal. As the coach progressed up the A1 it left the road at Huntingdon and crashed, injuring several players and the driver.

However, it was young Scot Douglas McMillan who was the most severely affected.

The Bathgate product signed from Armadale Thistle the previous year and after the 19-year-old had shown promise with the reserves was given the opportunity to join the Owls party to gain experience.

Alas, he had the misfortune to have been standing at the front of the coach when it crashed and his right leg was trapped in the mangled wreckage.

Emergency services attending the scene decided the only way to release him was to amputate the leg at the site, which was immediately carried out with the teenager showing amazing bravery.

The club, and the whole football world, was shocked by this tragedy and one of the first people to visit the youngster was Derek Dooley, whose career had also ended in similar circumstances just seven years earlier.

Wednesday vowed to support Douglas and when it was announced that a testimonial would be played to boost his trust fund, top international players quickly offered their services.


A crowd of 25,202 attended the match and gave the courageous McMillan a wonderful ovation as he entered the field prior to kick-off.

Douglas is hopeful of attending a game at Hillsborough in the future.

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