ABERDEEN FOOTBALLER IN HOSPITAL.
Pat Doolan, the centre-forward of the Aberdeen Football Club, who resides at Knowenoble Street, Cleland, has been removed to Belvidere Hospital, Glasgow, suffering from blood poisoning. The cause of the trouble is supposed to be a wound in the head, received in a game a few weeks ago. He had previously received treatment in Aberdeen and Glasgow. On inquiry at his home it was learned he was fairly comfortable.
Source: Press & Journal, 19th June 1926
LOSS TO ABERDEEN FOOTBALL CLUB.
On the eve of the opening of the season the Aberdeen Football Club has sustained a serious loss by the death, which occurred in the Belvidere Hospital, Glasgow, yesterday, of Pat Doolan, the club's reserve centre-forward.
Doolan, who was only 19 years of age, was picked up from Cleland Juniors, Lanarkshire, in the course of last season, and was regarded as a player with a brilliant future. It was the policy of the Aberdeen club to "nurse" him, and it was not until near the close of last season that he got a chance in the first team, for which he made three appearances in league matches, and also played in a Scottish Cup-tie. He played brilliantly in the "A" team, and was a prolific goal scorer.
Ideally equipped physically for football, it was generally recognised that as he gained experience, Doolan would developed into a star player, and the club directorate and management had high hopes of him proving a valuable asset in the coming season.
Of a sunny disposition, Doolan was tremendously popular at Pittodrie, and the death of so promising a player at such an early age is deeply regretted in local football circles. Near the close of last season Doolan contracted skin trouble on the head which developed into septic poisoning, and about two months ago was admitted to hospital in Glasgow. Widespread sympathy will be extended to his parents in their bereavement.
Source: Press & Journal, 16th July 1926