Barry Douglas

Barry James Douglas (born 4 September 1989) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a left back, mopst recently for Blackburn Rovers, on loan from Premier League club Leeds United and the Scotland national team.

Barry Douglas
Douglas with Lech Poznań in 2013
Personal information
Full name Barry James Douglas[1]
Date of birth (1989-09-04) 4 September 1989 (age 31)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.77 m)[2]
Position(s) Left back / Left wing-back
Club information
Current team
Blackburn Rovers
(on loan from Leeds United)
Number 15
Youth career
–2006 Livingston
2007–2008 Queen's Park
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Queen's Park 65 (10)
2010–2013 Dundee United 60 (4)
2013–2016 Lech Poznań 58 (3)
2016–2017 Konyaspor 34 (0)
2017–2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 (5)
2018–2021 Leeds United 42 (0)
2020–2021Blackburn Rovers (loan) 30 (0)
National team
2018 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:03, 30 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:09, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

After playing for Queen's Park and Dundee United in Scotland, he joined Polish club Lech Poznań in 2013, where he won the 2014–15 Ekstraklasa title. He signed for Konyaspor in Turkey in 2016, after which he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2017. Douglas enjoyed a successful season with Wolves, winning the 2017–18 EFL Championship and making his full international debut. He joined Leeds United in July 2018, where he won the 2019–20 EFL Championship under Manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Club career

Queens Park

Born in Glasgow and raised in the city's Pollok district,[3][4] Douglas played for Livingston's youth teams, but was released at the age of sixteen because he was considered "too small".[5] He spent a year out of football before joining Queen's Park, becoming part of their first team squad in 2008. He made his senior debut in August 2008 in a Scottish Second Division match against Stranraer, and went on to become a first team regular for Queen's Park, playing for the amateur club part-time while also working as a refrigeration engineer and serving an apprenticeship in the trade.[5][6][3] His performances saw him linked with a number of professional clubs, despite Queen's Park being relegated to the Third Division in 2009.[5] Douglas continued to impress at the lower level, scoring nine goals from his full-back position during the 2009–10 season. He finished the season as Queen's Park's top scorer.

Dundee United

On 20 June 2010, he signed professionally with Scottish Premier League club Dundee United.[7] His debut for his new club came in August of that year, as a substitute against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the SPL. He spent three seasons at Tannadice; the player signed by United to replace him in the position, Andrew Robertson, also moved from Queen's Park, leading to disputes between the clubs as Dundee United had used the amateur status of Queen's Park and Douglas to avoid paying a transfer fee, and attempted to do the same with Robertson.[8]

Lech Poznan

On 28 May 2013, Douglas signed a two-year deal with Polish club Lech Poznań.[9][10] He made his debut against Widzew Łódź in a 1–0 win on 29 September 2013.[11] His first goal for the club came on 3 August 2014, scoring a freekick in a 3–2 defeat against Wisła Kraków.[12] He scored a freekick on 6 March 2015 against Jagiellonia Białystok in a 2–0 victory, before scoring another on 22 March in a 2–1 win over Wisła Kraków.[12]

He played 27 times as Lech won the Polish league championship in 201415, and the subsequent Super Cup.[13] He scored another freekick for Poznań in the UEFA Champions League qualification phase against FK Sarajevo on 22 July 2015.[14] He made 75 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring 5 goals.


Douglas signed for Turkish Süper Lig team Konyaspor in January 2016.[4] He played his first league match against Galatasaray on 6 February 2016.[15] With Konyaspor, Douglas reached the 2016–17 Turkish Cup final and played the full game as they defeated İstanbul Başakşehir on penalties.[16] He played 45 times in all competitions during his spell, including four games in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.[17]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

On 1 July 2017, he was signed by manager Nuno Espírito Santo for English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal with a year's option in the club's favour.[18] He made his debut for the club on 5 August 2017 in a 1–0 win against Middlesbrough at Molineux.[19] He scored his first goal a week later, in a 2–0 win away against Derby County.[20] On 22 November 2017, Douglas scored a long range freekick in a 4–1 win against Leeds United.[21] He was nominated for the EFL Championship Player of The Month award for November 2017.[22]

Douglas picked up a winner's medal during the 2017–18 EFL Championship with Wolves winning the league, contributing five goals and 14 assists from the left back position.[23] His tally of assists also saw him finish joint-top (with Robert Snodgrass) of the relevant charts in the EFL Championship.[24]

Leeds United


On 28 July 2018, EFL Championship side Leeds United signed Douglas for an undisclosed fee on a 3 year contract.[25] He was given the number 3 shirt for the season.[25] He made his debut and got an assist in the opening game of the 2018–19 season on 5 August 2018 against Stoke City at Elland Road in a 3–1 win.[26] Douglas had injury problems in the beginning of 2019, which resulted in him missing several games, which saw Gjanni Alioski slot into his left back position whilst out injured, and on 30 March, Douglas, in obvious distress, played through a ruptured knee ligament, as all three substitutes had been used, in a tightly fought 3–2 win over Millwall.[27] The injury ruled the Scot out for the remainder of the season, including playoffs.[28]

During an injury-hit 2018–19 season, Douglas played 27 games in all competitions, making 5 assists. Leeds finished the regular season in third place, dropping out of the automatic promotion places with three games left after a defeat to ten-man Wigan Athletic on 19 April.[29] With Douglas' season already ended by injury, Leeds lost to Derby County in the playoff semi-finals.[30]


After three months out injured, on 10 July, Douglas returned from injury in Leeds' pre-season friendly against York City in a 5–0 win.[31] He started the season as Leeds' first choice left back, however after an injury hit spell, he found himself out of the side behind Gjanni Alioski. After an impressive half time substitute appearance against West Bromwich Albion on 1 January 2020, head coach Marcelo Bielsa said Douglas would start against Premier League side Arsenal in the third round of the F.A. Cup.[32] Douglas played the full 90 minutes of the cup tie, which Arsenal won 1–0[33] but was substituted for Alioski during Sheffield Wednesday's late win at Elland Road on 11 January.[34]

After the English professional football season was paused in March 2020 due to Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on association football, the season was resumed during June, where Douglas earned promotion with Leeds to the Premier League and also become the EFL Championship Champions for the 2019–20 season in July after the successful resumption of the season.[35]


His first start of the 2020–21 season came on 16 September 2020 for Premier League Leeds in a 1–1 draw against Hull City in the EFL Cup (Hull went on to win 9–8 on penalties).[36]

Douglas was loaned to Championship club Blackburn Rovers on 16 October 2020 until the end of the 2020–21 season.[37]

In May 2021, he was released by Leeds at the expiry of his contract.[38]

International career

Douglas was selected for the Scotland national team in March 2018.[39][3] He made his international debut on 27 March, coming on as a substitute for Andrew Robertson in a 10 win against Hungary.

Style of play

Douglas plays either as a left back or a left wing-back.[3] He is also known for his free-kick and set piece ability.[40]


In August 2019, Douglas was one of the main stars of Leeds United documentary 'Take Us Home' on Amazon Prime, featuring in several episodes, the documentary was narrated by Academy Award winning actor and Leeds United fan Russell Crowe.[41][42][43]

Career statistics

As of match played 8 May 2021[44]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Queen's Park 2008–09[45] Scottish Second Division 30230102[lower-alpha 1]0362
2009–10[46] Scottish Third Division 35800113[lower-alpha 2]0399
Total 65103021507511
Dundee United 2010–11[47] Scottish Premier League 232401000282
2011–12[48] 9110201[lower-alpha 3]0131
2012–13[49] 28140002[lower-alpha 3]0341
Total 604903030754
Lech Poznań 2013–14[11] Ekstraklasa 18010190
2014–15[12] 273511[lower-alpha 3]0334
2015–16[50] 130207[lower-alpha 4]11[lower-alpha 5]0231
Total 583818110755
Konyaspor 2015–16[50] Süper Lig 12020140
2016–17[17] 220504[lower-alpha 3]0310
Total 3407040450
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2017–18[51] Championship 395201000425
Leeds United 2018–19[52] Championship 270000000270
2019–20[53] 150101000170
2020–21 Premier League 0000100010
Total 420102000450
Blackburn Rovers (loan) 2020–21[54] Championship 300100000310
Career total 32822311811516038825
  1. Appearances in the Second Division Play-offs
  2. Two appearances in the Second Division Play-offs and one in the Challenge Cup
  3. Appearances in the Europa League
  4. Four appearances in the Champions League and three in the Europa League
  5. Appearance in the Polish SuperCup


Lech Poznań


Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leeds United


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