Duncan (Dunky) Walker was born in Alloa on the 12th September 1902.
He began his football career in the army before signing for Kilsyth Rangers in the junior ranks. From there he moved
to Dumbarton where he netted thirty three goals in sixty two matches. During his time at Dumbarton he spent a period on loan
He signed for Saints in April 1921 and in the two seasons he
played at Love Street, he cemented his place in St Mirren history with his prolific scoring record.
signed toward the end of season 1920-21, he made his debut against Hearts at Easter Road (Saints home match played in Edinburgh
due to reconstruction of Love Street)
He played in three matches before the season ended, but did not register
All that was to change in season 1921-22, and it was to start in
the very first game when he netted four times in a 5-0 win over Queens Park at Love Street. He followed this up with another
four against Hamilton Academical three days later!
In total during that first
season, he scored a massive 45 goals in just 38 league matches.
Most prolific period was between 26th November 1921 and 14th January 1922 when
he netted seventeen times in just eleven matches.
This total is not only a
Saints record, but it made him the top scorer in all of Europe for that season.
This site here shows all European top scorers pre 1967
Sadly, this was
in the era before the European golden boot was awarded.
Along with his league goals
he also scored eleven times in four Scottish Cup ties for a total of 56 goals in 42 games. A great record that will surely
never be surpassed at Saints.
At the end of the season Saints travelled to
Spain for a tour and Dunky helped himself to another nine goals, including two in a match to officially open Barcelona’s
new ground, Les Cortes.
Full story of the tour can be found here: - Tour of Spain 1922
The following season he could not quite match his previous exploits, managing just
21 goals. This however was still enough to make him Saints top scorer for a second year.
left Saints for Nottingham Forest in May 1923.
Over the next two seasons he played in 74 matches and scored 24 times as Forest struggled in the top flight of the
English league, being relegated at the end of season 1924-25.
He remained in Nottingham for the next two seasons, but played only eight matches.
He did however manage five goals in these matches, but his time at the City Ground was coming to an end and he returned to
Bo’ness in 1927, where he played a few matches before ending his career.
Walker will be remembered at Saints for a long time as one of the most prolific strikers of all time.
He still holds the record for goals scored in
a single season and that will probably never be bettered.