Other than the contributions of the scribes, all of the work was done by Doug and his wife, Dawn. The magazine quickly took on cult status and became a most popular form of communication and entertainment. By 1973 the workload had increased to the degree that it required a sub-editor, Merv Hindson. That year Doug also served on the Executive Committee.
Doug was also very active in the social events and other activities of the Caulfield Training Track group. He was president for a number of years.
For his publishing work Langham was awarded VFLUA honorary life membership in 1972 and he remained the editor until 1974. It was at this stage that he left field umpiring and returned to the VFL Reserve Grade to continue umpring, this time in the goals.
Almost immediatley successful the umpired the 1975 and 1976 Reserve Grade Grand Finals and so returned to the senior list in 1977.
On 2 April Langham was awarded Heritage No. 169 when he umpired his first VFL match at the Junction Oval. He and partner Gerald Gaffney were busy given that it was a 38-goal, 38-behinds match resulting in a win for the Lions over the Tigers.
The goal umpiring success continued with 17 matches and the qualifying final that year and in 1978 another 17 home and away and the second semi-final. The Hawthorn-North Melbourne semi-final was Doug’s last, leaving his total at 40 VFL matches in two seasons.
After retiring from the field Doug continued to contribute to umpiring as a Board Member of the Dandenong and District Junior Football League from 1980-1984 and Assistant Advisor at the South East Suburban Football League from 1985-1989. During this period he was also following the umpiring career of his son, Craig, who was a field with the VFL Senior List. They had umpired together on the VFL Reserve Grade in 1976 when Craig was a boundary umpire.
Doug passed away on 26 June 2010 after a battle with cancer.
Vale Doug Langham “The Man in White”.