After 18 years service with the Royal Air Force, including both the Falklands War and the first Gulf War, the ex-Sergeant engineer’s literary career began in 1996 when he wrote a book based on his own experiences as a football casual entitled, Everywhere We Go. The book examined the culture of football and football hooliganism from the inside and became an instant smash. A further 13 books have followed and their success has established him as not only one of the UK's most prolific authors but a leading authority on the issue of lad culture.
Whilst his novels The Crew and Top Dog have topped the soccer download charts on both Amazon and iTunes for over 10 months, Brimson is becoming increasingly known for his comedy writing and has tackled various subjects ranging from men and romance to males and their love affair with flatulence! The latter being his most recent book, The Art of Fart which was released in December 2011 and was his first eBook exclusive. His next book, a comedy about a small town soccer club entitled Wings of a Sparrow, will also be released in ebook format this summer.
A supporter of Watford FC Dougie is widely acknowledged as one of soccer's most vocal anti-violence and anti-racism campaigners and has acted as an advisor to both the British government's working group into football disorder and the European Commission's football group. He is currently in discussion with the Russian Football Federation regarding an anti-racism initiative ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
His no-nonsense, common sense commentary on the state of Britain and British politics has won Dougie many supporters and he has made no secret of the fact that he would like to run for political office at some point on a single-issue 'Football Party' ticket. He has also written extensively for various magazines, newspapers and websites including The Sun, The Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, Loaded magazine, FourFourTwo magazine, Football 365, Moan About Men and Total Football.
In 2003 Dougie made the move into screenwriting first with the critically acclaimed short movie It's a Casual Life and then with his first full length feature, the Hollywood funded Green Street starring Elijah Wood. Following its release in September 2005, the film won numerous awards including:
Narrative Jury Prize - SXSW Film Festival
Narrative Feature Audience - SXSW Film Festival
Best of Festival – Malibu Film Festival
Jury Award (feature) – Malibu Film Festival
Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival
After a successful worldwide cinema release, the movie went on to sell over 80,000 DVD units during its first week on sale in the UK alone.
TV and radio credits include Sky News, BBC News, BBC, News24, NBC, ABC, CBN, ESPN, TalkSport and Radio 5 whilst Dougie has also produced and presented two motorsport series for Granada Television as well as working as a presenter for Bravo TV. In 2007, he also produced a motorsport series for Channel 5 in the UK covering the sport of BrisCA Formula One Stock Car racing.
The fact that he has been so prolific has not gone unnoticed within the media industry and this has led to an increasing number of requests to input ideas into creative projects including two major internet projects one of which was the first ever on-line soap opera for children.
Dougie is currently working on a new football based comedy entitled Wings of a Sparrow whilst ongoing projects include screenplays for the forthcoming Brit-zombie flick Killerweed (currently in pre-production), Mister One Hundred (a biography of Welsh darts legend Leighton Rees), Soldier, Soldier (based around the war in Afghanistan) and an adaptation of his own novel, Top Dog. The latter being slated to film in summer 2013.