Don Dearson

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Don Dearson
Personal information
Full name Donald John Dearson
Date of birth 13 May 1914
Place of birth Ynysybwl, Wales
Date of death 24 December 1990 (aged 76)
Place of death Birmingham, England
Playing position Utility player
Youth career
0000–1932 Llantwit Major
1932–1934 Barry
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1934–1947 Birmingham City 131 (17)
1947–1950 Coventry City 84 (10)
1950–1951 Walsall 51 (13)
1951–1952 Nuneaton Borough
1952–1953 Bilston
National team
1938–1939 Wales 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Donald John Dearson (13 May 1914 – 24 December 1990) was a Welsh footballer who won three caps for his country and played in the Football League for Birmingham City, Coventry City and Walsall.


Dearson was born in Ynysybwl, Glamorgan. He began his football career as an inside forward with Barry and moved to First Division Birmingham in 1934. By 1936–37 he had established himself as a first-team player. The following season, he was joint top goalscorer, sharing the honour with Welsh international colleague Wilson Jones. In the last full season played before the Second World War, he moved to half-back. He won three full caps for Wales in their last three pre-war internationals.

A qualified electrical engineer, he was in a reserved occupation during the war, and was available to represent his country in 15 wartime and victory international matches. Chosen to play against England at Birmingham's home ground, St Andrew's, in 1941, Dearson missed a penalty; Wales lost 2–1.[1] He also made 166 appearances for Birmingham in wartime football, including helping the club to the championship of the 1945–46 Football League South.

By the time the Football League proper resumed after the war, Dearson was past his best. He played another half-season for Birmingham as a full back before moving to Second Division Coventry City and then to Walsall of the Third Division South, before finally giving up League football at the age of 37. He still played another couple of years of non-league football with Birmingham Combination side Nuneaton Borough and Bilston.

After retiring from the game he worked for BSA and British Leyland, and died in Sheldon, Birmingham at the age of 76.



  1. ^ Courtney, Barrie (21 March 2004). "England - War-Time/Victory Internationals - Details". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 19 August 2007.