Don Donovan

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Don Donovan
Personal information
Full name Daniel Christopher Donovan
Date of birth (1929-12-23)23 December 1929
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Date of death 26 September 2013(2013-09-26) (aged 83)
Playing position Right-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1948 Maymount Rovers
1948–1949 Dalymount Rovers
1949–1958 Everton 179 (2)
1958–1964 Grimsby Town 238 (1)
1964–1969 Boston United 142 (0)
National team
1954–1957 Republic of Ireland 5 (0)
Teams managed
1965–1969 Boston United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Don Donovan (23 December 1929 – 26 September 2013) was an Irish professional football player and manager.


He was a right back who played for Everton F.C. and Grimsby Town. Donovan joined Everton in 1951 from junior football in Ireland and went on to play 187 times for The Toffees scoring just twice.In August 1958, he was transferred to Grimsby Town for a fee of £5,000 where he played until 1964 before becoming player manager of Boston United. He was a huge success at Boston, winning League titles in each of his three seasons with the club.

At international level, he represented Republic of Ireland five times at senior level making his debut in November 1954 [1]

His son Terry Donovan was also a professional footballer who went on to play for the Republic of Ireland, and his grand-daughter is Keeley Donovan, the weather presenter.


Donovan died on 26 September 2013.[2]


  1. ^ "Statistics: Republic of Ireland [Powered by tplSoccerStats]". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  2. ^ "R.I.P Don". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 

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