Don Dorman

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Don Dorman
Personal information
Full name Donald Dorman[1]
Date of birth (1922-09-18)18 September 1922[1]
Place of birth Hall Green, Birmingham, England
Date of death 12 January 1997(1997-01-12) (aged 74)[1]
Place of death Worcester, England
Playing position Inside forward, wing half
Youth career
Shirley Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1951 Birmingham City 59 (4)
1951–1954 Coventry City 90 (29)
1954–1957 Walsall 116 (34)
Teams managed
1970 Birmingham City (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Donald "Don" Dorman (18 September 1922 – 12 January 1997) was an English professional footballer who played as an inside right or wing half. He made 265 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham City, Coventry City and Walsall in the years following the Second World War. He later became a scout.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Hall Green, Birmingham,[1] Dorman served as a paratrooper in the 1st Airborne Division during the Second World War. He was wounded and captured at Arnhem and made a prisoner of war.[2] After the war he signed a professional contract with Birmingham City in 1946. He remained at the club for five years,[3] and then joined Coventry City in an exchange deal for Tommy Briggs.[4] At Coventry Dorman scored at a rate of a goal every three games.[5] In 1954 he signed for Walsall, and was their leading scorer in 1956–57, the final season of his playing career.[6]

Dorman then rejoined Birmingham as a scout, and became chief scout when Walter Taylor died.[3] He was responsible for bringing to the club a number of young players who went on to very successful careers, including Kenny Burns, Trevor Francis, Bob and Dave Latchford, Malcolm Page and Garry Pendrey.[7] He and coach Bill Shorthouse acted as caretaker managers at the end of the 1969–70 season while the club sought a replacement after Stan Cullis retired.[8] Dorman left Birmingham when Ron Saunders arrived as manager and took up the post of chief scout at Aston Villa.[3] He died in Worcester in 1997 aged 74.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Don Dorman". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Special tribute to a St Andrew's legend". The Professional Footballers' Association. 25 September 2008. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  4. ^ "A short move for Briggs". Daily Mirror. 22 September 1951. p. 11. 
  5. ^ "Don Dorman". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Transfer Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Edwards, Leigh. "Ultimate Saddlers A–Z 6". Walsall F.C. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2007. 
  7. ^ Matthews, Tony (October 2000). The Encyclopedia of Birmingham City Football Club 1875-2000. Cradley Heath: Britespot. pp. 72, 200. ISBN 978-0-9539288-0-4. 
  8. ^ "Managers". The Birmingham City FC Archive. Tony Jordan. Archived from the original on 10 April 2003.