Don Gibson (footballer)

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Don Gibson
Personal information
Full name Thomas Richard Donald Gibson[1]
Date of birth (1929-05-12) 12 May 1929 (age 88)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Playing position Right half
Youth career
Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1955 Manchester United 108 (0)
1955–1959 Sheffield Wednesday 80 (2)
1959–1960 Leyton Orient 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas Richard Donald "Don" Gibson (born 12 May 1929) is an English former footballer who played at right half in the Football League for Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday and Leyton Orient.[2]

Born in Manchester, Gibson joined Manchester United in 1946 as an amateur, turned professional the following year, and made his first-team debut in the First Division on 26 August 1950 against Bolton Wanderers.[1] In the 1952–53 season, he lost his regular first-team place to Johnny Carey, who was moved to right half-back after Tommy McNulty was introduced at right back.[3] He left United for Sheffield Wednesday in 1955 on a £8,000 transfer, after making 115 appearances without scoring.[1] He later moved to Leyton Orient.[2]

Gibson is the son-in-law of former Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby, having been married to his daughter Sheena for 59 years until her death in May 2015 at the age of 78. They had three daughters.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Thomas Gibson". MUFCInfo. Mark Graham. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Don Gibson". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "1952/53". Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Birth of the Babes". Manchester Evening News. 4 April 2006. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 

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