Don Leeson

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Don Leeson
Personal information
Full name Donald Leeson
Date of birth (1935-08-25)25 August 1935
Place of birth Askern, England
Date of death 15 February 2009(2009-02-15) (aged 73)
Place of death Grimsby, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1961 Barnsley 97 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Donald "Don" Leeson (25 August 1935 – 15 February 2009) was an English football goalkeeper who spent his entire professional career at Barnsley, where he played just over 100 first-team games.

Leeson, a native of Askern, South Yorkshire, signed a professional contract with Barnsley in 1954, and made his first-team debut for the Tykes during the 1956-57 season. He left Oakwell in 1961 to become a police officer in Grimsby. He continued to play football for several local non-league teams, and also represented the national police football team.

He retired from the police force in 1984, and died on 15 February 2009 following a long battle with lung cancer.


  • Obituary, Grimsby Telegraph (published 3 March 2009).