Willie Donachie

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Willie Donachie
Personal information
Full name William Donachie
Date of birth (1951-10-05) 5 October 1951 (age 65)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
1965–1968 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1980 Manchester City 351 (2)
1980–1981 Portland Timbers 60 (2)
1981–1982 Norwich City 11 (0)
1982 Portland Timbers 31 (0)
1982–1984 Burnley 60 (3)
1984–1990 Oldham Athletic 169 (3)
National team
1972–1978 Scotland 35 (0)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Millwall
2008 Antigua and Barbuda
2011–2014 Newcastle United Reserves
2015 Temecula FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William Donachie (born 5 October 1951) is a Scottish former professional footballer. He won 35 full caps for Scotland, playing in the 1978 World Cup. Willie will be the Head Coach for Temecula FC at the National Premier Soccer League level and will also serve as the Club's Football Advisor.[1]


Donachie was born in Glasgow, but began his football career in England as a junior with Manchester City, turning professional in December 1968. He made his first team debut in February 1970 and replaced Glyn Pardoe at left-back in City's side and quickly established himself as a regular in the side. In April 1972, he made his full debut for Scotland against Peru at Hampden Park, having previously made two appearances for Scotland's Under-23 side.

He played in two League Cup finals for City and went on to make 347 appearances before leaving in 1979 to play for NASL side Portland Timbers.

He returned to England in September 1981, joining Norwich City for a fee of £200,000, but rejoined Portland in March 1982. In November the same year he joined Burnley and in July 1984 joined Oldham Athletic where he became player-assistant manager to Joe Royle. Under Royle and Donachie Oldham enjoyed considerable success at Boundary Park, taking the unfashionable minnows to the Premier League, League Cup Final and epic FA Cup semi Finals against Manchester United in the 1990s.

When Royle left to manage Everton in 1995, Donachie followed as his assistant before being appointed First Team Coach at Sheffield United. Towards the end of the 1997–98 season he rejoined Royle at Manchester City.

In May 2001, Royle was sacked, but Donachie opted to stay at Manchester City as First Team Coach under new manager Kevin Keegan. However, in November 2001 he left to become assistant to Terry Yorath at Sheffield Wednesday.[2] He resigned from his post at Hillsborough on 28 October 2002 to link up again with Joe Royle, who by now was manager of Ipswich Town. Ipswich paid Wednesday £50,000 compensation for this move.[3]

Donachie left Portman Road in June 2006 after Jim Magilton was appointed as manager, this coming after Donachie had stated his interest in the job himself,[4] and joined Millwall as assistant to Nigel Spackman. He was appointed manager of Millwall on 22 November 2006 after being caretaker manager following Spackman's sacking on 25 September 2006. Nigel Spackman's last game against Northampton on 23 September left Millwall 23rd in League One, but Donachie steadied the ship and Millwall finished the 2006–7 season in mid-table.[5] On 19 March 2007, Donachie signed a two-year deal as manager. However, on 8 October 2007, Donachie was sacked by Millwall after a run of poor results which left the club bottom of League One.[6] He took charge of Antigua and Barbuda for a couple of games against Cuba in late 2008.[7]

In December 2009 he was appointed Assistant Director at Newcastle United's academy. In December 2010 he was promoted to development coach. On 6 February 2014, Donachie resigned after it was alleged that he hit reserve player Remie Streete following a 0-2 defeat against Sunderland in an Under-21s match.[8][9]

In October 2014, Donachie was appointed assistant manager at Hartlepool United.[10] On December 6, 2014 Donachie and Murray were sacked following an F.A. Cup defeat to non league Blyth Spartans.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.temeculafc.com/view_staff.asp?action=view_staff&id=76
  2. ^ "Owls appoint Yorath". BBC Sport. 15 November 2001. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Owls agree Donachie fee". BBC Sport. 29 October 2002. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ipswich post interests Donachie". BBC Sport. 12 May 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Donachie gets permanent Lions' job". BBC Sport. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Donachie axed as Millwall manager". BBC Sport. 8 October 2007. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Donachie attempts success with Antigua". The Telegraph. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Willie Donachie understood to have been suspended by Newcastle United". Evening Chronicle. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Newcastle United: Willie Donachie quits as reserve team boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Hartlepool name former player Paul Murray as their new manager". Press Association. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.