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Don Donovan: Taken To Everton From Turner's Cross Junior Match

Donovan Don (Everton) 1955 v N, H, N, WG; 1957 v E. (5) 

It was a lucky day for Everton Manager, Cliff Britton, that his First Division side were playing an end of season friendly in Cork and that he paid a chance visit to Turner’s Cross to watch a local junior match. Cliff was greatly impressed by Maymount’s blonde defender Don Donovan and the lad was whisked away to Goodison Park.

Britton rated Don as one of his best signings ever and his faith in the Cork man was repaid, when Don was an inspirational figure on the Everton side which gained promotion back to Division One in 1954. Don made his International debut in the 2-1 victory over Norway in 1954 and he played an excellent game in the victory over Holland at the end of that season.

Don also helped Ireland to three consecutive victories when they defeated Norway in Oslo and he gained his fourth and last cap on the side beaten 2-1 by Germany in Hamburg in May 1955. The northsider was always a man for the big occasion and enjoyed great successes when opposing stars such as Tom Finney, Stanley Matthews, Billy Bingham and Jackie Berry. Don’s son, Terry, who was an English Schools International followed in Dad’s footsteps and won two caps with Ireland against Russia and West Germany B in 1979. Terry was then with Aston Villa having commenced with Grimbsy and later played with Burnley and Rotherham.


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