299 Robert Don

Biography

Robert Perrett Don was born in the Possilpark district of Glasgow to a father who was a butcher. He came to footballing prominence in the early 1930s with junior sides Glasgow Ashfield and Glasgow Perthshire. His form was sufficient to join a growing number of Scotsmen in manager Jack Hill’s City squad and he signed for the Tigers in July 1935. In his first season he started eight games at right half, filling in for absent team-mates without ever playing in more than two successive fixtures. City were relegated to Division Three North at the end of Don’s first season at Anlaby Road with manager Hill replaced by the experienced David Menzies. Menzies started the 1936/37 season with Don as first choice right half but when the manager tragically died in service in October 1936 Don drifted out of the side as the club’s Directors took over selection duties. When Ernest Blackburn was appointed City manager in January 1937 he turned to Don only once in a February 1937 3-6 thumping at Gateshead. Robert left the Tigers at the end of the season.

After spending a year playing in South Africa, Don joined Hartlepools United in August 1938 on an initial one month trial. He did well enough to start the first four Division Three North fixtures of the season but all four of those matches were lost and Don was not retained when his trial ended. He quickly arranged to spend the rest of the 1938/39 season at North Eastern League side South Shields, a phoenix club that took the name of a former Football League club that had changed its name to Gateshead and moved up the banks of the Tyne a few years earlier. He lodged in a house adjacent to South Shields’ Horsley Hill Lane ground and was a regular in the first team ahead of World War Two bringing an end to his playing days in 1939. His later life is undocumented but eventually took him to Penzance in Cornwall, where he died in the later months of 1982.

Details

Nationality: Scotland
Date/Place of Birth: 22 March 1914, Glasgow
Hull City First Game: 26 October 1935, Blackpool A (Division Two), 21 years, 218 days old
Hull City Final Game: 13 February 1937, Gateshead A (Division Three North), 22 years, 328 days old

Clubs

Ashfield Juniors, Glasgow Perthshire (1934-1935), Hull City (1935-1937), Galston (1937-1938), Hartlepools United (1938), South Shields (1938-1939)

Hull City Record

Career: 21 apps, 0 goals

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