Focus On; Willie Donachie

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Willie Donachie was born in Glasgow (originally from the Gorbals, he grew up in Castlemilk and attended King’s Park Secondary School, 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. He won the 1972 FA Charity Shield,[4] 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.

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 went on to win 35 full caps for Scotland and played in the 1978 World Cup finals.


  • Full Name: William Donachie
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of Birth: 05.10.1951
  • Birthplace: Glasgow
  • Nation: Scotland
    • Full Caps: 35
  • Major League Career
    • 1968-80, Manchester City (351/2)
    • 1981-82, Norwich City (11/0)
    • 1982-84, Burnley (60/3)
    • 1984-90, Oldham Athletic (169/3)
  • NASL
    • 1980-82, Portland Timbers (91/2)
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