David A Donaldson
Date of Birth:
28 December 1941
Place of Birth:
(1974/75 - 1978/79)
Part of the successful Walton and Hersham side that won the 1973 FA Amateur Cup and dumped Brian Clough's Brighton team out of the FA Cup the following year, Dave Donaldson had been capped by England at amateur level before he joined the Dons in the summer of 1974.
The stylish centre back became a key member of the side that won three successive Southern League titles in the years that followed as he formed a brilliant partnership with the more rugged Jeff Bryant at the heart of what became the meanest defence in non league football.
After missing just six league games during those title winning years he became the oldest man ever to make his Football League debut when he captained the Dons in their first Division 4 match against Halifax Town aged 35. Voted the club's player of the year that season he was instrumental in helping the Dons gain promotion from the Fourth Division the next year although by now age was finally catching up with him.
Unwilling to jeopardise his successful job at British Airways he stayed part time and played his last game for the club at Hereford in May 1979. He moved onto Addlestone that summer.
1973-1974 Walton & Hersham ? (?)
1974-1979 Wimbledon 181 (3)
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