Donald Colman

Born in Renton in 1878, Donald Cunningham was reluctant to use his real name when starting out his chosen career of football for fear his parents would object. Thus he adopted his grandmother’s name of Colman. He started his career at junior side Glasgow Perthshire, and would go on to play for Tontine Athletic, Renton and Maryhill before joining Motherwell in 1905 at the relatively late age of 27. His career at Fir Park only lasted two seasons, notching up 41 appearances, before being released in 1907.

That summer, Colman was signed by Aberdeen and this is where he would stay for 13 years notching up 324 appearances for the Pittodrie club. He later joined Dumbarton as player-coach and was reported to be playing well into his forties. He would return once again to Aberdeen as coach in 1931 where he is said to be the inventor of the dugout. Convinced of the importance of his players’ feet, he constructed a sheltered area below the level of the pitch in which he could observe them.

Name: Donald Cameron Cunningham
Date of Birth: 14th August 1878
Place of Birth: Renton
Position: Right Back
Nationality: Scottish

Football Career:

Glasgow Perthshire
Tontine Athletic
Motherwell 1905 1907
Aberdeen 1907 1920
Dumbarton 1920 1925

Well Career:

Apps Goals
41 0
Scottish Cup:
League Cup:
41 0