don mcallister - fact file

1974 - 1981            defender

Born on 26th May 1953 in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England.

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Born in Radcliffe, Lancashire, Don attended the Radcliffe Secondary Modern School and played for Lancashire Schools and the Whitefield District team. Was spotted and was involved in trials for England Boys at Seaham Harbour.  McAllister had a trial for Coventry before signing for Bolton as an apprentice and then as a full pro in June 1970, working his way into the first team after progressing through their youth system.

After Tottenham he moved to Charlton Athletic and then tried his luck in Portugal with Vitoria Setubal.

Don also had spells with US soccer sides Washington Diplomats and Tampa Bay Rowdies.

His final club was Rochdale, where he played as a non contract player in 1984.

Lived in Sydney, Australia since 1990 and was a national sales manager for a finance company and an advisor on international investments and insurance.   

Enjoys fishing and golf in his spare time.     



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Bolton Wanderers June 1970 - ??  150 ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1975 ?? ??  ?? ??
Charlton Athletic ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Vitoria Setubal (Portugal) ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Washington Diplomats (USA) ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Tampa Bay Rowdies (USA) 1984 ?? ??  ?? ??
Rochdale ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Bolton Wanderers
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
European appearances; ?? goals
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- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- League Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals


- international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---




Described the first nine days of his Spurs career as “all a bit of a whirlwind”.

He had never been to White Hart Lane before he arrived to sign on 13.02.1975.

“Tottenham and Arsenal are the two big southern names that really count in the north and that's why I'm so pleased about the move. One of the first things to impress me was the splendid condition of the playing pitch. It's very good compared with most pitches I've played on.”

While at Bolton, he attended Bolton Technical College studying Motor Vehicle Maintenance in which he obtained a City and Guilds Certificate.
“I'm very interested in cars and the time spent in study has proved very useful.”
He drives a Triumph GT6.
A keen golfer and enjoys water-skiing on Lake Windermere.
Likes music, mostly leaning towards Motown.
Likes watching sports and documentary programmes on TV.
Likes Dover Sole.

Don's wife Linda was born in Yorkshire, but grew up in Bolton.
Lived in Little Lever and hoped to move to Cheshunt in the near future when their house was sold.
“Bolton always treated me well and I enjoyed my time with them. I was helped a lot in my younger days by Jimmy Conway, the coach. He instilled discipline and a professional attitude into young players and this was good for us.”
His ambition with Spurs was to “be successful ... and HAPPY !”



Don McAllister was to be allowed to join Washington Diplomats at the start of April to play in the North American Soccer League during the summer. The defender will return to White Hart Lane in time for the new season.

His wife Linda was to accompany him and accommodation was being arranged by the American club.




What they said about Don McAllister
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What Don McAllister said about ...
... coming through the ranks at Bolton Wanderers ...  26.01.2008 (THFC programme)

"I've got great memories of my early days with Bolton.  I signed for them at 12, was apprenticed at 15 and made my first team debut at 16.   It was a fabulous time to be there because the club had an excellent youth policy.  Our youth team was nicknamed the “Burnden Babes” and we enjoyed a lot of success.  The nucleus of their 70s team – the likes of Reid, Jones, Whatmore and co – were all apprentices with me.  We were a very fit and strong side thanks to a Scottish coach called Jim Conway, who kept us at it."

... on his time at Tottenham ...  05.02.2011 (THFC programme)

"My time at Spurs was what I always dreamt of as a youngster.  Growing up, I  wanted to play football for a big club and teams don't come much bigger than Tottenham Hotspur.  The goal against Bolton was one of my playing highlights, as was being in the squad for the 1981 FA Cup final.

Playing at White Hart Lane, in front of those great supporters, was a privilege I will never forget."

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