Wednesday, 24 November 2010

198 Don Page

Position : Forward

Played : 1992-93  (on  loan  from  Rotherham)

Appearances : 4

Goals : 1
Don was brought in on loan from Rotherham in February to pep up the attack. He made his name in the 80s as a consistent goalscorer at Conference level with Altrincham, Northwich and Runcorn before Wigan gave him a chance in League football at the age of 25 in 1989. It’s safe to say that Don found scoring more difficult as a professional. In 1990-91 he failed to score at all in 25 appearances. The following season he got 13 (the only time he reached double figures as a pro’) and this got him the move to Rotherham where he scored 13 in 55 appearances.

Don got off to a good start by scoring on his debut at Scarborough though he looked to fall between two stools, not big enough to be a good target man but not mobile enough to be anything else. We then lost the next three games in which he played (the last a humiliating 3-0 defeat at home to bottom club Northampton where Don came on as sub) which killed our season off. It would be unfair to pin the blame on Don (the injuries to Andy Milner and Steve Mulrain and the sudden evaporation of Mark Payne’s form were big factors) but his lacklustre displays didn’t help and his loan period wasn’t extended.

Don returned briefly to Rotherham but signed for Doncaster in November 1993 scoring 4 in 22 appearances. They freed him in the summer of 1994 and he went to Chester scoring 5 in 30 appearances. Released again at the end of the season he went to Scarborough for a year scoring 5 in 37 games. He then dropped back into non-league,  featuring for Matlock, Telford and Blyth Spartans. He now works in the Finance Department at Warwickshire County Council.

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