The death of Don Welsh

February 2, 1990
Former Liverpool manager Don Welsh, 68, has died in Stevenage after a period of ill health. Don took over the Anfield reins in 1951, replacing George Kay.

The former Charlton player was no stranger to Merseyside at that time having guested 40 times for the Reds during the war. He was a prolific goalscorer, hitting a double hat-trick for Liverpool in a 12-1 win over Southport in December, 1944.

He gained three England caps and played in two FA Cup Finals for Charlton, gaining a winners’ medal in 1947. He also played in nine wartime internationals, claiming all four goals against Wales in 1941.

The players introduced by Welsh, the manager, included Alan A’Court and present first time coach Ronnie Moran. He moved in the transfer market, paying Wolves £12,000 for Sammy Smyth, but could not prevent the drop into the Second Division.

Welsh began the job of re-building the side and steered the Reds to third place in 1955-56, but the club desperately wanted success and the manger paid the price that year when he was replaced by Phil Taylor.

It’s better to remember Welsh as a free-scoring striker who reveled in a battle. Charlton fans – and many Liverpudlians – will be sad to hear of his death.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: February 6, 1990; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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