Mal Donaghy Profile
Malachy Martin Donaghy, born Belfast, Northern Ireland, September 13, 1957. Mal Donaghy began his football career with Cromac Albion in the Irish Amateur League in 1976. The cultured and dependable defender joined forces with Irish League team Larne already the following year, however, after being spotted by then Inver Park boss Brian Halliday.
At the end of the 1977–78 campaign, Mal Donaghy was transferred to Luton Town where he helped The Hatters win the Second Division Championship in 1981–82 as well as the Littlewoods Cup in 1987–88. After appearing in over 400 league matches for Luton Town, the strong and powerful central defender was brought to Manchester United by Alex Ferguson for an estimated transfer fee of £650,000 in October 1988. And despite being the wrong side of thirty, the Manchester United manager knew that in Donaghy he had a courageous and determined professional who would never let him down. And although the experienced campaigner found his first team opportunities somewhat limited at Manchester United, he nonetheless managed to make well over 100 first class appearances for The Reds between before he joined Ian Porterfield´s Chelsea for a transfer fee in the region of £100,000 at the beginning of the 1992–93 season. The Ulsterman went on to play a key role when The Blues finished a respectable 11th in the inaugural English Premier League season and he also helped the West Londoners reach the FA Cup Final in 1994, only to lose 4-0 to none other than Manchester United. After accumulating 68 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, the aerially commanding stopper decided to finish a fine career at the end of the 1993–94 campaign and subsequently returned to his native Northern Ireland where he had a short spell as manager at Newry Town. A Northern Ireland international, he amassed an impressive 91 full caps for his nation after making his senior debut in a 1–0 British Home Championship win over Scotland at Windsor Park in Belfast on the 16th of May 1980. Donaghy played his last match for The Green and White Army in a 3–0 friendly loss to Mexico at The Miami Orange Bowl on the 11th of June 1994. Mal Donaghy Playing Career: Cromac Albion, Larne, Luton Town, Manchester United, Luton Town, Chelsea. Playing Honours: English Football League Second Division 1982, English Football League Cup 1988, English FA Charity Shield 1990, UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 1991, UEFA European Super Cup 1991.