Robert Done

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Robert Done
Personal information
Date of birth (1904-04-27)27 April 1904
Place of birth Runcorn, England
Date of death 6 September 1982(1982-09-06) (aged 78)
Place of death Chester, England
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1922–1926 Runcorn
1926–1935 Liverpool 147 (13)
1935–1937 Reading 13 (1)
1937–1938 Chester 37 (0)
1938 Accrington Stanley 6 (0)
1938–1939 Bangor City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Robert Done (27 April 1904 – 6 September 1982) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Liverpool, Reading, Chester and Accrington Stanley.

Life and playing career

Born in Runcorn, Cheshire, Done played for Runcorn before Liverpool manager Matt McQueen brought him to Anfield in April 1926. He made his debut, along with George Pither, on New Years Day 1927 in a Football League First Division match at Burnden Park in a 2–1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers. His first goal came some 18 months later in the 6–3 victory over Leicester City on 8 August 1928; it was the second goal and it came in the 31st minute. All six goals were scored by different players.

Done's debut was one of just two appearances in his first season at Liverpool and he followed up with four more games during the next campaign. In 1928–29, Done finally got his chance; he played in all but five matches over the course of the season, and scored five goals.

Tommy Lucas, James Jackson and Done were fighting it out for the same spot with the latter gaining the upper hand for the first 12 matches of the season of 1929–30, but he was replaced by Lucas for the rest of the season. Done won his place back at the beginning of the next campaign and remained in the starting line-up on a more frequent basis for the next three seasons.

Done's final outing for Liverpool came on 17 November 1934 in a repeat of the match in which he scored his first goal, against Leicester at Anfield. This time, Liverpool won by five goals to one and Gordon Hodgson scored a hat-trick.

After nine years as a Red, Done left for Reading in May 1935. He also went on to represent both Chester, Accrington Stanley and Bangor City before he retired.

Career details

  • Liverpool (1926–1935): 155 appearances, 13 goals


  • Player profile at
  • Article on Done and other players to play for Chester and Liverpool
  • Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.
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