Monday, May 3, 2010

Vale Don Finegan

Dominic (Don) Finegan, a mover and shaker in local football circles from the 1950s to the 1970s, passed away in Hobart last Friday at the age of 80.

Don, as he was known, played with South Hobart in the same era as Bert Hudson.

He was later to become a leading referee and an administrator with two of the big clubs of the time, Olympia and White Eagles.

Don was a top referee in the 1960s and, after retiring from that facet of the game, became chairman of Olympia in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

He also coached Olympia’s reserves during his time as chairman of the club.

He then moved to White Eagles for a number of years and served on their committee while also coaching some of their junior sides.

Don’s son-in-law, Denis Laing, was a referee at the top level in Hobart during the 80s and 90s, while grandson Owen Laing played for Calies and White Eagles and also turned his hand to refereeing at the same time.


Brian Roberts said...

I beleive Don also played for the original Kingston team .

Anonymous said...

Check out the Olympia Warriors website about Don. Interesting story.