Bradford Park Avenue Community Football Club are incredibly saddened to hear of the death of former player and manager Don McCalman.

The death of former Avenue pivot McCalman has removed another link to the 1961 promotion-winning team.

A native of Greenock, Renfrewshire, he was one of a number players recruited from across the border by Avenue manager Walter Galbraith.

He arrived from Hibernian in the summer of 1959, and was initially deployed as a full-back, but it was not long before he made the centre-half position his own.

When Avenue won promotion to the Third Division in 1961 Don was an ever-present in the side.

Between 27 February 1960 and 26 August 1963 he did not miss a league game, and his 155 consecutive appearances was a club record he shared with Jack Scott until it was overhauled by team-mate Kevin Hector in 1966.

Don moved to Barrow in 1965 after making over 300 cup and league appearances, but his career at Holker Street was cut short by a knee injury which caused him to hang up his boots.

In May 1968 he was back at Park Avenue as trainer under manager Jack Rowley and later that month he had a testimonial match when Avenue met Barrow.

Five months after his arrival he found himself as caretaker manager for twelve games following Rowley’s departure and when new boss Laurie Brown was appointed in December 1968, Don became assistant manager.

With the club short of cash Don and Laurie pitched in with joinery work in the clubhouse and around the ground.

Brown had gone in October 1969, and Don was put in charge for a second time. With the club rooted to the bottom of Division Four, and a fourth successive re-election application on the cards, he was relieved of his duties in February 1970.

Don stayed in Bradford and concentrated on his joinery business where he worked with his good friend former Avenue goalkeeper John Hardie.

When Bradford Park Avenue was re-formed Don often attended club functions. He was last seen at Horsfall Stadium in July 2015, when he and many other former Avenue players were reunited with guest of honour Kevin Hector at a friendly match with FC Halifax Town (main article image).