Former Scotland and Man City star Willie Donachie, 70, is mugged on holiday in Ibiza
Ex-Scotland and Man City star Willie Donachie, 70, is robbed on holiday in Ibiza by thieves who knock him to the ground and take his ‘priceless’ Rolex watch… just a day before a PSG holiday home star Marco Verratti was broken into on the island
Former Scottish footballer Willie Donachie had stolen a Rolex watch after being robbed while on holiday in Ibiza.
The 70-year-old Manchester City legend was bundled up on the floor by two men who tore the watch from his wrist.
He was walking on a footpath in the popular resort of San Antonio on the Spanish island when the incident happened Saturday afternoon.
Glasgow-born Willie realized the watch was missing and chased after the men. He managed to get hold of one of them, but he had no guard and the second man managed to escape.
The incident happened just a day before PSG star Marco Verratti had his house broken into by thieves – who made off with watches and jewelery worth £2.5 million – while he was out with his wife.
His family has now called for the return of the watch they describe as one of his most prized possessions.
Former Man City and Scotland star Willie Donachie was the victim of a robbery in Ibiza
Two men bundled him up on the floor and took his Rolex – which was donated to him by his former side Oldham Athletic and is a cherished sentimental item
The Rolex was presented to Willie in 1991 when he was assistant manager of Oldham Athletic after helping them win promotion to England’s top flight.
It has an inscription on the back that reads ‘Thank you Willie for a memorable season 1990 91 OAFC.’
Willie, who now manages the Caribbean island of Montserrat, had worn it every day until it was stolen on Saturday.
His son Dan Donachie, 49, wrote on Twitter: ‘Please help Twitter! My 70-year-old father robbed Ibiza for his watch.
Gifted by the Oldham Athletic board when he was promoted in 1991. This was his last remaining sentimental item.
It’s a Rolex with the inscription: ‘Thank you Willie for an unforgettable season’. Help if you can.’
His family, including his son Dan, has called for the watch’s safe return
He later told Manchester Evening News: “He’s fine. It was clearly a bit of a shock. He’s 70, so having two guys knock you down on the street must be scary. It sure pissed me off when I found out.
“He’s very philosophical and accepts things and he doesn’t make a fuss. In fact, if I hadn’t made this call, he probably wouldn’t have told anyone about it. But I know he loves the watch.’ “He doesn’t care about material things at all,” Dan added.
“But that watch means a lot to him. It was his last remaining sentimental item. They worked really hard to get them promoted and it was a nice surprise when rhey gave it to him. He has been wearing it every day since then.
“I know it’s a long shot, but if we can get it back, I know it would mean the world to him. Whatever it’s worth to these people, it’s not worth what it means to him. It’s invaluable to him.’
Donachie’s robbery occurred hours before PSG star Marco Verratti had his house broken into at the holiday spot
Dan described his father as a “warrior” and said he suffered no serious injuries in the attack.
Former Manchester City and England star Trevor Sinclair and Rodney Marsh, a former team-mate of Willie’s, were among those who shared Dan’s appeal online.
The former defender won 35 caps for Scotland and played at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.
He played over 350 games for Manchester City between 1968 and 1980 after coming through their youth system.
He later played over 150 games for Oldham after joining them in 1984, eventually becoming assistant manager alongside Joe Royle.