Former Scotland and Man City star Willie Donachie, 70, is mugged on holiday in Ibiza with thieves knocking him to the ground and taking his treasured Rolex gifted to him by Oldham… hours before Marco Verratti’s holiday home was burgled
Former Scotland footballer Willie Donachie had a Rolex watch stolen after being mugged while on holiday in Ibiza.
The 70-year-old Manchester City legend was bundled to the ground by two men who ripped the watch from his wrist.
He was walking along a footpath in the popular resort of San Antonio on the Spanish island when the incident happened on Saturday afternoon.
Glasgow-born Willie realised the watch was missing and chased the men. He managed to catch one of them up but he did not have the watch and the second man got away.
The incident happened just a day before PSG star Marco Verratti had his house burgled by thieves – who made off with watches and jewellery worth £2.5million – while he was out with his wife.
His family have now launched an appeal for the return of the watch which they describe as one of his most treasured possessions.
Former Man City and Scotland star Willy Donachie was the victim of a mugging in Ibiza
Two men bundled him to the ground and took his Rolex – which was gifted to him by his former side Oldham Athletic and is a treasured sentimental item
The Rolex was presented to Willie in 1991 when he was assistant manager of Oldham Athletic after he helped them win promotion to England’s top flight.
It has an inscription on the back which reads ‘Thanks Willie for a memorable season 1990 91 OAFC.’
Willie, who is now manager of Caribbean island Montserrat, had worn it every day until it was stolen on Saturday.
His family – including his son Dan – have launched an appeal for the watch’s safe return
His son Dan Donachie, 49, wrote on Twitter: ‘Please help Twitter! My 70 year old Dad mugged in Ibiza for his watch.
‘Gifted by the Oldham Athletic board when promoted in 1991. This was his last remaining sentimental item.
‘It’s a Rolex inscribed with : ‘Thanks Willie for a memorable season.’ Help if you can.’
Dan described his dad as a ‘warrior’ and said he not sustained any serious injuries during the attack.
Former Manchester City and England star Trevor Sinclair and Rodney Marsh, a former team-mate of Willie’s, were among those to share Dan’s appeal online.
Donachie’s mugging came just hours before PSG star Marco Verratti had his house burgled in the holiday spot
The former defender won 35 international caps for Scotland and played in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.
He made more than 350 appearances for Manchester City between 1968 and 1980 after coming through their youth system.
He later went on to make more than 150 appearances for Oldham after joining them in 1984, eventually becoming assistant manager alongside Joe Royle.