Jim Donald (footballer)

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Jim Donald is a Scottish former professional association footballer best known for his time with Queen of the South.

Jim Donald signed for Dumfries club Queen of the South in February 1970 from Renfrew Juniors. Donald made his debut at 19 years of age. He started as a winger but after a couple of seasons moved to midfield. Donald was a tireless worker who always gave his all. His career at Queens included 174 league games in which he scored 18 goals.[1] Donald was part of the QoS side of the mid 70s that would have been promoted to the top tier of Scottish football had it not been for league reconstruction at the end of the 1974/75 season. Among his teams mates then were Allan Ball, Ian McChesney, Nobby Clark, Crawford Boyd and Jocky Dempster. Donald and his team mates also enjoyed consecutive runs to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup before being knocked out by Old Firm opposition. In the Scottish League Cup Queens again made it to the quarter finals when a 2-1 victory over Rangers took the tie into extra time. Another goal for Rangers took the Glasgow club through.[2]

After leaving QoS Jim Donald played 33 league games for Alloa Athletic in which he scored 1 goal.[3] He then moved to Brechin City where he scored twice during his 34 league appearances.[4] After playing in one league game for Montrose F.C. he next moved to Arbroath F.C. for whom he played in two league games before moving to the junior ranks with Rutherglen Glencairn .[5]

Jim Donald was best man at the wedding of Kenny Dalglish. This led to an appearance on "This is Your Life"' when Dalglish was spotlighted on the TV program.

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