Jim McDonagh

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Jim McDonagh
Personal information
Full name Seamus Martin McDonagh
Date of birth (1952-10-06) 6 October 1952 (age 61)
Place of birth Rotherham, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1976 Rotherham United 121 (0)
1973 Manchester United (loan) 0 (0)
1976–1980 Bolton Wanderers 161 (0)
1980–1981 Everton 40 (0)
1981–1983 Bolton Wanderers 81 (1)
1983–1985 Notts County 35 (0)
1984 Birmingham City (loan) 1 (0)
1985 Gillingham (loan) 10 (0)
1985 Sunderland (loan) 7 (0)
1985–1987 Wichita Wings (indoor) ? (?)
1987 Scarborough 9 (0)
1987–1988 Huddersfield Town (loan) 6 (0)
1988–1989 Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
1988–1989 Galway United ? (0)
1989–1990 Spalding United
1990 Grantham Town 1 (0)
1990–1991 Telford United 6 (0)
1991–1993 Grantham Town
1993–1994 Arnold Town
National team
1981–1985 Ireland 25 (0)
Teams managed
1988–1989 Galway United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Seamus Martin "Jim" McDonagh (born 6 October 1952 in Rotherham) is a former association football goalkeeper who won 25 caps for Ireland and made more than 400 appearances in the English leagues. He became a goalkeeping coach, working with numerous clubs until joining Sunderland in 2011.


McDonagh started his career at his hometown club Rotherham United, and spent a month on loan at Manchester United in 1973, before joining Bolton Wanderers, initially on loan, taking over from the recently departed Barry Siddall. An ever present during the Second Division Championship-winning side of 1977–78, he set a club record of conceding only 33 goals in a 42-match season. For the following two seasons in the top flight he was also an ever present and did well enough for Everton to sign him for £250,000 when Bolton were relegated in 1979–80. Within a year Neville Southall had come through the ranks at Everton and McDonagh found himself back at Bolton. Another demotion followed in 1982–83 followed, even with McDonagh managing to score a goal, and he moved on to Notts County for two seasons before wandering around a further six English clubs as well as teams in the USA. It was while he was at Bolton that he received the first of 25 caps for Ireland, thanks to his Irish ancestry.

He was appointed player/manager of Galway United in 1988 when they were in the relegation zone. Despite helping save the club from relegation his contract was unilaterally terminated by United in May 1989.[1]

McDonagh went on to have coaching positions at clubs including Coventry City, Mansfield Town, Nottingham Forest, Millwall, Rotherham United, Leicester City, Aston Villa, Plymouth Argyle and Hull City. He was appointed Sunderland's first-team goalkeeping coach by Martin O'Neill on 6 December 2011.[2]


  1. ^ "McDonagh leaves United". The Irish Times. 30 May 1989. Retrieved 10 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "O'Neill confirms backroom additions". Sunderland A.F.C. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  • Ivan Ponting and Barry Hugman (1994). The Concise Post War History of Bolton Wanderers. Repvern Publishing. ISBN 1-869833-27-9.