Joe McDonald (footballer)

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Joe McDonald
Personal information
Full name Joseph McDonald
Date of birth (1929-02-10)10 February 1929
Place of birth Blantyre, Scotland
Date of death 2003 (aged 73–74)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1954 Falkirk 79 (0)
1954–1958 Sunderland 137 (1)
1958–1961 Nottingham Forest 109 (0)
1961–1962 Wisbech Town 0 (0)
Total 325 (1)
National team
1955 Scotland 2 (0)
Teams managed
1965–1967 Yeovil Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Joe McDonald (10 February 1929 – 2003) was a Scottish footballer who played for Sunderland and the Scotland national football team. He was born in Blantyre, Scotland.[1]

Club career[edit]

He started his footballing career with Falkirk in 1951, and went on to make 79 appearances without scoring for the club before moving to Sunderland in 1954.[2] McDonald made his debut for Sunderland on 16 April 1954 in a 2–2 draw against Sheffield United at Roker Park.[1] While playing for Sunderland, he made 155 appearances, scoring one goal.[1] He joined Nottingham Forest; and made 109 appearances for them from 1958 until 1961 without a goal,[2] playing in the 1959 FA Cup Final and Charity Shield. Before retiring he played for non-league team Wisbech Town.[2]

International career[edit]

He won his first cap for Scotland against Northern Ireland on 8 October 1955 in a 2–1 defeat at Windsor Park.[3] He went on to make one further cap for his country, in total making two, and scoring no goals.[4] McDonald also played for a Great Britain side chosen to play Northern Ireland in 1955, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Irish Football Association.


  1. ^ a b c "Joe McDonald". The Stat Cat. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "Joe McDonald". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Sat 08 Oct 1955 Northern Ireland 2 Scotland 1". London Hearts. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Joseph McDonald". London Hearts. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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