Kevin McDonald (footballer, born 1988)

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Kevin McDonald
Kevin McDonald (2009)
Personal information
Full name Kevin David McDonald
Date of birth (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Carnoustie, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Dundee 90 (14)
2008–2011 Burnley 51 (2)
2010 Scunthorpe United (loan) 5 (1)
2011 Notts County (loan) 11 (0)
2011–2013 Sheffield United 77 (5)
2013– Wolverhampton Wanderers 41 (5)
National team
2006 Scotland U19 1 (0)
2007–2010 Scotland U21 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:17, 3 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:37, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

Kevin David McDonald (born 4 November 1988) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Born in Carnoustie, Scotland he began his career with Dundee before moving to England to sign for Burnley, for whom he played in the Premier League. He spent two full seasons with Sheffield United before moving to his current club in August 2013.

Career[edit]

Dundee[edit]

McDonald was initially signed as a youngster by Dundee and worked his way into the first team. He had been the subject of a £75,000 bid from Celtic in June 2006 which was rejected by Dundee.[1]

By May 2008, Dundee manager Alex Rae told the media that he would let McDonald leave Dens Park if a suitable offer was received.[2] On the same day it was revealed that Dundee had rejected an offer of £250,000 from English Championship side Burnley.[3]

Burnley[edit]

Burnley eventually had a second offer of £500,000 accepted,[4] and McDonald was signed on a three-year deal,[5] scoring his first goal for the club in a 3–0 win over Derby County at the end of November 2008.[6]

In Burnley's 2008–09 League Cup campaign Kevin McDonald scored both goals in a 2–0 win over Arsenal at Turf Moor. His second strike against the Gunners was particularly precise, an outside of the right foot strike from the edge of the area. This moment proved to be the peak of a promising Burnley career, little did the fans know what would happen against Man City in the 2009–10 season.

McDonald playing for Sheffield United.

It was reported in 2010 that McDonald had been disciplined by the club for going to a pub to watch the remainder of the game with his family after being substituted in a 6–1 thrashing by Manchester City.[7][8] This incident was the catalyst for decline in his Burnley career, manager Brian Laws claimed he had 'broken rank' and it was then seen he would never again play for the Clarets.[citation needed] Out of the first team he signed for Scunthorpe United on a one-month loan in October 2010 followed by another loan to Notts County in February 2011, running until the end of the season.[9]

Sheffield United[edit]

At the end of the 2010–11 season McDonald was released by Burnley and undertook a trial with Sheffield United leading to a one-year contract with the South Yorkshire club.[10][11] McDonald made his debut for the Blades against Brentford on 13 August 2011.[11] Initially used as a substitute he gradually became the focus of the teams midfield and a regular starter as the season progressed and the team contested for a promotion place. An injury during the play–off semi-final victory against Stevenage meant that McDonald missed the play-off final, which was lost on penalties to Huddersfield. Out of contract, it was initially uncertain whether he would return to the club, but following negotiations he signed a new two-year contract with Sheffield United at the end of July 2012 whilst in Malta on their pre-season tour.[12][13]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

McDonald playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers

On 14 August 2013 McDonald moved to fellow League One club Wolverhampton Wanderers, signing a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee (reported to be £750,000).[14][15] After making his Wolves debut as a substitute in a 2–1 win at Bristol City on 17 August 2013,[16] he scored his first goal two weeks later in a 3–1 win at Port Vale on 31 August.[17]

McDonald became a regular starting player in the Wolves' side that set a new League One points record (103) as it won the division. At the conclusion of the campaign, he won both the Fans' as well as the Players' Player of the Season Awards,[18] having been already also named in the PFA's League One Team of the Year.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 April 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee 2005–06[20] Scottish First Division 26 3 6 0 0 0 1[a] 0 33 3
2006–07[21] Scottish First Division 30 2 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 33 2
2007–08[22] Scottish First Division 34 9 2 1 3 1 0 0 39 11
Total 90 14 9 1 4 1 2 0 105 16
Burnley 2008–09[23] Championship 25 1 2 0 5 2 1[b] 0 33 3
2009–10[24] Premier League 26 1 2 0 2 0 30 1
2010–11[25] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Total 51 2 4 0 8 3 1 0 64 5
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2010–11[25] Championship 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
Notts County (loan) 2010–11[25] League One 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Sheffield United 2011–12[26] League One 31 3 3 0 0 0 4[c] 0 38 3
2012–13[27] League One 45 1 3 0 1 0 2[d] 0 51 1
2013–14[28] League One 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
Total 77 5 6 0 2 0 6 0 91 5
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2013–14[28] League One 40 5 1 0 0 0 2[e] 0 43 5
Career total 274 27 20 1 14 4 11 0 319 32
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs
  3. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, two in League One play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in League One play-offs
  5. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

Personal life[edit]

McDonald was the captain of Carnoustie High Schools boys team in 2001 when they won the first ever Coca Cola 7's cup at Hampden Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McDonald prefers Dundee to Celtic". BBC Sport. 8 June 2006. 
  2. ^ "Dundee will 'probably' lose McDonald". thecourier.co.uk. 
  3. ^ "Burnley's McDonald offer rejected". BBC Sport. 29 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Burnley step up McDonald pursuit". BBC Sport. 24 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "McDonald completes Burnley switch". BBC Sport. 25 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "Burnley 3–0 Derby". BBC Sport. 29 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Club by club – Championship". ESPN. 2 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Premier League club fine player for hitting the bar at half time". inside World Soccer. 8 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "McDonald heads for Notts County". clarets-mad.co.uk. 11 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Scottish midfielder signs". Sheffield United F.C. 13 August 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Sheffield United V Brentford Team Line Ups confirmed". Sheffield United F.C. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Big Mac is back". Sheffield United F.C. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Marshall, Alan (29 July 2012). "Former Dundee star Kevin McDonald signs new deal with Sheffield United". The Sunday Mail. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Kevin McDonald: Wolves sign midfielder from Sheffield United". BBC Sport. 14 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Kevin McDonald signs for Wolves". Express & Star. 14 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Bristol City 1–2 Wolves". BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Port Vale 1–3 Wolves". BBC Sport. 31 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Macca at the double". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 8 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "League One Team of the Year". The PFA. 27 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  25. ^ a b c "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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