Kevin McDonald (footballer, born 1988)
McDonald lining up for Scotland U21s in 2009
|Full name||Kevin David McDonald|
|Date of birth||4 November 1988|
|Place of birth||Carnoustie, Scotland|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2010||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||5||(1)|
|2011||→ Notts County (loan)||11||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:10, 24 January 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
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.
By May 2008, Dundee manager Alex Rae told the media that he would let McDonald leave Dens Park if a suitable offer was received. On the same day it was revealed that Dundee had rejected an offer of £250,000 from English Championship side Burnley.
Burnley eventually had a second offer of £500,000 accepted, and McDonald was signed on a three-year deal, scoring his first goal for the club in a 3–0 win over Derby County at the end of November 2008.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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. McDonald made his debut for the Blades against Brentford on 13 August 2011. 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.
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). After making his Wolves debut as a substitute in a 2–1 win at Bristol City on 17 August 2013, he scored his first goal two weeks later in a 3–1 win at Port Vale on 31 August.
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, having been already also named in the PFA's League One Team of the Year.
- As of match played 6 December 2014.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Dundee||2005–06||Scottish First Division||26||3||6||0||0||0||1[a]||0||33||3|
|2006–07||Scottish First Division||30||2||1||0||1||0||1[a]||0||33||2|
|2007–08||Scottish First Division||34||9||2||1||3||1||0||0||39||11|
|Scunthorpe United (loan)||2010–11||Championship||5||1||—||—||—||5||1|
|Notts County (loan)||2010–11||League One||11||0||—||—||—||11||0|
|Sheffield United||2011–12||League One||31||3||3||0||0||0||4[c]||0||38||3|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||2013–14||League One||41||5||1||0||—||2[e]||0||44||5|
- "McDonald prefers Dundee to Celtic". BBC Sport. 8 June 2006.
- "Dundee will 'probably' lose McDonald". thecourier.co.uk.
- "Burnley's McDonald offer rejected". BBC Sport. 29 May 2008.
- "Burnley step up McDonald pursuit". BBC Sport. 24 June 2008.
- "McDonald completes Burnley switch". BBC Sport. 25 June 2008.
- "Burnley 3–0 Derby". BBC Sport. 29 November 2008.
- "Grovelling Kevin McDonald fined for walking out on Burnley at half-time of Manchester City mauling". Mail Online. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
- "McDonald heads for Notts County". clarets-mad.co.uk. 11 February 2011.
- "Scottish midfielder signs". Sheffield United F.C. 13 August 2011.
- "Sheffield United V Brentford Team Line Ups confirmed". Sheffield United F.C. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
- "Big Mac is back". Sheffield United F.C. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
- Marshall, Alan (29 July 2012). "Former Dundee star Kevin McDonald signs new deal with Sheffield United". The Sunday Mail. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- "Kevin McDonald: Wolves sign midfielder from Sheffield United". BBC Sport. 14 August 2013.
- "Kevin McDonald signs for Wolves". Express & Star. 14 August 2013.
- "Bristol City 1–2 Wolves". BBC Sport. 17 August 2013.
- "Port Vale 1–3 Wolves". BBC Sport. 31 August 2013.
- "Macca at the double". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 8 May 2014.
- "League One Team of the Year". The PFA. 27 April 2014.
- "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
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