Alec Donald

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Alec Donald
Personal information
Full name Alexander Donald
Date of birth (1900-05-29)29 May 1900
Place of birth Kirkintilloch, Scotland
Date of death 1949 (aged 48–49)
Place of death Kirkintilloch, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
????–1923 Kirkintilloch Harp
1923–1926 Partick Thistle 35 (0)
1926–1927 Indiana Flooring 39 (3)
1927–1928 Heart of Midlothian 0 (0)
1928–1930 New York Nationals 119 (2)
1930–1932 Chelsea 24 (0)
1932–1936 Bristol Rovers 136 (0)
1936–1937 Dunfermline Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alexander 'Alec' Donald (born 29 May 1900 in Kirkintilloch) was a professional footballer who played in Scotland, England and the United States in the 1920s and 1930s.


Donald joined Scottish top-flight side Partick Thistle in 1923. In his three years with The Jags Donald made 35 League appearances, and in 1926 he travelled to New York City to play for Indiana Flooring in the American Soccer League. In his eight months with the team Donald had 39 appearances and scored three goals. Donald was then suspended because he was not registered to play in the United States.

In May 1927 Donald returned to Scotland to join Heart of Midlothian for a season, before returning to the United States to play for the New York Nationals. Donald had 119 appearances and scored twice for the Nationals and won the 1928 National Challenge Cup. Donald moved on yet again in July 1930, this time to England to play for Chelsea. He played 24 league games in two years with Chelsea and then 136 games during his four years with Bristol Rovers.

Donald finally returned to Scotland in 1936 to sign for Dunfermline Athletic.

In the 1940s Donald moved to his home town to coach the Kirkintilloch Boys Club.


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