Curtis McDonald

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Curtis McDonald
Personal information
Full name Curtis Earl McDonald[1]
Date of birth (1988-03-24) 24 March 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Brackley Town
Youth career
Cardiff City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Cardiff City 1 (0)
2006 → Accrington Stanley (loan) 0 (0)
2007 Carmarthen Town 4 (1)
2007–2008 MKS Swit 0 (0)
2008–2010 Forest Green Rovers 38 (0)
2010 Forest Green Rovers 14 (1)
2011 Newport County 5 (0)
2011 Forest Green Rovers (loan) 7 (1)
2011–2012 Forest Green Rovers 11 (1)
2012 Brackley Town (loan) 5 (0)
2012– Brackley Town 75 (0)
2016 Merthyr Town
National team
2003 Wales U17 3 (0)
2005–2006 Wales U19 6 (1)
2005–2006 Wales U21 3 (0)
2009– Wales Semi-Pro 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:07, 8 September 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2010

Curtis Earl McDonald (born 24 March 1988) is a Welsh footballer who plays as a left-sided defender or midfielder. He is currently playing for Brackley Town.

Club career[edit]

Born in Cardiff, Curtis made his debut for Cardiff City on 30 April 2006 against Coventry City in the Football League Championship. On 24 November, he joined Accrington Stanley on loan,[2] making one appearance during a 2–0 defeat to Doncaster Rovers in the Football League Trophy as a substitute replacing Andy Todd.[3] He returned to the Bluebirds, coming off the bench to score two goals, including the winner, on his Cardiff City debut, away at Carmarthen Town in the FAW Premier Cup but, at the end of the 2006–07 season he was released by Cardiff.[4]

After a few months playing for Welsh Premier League side Carmarthen Town, he moved to Poland, joining MKS Swit, alongside fellow Welshman Gianluca Palladino, in an arrangement with M&M sports management. He stated that his aim was to return to England during the November break in Poland and earn a deal at a Football League club.[5]

He eventually returned to Britain and signed a 6-month deal at Forest Green Rovers, linking up with former Cardiff teammate Stuart Fleetwood.[6] He made his debut in a 1–1 draw with Kettering Town on 9 August 2008 and stayed on for the 2008–09 campaign at The New Lawn on non-contract terms and signed on for the following season when again offered a contract to stay.

McDonald left the club at the end of the 2009–10 season and trialled with Football League sides, Stockport County and Leyton Orient, however he did not earn a contract and re-joined Forest Green. He celebrated his return by scoring the third goal in a 4–3 victory for Rovers against Hayes & Yeading United.[7]

On 28 December 2010, he signed for fellow Conference National side Newport County. His spell with Newport was disappointing however and in March 2011 McDonald re-signed for Forest Green on loan.[8] This move was made permanent on 31 May 2011 when he signed a one-year contract with the Nailsworth club.[9][10]

A lengthy injury lay off saw McDonald miss the majority of the 2011–12 season. After returning to fitness, McDonald was loaned out to Brackley Town and made his debut on 7 April 2012 against Hemel Hempstead Town. McDonald went on to become part of the Brackley team that were crowned Southern Premier Division champions as a draw with Oxford City on 21 April 2012 was enough to earn the club promotion.[11] At the end of the season McDonald was released by Forest Green and he joined Brackley on a permanent basis.[12]

In July 2016, McDonald signed for Southern League side Merthyr Town.

International career[edit]

Curtis has played three times for the Wales under-21 team. He has also played at under-19 and under-17 level.

In November 2009, McDonald made his debut for the Wales semi-professional side in a 2–2 draw with Northern Ireland.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Stanley's new signings". BBC Lancashire. 24 November 2006. Retrieved 6 October 2207.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Doncaster 2–0 Accrington". BBC Sport. 28 November 2006. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Thompson heads Cardiff clear-out". BBC Sport. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "Curtis bids to Polish up his act in Europe". South Wales Echo. 29 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "Ex-City midfielder joins Forest Green". South Wales Echo. 29 February 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "Hayes & Yeading 3-4 Forest Green Rovers". BBC Sport. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Forest Green Rovers sign Curtis McDonald from Newport". BBC Sport. 24 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Curtis McDonald signs new Forest Green Rovers deal". BBC Sport. 31 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Forest Green Rovers offer 11 players new deals". BBC Sport. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Point is enough for title". Non League Daily. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Brady adds to Brackley squad". Non League Daily. 14 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Northern Ireland 2–2 Wales". faw.org.uk. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 

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