Frank McDonald (footballer)

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Frank McDonald
Personal information
Full name Simon Francis J. McDonald
Nickname(s) Red
Date of birth (1899-09-21)21 September 1899
Place of birth Allendale, Victoria
Date of death 28 May 1962(1962-05-28) (aged 62)
Place of death Melbourne, Victoria
Original team(s) Footscray (VFA)
Height / weight 177 cm
Position(s) Full-forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1919–1921 Essendon 28 (56)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1921.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Simon Francis J. "Frank" McDonald (21 September 1899 – 28 May 1962) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[1]

A full-forward, McDonald averaged two goals a game in his three seasons at Essendon.[2] He came from Footscray originally, competing in the Victorian Football Association. His first appearance for Essendon, in round 10 of the 1919 VFL season, was conversely his brother Paddy's last for the club. Paddy played nine games for Essendon in 1918 and 1919.

McDonald twice won Essendon's leading goalkicker award (now known as the Matthew Lloyd Medal). The first was in 1920, when he kicked 33 goals from only 11 games. This included a seven-goal haul against Geelong. He topped the goal-kicking again the following year, 1921, with 17 goals in 10 games.[3]

He captain-coached Hamilton in 1922 and 1923. During the 1920s he also spent some time in charge of South Ballarat.[4]


  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5. 
  2. ^ AFL Tables: Frank McDonald
  3. ^ Lovett, Michael (2004). AFL 2004 – The Official Statistical History Of The AFL. AFL Publishing. ISBN 0-9580300-5-7. 
  4. ^ "McDonald, Frank J.". Essendon Football Club. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012.  (Archived)