Fred Donaldson

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Fred Donaldson
Personal information
Full name Frederick Lewis Donaldson[1]
Date of birth (1937-04-07) 7 April 1937 (age 80)[1]
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England[1]
Playing position Full-back
Youth career
Port Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1960 Port Vale 47 (4)
1960–1961 Exeter City 36 (6)
1961–1962 Chester 21 (0)
1962–1966 Macclesfield Town 172 (34)
Stafford Rangers
Total 276 (44)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Frederick Lewis Donaldson (born 7 April 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a full-back for Port Vale, Exeter City, Chester, Macclesfield Town and Stafford Rangers. He won the Fourth Division title with Vale in 1958–59.

Playing career[edit]

Donaldson graduated through the Port Vale junior squad to sign first team forms in July 1954.[1] He made his senior debut on 4 May 1955, in a 1–0 win over Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on the last day of the 1954–55 season.[1] However, he had to wait until the start of the 1957–58 campaign before he played another game; by this time the "Valiants" had been relegated from the Second Division to the Third Division South, and Norman Low had replaced Freddie Steele as manager.[1] Donaldson played 27 league games at right-back throughout the campaign, but featured only 11 times in the 1958–59 season as Vale won the Fourth Division title.[1] He featured just eight times in the Third Division in the 1959–60 season, but claimed four goals against Colchester United, Accrington Stanley (2), and Newport County.[1] He left Vale Park in August 1960, when he was sold to Exeter City for a £2,000 fee.[1] He scored six goals in 36 Fourth Division games for Glen Wilson's "Grecians" in the 1960–61 season, before departing St James Park. He then played 20 Fourth Division games for Chester in the 1961–62 campaign, as the "Seals" finished bottom of the Football League. He then left the Deva Stadium, and later played for Cheshire County League sides Macclesfield Town and Stafford Rangers.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Fred Donaldson profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1954–55 Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1955–56 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1956–57 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957–58 Third Division South 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
1958–59 Fourth Division 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
1959–60 Third Division 8 4 0 0 0 0 8 4
Total 47 4 0 0 0 0 47 4
Exeter City 1960–61 Fourth Division 36 6 2 0 2 0 40 6
Chester 1961–62 Fourth Division 21 0 2 0 2 0 25 0
Macclesfield Town 1961–62[2] Cheshire County League 11 4 0 0 0 0 11 4
1962–63[3] Cheshire County League 40 7 2 0 5 3 47 10
1963–64[4] Cheshire County League 39 6 5 1 11 2 55 9
1964–65[5] Cheshire County League 42 10 5 2 5 2 52 14
1965–66[6] Cheshire County League 40 7 3 1 6 0 49 8
Total 172 34 15 4 27 7 214 45
Career Total 276 44 19 4 31 7 326 55

Honours[edit]

with Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 87. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Stats". silkmenarchives.org.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Stats". silkmenarchives.org.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Stats". silkmenarchives.org.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Stats". silkmenarchives.org.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Stats". silkmenarchives.org.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Kent, Jeff (1990). "Fame and Fortune (1950–1959)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 171–196. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7.