Gary MacDonald (footballer)

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Gary MacDonald
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MacDonald in action for Walton Casuals in 2014
Personal information
Full name Gary MacDonald
Date of birth (1979-10-25) 25 October 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Playing position Central Defender
Club information
Current team
Hayes & Yeading United (player-assistant manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Havant & Waterlooville 57 (2)
2001–2003 Peterborough United 18 (1)
2002–2003 Stevenage Borough (loan) 7 (0)
2003–2007 Woking 122 (4)
2007–2008 Ebbsfleet United 7 (0)
2008 Bognor Regis Town (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2009 Hayes & Yeading United 25 (1)
2009–2010 Havant & Waterlooville 27 (2)
2010–2012 Kingstonian 20 (0)
2013 Metropolitan Police (loan) 10 (0)
2013–2014 Walton Casuals 20 (0)
2014 Slough Town 0 (0)
2014–2015 Hayes & Yeading United 24 (1)
2015 Slough Town 8 (0)
2015–2016 Farnborough 15 (1)
2016 Staines Town 3 (0)
2016 Walton & Hersham 7 (1)
2016– Hayes & Yeading United 0 (0)
Teams managed
2016 Walton & Hersham (player-manager)
2016– Hayes & Yeading United (player-assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:35 16 November 2013 (GMT).

Gary MacDonald (born 25 October 1979) is an English footballer who plays as a defender, and is player/assistant manager of Hayes & Yeading United. He has made over 150 appearances in the Football League and the Conference Premier.

Career[edit]

MacDonald began his career with Portsmouth but made no first-team appearances and joined non-league club Havant & Waterlooville.[1] He joined Football League One club Peterborough United in February 2001[2] but struggled to break into the first-team,[1] making 21 league and cup appearances in two years.[2] He joined Football Conference side Stevenage Borough on loan in November 2001[1] and made eleven appearances for the club during the remainder of the 2001–02 season.[2]

At the end of the season, he joined another National Conference side Woking,[3] where he started 120 games in four years.[4] He was signed by Ebbsfleet United in June 2007[4] but suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in his first game for Ebbsfleet in August 2007,[5][6] which ruled him out of the game for several months until he made his comeback in a Kent Senior Cup match in January 2008.[6]

MacDonald returned to the first-team in March 2008 and by the end of the 2007–08 season, had made eight appearances for Ebbsfleet[7] and collected a winners medal when Ebbsfleet won the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium in May 2008.[8] MacDonald returned to Havant & Waterlooville in 2009, but fell out of favour with the manager and made his last appearance for the club in March 2010. During the close-season of 2010, MacDonald signed for Kingstonian.[9]

Following a one-month loan with Metropolitan Police, the 34-year-old signed for Walton Casuals. In July 2014, the versatile defender signed for Slough Town. He then briefly lined up for Farnborough, before a switch to Staines Town. He then joined Walton & Hersham in February 2016.[10] Following the resignation of manager Mark Hams the following month, MacDonald was announced as player-manager for the eight remaining games of the 2015–16 season.[11]

In July 2016 he was announced by Hayes & Yeading United to be Mickey Lewis' playing assistant manager, having had two previous spells with the club, most recently in 2015 under Phil Babb and Tristan Lewis.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Stevenage borrow Posh MacDonald". Non League Daily. 2002-11-07. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gary MacDonald". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Woking snap up MacDonald". BBC Sport. 2003-07-03. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  4. ^ a b "Fleet snap up defender MacDonald". BBC Sport. 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Ebbsfleet suffer MacDonald blow". BBC Sport. 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  6. ^ a b "Fleet overcome neighbours in cup". BBC Sport. 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  7. ^ "Games played by Gary MacDonald in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  8. ^ "Ebbsfleet 1-0 Torquay". BBC Sport. 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  9. ^ Amos, Stuart (6 August 2010). "Ks boss moves quickly to replace Boardman". Kingston Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Football: Five new faces, but same old story for Walton & Hersham". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  11. ^ "Club Announcement | Walton & Hersham Football Club". www.waltonandhershamfc.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 

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