Mike McDonald (footballer)

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Mike McDonald
Personal information
Full name Michael Flynn McDonald[1]
Date of birth (1950-11-08) 8 November 1950 (age 66)[1]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
St Roch's
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1972 Clydebank 108 (0)
1972–1974 Stoke City 5 (0)
1975–1980 Hibernian 109 (0)
1980–1981 Berwick Rangers 16 (0)
1981–1982 Hawick Royal Albert
1982–1984 St Johnstone 42 (0)
1984–1985 Arbroath 2 (0)
Total 282 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael Flynn "Mike" McDonald (born 8 November 1950) was a footballer who played in The Football League for Stoke City as well as a number of Scottish clubs.[1]


McDonald was born in Glasgow and played with St Roch's and Clydebank before joining Stoke City in 1972.[1] His transfer to Stoke came about when, in October 1972, Stoke's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks was involved in a near fatal car crash which left him blind in one eye and ended his top flight career.[1] Manager Tony Waddington wanted Scotland international Bobby Clark to be his replacement but he failed to impress the Stoke board and the move fell through. So Instead Banks' understudy John Farmer was made first choice and McDonald was brought in as his back-up.[1] He made just nine appearances for Stoke in two seasons and returned north of the border to Hibernian. He later went on to play for Berwick Rangers, Hawick Royal Albert, St Johnstone and Arbroath.[1]

McDonald later managed Gala Fairydean.[2] He was banned from the touchline for 18 months in April 1989 by the Scottish Football Association.[2] In December 2014 McDonald was appointed joint-manager at non-league Congleton Town.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City[1] 1972–73 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
1973–74 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 7 0
Career Total 5 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 9 0
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Texaco Cup.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b Paul, Ian (27 April 1989). "Robertson ready to fight ban but Souness suffers". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "NW Counties League: Former Stoke City goalkeeper appointed joint boss at Congleton". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 

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