Peter McDonnell

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Peter McDonnell
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-06-11) 11 June 1953 (age 64)
Place of birth Kendal, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1973 Netherfield
1973–1974 Bury 1 (0)
1974–1978 Liverpool 0 (0)
1978–1982 Oldham Athletic 137 (0)
1978 Dallas Tornado (loan) 9 (0)
1982–1985 Hong Kong Rangers
1985 Barrow
1985–1986 Morecambe
1986–1992 Barrow
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter McDonnell (born 11 June 1953, Kendal, Westmorland, England) is an English former footballer goalkeeper who played professionally in England, the United States and Hong Kong.

He began his professional career in 1973 with Bury, before being signed by Liverpool boss Bill Shankly after one year. He spent four years as reserve goalkeeper at Anfield, without making a first-team appearance. There were no substitute goalkeepers in domestic football in those days, and so McDonnell's only first-team squad involvement came in European football.

He was on the bench for the 1977 European Cup Final, a game which Liverpool won. However, McDonnell's winner's medal was lost after the game, believed by some to have been stolen and given to one of Liverpool's first-team players who had missed the final.[1] Following the arrival of Steve Ogrizovic, he was pushed down to third choice, and left to join Oldham Athletic in 1978.

He spent four years there, before heading to Dallas in the NASL, then to Hong Kong to play for Hong Kong Rangers, eventually returning home to represent a number of non-league clubs. He spent some time at Barrow in the Northern Premier League, and later the Football Conference and won the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium in 1990.

McDonnell is currently a referee in the North Lancashire and District Football League and is a Westmorland Football Association council member.[2]


  1. ^ Liverpool's 5-Star Heroes. Trinity Mirror Sport Media. 2005. ISBN 978-1-905266-05-0. 
  2. ^ "Council 2007/2008". 18 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 

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