|Full name||Ryan Mark Donaldson|
|Date of birth||1 May 1991|
|Place of birth||Newcastle upon Tyne, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Playing position||Winger, attacking midfielder|
|2011||→ Hartlepool United (loan)||12||(0)|
|2011||→ Tranmere Rovers (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:22, 11 January 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:48, 31 May 2010 (UTC)
Donaldson joined his hometown club at aged 9. He made his way through the academy to the u18s where he reached the semi final of the FA Youth Cup in 2007 and captained the team to the fifth round in 2009 where they lost out to Manchester City.
After being promoted to the first team for the 2008–09 season, Donaldson made the bench for a handful of games but did not manage to make an appearance. He eventually made his league and home debut for Newcastle on 31 August 2009 in the 1–0 home win against Leicester City and then made his second appearance as a second-half substitute for Ryan Taylor playing the final 15 minutes of the game in a 4–0 victory over Ipswich Town on 26 September 2009. He made his full debut when Chris Hughton handed him and several youngsters a starting role in the 22 September League Cup game away at Peterborough United. He was a regular member of the squad which won the championship that season, collecting a winners medal after the last game of the season at home to Ipswich Town.
On 24 January 2011, Donaldson joined Hartlepool United on a month-long loan. He made his debut the following day in a 1–1 draw with Notts County. On 25 February, Hartlepool extended Donaldson's loan for a further month. After his next loan move to Tranmere was cut short by a torn hamstring, he was released by Newcastle United on 1 June 2012.
On 17 August 2012, Donaldson turned down interest from League 1 and the SPL to sign for local Conference National side Gateshead until 1 January 2013. He made his debut the following day as a substitute in a 1–1 draw with Forest Green Rovers. He scored his first senior goal on 24 August 2012 in a 2–1 win over Stockport County, before being sent off late in the game. On 26 November 2012, Donaldson signed an extension to his contract until the end of the 2012–13 season.
On 23 May 2013, Donaldson chose to leave Gateshead and signed for Cambridge United on a two-year deal when the 12/13 came to a close, thus reuniting with his former Newcastle academy director Richard Money. Donaldson scored twice in Cambridge's 4–0 FA Trophy victory over Gosport Borough. He then scored the winner in the Conference Promotion Final as Cambridge overcame his old team Gateshead 2–1 at Wembley. He received the man of the match award on both Wembley visits.
Donaldson left Cambridge United at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Donaldson made 22 appearances before he was sidelined in December 2016 with a broken jaw, suffered during a training ground collision.
In the summer of 2007, Donaldson was called up to the England U17 squad and made his debut on 31 July at the Nordic Championships, helping them to a third-place finish. He took part in the Algarve Tournament the following summer and England's unsuccessful 2008 European Championship qualifying campaign.
Donaldson was promoted to the U19's and made his debut in September 2009. He started and scored the opening goal in a 3–1 win over Slovenia.
He played regularly during the U19's run to the European Championship semi-final before they were defeated 3-1 by Spain.
- As of match played 7 May 2016
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Hartlepool United||2010–11||League One||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||0|
|Tranmere Rovers||2011–12||League One||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Cambridge United||2013–14||Conference Premier||30||4||1||0||—||8[b]||3[c]||39||7|
|Plymouth Argyle||2016–17||League Two||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Awards and honours
- Newcastle United
- Championship winner 2009–2010
- Cambridge United
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- "Toon Back Top As Nolan Nets Treble!". nufc.co.uk. 26 September 2009.
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- "Gateshead 1–1 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "Stockport 1–2 Gateshead". BBC Sport. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "Donaldson commits to Gateshead". Gateshead FC. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "Cambridge United announce retain/release list". Cambridge United FC. 9 May 2016.
- "Ryan Donaldson signs for Plymouth Argyle after Cambridge United exit". Sky Sports. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- "Third degree for Lions". TheFA.com. 4 August 2007.
- "England thrive in Algarve event". UEFA.com. 5 February 2008.
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