Sean McDaid

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Sean McDaid
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Personal information
Full name Sean Andrew McDaid
Date of birth (1986-03-06) 6 March 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Harrogate, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2004–2005 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Doncaster Rovers 103 (2)
2010–2011 Carlisle United 12 (0)
Total 115 (2)
National team
Scotland U17
Scotland U18
Scotland U19
Scotland U20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Sean Andrew McDaid (born 3 June 1986 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire) is a former English born Scottish footballer who played for Leeds United, Doncaster Rovers and Carlisle United before having his career cut short by injury in March 2011. Since retiring from playing, McDaid has pursued a career in sports management.


Doncaster Rovers[edit]

Even though McDaid had played Youth Internationals for Scotland and Reserve team football from a young age during his ten years at Leeds United he was a relative unknown when he signed for Doncaster on a free transfer in 2005 from Leeds United.[1] He made good progress and was highly regarded at the club and quickly became one of the most promising youngsters in the Football League. In 2005–2006 season McDaid was voted the clubs Players' Player of the Year,Young Player of the Year and Supporters Branch Player of the Year in his first season with the club.[2] In his five years at the club he has won the Football League Trophy[3] and promotion to the Championship.[4]

He played at left-back, was adapt enough to be employed in a secondary role in central midfield. His first goal for Doncaster came against Sven-Göran Eriksson's Manchester City followed up by his first league goal in April 2008, the first strike in a 2–0 victory over Swindon Town.[5] Two weeks later, he was out for the remainder of the season with a dislocated kneecap injury.,[2][6][7] As McDaid fought back with months of rehabilitation for his knee injury, McDaid was then involved in 11 Match day squads and his first appearance for Rovers since their promotion to the Championshipin 2008, against MiddlesbrougH in January 2010.[8] McDaid departed Rovers in May 2010.[9]

Carlisle United[edit]

On 29 May 2010, McDaid signed for Carlisle United on a 1-year-contract with option to extend this deal by a further year if he made 30 starts in the 2010/11 season.[10] McDaid's season was cut short by a different long term knee injury in October 2010. Mcdaid had played in every game leading up to that point in the season and had been part of a very successful start to the season for Carlisle United[11]

On 10 March 2011, McDaid announced his retirement from football aged 25, due to this new injury problem on the advice of Knee Specialists. McDaid played 115 games as a Professional Footballer.[12]

International career[edit]

McDaid represented Scotland at every level up to under-20.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Doncaster sign Southwell striker". BBC Sport. 5 August 2005. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Doncaster Rovers: Sean McDaid interview". BBC Sport. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bristol Rovers 2–3 Doncaster AET". BBC Sport. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Doncaster 1–0 Leeds". BBC Sport. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Doncaster 2–0 Swindon". BBC Sport. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Doncaster lose McDaid for season". BBC Sport. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Doncaster 0–1 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Doncaster 1–1 Middlesbrough". BBC Sport. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Doncaster Rovers offer veteran Neil Sullivan a new deal". BBC Sport. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Carlisle United agree deal for defender Sean McDaid". BBC Sport. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "Carlisle defender McDaid is ruled out for the season". BBC Sport. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Carlisle defender McDaid advised to retire after injury". BBC Sport. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 

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