Terry McDonald (footballer)

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Terry McDonald
Personal information
Full name Terry McDonald
Date of birth (1938-11-12) 12 November 1938 (age 78)
Place of birth Stepney, London, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Left-winger
Youth career
–1956 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1959 West Ham United 0 (0)
1959–1966 Leyton Orient 152 (23)
1966–1967 Reading 13 (2)
1967–1968 Wimbledon
1968–1969 Folkestone Town
National team
1956 England Youth 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Terry McDonald (born 12 November 1938) is an English former footballer who played mostly as a winger, mainly for Leyton Orient.


West Ham[edit]

McDonald was born in Stepney, London. As a youngster, he was on the books of West Ham United, but only made one appearance in their first team, in a friendly against Spartak Prague in October 1958.[1] As a member of West Ham's youth team, he played in the 1957 Youth Cup Final defeat to Manchester United, and had also played for England Youth against Hungary in Budapest in 1956.[1]

Leyton Orient[edit]

After West Ham had released McDonald following his demob from the Army, he signed for Leyton Orient in July 1959, turning down an offer from Ipswich Town.[2] On his debut for the Os on 17 October 1959, he scored direct from a corner-kick in the 3–1 win over Hull City.[1] He went on to have a strong influence in the promotion winning side of 1961–62, and made 20 league appearances for the Os in their one season in the top flight. The high point of McDonald's season was his 89th-minute winner for Orient in the 1–0 win over Manchester United on 8 September 1962.[1][3]


After losing his regular place in the Orient side to Malcolm Musgrove, McDonald's appearances became less frequent, and although he turned down an opportunity to move to Newcastle United,[2] Orient manager Dave Sexton gave him a free transfer and he signed for Reading in May 1965. However, only a few months into his stay at Elm Park, he was sent off for using bad language in a match against Bournemouth and was thereafter restricted to playing in the reserve team.[4]

Non-league football and retirement[edit]

In the summer of 1966, McDonald signed for Southern League club Wimbledon, and the following year he moved on to now-defunct Folkestone Town. He eventually retired from football due to work commitments, running a number of betting shops, and also working as a coach at football schools in the United States in the 1980s. He also coached schoolboys on behalf of Norwich City, Chelsea and Leyton Orient, working with players such as Paul Ince, Leon Knight and Jeff Brazier, but did not get on well with Os manager John Sitton or youth development manager Paul Brush.[4] He currently lives in Leyton and maintains regular contact with Leyton Orient.

Further reading[edit]

In 2006, McDonald's son Tony wrote a book about the Leyton Orient promotion team of 1961-62 and their one historic season in the top-flight (First Division) in 1962-63. In 2013, he edited another book, titled Leyton Orient: Brisbane Road Memories, which chronicles anecdotes and stories from more than 200 O's supporters, plus players.

  • "The Untold Story of the O's Best-ever Team", Tony McDonald, FootballWorld, 2006.
  • "Leyton Orient: Brisbane Road Memories", Tony McDonald, FootballWorld, 2013.


  1. ^ a b c d "The Men Who Made Leyton Orient Football Club", N Kaufman & A Ravenhill, Breedon Books, 2002 p. 322-323.
  2. ^ a b "The Untold Story of the O's Best-ever Team", Tony McDonald, FootballWorld, 2006 p.235-239.
  3. ^ "McDonald boy turns Orient into men", Clive Toye, Daily Express, 9 September 1962.
  4. ^ a b "The Untold Story of the O's Best-ever Team", Tony McDonald, FootballWorld, 2006 p.262-265.