Tony McDonnell

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Tony McDonnell
Tony McDonnell, receiving an award for his 250th UCD appearance
Personal information
Full name Anthony McDonnell
Date of birth (1976-02-10) 10 February 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre Back, Central Midfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2007 UCD AFC 308 (28)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Anthony "Tony" McDonnell (born 10 February 1976, in Dublin) is a retired football player for Irish side, UCD.

A former St Kevin's Boys player McDonnell made his League of Ireland debut on 27 March 1994 at Abbeycartron in a 2-1 win over Longford Town.

He went on to represent College until 2007, and is second on the all-time appearances list for the Dublin club as well as the club's sixth highest league goal scorer. He was also the club captain for the best part of a decade. He played as a right- or centre-back, but in later seasons he was deployed as a central midfielder. He made 308 league appearances for UCD, scoring 28 league goals, before deciding to call time on his career on 6 December 2007. The latter period of career was blighted by hamstring injuries, a major factor in his retirement. Asked about this in an interview, he replied that his hamstrings were "[t]ighter than a camels ass in a sand storm. They say all the lightning quick players have trouble with them……so no idea why I do!" [1]

He was a nominee for the League of Ireland player of the year in the 2005 season, and was appointed chairman of the PFAI in August 2006. He has also worked as a pundit on RTÉ's Monday Night Soccer show since retirement and still regularly attends UCD's home games.

His uncle is Maurice Swan and his cousin is Derek Swan.




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  1. ^ "Q&A with Tony McDonnell". 2 November 2006. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
UCD AFC captain
2001 - 2007
Succeeded by
Conor Kenna
Preceded by
Darren Quigley
UCD Supporters' Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Conan Byrne