Player profile

John McDonald

Birthdate: 1886
Birthplace: Kircaldy, Scotland
Other clubs: Wemyss Harp, Vale of Wemyss, Raith Rovers (1902-07), Rangers (1907-09), Newcastle United (1912-14), Raith Rovers (2 / 1919-20)
Bought from: Rangers
Signed for LFC: N/A, May 1909
Liverpool debut: 04.09.1909
Last appearance: 06.04.1912
Debut goal: 11.09.1909
Last goal: 30.09.1911
Contract expiry: May 1912
Win ratio: 38.27% W: 31 D: 17 L: 33
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 0
Wartime games/goals: 2 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 78 / 4
Total LFC games/goals: 81 / 4

Player profile

Scottish left-winger McDonald arrived at Anfield before the start of the 1909/10 season to replace old favourite Jack Cox. McDonald played in 34 of the 38 League matches that year as Liverpool finished runners-up to champions Aston Villa. Although selected for the opening seven games of the following season, he lost his place for a while and was heavily criticized by the club programme: "MacDonald's performances this season have been completely devoid of skill and determination; even taking into consideration the fact that his inside players have been frail the clever winger of last year has failed in every game in which he has participated. We want to see highly paid professionals exerting themselves to the utmost when taking part in a League game, and not waiting calmly for the ball to be always placed at their toes. Really MacDonald has disappointed all his admirers by his half-hearted endeavours."

The Scotsman returned to the side in January 1911 and only missed one League fixture until the end of the season. McDonald was in and out of the team during his third and final season on Merseyside, 1911/12, and although he was selected on 20 occasions, the most number of consecutive games he played in were just six. McDonald moved to first division Newcastle where he played 24 games in his first season but was only limited to 12 appearances in his second season before returning to Scotland to play for his former club, Raith Rovers.

Appearances per season

1909-1910 34100035
1910-1911 25100026
1911-1912 19100020

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

5Preston North End
5Blackburn Rovers
5Sheffield Wednesday
4Bradford City
4Notts County
4Bolton Wanderers
4Aston Villa
4Manchester United
3Nottingham Forest
3Bristol City
3Sheffield United
2Newcastle United
2Oldham Athletic
2Manchester City
1Gainsborough Trinity
3FA Cup

Goals per season

1909-1910 200002
1910-1911 100001
1911-1912 100001

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalOpen play/Penalty
4Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals


Stats note

Milestone Appearances

104.09.1909ChelseaStamford BridgeLeague
5018.02.1911Bristol CityAshton GateLeague

Milestone Goals

1011.09.1909Blackburn RoversAnfieldLeague

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1909-1910 * Midfielder
1910-1911 * Midfielder
1911-1912 * Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.