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Elias MacDonald
Personal information
Full name Elias MacDonald
Date of birth 11 April 1898(1898-04-11)
Place of birth Beswick, Greater Manchester, England
Date of death 4 April 1978 (aged 79)
Place of death Rochester, Kent, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Outside left
Youth career
Ancoats Lads Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920–1921 Derby County 00 0(0)
1921–1923 Burton All Saints
1923–1924 Southampton 18 0(0)
1924–1925 Southend United 37 0(1)
1925–1926 Southport 42 0(5)
1926 Doncaster Rovers 09 0(0)
1926–1929 Barrow 97 (13)
1929–1930 Chorley
Ulverston Town
Rolls Royce Welfare
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Elias MacDonald (11 April 1898 – 4 April 1978) was an English footballer who played at outside left for various clubs in the 1920s.

Football career

MacDonald was born in Beswick, Greater Manchester and played his early football for Ancoats Lads Club, as well as representing Manchester Schools. After leaving school, he was employed by Rolls-Royce at Derby[1] from where he joined Derby County in 1920, although he made no first-team appearances. The following year, he joined Burton All Saints where he was spotted by a scout from Southampton.

Described as a "fine winger",[1] he joined Southampton in May 1923, making his first-team debut in a Second Division match at home to Barnsley on 19 January 1924, when he replaced the injured Jimmy Carr. MacDonald retained his place on the left wing for the remainder of the season, in partnership with Cliff Price, but failed to score.[2] At the end of the season, he was placed on the transfer list at a fee of £250, but in June he moved to Southend United of the Third Division South, with the fee being waived.[1]

After a season at Southend, MacDonald moved to the Third Division North with Southport and then Doncaster Rovers, before settling at Barrow in December 1926. Over the next three seasons, he was a virtual ever-present making 100 appearances for the Cumberland club before dropping down to non-league football in 1929.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 218. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.  
  2. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 70–71. ISBN 0-907969-22-4.  


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