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O'Neill Donaldson
Personal information
Full name O'Neill Donaldson
Date of birth November 24, 1969 (1969-11-24) (age 40)
Place of birth    Birmingham, England
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Shrewsbury Town
Doncaster Rovers
Mansfield Town (loan)
Sheffield Wednesday
Oxford United (loan)
Stoke City
Torquay United
Halesowen Town
0? 0(?)
28 0(4)
09 0(2)
04 0(6)
14 0(3)
06 0(2)
02 0(0)
28 0(1)
0? 0(?)
91 (18)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

O'Neill McKay Donaldson (born November 24, 1969 in Birmingham) is an English former footballer.

Donaldson began his career at non-league Hinckley United F.C. where his form attracted the attention of Football League scouts, leading to him ultimately signing for Shrewsbury Town F.C. in November 1991. Donaldson did not gain a regular first team spot at the club, most often appearing as a substitute and was given a free transfer to Doncaster Rovers F.C. in 1994. Although he did not gain a regular first team place at Rovers either, Donaldson's reputation grew from a brief but goal-heavy spell on loan at Mansfield Town F.C. and it was his form at that club which convinced Sheffield Wednesday F.C. to sign him for £50,000.[1]

Donaldson made his debut for the Owls as a sub against Manchester City F.C. on March 18, 1995.[2] However he quickly faded from the first team picture at a time when Wednesday boasted the likes of Mark Bright and David Hirst up front and Donaldson was forced to settle for a reserve role at the Hillsborough club. He largely imprssed during a loan spell at Oxford United F.C., although then manager Malcolm Shotton blamed the player's agent for blocking a deal that would have brought Donaldson to the Manor Ground on a permanent basis.[3] Indeed such was the desire to see Donaldson remain at the club full-time that a local fanzine editor even wrote to the player in an attempt to convince him to reconsider.[4]

Ultimately Donaldson was released by Wednesday in March 1998 for a frustrating two month spell at Stoke City F.C., before he spent a further three years at Torquay United F.C. where injury and a lack of form conce again denied him a regular first team place. He left the league in 2001 for a brief spell at Halesowen Town F.C. in the Western Division of the Southern Football League before retiring from football.


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