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Kevin McDonald (footballer, born 1988)

Kevin David McDonald (born 4 November 1988) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Championship club Fulham.

Kevin McDonald
Kevin McDonald - Schottland U-21 (1).jpg
McDonald lining up for Scotland U21s in 2009
Personal information
Full name Kevin David McDonald[1]
Date of birth (1988-11-04) 4 November 1988 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Carnoustie, Scotland
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.92 m)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Fulham
Number 6
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Dundee 90 (14)
2008–2011 Burnley 51 (2)
2010Scunthorpe United (loan) 5 (1)
2011Notts County (loan) 11 (0)
2011–2013 Sheffield United 77 (5)
2013–2016 Wolverhampton Wanderers 120 (8)
2016– Fulham 101 (6)
National team
2006 Scotland U19 1 (0)
2007–2010 Scotland U21 14 (2)
2018– Scotland 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:37, 14 October 2018 (UTC)

He began his career with Dundee before moving to England to sign for Burnley, for whom he played one season in the Premier League. He spent two full seasons with Sheffield United before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2013 where he spent three seasons. McDonald signed for Fulham in 2016 and made his full international debut for Scotland in March 2018.

Club careerEdit

DundeeEdit

Born in Carnoustie, McDonald was initially signed as a youngster by Dundee and worked his way into the first team for the Scottish Championship side. He had been the subject of a £75,000 bid from Celtic in June 2006 which was rejected by Dundee.[4]

By May 2008, Dundee manager Alex Rae told the media that he would let McDonald leave the club if a suitable offer was received.[5] On the same day it was revealed that Dundee had rejected an offer of £250,000 from English Championship side Burnley.[6]

BurnleyEdit

Burnley eventually had a second offer of £500,000 accepted,[7] and McDonald was signed on a three-year deal,[8] scoring his first goal for the club in a 3–0 win over Derby County at the end of November 2008.[9]

In Burnley's 2008–09 League Cup campaign Kevin McDonald scored both goals in a 2–0 win over Arsenal at Turf Moor. His second strike against the Gunners was particularly precise, an outside of the right foot strike from the edge of the area. This moment proved to be the peak of a promising Burnley career, little did the fans know what would happen against Man City in the 2009–10 season.

 
McDonald playing for Sheffield United in 2013

Out of the first team he signed for Championship rivals Scunthorpe United on a one-month loan in October 2010 followed by another loan to League One side Notts County in February 2011, running until the end of the season.[10]

Sheffield UnitedEdit

At the end of the 2010–11 season McDonald was released by Burnley and undertook a trial with League One Sheffield United leading to a one-year contract with the South Yorkshire club.[11][12] McDonald made his debut for the Blades against Brentford on 13 August 2011.[12] Initially used as a substitute he gradually became the focus of the team's midfield and a regular starter as the season progressed and the team contested for a promotion place. An injury during the play–off semi-final victory against Stevenage meant that McDonald missed the play-off final, which was lost on penalties to Huddersfield. Out of contract, it was initially uncertain whether he would return to the club, but following negotiations he signed a new two-year contract with Sheffield United at the end of July 2012 whilst in Malta on their pre-season tour.[13][14]

Wolverhampton WanderersEdit

 
McDonald playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2014

On 14 August 2013 McDonald moved to fellow League One club Wolverhampton Wanderers, signing a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee (reported to be £750,000).[15][16] After making his Wolves debut as a substitute in a 2–1 win at Bristol City on 17 August 2013,[17] he scored his first goal two weeks later in a 3–1 win at Port Vale on 31 August.[18]

McDonald became a regular starting player in the Wolves' side that set a new League One points record (103) as it won the division. At the conclusion of the campaign, he won both the Fans' as well as the Players' Player of the Season Awards,[19] having been already also named in the PFA's League One Team of the Year.[20]

At Championship level, he remained a regular member of Wolves' team, featuring in every league game as the club missed out on the play-off on goal difference. Over the summer he attracted interest from fellow Championship club Fulham, who reportedly bid for the midfielder after failing to agree a new contract at Wolves. He admitted to being aware of the interest and said "it is obviously a bit unsettling not knowing where you are going to be".[21] He subsequently agreed a new three-year deal at Wolves that was due to run until summer 2018.[22]

FulhamEdit

Despite his new contract agreement with Wolves, McDonald eventually moved to Fulham after the 2015–16 season, signing for the London club on 22 July 2016 for an undisclosed fee in a three-year deal (with the option of an additional year).[23] He scored his first goal for Fulham in a 2–2 draw with Cardiff City on 20 August 2016.[24]

International careerEdit

McDonald received his first call up to the senior Scotland team when Gordon Strachan called him up for a match against Germany in August 2014.[25] On 29 September 2015 he was called up again for games against Poland and Gibraltar.[26] McDonald was selected again in March 2018, this time by Alex McLeish, for friendlies with Costa Rica and Hungary.[27] He made his international debut in a 1–0 home defeat against Costa Rica.[28]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 30 March 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee 2005–06[29] Scottish First Division 26 3 6 0 0 0 1[a] 0 33 3
2006–07[30] Scottish First Division 30 2 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 33 2
2007–08[31] Scottish First Division 34 9 2 1 3 1 0 0 39 11
Total 90 14 9 1 4 1 2 0 105 16
Burnley 2008–09[32] Championship 25 1 2 0 5 2 1[b] 0 33 3
2009–10[33] Premier League 26 1 2 0 2 0 30 1
2010–11[34] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Total 51 2 4 0 8 3 1 0 64 5
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2010–11[34] Championship 5 1 5 1
Notts County (loan) 2010–11[34] League One 11 0 11 0
Sheffield United 2011–12[35] League One 31 3 3 0 0 0 4[c] 0 38 3
2012–13[36] League One 45 1 3 0 1 0 2[d] 0 51 1
2013–14[37] League One 1 1 1 0 2 1
Total 77 5 6 0 2 0 6 0 91 5
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2013–14[37] League One 41 5 1 0 2[e] 0 44 5
2014–15[38] Championship 46 0 1 0 0 0 47 0
2015–16[39] Championship 33 3 1 0 1 0 35 3
Total 120 8 3 0 1 0 2 0 126 8
Fulham 2016–17[40] Championship 43 3 3 0 0 0 2[b] 0 48 3
2017–18[41] Championship 43 3 1 0 0 0 44 3
2018–19[42] Premier League 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
Total 99 6 4 0 1 0 2 0 106 6
Career total 453 34 26 1 16 4 13 0 508 39
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearance in the Championship play-offs
  3. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, two in League One play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in League One play-offs
  5. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: As at 19th May 2018: Fulham" (PDF). English Football League. p. 16. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Kevin McDonald". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Kevin McDonald: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  4. ^ "McDonald prefers Dundee to Celtic". BBC Sport. 8 June 2006.
  5. ^ "Dundee will 'probably' lose McDonald". thecourier.co.uk. Archived from the original on 1 June 2008.
  6. ^ "Burnley's McDonald offer rejected". BBC Sport. 29 May 2008.
  7. ^ "Burnley step up McDonald pursuit". BBC Sport. 24 June 2008.
  8. ^ "McDonald completes Burnley switch". BBC Sport. 25 June 2008.
  9. ^ "Burnley 3–0 Derby". BBC Sport. 29 November 2008.
  10. ^ LTD, Digital Sports Group. "McDonald heads for Notts County - Clarets Mad". www.clarets-mad.co.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Scottish midfielder signs". Sheffield United F.C. 13 August 2011. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Sheffield United V Brentford Team Line Ups confirmed". Sheffield United F.C. 13 August 2011. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Big Mac is back". Sheffield United F.C. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  14. ^ Marshall, Alan (29 July 2012). "Former Dundee star Kevin McDonald signs new deal with Sheffield United". The Sunday Mail. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Kevin McDonald: Wolves sign midfielder from Sheffield United". BBC Sport. 14 August 2013.
  16. ^ "Kevin McDonald signs for Wolves". Express & Star. 14 August 2013.
  17. ^ "Bristol City 1–2 Wolves". BBC Sport. 17 August 2013.
  18. ^ "Port Vale 1–3 Wolves". BBC Sport. 31 August 2013.
  19. ^ "Macca at the double". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 8 May 2014. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014.
  20. ^ a b "Luis Suarez: Liverpool striker wins PFA Player of the Year award". BBC Sport. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Kevin McDonald admits his future may be away from Wolves". Sky Sports. 6 July 2015.
  22. ^ "Wolves: Kevin McDonald signs new three-year Molineux deal". BBC Sport. 25 September 2013.
  23. ^ "Kevin McDonald: Fulham sign Wolves midfielder as Fernando Amorebieta leaves". BBC Sport. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  24. ^ "Fulham 2–2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Gordon Strachan calls up Callum McGregor and Craig Gordon". BBC. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  26. ^ "Scotland: Shinnie & Rhodes called up for Euro 2016 qualifiers". BBC. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  27. ^ "Scott McTominay confirmed in Scotland squad for games against Costa Rica and Hungary". Sky News. 17 March 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  28. ^ "Scotland 0–1 Costa Rica: Alex McLeish says side won't click overnight". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
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  33. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  34. ^ a b c "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  35. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  36. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  37. ^ a b "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  38. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  39. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  40. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
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  42. ^ "Games played by Kevin McDonald in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  43. ^ Fletcher, Paul (25 May 2009). "Burnley 1–0 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  44. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2014). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2014–2015. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 386–387. ISBN 978-1-4722-1251-1.
  45. ^ Cartwright, Phil (26 May 2018). "Aston Villa 0–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  46. ^ "League One Team of the Season 2013/14". English Football League. Retrieved 1 August 2018.

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