Malcolm Ian Macdonald (born 7 January 1950) is an English former professional footballer, manager and media figure. Nicknamed 'Supermac', Macdonald was a quick, powerfully built prolific goalscorer. He played for Fulham, Luton Town, Newcastle United, Arsenal and the England national football team. Macdonald is Newcastle United's fifth highest goalscorer of all time. He also won England's Golden Boot with Newcastle in 1975 and with Arsenal in 1977.
|Full name||Malcolm Ian Macdonald|
|Date of birth||7 January 1950|
|Place of birth||Fulham, England|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Early years and FulhamEdit
Born in Fulham, London, he attended the same school as former Genesis and GTR guitarist Steve Hackett. Macdonald started his career as a full back before switching to centre forward. After playing for non-league side Tonbridge Angels, Bobby Robson paid £1,000 to sign him for Fulham in 1968 just after their relegation from the Football League First Division.
A year later he moved to Luton Town. At Luton he scored 58 times in 101 matches.
Newcastle United manager Joe Harvey signed him for £180,000 in the summer of 1971. He made an immediate impact in scoring a hat-trick on his home debut against Liverpool. It was in this game that Macdonald earned the nickname Supermac which came from a chant by the Newcastle fans to the tune of Jesus Christ Superstar, being "Supermac, superstar, how many goals have you scored so far?".
In his first season Newcastle were bottom of the table on 30 October 1971 after Everton handed them their fifth consecutive defeat of the season. The Everton defeat was also the Newcastle debut of Tony Green. With Green Newcastle then prospered with an unbeaten run of 5 wins and 2 draws to start pulling themselves up the table. They finished the league eleventh with Macdonald scoring 30 goals in 52 games in his first season to be Newcastle's top scorer in 1972. He top scored again in 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976. He also won the First Division's golden boot for that 1975–76 season as well.
Macdonald left Newcastle for Arsenal in 1976, for an unusual fee of £333,333.34. He was the club's top scorer for two consecutive seasons and won the golden boot of 1977. Macdonald, at the time not fully fit, got to the FA Cup final of 1978 where he earned a runners up medal. At the start of the 1978–79 season, he unluckily suffered a knee injury in a League Cup match against Rotherham, an ailment from which he was unable to completely recover.
He spent a couple of months in Sweden with Djurgårdens IF after which he announced his retirement from playing at the premature age of 29 in August 1979. In his footballing career, Macdonald scored a total of 193 goals.
On 16 April 1975, in a European Championship qualifier also held at Wembley Macdonald scored all five goals in a 5–0 victory for England against Cyprus equalling the record for the most goals scored in a single game by an England player. This feat has not been duplicated since by any English footballer. Although three pre-war players, Howard Vaughton, Steve Bloomer and Willie Hall, had previously scored five for England, Macdonald was the first, and remains the only, player to do so in a competitive international. His feat spawned the newspaper headline "SuperMac 5, Cyprus 0".
In total he played a sum of 14 times for England scoring six goals.
In the 1982–83 season, they appeared certainties for promotion to the First Division for the majority of the season, but a slump in the later stages of the season allowed their lead to wither away and they finished 4th. The following season began as a struggle before a second half turnaround saw them into mid-table safety, with Macdonald, even before the season's end leaving the club in April 1984.
He returned to management at Huddersfield Town in 1987, but his time in charge proved unfruitful as the side were relegated from the Second Division in dismal fashion.
Macdonald worked extensively for Real Radio North East, presenting, firstly in 2000, the Legends Football Phone-In, alongside Bernie Slaven and Micky Horswill. At the end of the 2011–12 season the programme was axed from Real Radio and then made its way upon Star Radio North East, so continuing in a similar format until 2014. Macdonald also presented an interview series for the Century Radio Network titled Upfront With Malcolm Macdonald, wherein he talked to famous players such as Ian Wright, Joe Royle and Peter Beardsley among others.
He also writes a regular column for the retro football magazine Backpass as well.
In 2011, Macdonald was strongly critical of Newcastle United's decision to change their stadium name from St James' Park to the Sports Direct Arena. Macdonald said: "It seems antagonistic. It's not only part of the football club's heritage, but part of the heritage of the city."
After a failed business venture and divorcing his second wife, he struggled with the aftermath of his injury. Macdonald said that the pain from his long-standing knee injury led to an increasing dependence on alcohol. He eventually gave up drinking in 1997.
Macdonald is married to Carol and is the father of seven children.
|Luton Town||1969–70||Third Division||46||25||3||1||5||2||0||0||54||28|
|Newcastle United||1971–72||First Division||42||23||2||2||2||1||6||4||52||30|
|England Under 23 national team|
|England national team|
- Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
|1||12 March 1975||Wembley Stadium||West Germany||2–0||Friendly||1|
|2, 3, 4, 5, 6||16 April 1975||Wembley Stadium||Cyprus||5–0||Euro 1976 qualifier||5|
- Newcastle United
- "40 years after he was a Highbury hero, Malcolm Macdonald is still shooting on sight". Daily Mail.co.uk.
- "Golden Boot Game". Golden Boot Game.co.uk.
- "Bob Harris Show". BBC Radio 2. 17 February 2004. Missing or empty
- "Bobby Robson – the top 10 signings". mirror.com.hk. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
- The Joy of six, The Guardian
- "Malcolm Macdonald: Profile". NUFC.co.uk.
- "Newcastle legend Malcolm Macdonald turns 65 today". Chronicle Live.co.uk.
- "Supermac inducted into hall of fame". NUFoundation.org.uk. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016.
- "Football League Greats: Malcolm Macdonald". EFL.com.
- "Superstars History and Top Facts" (PDF). BBC Sport. bbc.co.uk. 5 November 2004. Retrieved 27 September 2008.
No one believed that MacDonald would be able to run that fast again straight away. He ran the race, won it again, and beat his own record in 10.9 seconds. He held the European record for seven years until Des Drummond ran the 100m in 10.85 seconds in the 1982 International Superstars in Hong Kong.
- "Malcolm Macdonald: Profile". Arsenal.com. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016.
- "Memory Lane". Fulham FC.com.
- "Record for most goals in a game - Malcolm McDonald on David Platt & Gary Lineker FATV". Youtube.com.
- "Managers: Malcolm Macdonald". Fulham FC.com.
- "North Shields Committee & Contact Details". North Shields F.C.
- "The Legends radio show to return on Koast Radio". The Journal. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- Vickers, Anthony (2 April 2014). "'We've been swimming against the tide for a few years but now it's time to call it a day'". Gazette Live. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
- "Upfront with Malcolm Macdonald". 100 Century FM.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
- "Backpass Magazine". Back Pass Magazine.co.uk.
- Starforth, Miles (10 November 2011). "St James' Park renaming will 'antagonise' United fans". Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- Jackson, Jamie (3 August 2003). "Triumph and despair". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 27 September 2008.
- "Malcolm Macdonald: 1971-79 seasons: (other) games". Toon1892.com.
- Malcolm Macdonald's Autobiography "Never Afraid to Miss" gives information on Fulham career stats and some Luton data.
- Topps Football Card 1978-79 for Malcolm Macdonald, which gives data for seasons 1970-71 through to 1977-78.
- "Arsenal's 1978-79 season". 11v11.com.
- "Malcolm MacDonald: Profile". England Football Online.com.
- "The 1976 League Cup Final: An important 40-year retrospect". Outside 90.com. Archived from the original on 15 March 2017.
- "1978 - Osbourne's year". BBC.co.uk.
- "Football Legends list in full". BBC Sport. 5 August 1998. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
- "THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE 100 LEGENDS". football-league.co.uk. Archived from the original on 19 March 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2017.