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Malcolm Macdonald

Newcastle United FC

14 caps, 6 goals

P 14 W 7 D 4 L 3 F 20: A 10
*(actual F 16: A 3)
64% successful

1972-75

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
835

Profile

Full name Malcolm Ian Macdonald (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Born 7 January 1950 in Fulham, London [registered in Hammersmith, March 1950].
Height/Weight 5' 10½", 13st. 4½lbs [1974].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies An Autobiography - Malcolm Macdonald (Arthur Baker, London 1983)
S
uperMac: My Autobiography - Malcolm Macdonald & Colin Malam (Highdown, Newbury, September 2003)
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) Began his football in the Sevenoaks League with Knole Juniors FC, before joining Tonbridge Angels FC in July 1967. Bobby Robson's Fulham FC signed him as a full-back in August 1968 for £1,000. But after thirteen league appearances and five goals, Luton Town AFC then took him for £17,500 in July 1969, moving him to centre-forward, scoring an astonishing 49 goals in 88 league appearances. Newcastle United FC signed him for £180,000 in May 1971, and after 187 league appearances and 95 goals, he returned to London in July 1976 when Arsenal FC paid £333,333 for his services. MacDonald retired in 1979, because of a knee injury that he received in a League Cup match against Rotherham United FC in late 1978. He played in 84 league matches, scoring 42 goals. Despite an attempt to resurrect his career in Sweden and Djurgårdens IF (nine league appearances, two goals), he would never recover.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1973-74, 1977-78; Football League Cup runners-up 1975-76;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance), PFA Division One Team of the Year 1973-74;
Distinctions When Macdonald appeared on the BBC TV show Superstars in 1975, he completed the 100m sprint in an astonishing 10.4 seconds, a time that would have secured him a place in the Great Britain 4x100m relay team at the Montreal Olympics

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) After retiring from Highbury, Macdonald rejoined Fulham FC as its Commercial Manager in September 1979, becoming the club manager in November 1980. He became a director in November 1981. He left Craven Cottage in April 1984.  His next club was Huddersfield Town AFC, whom he managed for the 1987-88 season.

England Career

Player number 879th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 461, 20 May 1972, Wales 0 England 3, a British Championship match at Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, aged 22 years 134 days.
Last match No. 496, 19 November 1975, Portugal 1 England 1, a European Championship qualification match at Estádio José Alvalade, Lisboa, substituted (76), aged 25 years 316 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1971-72, 1973-74, 1974-75;
Team honours British Championships winners 1974-75, shared 1971-72, 1973-74;
Individual honours England U23 (four appearances).
Distinctions The only player to score six successive England goals (the last vs. West Germany, then all five against Cyprus). The last player to score five England goals in a match.

Beyond England

After leaving Fulham FC in 1984, he became a licensee in Worthing. Macdonald descended into alcoholism after leaving the game, something he blamed on the pain from his long-standing knee injury. He quit drinking in 1997 after a successful knee operation. He now holds a chat show 'The Three Legends' on Star Radio, after Real Radio axed the show in 2012, in the north-east of England. He is also a regular contributor to the Backpass magazine. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.163./Various Media

 

Malcolm Macdonald - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
24 14 9 9 5 4 835 6 139 min 5 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Malcolm Macdonald - Match Record - All Matches - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 3 2 0 1 7 1 +6 1 2 2.333 0.333 66.7 +1
Away 11 5 4 2 13 9 +4 3 5 1.182 0.818 63.6 +3
All - White 14 7 4 3 20 10 +10 4 7 1.429 0.714 64.3 +4

 

Malcolm Macdonald - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

ECP

4 2 1 1 8 3 +5 0 2 2.00 0.75 62.5 +1
ECF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
European Championship 4 2 1 1 8 3 +5 0 2 2.00 0.75 62.5 +1
British Championship 5 2 1 2 4 3 +1 3 3 0.80 0.60 50.0 =0
Friendly 5 3 2 0 8 4 +4 1 2 1.60 0.80 80.0 +3
All 14 7 4 3 20 10 +10 4 7 1.429 0.714 64.3 +4

 

Malcolm Macdonald - Match Record - Tournament Matches
European Championship Preliminary Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 1974-76 4 2 1 1 8 3 +5 0 2 2.00 0.75 62.5 +1
All 4 2 1 1 8 3 +5 0 2 2.00 0.75 62.5 +1
British Championships
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1971-72 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 1 2 1.333 0.333 66.7 +1
BC 1973-74 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 1 0 0.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1974-75 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All 5 2 1 2 4 3 +1 3 3 0.80 0.60 50.0 =0
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
EC 4 2 1 1 8 3 +5 0 2 2.00 0.75 62.5 +1
BC 5 2 1 2 4 3 +1 3 3 0.80 0.60 50.0 =0
All 9 4 2 3 12 6 +6 3 5 1.333 0.667 55.6 +1

 

Malcolm Macdonald - Match History
 Club: Newcastle United F.C. - 14 full caps

Coach: Alf Ramsey - 4 full capsx

Age 22
1 u23 5 January 1972 - England U23 2 Wales U23 0, County Ground, Swindon Fr HW Start 57 9
2 u23 16 February 1972 - England U23 2 Scotland U23 2, Baseball Ground, Shaftesbury Crescent, Derby Fr HD Start 9
3 u23 22 March 1972 - England U23 0 GDR U23 1, Ashton Gate Stadium, Bedminster, Bristol Fr HL Start 9
1 461 20 May 1972 - Wales 0 England 3, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW Start 9
2 462 23 May 1972 - England 0 Northern Ireland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HL Start off 59 9
0-1 when substituted
3 463 27 May 1972 - Scotland 0 England 1, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AW sub 84 ?
0-1 when substituting
4 u23 29 November 1972 - Wales U23 0 England U23 3, Vetch Field, Swansea Fr AW Start 27,41,43 9
Age 23
- 471 27 May 1973 - Czechoslovakia 1 England 1, Stadión Letná, Milady Horákové, Praha Tour AD squad x
- 472 6 June 1973 - Poland 2 England 0, Stadion Śląski, Chorzów WCP AL squad x
4 473 10 June 1973 - USSR 1 England 2, Lenin Stadion, Moskva Tour AW sub 60 ?
0-2 when substituting
- 474 14 June 1973 - Italy 2 England 0, Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino AL squad x
Age 24
5 478 3 April 1974 - Portugal 0 England 0, Estádio da Luz, Lisboa Fr AD Start off 76 9
0-0 when substituted
 

Coach: Joe Mercer - 2 full capsx

- 479 11 May 1974 - Wales 0 England 2, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW squad x
- 480 15 May 1974 - England 1 Northern Ireland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW squad x
6 481 18 May 1974 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow AL sub 70 ?
2-0 when substituting
- 482 22 May 1974 - England 2 Argentina 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD squad x
- 483 29 May 1974 - GDR 1 England 1, Zentralstadion, Leipzig Tour AD squad x
- 484 1 June 1974 - Bulgaria 0 England 1, Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofija AW squad x
7 485 5 June 1974 - Yugoslavia 2 England 2, Stadion Crvena zvezda, Beograd AD sub 65 ?
2-1 when substituting
 

Coach: Don Revie - 7 full capsx

Age 25
8 488 12 March 1975 - England 2 West Germany 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 65 9
9 489 16 April 1975 - England 5 Cyprus 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London ECP HW Start

2, 35, 53, 55, 86
9
10 490 11 May 1975 - Cyprus 0 England 1, Tsirion Athletic Centre, Limassol ECP AW Start 9
11 491 17 May 1975 - Northern Ireland 0 England 0, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AD Start off 60 9
0-0 when substituted
- 492 21 May 1975 - England 2 Wales 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HD squad x
- 493 24 May 1975 - England 5 Scotland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HW squad x
12 494 3 September 1975 - Switzerland 1 England 2, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel Fr AW sub 57 ?
1-2 when substituting
13 495 30 October 1975 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 1, Štadión Tehelné pole, Bratislava ECP AL Start 9
14 496 19 November 1975 - Portugal 1 England 1, Estádio José Alvalade, Lisboa ECP AD Start off 76 9
1-1 when substituted

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