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Donald McLeod (footballer)

Donald McLeod
Personal information
Full name Donald McLeod[1]
Date of birth 28 May 1882
Place of birth Laurieston, Scotland
Date of death 6 October 1917(1917-10-06) (aged 35)[2]
Place of death Dozinghem, Belgium[3]
Height 5 ft 8+12 in (1.74 m)[3]
Position(s) Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1901 Stenhousemuir Thistle
1901–1902 Stenhousemuir
Ayr
1902–1908 Celtic 131 (0)
1908–1913 Middlesbrough 138 (0)
Caledonian (loan)
International career
1905–1906 Scotland 4 (0)
1905–1906 Scottish League XI 2 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Donald McLeod (28 May 1882 – 6 October 1917) was a Scottish professional footballer who made over 260 appearances in the English and Scottish Leagues for Middlesbrough and Celtic respectively.[1] A right back, he was capped by Scotland and represented the Scottish League XI.[4][5][6] McLeod was nicknamed 'Slasher'.[7]

Personal life

Born in Laurieston, McLeod grew up in Grangemouth and Stenhousemuir and was married with three daughters.[3] After his retirement from professional football in 1914, he took over the Lord Byron pub in Middlesbrough.[3] In 1916, two years after the outbreak of the First World War, McLeod was conscripted into the Royal Garrison Artillery.[3] He was subsequently transferred to the Royal Field Artillery and became a gunner.[3] On 5 October 1917, during the Battle of Passchendaele, McLeod was wounded in action, losing his right leg below the knee and part of his left foot.[8][9][10] He died of wounds the following day at the 47th Casualty Clearing Station in Dozinghem, near Poperinge.[3] McLeod was buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery.[2]

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celtic 1902–03[11] Scottish First Division 20 0 1 0 3[a] 0 24 0
1903–04[11] 10 0 6 0 1[a] 0 17 0
1904–05[11] 25 0 4 0 3[a] 0 32 0
1905–06[11] 21 0 3 0 2[a] 0 26 0
1906–07[11] 25 0 9 0 3[a] 0 37 0
1907–08[11] 26 0 1 0 0 0 27 0
1908–09[11] 4 0 1[a] 0 5 0
Total 131 0 24 0 13 0 168 0
Middlesbrough 1908–09[12] First Division 32 0 1 0 33 0
1909–10[12] 35 0 2 0 37 0
1910–11[12] 34 0 3 0 37 0
1911–12[12] 24 0 4 0 28 0
1912–13[12] 13 0 0 0 13 0
Total 138 0 10 0 148 0
Career total 269 0 34 0 13 0 316 0
  1. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in Glasgow Cup

Honours

Celtic

References

  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 241. ISBN 978-1905891610.
  2. ^ a b "Casualty Details". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g MacGillivray, Russell. "Larbert's War Memorial" (PDF). Falkirk Local History Society. pp. 140–141. Archived (PDF) from the original on 11 September 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  4. ^ Donald McLeod at the Scottish Football Association
  5. ^ Litster, John. Record of Pre-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications.
  6. ^ "Donald McLeod". www.londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  7. ^ "The fallen of Larbert and Stenhousemuir". www.falkirkherald.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Boro War Heroes on TV". Middlesbrough FC. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  9. ^ (Smith 2013, p. 194)
  10. ^ "McLeod Donnie Celtic 1908". Vintage Footballers. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "Celtic Player Donald McLeod Details". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Donald McLeod". 11v11.com. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  13. ^ a b Celtic F.C. at the Football Club History Database
  14. ^ "Celtic 2 – 1 Rangers, Glasgow Cup (08/10/1904)". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Celtic 3 – 2 Third Lanark, Glasgow Cup (06/10/1906)". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
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