10 April 2007

Alan McDonald

Preceded by
Succeeded by
1990 – 1995
His can come and see me speech after what was just his second cap made Alan McDonald an immediate cult hero with the Northern Ireland fans…

Name: Alan McDonald
Born: 12 October 1963, Belfast
Died: 23 June 2012, Lisburn
Height: 6.02½ ft
Weight: 13.10 st
Position: Central Defender

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 52 Full Caps / 3 Goals (1985-1996), 8 Schoolboy Caps (1979).
Club Honours: (with QPR) Football league Cup Runner-Up 1985/86.
Awards: Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association Hall of Fame Inductee 2013 (posthumous).


Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
FL Cup
Europe
Others
Q.P.R.
81/82-96/97
Aug-81
Youth
396 (7)/13
33(0)/2
43(0)/2
1(0)/0
5(0)/0
Charlton Ath.
82/83
Mar-83
Loan
9 (0)/ 0
-
-
-
-
Swindon Town
97/98
May-97
Free
33(3)/1
1(0)/0
2(0)/0
-
-
TOTALS


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438(10)/14
34(0)/2
45(0)/2
1(0)/0
5(0)/0


Coaching Career:
Swindon Town....... reserve team coach...... 1997-2002
Northern Ireland... under-21 assistant-coach 2000-2008
Queens Park Rangers assistant-manager....... 2006
Glentoran.......... first-team coach........ Feb/07-Jun/07
................... manager................. Jun/07-Mar/10


Biography:
To follow.

On Tuesday 29 May 2007 Alan McDonald was appointed manager of Glentoran. His coaching experience included a period as Jimmy Quinn's assistant at Swindon and since 2000 as coach of the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad under Roy Millar. He joined Glentoran as assistant-manager to Paul Millar in 2006 and he was confirmed as manager following on from the "Roy Walker debacle". In 2009 McDonald led the Glens to their first title since 2009, but following a period of indifferent form he left the following March.

Alan McDonald collapsed and died while playing golf in June 2012. He was just 48 years-old and his sudden death was met with shock throughout local football and beyond. As a tribute a Northern Ireland XI faced a QPR XI at Seaview. In May 2013 he was inducted into the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association Hall of Fame.

Wikipedia
QPR Hall of Fame
Swindon Town Record
UTV Report
BBC Report
FIFA
Irish FA
Fans Network Tribute


Northern Ireland Cap Details:
16-10-1985 Romania....... A W 1-0 WCQ
13-11-1985 England....... A D 0-0 WCQ
26-02-1986 France........ A D 0-0 FR
26-03-1986 Denmark....... H D 1-1 FR 1 Goal
23-04-1986 Morocco....... H W 2-1 FR
03-06-1986 Algeria....... N D 1-1 WCF
07-06-1986 Spain......... N L 1-2 WCF
12-06-1986 Brazil........ N L 0-3 WCF
15-10-1986 England....... A L 0-3 ECQ
12-11-1986 Turkey........ A D 0-0 ECQ
18-02-1987 Israel........ A D 1-1 FR
01-04-1987 England....... H L 0-2 ECQ
29-04-1987 Yugoslavia.... H L 1-2 ECQ
14-10-1987 Yugoslavia.... A L 0-3 ECQ
11-11-1987 Turkey........ H W 1-0 ECQ
23-03-1988 Poland........ H D 1-1 FR
27-04-1988 France........ H D 0-0 FR
21-05-1988 Malta......... H W 3-0 WCQ

14-09-1988 Rep of Ireland H D 0-0 WCQ
19-10-1988 Hungary....... A L 0-1 WCQ
21-12-1988 Spain......... A L 0-4 WCQ
26-05-1989 Chile......... H L 0-1 FR
06-09-1989 Hungary....... H L 1-2 WCQ
11-10-1989 Rep of Ireland A L 0-3 WCQ
18-05-1990 Uruguay....... H W 1-0 FR
12-09-1990 Yugoslavia.... H L 0-2 ECQ
17-10-1990 Denmark....... H D 1-1 ECQ
14-11-1990 Austria....... A D 0-0 ECQ
01-05-1991 Faroe Islands. H D 1-1 ECQ
11-09-1991 Faroe Islands. A W 5-0 ECQ 1 Goal
19-02-1992 Scotland...... A L 0-1 FR
28-04-1992 Lithuania..... H D 2-2 WCQ
02-06-1992 Germany....... A D 1-1 FR
09-09-1992 Albania....... H W 3-0 WCQ
14-10-1992 Spain......... H D 0-0 WCQ
18-11-1992 Denmark....... H L 0-1 WCQ

17-02-1993 Albania....... A W 2-1 WCQ 1 Goal
31-03-1993 Rep of Ireland A L 0-3 WCQ
28-04-1993 Spain......... A L 1-3 WCQ
25-05-1993 Lithuania..... A W 1-0 WCQ
02-06-1993 Latvia........ A W 2-1 WCQ
13-10-1993 Denmark....... A L 0-1 WCQ
17-11-1993 Rep of Ireland H D 1-1 WCQ
07-09-1994 Portugal...... H L 1-2 ECQ
12-10-1994 Austria....... A W 2-1 ECQ
29-03-1995 Rep of Ireland A D 1-1 ECQ
26-04-1995 Latvia........ A W 1-0 ECQ
22-05-1995 Canada........ A L 0-2 FR
25-05-1995 Chile......... N L 1-2 FR
07-06-1995 Latvia........ H L 1-2 ECQ
15-11-1995 Austria....... H W 5-3 ECQ sub
27-03-1996 Norway........ H L 0-2 FR


Summary: 51(1)/3. Won 13, Drew 17, Lost 22.


Record as Captain:
Span
First Match
Pl
W
D
L
F
A
.GD.
Win %
Pts %
W/L

1990-1995
18/05/90
26
8
8
10
28
29
-1
30.8%
41.0%
-2


Alan with father Bobby and brother Roy at Seaview

1 comment:

Ken Garrett said...

Alan was a real Northern Ireland hero who gave everything for the shirt. A true football legend who played with such distinction at QPR. An untimely and sad passing away at such a relatively young age. RIP.

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