Hugh O'Donnell (footballer)


Hugh O'Donnell (footballer)

Football player infobox
playername = Hugh O'Donnell


fullname =
dateofbirth = February 15 1913
cityofbirth = Buckhaven
countryofbirth = Scotland
dateofdeath = death date and age|1965|5|9|1911|8|31
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height =
position = Midfielder
youthyears = -1930
youthclubs = Wellesley Juniors
years = 1930-1935
1935-1939
1939-1946
1946-1947
1947-1948
clubs = Celtic
Preston North End
Blackpool
Rochdale
Halifax Town
caps(goals) = 00? 0(?)
132 (29)
014 0(2)
040 (14)
013 0(1)
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Hugh O'Donnell (February 15 1913May 9 1965) was a Scottish professional footballer. He was the younger brother of fellow footballer Frank O'Donnell. The siblings stayed together for the first sixteen years of their careers, both playing concurrently for Celtic, Preston North End and Blackpool.

O'Donnell made over one hundred league appearances for Preston between 1935 and 1938, scoring 29 goals, before signing for the club's arch-rivals, Blackpool. He made his debut for Blackpool in a goalless draw with Bolton Wanderers at Bloomfield Road on March 18, 1939. He went on to play in the remaining nine games of the season, in the number-11 shirt, and scored their goal in a 2–1 defeat at Arsenal on April 10, 1939.

The following season, 1939–40, was the first season of regional competitions, brought about by the outbreak of World War II in September 1939.

O'Donnell's final game in a Blackpool shirt took place on November 23, 1946, in a 4–2 defeat at Leeds United. He scored the first of Blackpool's goals.

Rochdale became his fourth club, in 1946, and he went on to make forty league appearances for them, scoring fourteen goals.

O'Donnell brought his career to a close with Halifax Town in 1948.

He died on May 9, 1965, aged 53.

ee also

*Blackpool F.C. season 1938–39
*Blackpool F.C. season 1939–40
*Blackpool F.C. season 1940–41
*Blackpool F.C. season 1941–42
*Blackpool F.C. season 1942–43
*Blackpool F.C. season 1943–44
*Blackpool F.C. season 1944–45
*Blackpool F.C. season 1945–46
*Blackpool F.C. season 1946–47

References

*cite book | first=Roy | last=Calley| coauthors= | title=Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992 | publisher=Breedon Books Sport | location= | year=1992 | editor= | id=ISBN 1-873626-07-X
* [http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRESTONodonellH.htm O'Donnell's profile at Spartacus Educational]


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