- Hugh O'Donnell (footballer)
Football player infobox
playername = Hugh O'Donnell
February 15 1913
dateofdeath = death date and age|1965|5|9|1911|8|31
youthyears = -1930
youthclubs = Wellesley Juniors
years = 1930-1935
clubs = Celtic
Preston North End
caps(goals) = 00? 0(?)
Hugh O'Donnell (
February 15 1913— May 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 Roadon 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 IIin 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.
*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
*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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