John Donnelly
John Donnelly
John Donnelly
● John Donnelly, 1983 (LUH)

born in Scotland

John Donnelly was born on Wednesday, 8th March, 1961, in Glasgow.

The 5' 10 (11st 0lbs) midfielder temporarily transferred to Benny Rooney's Thistle circa Saturday, 3rd November, 1984, from his parent club, Leeds United.

Aged 23, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 3rd November, 1984, in a 0-0 draw away to Kilmarnock in the SFL First Division.

John scored his first two goals for Thistle on Saturday, 24th November, 1984, in a 7-3 defeat at home to St Johnstone in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 18 goals on Monday, 3rd February, 1986, in a 2-1 defeat at home to Airdrieonians in the Scottish Cup.

He played his last game for the club on Tuesday, 16th September, 1986, in a 2-0 defeat away to Dunfermline Athletic in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 54 occasions.

John's club-list included Notts County, Motherwell, Dumbarton, Leeds United, Partick Thistle, Dunfermline Athletic, East Fife, Stranraer, Vale of Clyde and Pollok.

Bio Extra

Previously with Morton and Dumbarton, he later joined Leeds. Came to Firhill in 1984 on loan and was very successful, but returned to Leeds. However, he was signed permanently later that season and continued to be a popular player scoring spectacular goals and creating play. The most naturally skillful player at Firhill until Charnley arrived, he was a lazy player and had a problem with attitude and was eventually allowed to leave. He joined Dunfermline and then Stranraer before joining Vale ot Clyde juniors and then Pollok.


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