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William Walter Donnelly (Willie Donnelly) PlayUpLiverpool.com


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About Willie Donnelly:

Born: 1872, in Magherafelt (Co. Durham), in Ireland.
Passed away: August 1, 1948.
(Other sources claim he was born in Edinburgh, Scotland).

Position: Goalkeeper.

Height: 5 ‘ 5.
Weight:

Career:
St. Mungo Juniors.
Vale of Clyde.
Hibernian: Signed: October 25, 1893.
* 1893-94: 10-0 (Scottish League 2); 0-0 (FA Cup);
* 1894-95: 13-0 (Scottish League 2); 1-0 (FA Cup).
Clyde: Signed: June 27, 1895.
* 1895-96: 17-0 (Scottish League 1); 2-0 (FA Cup).
Liverpool: Signed: January 3, 1895;
* registered with the Football League as a Liverpool F.C. player: January 4, 1895;
* eligible to represent Liverpool F.C. in official matches: January 11, 1895.
? See Note under bottom club.
* 1896-97: 6-0 (Football League 1); 2-0 (FA Cup);
* 1897-98: 0-0 (Football League); 0-0 (FA Cup).
Clyde: Signed: June 22, 1898.
* 1898-99: 18-0 (Scottish League 1); 2-0 (FA Cup);
* 1899-00: 2-0 (Scottish League 1); 0-0 (FA Cup);
Celtic: Signed: August 2, 1900.
* 1900-01: 3-0 (Scottish League 1); 2-0 (FA Cup).
Belfast Celtic: Signed: June, 1901.
** NOTE: According to the Football League Ledger books William Donnelly signed for Liverpool in early January 1895. Still it was reported again in May 1896 that Liverpool had signed Donnelly from Clyde. Liverpool could have made a deal with his club in January, 1895 (Hibs) that LFC, as an English club – had first right to his transfer across the border. This is just speculation on my part. I have double checked the Ledger entry, and he is clearly registered under the 1894/95 season.

Merits:
Edinburgh Select XI 1-0: (v. Renfrewshire: February 10, 1894).
Scottish League Second Division Winner: 1893-94 (Hibernian), 1894-95 (Hibernian).
Rosebery Charity Cup Winner: 1893-94 (Hibernian);

Image(s):
Dundee Evening Telegraph, July 2 – 1901.
Willie Donnelly 1901

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