Billy Macdonald
Billy Macdonald
Billy Macdonald
● Billy Macdonald, 1996 (HA)

born in Scotland

William James Macdonald was born on Friday, 17th September, 1976, in Irvine, North Ayrshire.

The 5' 7½ (11st 0lbs) midfielder signed for Murdo MacLeod's Thistle on Tuesday, 21st November, 1995, having most recently been with West Bromwich Albion.

Aged 19, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 25th November, 1995, in a 2-0 defeat at home to Raith Rovers in the SFL Premier Division.

Billy scored his first goal for Thistle on Saturday, 23rd March, 1996, in a 5-2 win away to Heart of Midlothian in the SFL Premier Division.

He scored his second and final goal for the club on Saturday, 2nd November, 1996, in a 2-1 win away to Stirling Albion in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for Thistle on Saturday, 9th May, 1998, in a 3-1 defeat at home to Ayr United in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 74 occasions.

Billy's club-list included West Bromwich Albion, Partick Thistle, FF Jaro, Dunfermline Athletic, Livingston, Clydebank, Stranraer, East Stirlingshire, Alloa Athletic, Stirling Albion and Queen of the South.

Bio Extra

Made the same trip from West Brom to Thistle as James McCue, but did so some months earlier. A series of impressive displays in the reserves earned him a call up to the first team where he performed, despite Thistle's eventual relegation from the Premier League, with some distinction. He was at the centre of media attention following a highly controversial game with Rangers where his midfield battle with Paul Gascoigne resulted in a red card. Billy remained at Firhill for a further two seasons but was never able to recapture the form of that first season, a troublesome injury not helping him. After leaving Thistle, he had spells with Livingston, Dunfermline and Stranraer. Sure of a warm welcome anytime he returns to Firhill.


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