Sam Donaldson
Sam Donaldson
A. Player

probably born in Scotland

Sam Donaldson was probably born in Scotland, although his place and date of birth remain unknown to us. *

The forward signed for Thistle on Wednesday, 7th October, 1896, having most recently been with Linthouse.

He made his first known appearance on Saturday, 10th October, 1896, in a 4-3 win at home to Airdrieonians in the SFL Second Division.

That day, Sam became a member of our scoring debutant's club.

He scored the last of his 5 known goals on Saturday, 23rd January, 1897, in a 2-1 win away to Renton in the SFL Second Division.

He played his last known game for the club on Saturday, 10th April, 1897, in a 2-2 friendly draw at home to Third Lanark, having appeared for the Thistle on at least 7 occasions.

His club-list included Linthouse and Partick Thistle.

We don't know where or when Sam died. *

* If you can help us to improve any of these marked points on The Thistle Archive, then please do get in touch →

Bio Extra

This left winger played a few time for Linthouse in the Second Division during 1895-96. He signed for Thistle the following season where he remained a fringe player in terms of the first team. Speaking of his final appearance (as an oncoming sub) in April 1897, the Scottish Referee reported that he gave a refreshing display of tricky forward work, and that had he another three inches in height he'd be as good as there is. Little is known of his footballing career from thereon, but he never made the breakthrough at senior grade.

(WS/JK)




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