Bob Donaldson

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Bob Donaldson
Personal information
Full name Robert Donaldson
Date of birth (1868-08-27)27 August 1868
Place of birth Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Date of death 28 April 1947(1947-04-28) (aged 78)
Place of death Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
000?–1891 Airdrieonians ? (?)
1891–1892 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
1892–1897 Newton Heath 130 (56)
1897–1898 Luton Town 17 (10)
1898–1899 Glossop North End 32 (18)
1899–1900 Ashford Town ? (?)
Total 179 (84)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robert "Bob" Donaldson (27 August 1868 – 28 April 1947) was a Scottish football player. He played as a forward.

Donaldson played for Airdrieonians and Blackburn Rovers before joining Newton Heath in 1892. He scored 66 goals in 147 appearances for Newton Heath. The first of these goals, scored against Blackburn Rovers on 3 September 1892, was also the club's first ever league goal. However, Newton Heath lasted just two seasons before demotion to the Second Division,[1] where they remained when Donaldson retired from playing football in 1897.


  1. ^ "Club History: Newton Heath 1877-1902". Retrieved 27 November 2006.