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John Macdonald (sportsman)

John Macdonald (sportsman) Scottish footballer and cricketer

Scottish footballer and cricketer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Scottish footballer and cricketer
Was Athlete Football player Physician Association football player Cricketer
From United Kingdom United Kingdom
Type Sports Healthcare
Gender male
Birth 24 December 1861, Inverness, Highland, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death 29 August 1938, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (aged 76 years)
The details

Dr. John Macdonald (24 December 1861 – 29 August 1938) was a Scottish sportsman who represented Scotland at both football and cricket, the first Scotsman to represent his country at both sports. He was also a qualified medical doctor.

Early life

Macdonald was born in Inverness on 24 December 1861, the eldest of 8 children. His father was a house painter, local magistrate, and town councillor, while his mother was the daughter of a local farmer. He attended Irvine Royal Academy where he played cricket, tennis, and rugby.

Edinburgh University and cricket career

Macdonald attended the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a medical degree in 1884. He played for the University at cricket, and while a University student he represented Scotland at cricket in a three-day international against Australia in September 1880, at the age of 18. He also played for Scotland in an exhibition game against a group of American tourists, the Gentlemen of Philadelphia, in June 1884. He was captain of the University side throughout 1884 and scored over 1,000 runs that year. During his time at the University he also switched from rugby football to association football. He captained the University's football team.

Football career

Macdonald represented a Glasgow select side in 1885 in a 5–2 victory against a London select side at The Oval. He made one appearance for Scotland in March 1886, against England. In doing so he became the first Scotsman to represent their country at both cricket and football; it would be another 50 years before another sportsman (Scot Symon) represented Scotland at both sports. In that match he played as a left half, though he usually played as a "strong and capable centre-half." He also played as an amateur for Queen's Park.

Later life and death

Macdonald returned to Inverness to set up a medical practise, and he eventually became Chief Medical Officer for both Inverness Burgh and Inverness County Council. He was married with five children. He continued his involvement in both cricket and football - captaining local team Northern Counties and representing a North of Scotland X in the former, and becoming a Patron of the Highland League in 1932 in the latter. Macdonald died in Edinburgh on 29 August 1938, at the age of 76.

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