Donald McKinlay

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Donald McKinlay
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McKinlay in 1910
Personal information
Date of birth(1891-07-25)25 July 1891
Place of birth Boghall, Scotland
Date of death 16 September 1959(1959-09-16) (aged 68)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) [1]
Position(s) Left back
Youth career
1905–1908 Newton Swifts
1908–1909 Rutherglen Woodburn
Senior career*
1909–1910 Newton Villa
1910–1929 Liverpool 393 (34)
1929–1931 Prescot Cables
National team
1922 Scotland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Donald McKinlay (25 July 1891 – 16 September 1959) was a Scottish footballer who played as a left back. He spent most of his career with Liverpool, winning the Football League title twice in the early 1920s.


Early career

Born in the hamlet of Boghall [2] and raised in the mining village of Newton in Lanarkshire, [3] McKinlay played local football with Newton Swifts, Rutherglen Woodburn and Newton Villa. [4]


He joined Liverpool in January 1910. [5] The goalkeeper Kenny Campbell (a childhood acquaintance) credited McKinlay's assistance during his early days at Anfield. [6] He captained the club from January 1922 to 1928, and made 434 appearances for the club, including 393 in the league. Liverpool were league champions two years in succession in 1921–22 and 1922–23 in the first two seasons of his captaincy. [5]

He also made two appearances for the Scottish national team in 1922. [7] [8] [9]

Later years

He finished his career with nearby Prescot Cables, and later became a publican in Liverpool. [5]

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  1. "Profile". Liverpool F.C. Archived from the original on 24 May 2006. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  2. "ScotlandsPeople - Donald McKinlay birth record REF:652/1 246". National Archives of Scotland. 1891. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  3. "ScotlandsPeople - McKinlay Family census record REF:627/14/23". National Archives of Scotland. 1911. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  4. Personalia: Donald MacKinlay, Liverpool F.C., Joint Everton and Liverpool Match Programme, 26 November 1910; via Play Up Liverpool
  5. 1 2 3 "Profile". LFC History. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  6. "Kenneth Campbell continues his life story – Chapter 2". The Weekly News via 14 May 1921. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  7. Paul Smith (2013). Scotland Who's Who: International Players 1872–2013. Pitch Publishing. p. 187.
  8. "Profile". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  9. "[Scotland player] Donald McKinlay". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 2 April 2017.