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Simon Donnelly

Simon Donnelly
Simon Donnelly 30-04-2016 1.jpg
Donnelly with York City in 2016
Personal information
Full name Simon Thomas Donnelly[1]
Date of birth (1974-12-01) 1 December 1974 (age 46)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Position(s) Striker / Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992-1993 Queen's Park 0 (0)
1993-1999 Celtic 146 (30)
1999-2003 Sheffield Wednesday 53 (8)
2003-2004 St Johnstone 36 (8)
2004-2006 Dunfermline Athletic 39 (4)
2006-2011 Partick Thistle 122 (14)
Total 396 (64)
National team
1994-1996 Scotland U21[2] 11 (3)
1997-1998 Scotland 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 May 2011

Simon Thomas Donnelly (born 1 December 1974) is a Scottish professional football player and coach. Donnelly played as a forward or wide midfielder for Queen's Park, Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday, St Johnstone, Dunfermline Athletic, Partick Thistle and Scotland.

He established himself at Celtic, winning the Scottish League title in 1997-98 and being a member of the Scotland squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In 1999 he moved to English football with Sheffield Wednesday, but struggled with injuries in his time there. Returning to Scotland, he played for St Johnstone, Dunfermline and Partick Thistle before his playing retirement in 2011.

He has since moved into coaching, acting as assistant manager to Jackie McNamara at Partick Thistle, Dundee United and York City, and Mark Wilson at Brechin City.

Club career

A wide-sided forward, Donnelly started his career at Queen's Park but left in 1993 to join Celtic. He made his league debut towards the end of the 1993-94 season, appearing as a substitute in a 0-0 draw against Hibernian.[3] Playing in the majority of matches from March onwards, Donnelly netted five league goals in 12 appearances. He failed to improve on this tally in the following season as he did not score in 17 outings, although the team reached both domestic cup finals, and he was part of Celtic's Scottish Cup-winning side. In the 1995-96 season, Donnelly became a regular, missing only one league match and scoring six goals, and featured in the majority of the 1996-97 campaign.

The 1997-98 season saw Donnelly's best return of goals, scoring 10 goals in 30 league matches as Celtic won the Scottish Premier Division and Scottish League Cup. The following season, he netted five goals in 23 appearances in what was his final year at Celtic Park. In July 1999, Donnelly - along with Phil O'Donnell - joined Sheffield Wednesday on a Bosman free transfer.[4]

Donnelly's time at Wednesday was interrupted by a series of injuries and he played only a dozen matches in the Premier League that season, scoring once as Wednesday were relegated. The following season, he featured in just three matches, although he played in 23 games in the 2001-02 season.[5] In his final season at Hillsborough, Donnelly scored two goals in fifteen league matches before being released.[6]

Joining Coventry City on trial,[7] Donnelly instead returned to Scotland with St Johnstone, signing a one-year deal in August 2003.[8] Surprisingly, given his injury history, he featured in every league match of that season, scoring eight goals before signing for Dunfermline Athletic in July.[9] During his time at East End Park, his injuries returned and he was released two years later having made fewer than forty league appearances.

He joined Partick Thistle in June 2006[10] and played regularly for three seasons. He was initially released at the end of the 2008-09 season, and made a substitute appearance for Greenock Morton in a friendly against Oxford United. However, following the departure of Partick coach John Henry to Burnley, Donnelly rejoined the Jags as a player-coach, scoring against Morton in a 2-0 win at Cappielow later that season.[11] In a similar pattern, Donnelly was then released by Partick again at the end of the 2009-10 season, but soon re-signed once more on a one-year contract.[12] In 2011 he ceased playing but continued at the club as a coach after his friend and teammate Jackie McNamara was appointed manager.

International career

At end of the 1996-97 season, Donnelly made his Scotland debut, making substitute appearances in the friendly matches against Wales and Malta. The following season Donnelly also featured regularly for Scotland, playing in a number of friendlies ahead of the 1998 World Cup,[4] although he failed to make an appearance during the tournament. Donnelly won ten Scotland caps during his career, and had played for Scotland under-21 before appearing for the senior side.

Coaching career

On 30 January 2013, Donnelly left Partick Thistle and joined Dundee United as assistant manager, accompanying Jackie McNamara who had been appointed manager. He left Dundee United in September 2015, following McNamara's departure.[13]

Donnelly was announced as York City's assistant manager two months later, following McNamara to Bootham Crescent.[14] After McNamara's resignation as manager and appointment as chief executive,[15] Donnelly left the club on 16 October 2016.[16][4]

In September 2020, Donnelly landed the assistant manager's job at Scottish side Brechin City, working with another former Celtic player, Mark Wilson.[17] Donnelly and Wilson were sacked by Brechin in October 2020.[18]

Personal life

Donnelly grew up in Burnside, Rutherglen and attended Stonelaw High School.[19] His father Tom Donnelly was also a footballer, who failed to break into the team at Rangers[20] in the late 1960s but played for Motherwell and East Stirlingshire over the next decade before becoming a school teacher.[21][22]

Career statistics

As of 7 June 2011[23][24]
Club Season Competition League Cup League Cup Other[a] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celtic 1993-94 Scottish Premier Division 12 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 4
1994-95 Scottish Premier Division 17 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 24 0
1995-96 Scottish Premier Division 35 6 4 1 3 1 4 2 46 10
1996-97 Scottish Premier Division 29 5 2 0 3 0 2 0 36 5
1997-98 Scottish Premier Division 30 10 3 0 5 3 6 3 44 16
1998-99 Scottish Premier League 23 5 2 0 1 0 7 1 43 6
Total 146 30 13 01 17 4 19 6 195 41
Sheffield Wednesday 1999-2000 Premier League 12 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 18 1
2000-01 First Division 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
2001-02 First Division 23 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 25 4
2002-03 First Division 15 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 2
Total 53 8 3 0 6 0 0 0 62 8
St Johnstone 2003-04 Scottish First Division 36 8 1 0 4 2 2 1 43 11
Dunfermline Athletic 2004-05 Scottish Premier League 21 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 23 3
2005-06 Scottish Premier League 13 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 1
Total 39 4 0 0 3 0 1 0 43 4
Partick Thistle 2006-07 Scottish First Division 24 4 1 0 2 0 1 0 28 4
2007-08 Scottish First Division 18 1 5 0 2 0 0 0 25 1
2008-09 Scottish First Division 31 1 2 0 3 0 2 1 38 2
2009-10 Scottish First Division 35 8 1 0 2 1 1 1 39 10
2010-11 Scottish First Division 14 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
Total 122 14 11 0 10 1 4 2 147 17
Career total 396 64 28 1 40 7 26 9 490 81

Honours

Celtic

References

  1. ^ "Simon Donnelly". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Scotland U21 Player Simon Donnelly Details".
  3. ^ "Simon Donnelly". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ a b c The big interview: Ex-Celtic star Simon Donnelly has gone from Bhoy to man and has a brilliant CV - now he just needs a job, Daily Record, 13 August 2017
  5. ^ "Simon Donnelly". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ "Turner wields the axe". BBC Sport. 8 May 2003. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "Coventry cool on trial duo". BBC Sport. 13 June 2003. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ "Donnelly signs for Saints". BBC Sport. 1 August 2003. Retrieved 2009.
  9. ^ "Donnelly seals Pars move". BBC Sport. 14 July 2004. Retrieved 2009.
  10. ^ "Donnelly makes switch to Thistle". BBC Sport. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 2009.
  11. ^ "Morton 0-2 Partick Thistle". BBC Sport. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "Quartet sign on again at Firhill". BBC Sport. 2 July 2010.
  13. ^ "Dundee United confirm Jackie McNamara exit as manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "York City appoint Jackie McNamara as manager after Russ Wilcox exit". The Guardian. The Guardian. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ Flett, Dave (16 October 2016). "York City confirm Gary Mills' return as manager and Jackie McNamara's appointment as chief executive". The Press. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "Donnelly Departs". York City FC. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ McGinley, John (8 September 2020). "Former Celtic star Simon Donnelly lands Brechin City assistant manager post". Hail Hail. 67hailhail.com. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ "Mark Wilson departs as Brechin City manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ "Stonelaw High waves farewell to favourite teacher". Daily Record / Rutherglen Reformer. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ No Rangers player would get in Celtic team - Simon Donnelly, The Scotsman, 10 April 2017
  21. ^ Tom Donnelly, MotherWELLnet
  22. ^ East Stirlingshire players, Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database
  23. ^ Simon Donnelly at Soccerbase
  24. ^ Celtic player Simon Donnelly, FitbaStats

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