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Shaun MacDonald

Welsh footballer
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About
Occupation Association football player
Country Wales
AKA Shaun Benjamin MacDonald
Date of birth Swansea, City and County of Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Sports team A.F.C. Bournemouth, Swansea City A.F.C., Yeovil Town F.C., Yeovil Town F.C., Yeovil Town F.C., Yeovil Town F.C., Wales national under-19 football team, Wales national under-21 football team, Wales national football team
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Biography

Shaun Benjamin MacDonald (born 17 June 1988) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays for English club Wigan Athletic. A product of the Swansea City youth team, he has four caps for Wales and is the current record caps holder for the Wales Under 21 team with 25 caps.

Club career

MacDonald was born in Swansea, and began his career with his home side Swansea City, making his way up through the youth ranks before being making his first-team debut on 31 August 2005 in a 3–1 defeat to Reading in the League Cup. He went on to make a total of 13 appearances in all competitions during his first season, including playing four times in the Football League Trophy as Swansea went on to win the trophy.

He scored his first goals for the club during the 2008–09 season against Brentford in the League Cup on 12 August 2008, but after making just six appearances during the season, he was allowed to join League One side Yeovil Town on a one-month loan deal on 27 January 2009. On his debut for the side, MacDonald scored the only goal of the game in a 1–0 win over Huddersfield Town, going on to make a total of four appearances before returning to Swansea.

After making just three appearances during the start of the 2009–10 season, MacDonald returned to Yeovil Town on a three-month loan deal on 21 September. MacDonald impressed for Yeovil in his three-month loan spell starting all 12 of Yeovil's league games and grabbing 2 goals.

Once he returned to Swansea, negotiation began with Yeovil regarding a loan deal back at Yeovil until the end of the 2009–10 season. The loan deal was agreed on 31 December 2009.

In late August 2010, MacDonald returned to Yeovil on loan for the fourth time in less than two years until January 2011.

He joined Yeovil on loan for the fifth time on 17 March 2011, until the end of the 2010–11 season. He scored a first half hat-trick on 26 March 2011 in a 5–1 win over Leyton Orient.

MacDonald signed for Bournemouth on 25 August 2011, for a fee believed to be in the region of £125,000. He scored his first goal for Bournemouth in a 4–1 Football League Trophy win over Hereford United on 30 August 2011. His first league goal for the club came on 21 April 2012 against Colchester United. He made five league appearances during Bournemouth's 2014–15 season after which they were promoted to the Premier League. MacDonald made his Premier League debut as a substitute against Manchester City on 17 October 2015.

MacDonald returned to the Championship and signed for newly promoted Wigan Athletic on 13 August 2016. MacDonald scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw against Leeds United on 18 October 2016.

International career

MacDonald has represented his country at under-19 and Under-21 levels. In June 2009 he was called into the full national squad for the World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan in Baku. After playing his 22nd game at under-21 level he surpassed the Welsh appearance record previously set by James Thomas.

MacDonald made his full international debut on 12 October 2010 against Switzerland in Basel and earned his second cap against Israel in a 2016 European Championships qualifying match in 2015.

Career statistics

McDonald warming up for Yeovil Town, 2010

Club

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Swansea City 2005–06 League One 7 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 13 0
2006–07 League One 8 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 12 0
2006–07 League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
2008–09 Championship 5 0 1 0 3 2 9 2
2009–10 Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2010–11 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 24 0 3 0 4 2 9 0 40 2
Yeovil Town (loan) 2008–09 League One 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
2009–10 League One 31 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 32 3
2010–11 League One 26 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 28 4
Total 61 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 64 9
Bournemouth 2011–12 League One 25 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 26 2
2012–13 League One 28 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 31 4
2013–14 Championship 23 0 0 0 2 0 25 0
2014–15 Championship 5 0 2 1 3 0 10 1
2015–16 Premier League 3 0 3 0 3 1 9 1
Total 84 1 7 1 8 1 2 3 101 6
Wigan Athletic 2016–17 Championship 30 1 2 0 0 0 32 1
Career total 199 11 15 1 12 3 11 3 237 18

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Wales 2010 1 0
2015 2 0
2016 1 0
Total 4 0

Honours

  • Football League Trophy: 2005–06
  • Football League Championship: 2014–15
  • Football League One Runners-up: 2011–12
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