Robert Logan "Whitey" McDONALD

Born: Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, August 11, 1902. Died: Millport, Scotland, June 7, 1956.

Clubs: Hamilton Thistles, Toronto Ulster United, Bethlehem Steel 1924-28, Glasgow Rangers 1928-39.

Half back/Full back.

His parents brought him to Canada at the age of two and he was raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He progressed through the schoolboy and junior ranks in the Steel City graduating to the senior ranks with Hamilton Thistle. One of twelve children he played for the Thistle's in the Spectator Cup finals of 1921 and 1922 and later briefly with Toronto Ulster United. In the summer of 1924, after turning down an offer to join English club Stockport County he signed for Bethlehem Steel in the American Soccer League where he played four seasons. During that time he helped the team win the National Challenge Cup in 1926 and the championship of the American Soccer League in 1927. When Glasgow Rangers toured North America in 1928 they spotted Whitey and that fall he was on his way to Ibrox Park to play for Rangers. From 1928 to 1939 McDonald won four Scottish championship medals and four Scottish F.A. Cup winners medals. He also played for his native Northern Ireland against Scotland in 1930 and England in 1932. He toured Canada and the United States with Rangers in 1930 and captained his new team in the game against Hamilton who in turn were captained by his brother "Red." He toured Canada and the United States a second time in 1935 with a Scottish F.A. team. A wing half during his days with Hamilton Thistles and Bethlehem Steel, Rangers converted him into a left back with outstanding success. Later in life he became a physiotherapist. At the time of his death, he was preparing to start the next season at Ibrox as head trainer.

Source: Colin Jose, Historian, National Soccer Hall of Fame

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