Name: MacDonald, John W.
DoB: 24/12/1861, Inverness

DoD: 29/08/1938

John MacDonald is the first known player to have represented Scotland at both cricket and football, playing cricket against Australia in September 1880 and football against England in a 1-1 draw in 1886 at second Hampden.

Originally from Inverness, MacDonald was a keen sportsman, excelling at tennis and rugby before taking up football when he went to Edinburgh University to study medicine. 

He also played 11 times for Queen's Park, including both our English FA Final appearances against Blackburn Rovers. 

On completing his medical degrees, he returned to Inverness to work as a GP, and became Chief Medical Officer for Health for both Inverness Burgh and Inverness County Council. He married Elsa Mackintosh, and they had five children.

Macdonald continued to play cricket on his return to Inverness, and also remained involved with football, becoming a Patron of the Highland League in 1932. 

 

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Date: Competition: Number Opposition: Away Goals Result
01/03/1884 English FA Cup, 2nd Series, 3rd Round 4 Blackburn Olympic Away - Won 4-1
29/03/1884 English FA Cup, Final Tie 3 Blackburn Rovers Neutral - Lost 1-2
12/04/1884 Merchants' Charity Cup, Semi Final 4 Rangers Away - Won 2-1
13/09/1884 Scottish Cup, 1st Round 4 Pollokshields Away - Won 4-0
04/10/1884 Scottish Cup, 2nd Round 4 Thistle Away - Won 4-1
25/10/1884 Scottish Cup, 3rd Round 4 Battlefield Home - Lost 2-3
06/12/1884 English FA Cup, 1st Series, 2nd Round 5 Crewe Alexandra Home - Won 2-1
14/03/1885 English FA Cup, Semi Final 5 Nottingham Forest Neutral - Drew 1-1
28/03/1885 English FA Cup, Semi Final Replay 5 Nottingham Forest Neutral - Won 3-0
04/04/1885 English FA Cup, Final Tie 5 Blackburn Rovers Neutral - Lost 0-2
29/08/1885 Scottish Cup, 1st Round 3 St Peters Home - Won 16-0

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