Feature by Tony Scholes
Updated Saturday, 2nd June 2012
Date and Place of Birth
20th April 1968 - Motherwell
Transfers to and from Burnley
from Southampton - 15th September 1995 (loan)
returned - 15st November 1995
First and last Burnley Games
Hull City (h) - 16th September 1995
Chester City (a) - 7th November 1995
replaced by John Francis
Hamilton Academicals, Southampton
Morton, Hamilton Academicals
Burnley Career Stats
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Profile by Tony Scholes
Paul McDonald is probably a name that won't be long remembered in Burnley Football Club history. He played just eleven times for the Clarets after becoming Jimmy Mullen's last Turf Moor loan signing in September 1995.
McDonald, aged 27 at the time, was a diminutive winger who had failed to establish himself at the Dell after signing in a £75,000 deal in 1993.
The Motherwell born McDonald had enjoyed a productive time with his first club Hamilton Academical where he'd played well over 200 games in the Scottish League before heading south to Hampshire, but it was nothing other than frustration as he failed to get a place in the Saints Premier League side.
That led to the loan move to Burnley and he made his debut on a significant day for our club, the home game against Hull City on 16th September, the last game played in front of the old Longside terrace.
He was with us for two months and made nine league appearances plus two more in the Auto Windscreens Shield. In those games he scored once, the first in a 2-0 win at Peterborough with Peter Swan getting the second. That result remains our only ever win at London Road.
Over the two months he was at Burnley there was an improvement in the results, but he returned to Southampton in November and once again settled into life in the reserves. His loan spell at Burnley, however, had been a productive one.
One of his appearances was in a 3-0 home win against Brighton and he impressed the Seagulls manager Jimmy Case to such an extent that he signed him in the following summer for £25,000.
Two years at Brighton followed before he returned to his native Scotland to sign for Dunfermline Athletic. He wasn't there long before moving on to Partick Thistle. From there he went on to play for Greenock Morton before returning to Hamilton where he ended his playing career in 2003 and around 400 games.
During his last season with the Accies he was also involved in community coaching and today he carries out that role with both the Scottish Football Association and with Kilmarnock.