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Frank O'Donnell

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Full nameFrancis Joseph O'Donnell
Playing positionForward

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Francis Joseph "Frank" O'Donnell (31 August 1911 - 4 September 1952) was a Scottish professional footballer. He was the older brother of fellow footballer Hugh O'Donnell. The siblings stayed together for the first sixteen years of their careers, both playing concurrently for Celtic, Preston North End and Blackpool. He also made six appearances for the Scotland national team.

For Celtic, O'Donnell made 78 league appearances and scored 51 goals, which equated to an average of a goal every 1.5 games.

His scoring touch remained when he signed for Preston North End in 1935, netting 36 goals in 92 league games, and scored Preston's consolation goal in the 1937 FA Cup Final defeat to Sunderland.

In 1937, O'Donnell signed for Preston's arch-rivals, Blackpool. He made his debut on 4 December 1937, in a draw at Middlesbrough. He scored his first goal for the club two weeks later, in a 2 1 victory at West Bromwich Albion. He went on to score another nine goals in his remaining fourteen games of the season.

The following season, 1938 39, O'Donnell scored seven goals in thirteen appearances, including a hat-trick in a 5 1 victory over Chelsea at Bloomfield Road on 8 October 1938.

O'Donnell left Blackpool during the 1945 46 season, the final inter-war campaign, and signed for Aston Villa. In his one season at Villa Park, he scored fourteen goals in 29 league appearances.

O'Donnell finished his playing career with Nottingham Forest in 1947. He died just five years later, on 4 September 1952, aged 41.

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