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Jim McDonagh

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Full nameSeamus Martin McDonagh
Date of birth6 October 1952(age 64)
Place of birthRotherham, England
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Seamus Martin "Jim" McDonagh (born 6 October 1952 in Rotherham, England) He took up the goal keeping coach role at Hull City following the departure of Joe Corrigan. His previous post was with Plymouth Argyle F.C as a goalkeeping coach after leaving Aston Villa in August 2010. He previously held the same position at Coventry City, Mansfield Town F.C., Nottingham Forest F.C.,Millwall F.C., Rotherham United F.C and Leicester City F.C.

McDonagh started his career at his hometown club Rotherham United, and spent a month on loan at Manchester United in 1973, before joining Bolton Wanderers, initially on loan, taking over from the recently departed Barry Siddall. An ever present during the Second Division Championship winning side of 1977 78, he set a club record of conceding only 33 goals in a 42 match season. For the following two seasons in the top flight he was also an ever present and did well enough for Everton to sign him for £250,000 when Bolton were relegated. Within a year Neville Southall had come through the ranks at Everton and McDonagh found himself back at Burnden Park. Another demotion followed in 1982 83 followed, even with McDonagh managing to score a goal, and he moved on to Notts County for two seasons before wandering around a further six English clubs as well as teams in the USA. It was while he was at Bolton that he received the first of 25 caps for Ireland, thanks to his Irish ancestry.

He was appointed player/manager of Galway United in 1988 when they were in the relegation zone. Despite helping save the club from relegation his contract was unilaterally terminated by United in May 1989.

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