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Tony McDonnell

Personal information
Full nameAnthony McDonnell
Date of birth10 February 1976(age 41)
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Height1.91 m
Playing positionCentre Back, Central Midfield

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Anthony "Tony" McDonnell (born 10 February 1976 in Dublin) was a footballer for Irish side, UCD.

A former St Kevin's Boys player McDonnell made his League of Ireland debut on the 27th of March 1994 at Abbeycartron in a 2-1 win over Longford Town.

He went on to represent College until 2007, and is second on the all-time appearances list for the Dublin club as well as the club's sixth highest league goal scorer. He was also the club captain for the best part of a decade. He played as a right- or centre-back, but in later seasons he was deployed as a central midfielder. He made 308 league appearances for UCD, scoring 28 league goals, before deciding to call time on his career on 6 December 2007. The latter period of career was blighted by hamstring injuries, a major factor in his retirement. Asked about this in an interview, he replied that his hamstrings were "[t]ighter than a camels ass in a sand storm. They say all the lightning quick players have trouble with them……so no idea why I do!"

He was a nominee for the League of Ireland player of the year in the 2005 season, and was appointed chairman of the PFAI in August 2006. He has also worked as a pundit on RTÉ's Monday Night Soccer show since retirement and still regularly attends UCD's home games. He is married with his wife Laoise in Drumcondra.On the 9th of October,Tony became a father to Katie Marie McDonnell.

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