MacDonald, Leslie

Birth Date

2nd April 1934


Newcastle, England



Biographical Text

Although hailing from the North East, MacDonald started his football career on the south coast as an apprentice with Portsmouth.

He signed a full contract for them in May 1955, but after two seasons and without having made a league outing, and joined Exeter City in June 1957, for a fee of £200 plus 50% of any future fee received by the Grecians.

This was the start of a lengthy stay at St James’ Park, including playing in the Fourth Division promotion winning team of 1963-64.

He made his Grecians debut against Southend United on the opening day of the 1957-58 season, a game that ended in a 5-0 home defeat!

By the middle of the season though, MacDonald had become a regular fixture in the left-back spot and continued to be so for much of his stay with the Grecians.

After the team were relegated at the end of the 1965-66 season, MacDonald was one of several players to be given free transfers and he signed for Weymouth.

Living in Grays, Essex in 2009, MacDonald returned to St James’ Park for a 1964 promotion winning team reunion.

Les died on the 19 August, 2014




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