Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Alexander McDonald

Known as
Alex McDonald

13 February 1970 (age 52)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 116d
Last game: 29y 63d

Height and weight
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
Hawthorn; Collingwood

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 28
Collingwood: 27

Recruited from
Hawthorn (1996)

Family links
Anthony McDonald (Brother)James McDonald (Brother)

Alex McDonald

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 10,128th player to appear, 2,197th most games played, 2,233rd most goals kickedHawthorn: 729th player to appear, 280th most games played, 214th most goals kickedCollingwood: 966th player to appear, 295th most games played, 316th most goals kicked

In 1988 Alex McDonald was the first pick in the National Draft. He made his AFL debut for Hawthorn in 1990 but struggled to establish himself. After 46 games and 24 goals in six seasons in the brown and gold he crossed to Collingwood where the change of air clearly did him good as he produced the best football of his career, and was a regular in the side. Playing mostly as a tagger his distribution of the ball, whether by hand or foot, was first rate. In 1999, after 61 games and 20 goals for the Magpies, hip problems forced his premature retirement.

Author - John Devaney


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