Charlie MacDonald

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Charlie MacDonald

Appearances: 5 Goals: 1

Date / Year of birth: 13th February 1981

Position: Striker

Season of first appearance: 2002/03

Season of last appearance: 2002/03

Also played for: Millwall (0), Charlton Athletic (2+11,2) Cheltenham (7+1, 2), Torquay United (5,0), Colchester United (2+2,1), Stevenage Borough, Crawley Town, Weymouth, Gravesend & Northfleet, Ebbsfleet United, Southend United (15+19, 5), Brentford (119+8,45), Milton Keynes Dons (46+19,13), Leyton Orient (17+3,3), Oldham Athletic (15+15,5) and Barnet

5' 8" tall Southwark-born striker who was on Millwall's books as a schoolboy before being picked up by Charlton. Charlie played for the London Schools and South-East England Under-16's sides during his early days at The Valley.

During the 1997/98 season he scored 15 goals in 32 games for the Addicks' youth team and Charlie also played 19 reserve team games (13 as sub) and scored twice for them. He top scored for Charlton's Under-19's side with 12 goals from 20 outings during 1998/99 and made 16 reserve team appearances (nine as sub), scoring three times.

After really establishing himself in the reserves during the first half of 1999/00 Charlie made his senior debut as a substitute in a 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the 1st Division (later Championship) on 3.1.00. On 8.1.00 he started for the first time and got the only goal of the game as Charlton beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 at The Valley in an FA Cup 4th Round tie. Charlie made two more sub appearances before the end of the season. He won the clubs 'Young Player of the Year' award and in addition to his first team outings Charlie scored nine goals from 20 reserve team appearances (two as sub). His tally included four in a 6-3 win over Nottingham Forest on 18.4.00.

The 2000/01 campaign saw Charlton join the Premier League and on 23.9.00 Charlie had his first outing at the highest level when he appeared as an 89th minute substitute in a 1-0 win at Newcastle. He made two more Premier League appearances before the end of October 2000 but then fell out of the first team picture until January 2001 when he played in an FA Cup tie at Dagenham & Redbridge.

In March 2001 Charlie was loaned to Cheltenham for the remainder of the season and scored twice from eight appearances (one as sub) there. Both goals came in a 2-2 draw at Blackpool on 16.4.01. He ended the campaign having made six first team appearances for Charlton without scoring but Charlie did manage seven goals from 13 appearances for the reserves.

On 28.7.01 he played as Charlton won 3-2 in a friendly at Margate and Charlie then had three senior outings in the first half of the 2001/02 season. In the third of them - a Premier League game against Newcastle at The Valley on 1.12.01 - he came off the bench to score Charlton's 83rd minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw. He'd only been on the field for three minutes when he struck and shortly afterwards Newcastle's Alan Shearer was sent off.

In February 2002 Charlie was loaned out to Torquay and made five appearances there without scoring.

In March 2002 he joined Colchester on loan and played four first team games (two as sub). In the last of them - a home game against Wigan on 20.4.02 - Charlie scored to put Colchester 2-0 up but the match finished as a 2-2 draw.

At the end of the 2001/02 season he was released by Charlton. Charlie had scored six goals in 15 reserve team appearances during the campaign and had made a career total of 13 first team appearances, all bar two of them as a substitute.

In August 2002 Charlie joined Margate on trial ahead of the clubs second campaign in the Conference and scored in the final pre-season friendly - a 2-1 win at Welling on 12.8.02. Chris Kinnear told the Isle of Thanet Gazette "He's trying to stay in the Football League and he is a good player. He's been offered a move to Cyprus but we're trying to convince him to sign for us." Just before the start of the season proper Charlie joined Margate as a non-contract player and the Non-League Paper hailed his signing as "one of the transfer coups of the summer".

After missing Margate's opening game Charlie made his debut in a 1-1 draw at Kettering on 20.8.02 and thus became the first player with Premier League experience ever to play for the club. The Isle of Thanet Gazette said he was "lively" but "among the culprits" as Margate missed chances to win. Chris Kinnear told the Non-League Paper "his awareness was good...but he certainly wasn't a cut above everybody else." Charlie then featured in the next four matches starting with a 1-0 defeat at Northwich on 24.8.02. On 26.8.02 he scored in a 3-0 win over Forest Green at Margate's temporary home in Dover and the Thanet Times said he "worked hard" in a 2-0 defeat at Leigh on 31.8.02. On 3.9.02 he made his fifth and final appearance for Margate in a 2-2 draw with Barnet at Dover. Charlie went off injured five minutes into the second half after a good display which prompted the Isle of Thanet Gazette to say it was "difficult to stress exactly how impressive (Leon) Braithwaite and MacDonald looked". A few days later he joined Margate's fellow Conference club Stevenage.

Charlie went on to score three goals from 16 Conference outings (three as sub) for Stevenage before being released by the club in March 2003. He then spent the remainder of 2002/03 training with his old club Charlton.

In the summer of 2003 Charlie signed for Southern Premier League side Crawley and his 25 goals helped them to win the title during 2003/04. His tally was especially impressive as he missed over two months of the season due to injury. Charlie won the clubs 'Player of the Year' award and was also chosen as the Non-League Paper's 'Dr Martens Player of the Season'.

He made a bright start to the 2004/05 campaign and got both Crawley's goals in their 2-1 win at Leigh on the opening day of the new Conference season. Charlie scored five more Conference goals before the end of September 2004 and then endured a barren run of 17 league games without a goal which was finally ended in a 2-2 home draw with Leigh on 25.3.05. A few days later he was released by Crawley having scored a total of 38 goals from 79 appearances for the club.

Charlie joined Conference South outfit Weymouth for the remainder of the season and scored twice before being released at the end of 2004/05. He'd had the option of staying with the club but Weymouth were about to become full-time and Charlie didn't want to move to the area.

In May 2005 he signed a full-time contract with Conference club Gravesend & Northfleet and Charlie scored 12 league goals before injury curtailed his season in January 2006. He stayed with the Fleet for 2006/07 and scored 27 Conference goals to finish as the league's leading marksman. Charlie's form led to him being chosen for the England National Game XI squad for the Four Nations Tournament in May 2007.

In June 2007 Charlie left the newly renamed Ebbsfleet and signed for League One outfit Southend. He scored five goals from 34 outings (19 as sub) during 2007/08 before leaving the club at the end of the season.

Charlie joined League Two side Brentford in July 2008 and went on to enjoy a successful spell with the club after scoring twice on his debut in a 4-0 win over Grimsby at Griffin Park on 16.8.08. On 7.3.09 he scored all three goals in a 3-0 win over Chester and Charlie ended 2008/09 having scored 18 times in 41 appearances as Brentford won promotion.

He notched up 17 goals from 43 outings during the 2009/10 campaign and picked up the first red card of his career in a 1-0 win at Gillingham on 26.12.09.

During 2010/11 Charlie scored ten goals from 39 appearances and he was in good form for Brentford in their pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2011/12 campaign. On 16.7.11 he scored four times in the first half of what ended up being a 10-0 win at Tonbridge before going off at half-time. Charlie then featured in the Bees first four matches of 2011/12 before joining MK Dons of League One for an undisclosed fee in August 2011.

He signed a two-year contract and made an instant impact by scoring the only goal of the game on his debut as the Dons beat his old club Stevenage on 27.8.11. By the end of the 2011/12 season Charlie had scored 11 goals from 40 appearances (six as sub) for the Dons.

He struggled to gain a regular place in the MK Dons side during the first half of the 2012/13 campaign and in January 2013 Charlie signed for Leyton Orient on a free transfer. He made his debut in a 1-1 home draw with Crewe in League One on 12.1.13 and scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win over Tranmere at Brisbane Road on 9.2.13. Charlie then scored twice in a 3-1 win over visitors AFC Bournemouth on 2.3.13 but he didn't find the net again after that and finished the 2012/13 campaign having made a total of 20 appearances (three as sub).

At the start of July 2013 Charlie joined Oldham of League One on a free transfer and made his debut in a 4-3 win at Stevenage on 3.8.13. On 17.8.13 he scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 defeat at Peterborough and Charlie went on to be a regular in Oldham's matchday squad for the rest of the season although he was often used as a substitute. By the end of 2013/14 he'd scored five times from a total of 30 appearances (15 as sub) and at the end of the season Charlie was released.

In July 2014 he signed for Conference club Barnet where he teamed up with centre-forward John Akinde who'd also had a spell at Margate earlier in his career.









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