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PersonalFullname: Donald McLeod
aka: Donnie McLeod, Slasher McLeod
Born: 28 May 1882
Died: 6 Oct 1917
Signed: 10 May 1902 (from Stenhousemuir)
Left: 10 Oct 1908 (Middlesborough)
Debut: Third Lanark 2-1 Celtic, (League), 30 Aug 1902
International Caps: 4
International Goals: 0
BiogDonnie McLeod played for Celtic in a glorious time, and eventually took over from the well loved Barney Battles in the Celtic side. A very good defender he lined up with Willie Orr in front of David Adams in 1904 and never looked back. A close-knit group, they had some humour:
Donnie: "How the hell did you lose that ball?"
Davy Adams: "I havenae lost it. It's in the net."
He was said to be a two footed player who was "fearless... of tremendous speed"!
His partnership with Jimmy Weir is regarded as one of the most effective defensive partnerships the club has ever had.
In time, weight issues became a problem in the classic 1907-08 season, or as one put it more poetically: " McLeod grows rather adipose and would do well to mind his massage".
One event for which we should be eternally grateful to Donnie for is his bringing the great Alec McNair to Celtic. Alec went on to be one of Celtic's greatest ever players and played more games than anyone else for our club.
However, despite some great service a poor game in the Glasgow Cup v Queen's Park (4-4) in 1908 signalled the end for him and he was gone within a month to Middlesborough. It was a sad end to a good stalwart for the club, but he played his part in an era that is very fondly remembered and for that he will forever be respected for.
Interestingly he likely makes a challenge for being the player (exc goalkeepers) to have played the most games for Celtic without ever scoring a goal for the club (in a competitive game).
From Robert Hoskins', Celtic Football Club and the Great WarThe final casualty of 1917 was Donald McLeod who made 155 appearances as a full back for Celtic between 1902-08. Gunner McLeod was in the 466th Battery of the 65th Royal Field Artillery (RFA) and died from his wounds on Saturday 6.10.17. Donnie is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery in Poperinge, Belgium which was used as a Casualty Clearing Station until 1918 which suggests that Donnie was not killed in Battle but injured.
Unfortunately due to scant regimental diary information, all we know of the whereabouts of Donnie was that he was in Belgium when he picked up his injury. Donnie most certainly would have been involved in the latter stages of the Battle of Passchendaele.
Passchendaele was hell on earth - a mudbath where the Battlefield had been turned into a swamp by continuous rain and shelling. The conditions were so horrific that they prompted the Great War poet Siegfried Sassoon to write one of his most famous poems "Mud and Rain".
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Honours with Celtic[Indicate any known awards (player of the year, etc)]
- Donald's primrose and pink Scotland jersey and cap from the 1906 match against England sold at auction in 2000 for £1216. [Christies]
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