Monday 2 May 2016

Charlie MacDonald's varied career

Former Addick Charlie MacDonald is the featured double page interview in this week's Football League Paper. He has been on loan at St. Albans.

When he was released by Charlton at the age of 21, he then went to play in the Conference. After a good spell at Gravesend & Northfleet, he was signed by Southend and then went on to Brentford.

He enjoyed the best spell of his career with the Bees, scoring 45 goals in 127 games. In 2011 he joined MK Dons for £35,000. He then played for Leyton Orient and Oldham, before dropping into the Conference with Barnet in 2014.

He started as a YTS trainee at Charlton in the last year of that scheme, cleaning Kevin Lisbie's boots. He told the FLP, 'I owe a great debt to Alan Curbishley. He gave me a contract and put me in the first team' where he scored one goal, an equaliser against Newcastle.

He names Scott Parker as his best team-mate. They played together for a Sunday league team called Valley Valiants. He also mentions John Barnes who came to Charlton at the end of his career, 'Fantastic attitude, fantastic footballer.'

Being released by Charlton was his lowest moment. 'It was bad time to be released , too. ITV Digital had collapsed and there was no money in the lower leagues.' Going to the Conference left him 'very, very low.'

As for the future, he has earned a degree in professional broadcasting and writing and has taken his first coaching badge.

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