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Date of birth: July 25, 1891 Place of birth: Newton Mearns Nationality: Scottish Position: Defender Years at the club: 1910-28 Signed from: Newton Villa Left for: Prescot Cables Position in 2006 poll: 89
Defensive lynchpin Donald MacKinlay was among the earliest true greats to lead Liverpool to success, captaining the Reds team which claimed back-to-back league championships during the 1920s.
The Scot was a genuine football man who was capable of playing - and excelling - in practically any position within the side; it was stationed at full-back where MacKinlay contributed most crucially, however.
Donald arrived at Anfield in January 1910 from Glaswegian football and made his Liverpool debut in a handsome 7-3 victory over Nottingham Forest. It was a fitting opening to a Reds career which would last 18 years.
MacKinlay, who was a set-piece specialist of the era, did not fully establish himself as a regular starter until the Football League resumed following the First World War but the Scotland international wasted no time once he had.
The defender missed just one league fixture as the Reds finished an impressive fourth in the 1919-20 standings and was consistent again during the following campaign in helping the club concede just 35 goals.
David Ashworth was craftily building a team ready for a championship challenge, and the foundation of MacKinlay alongside rearguard colleagues Ephraim Longworth and Jock McNab was all-important.
MacKinlay was named skipper midway through the 1921-22 campaign and he led by example as the Reds romped to their third league title by six points. Donald then played every single match as Liverpool retained their championship and shipped a miserly 31 goals.
Although stopping goals was the Scot's primary concern, MacKinlay was no mean goalscorer either - he contributed a total of 34 strikes to the cause at Anfield, bagging six in a season on three separate occasions. One, against West Ham in 1926, actually came from inside his own half.
He remained a fixture of Liverpool starting XIs until the beginning of the 1928-29 season, when he was edged out of the side by Robert Done. Staying on Merseyside, the Scot left the club at the conclusion of the year with his legacy cemented forever.
Appearances: 434 Goals: 34 Honours with LFC: 2 First Division titles (1921-22, 1922-23) Did you know? MacKinlay once broke his false teeth during a match at Blackpool and had to ask the club to repair them Where is he now? Donald was a publican in the city before his death