PLAYERS - WHITE, Macdonald

Macdonald WHITE


Guernsey Number: 23
Career: 1919
NFC Games: 8
NFC Goals: 15
Debut: v West Adelaide (Adelaide) 12th May 1919
Finale: v Port Adelaide (Alberton) 16th August 1919


Macdonald "Mac" White was born at Moonta on April 25, 1900. In 1915, his parents sold their grocery store at Moonta and the family moved to Kensington Road, Rose Park. The following year, he kicked seven goals from full forward for Prince Alfred College against St. Peter's College on Adelaide Oval, in their annual Inter-Collegiate match.
Norwood recruited White from Kenilworth in 1919 after the youngster had shown plenty of promise the previous season. At the time, Norwood did not have a team in the Patriotic League, and several of its ex-players, including  Syd White (captain), Harry Johns and Guy Stephens, represented the Kenilworth Football Club in the revamped competition.
"Mac" made his league debut for Norwood against West Adelaide, again on the Adelaide Oval. He was named second best and Norwood won its only match for the season : 8.4 to 5.9.

He played another seven matches in the 1919 season as a goalsneak/wingman. His final game was against Port Adelaide at Alberton. Despite missing some easy shots late in the game, he still managed four goals for the day.
White then transferred to Dulwich in the East Torrens Football Association, before playing at Gawler.
White lived in Western Australia from 1930 to 1975, at Yarloop, south-west of Perth. During his time at the local football club he filled most of the administration roles, including serving as club President.
Macdonald White died on December 17 1995 having been Norwood's oldest living player for many years.

R Cialini Dec 2016

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