The Boy Philip Returns

Last updated : 02 January 2004 By Firparkcorner

It is true to say that Phil O’Donnell could look back at his career and ask what he could have achieved if he was not so cruelly hampered by injury. In the last four seasons at Sheffield Wednesday he has made only 25 appearances as the once proud club hurtled down the divisions.

Originally O’Donnell was only training with us after he was released by Wednesday. Then he signed on as an amateur to allow Butcher to watch him in U21 games and after a handful of solid performances, he has earned a short term deal with us and the chance to restart his career.

Phil signed school boy terms with Motherwell from Hamilton Colts at the tender age of 14. He was then nurtured through the youth system and made his debut against St Mirren in November 1990. As that season progressed Phil worked his way into the side and was a certain starter in the Cup Final triumph over Dundee United. With an immaculate sense of timing, he scored his first ‘Well goal that day with a sensational diving header. He modestly commented to GLF ‘I tried keep it on target and it went in’.

After he left to go to Celtic for £1.75m, his career began to suffer with injuries. He did add to his trophy cabinet with a league winners medal and another Scottish Cup medal being added to the collection, along with a solitary full Scotland cap.

Let’s hope he can make a positive return!


Read the GLF interview from Issue 11 and a GLF piece on his leaving from Issue 16.