On Wednesday, 4th September 2019 it was announced that Hull City Football Club defender Angus MacDonald had been diagnosed with the early stages of bowel cancer. Tragically, the 26-year-old MacDonald had only just returned full-time to the club after having spent the better part of a year on the sidelines due to deep vein thrombosis.
In an official statement from Hull City FC, “Hull City are sad to announce that Angus MacDonald has been diagnosed with early stages of bowel cancer. Angus has shown great strength of character in the way he has reacted to this news.
The Life and Times of Angus MacDonald
Born 15 October 1992 in Winchester, Hampshire, MacDonald started his professional football career at the Reading Academy and during his scholarship spent time on loan at Salisbury City FC. After signing his first professional contract in June 2011, by November of the same year MacDonald had joined Basingstoke Town FC on loan and made his debut in a 2-1 FA Trophy win over Sutton United FC.
By August 2013, MacDonald had signed a 1-year contract with Salisbury City FC and in July 2014 was signed to Torquay United FC on a 1-year contract. He made 26 appearances with Torquay United in his 1st year which led to a contract extension and was named club captain in his 2nd year with the club – a win on par with some of your best real money bingo wins! In August 2016, MacDonald signed with Barnsley FC where he was named team captain almost exactly 1 year later. On 31 January 2018, MacDonald signed a 2.5-year deal with Hull City FC.
A Career Plagued by Illness
While MacDonald is only 26 years old, his short football career has been plagued by illness. In 2007, when MacDonald was just 15 years old, he was diagnosed with having a blood clot on the lung, but received the necessary treatment and made a full recovery. He went on to begin his football career at Reading Academy, but was once again plagued by ill-health when in November 2018 he was diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis.
The diagnosis saw MacDonald spend the better half of a year on the sidelines at Hull City FC, but he announced last month via Instagram that he would be taking part in his first full training session since his last appearance with the team in April 2018. Now, in what can only be described as tragic, MacDonald has been diagnosed with early stage bowel cancer. The defender once again took to social media to announce the diagnosis and had the following to say: “After a year on the sidelines and recently getting back into full training, returning to the pitch felt closer than ever, so this news has come as a complete shock and is hard to take and fully process.”
We wish this young defender, so full of potential, all the best in his treatment and we are hoping to see him make a full recovery.