Frank McLintock

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Frank McLintock
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Personal information
Full name Francis McLintock
Date of birth (1939-12-28) 28 December 1939 (age 75)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Wing half, centre half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1964 Leicester City 168 (25)
1964–1973 Arsenal 314 (26)
1973–1977 Queens Park Rangers 127 (5)
National team
1963–1971 Scotland 9 (1)
Teams managed
1977–1978 Leicester City
1984–1987 Brentford
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Francis "Frank" McLintock MBE (born 28 December 1939) is a Scottish former football defender who played for Leicester City, Arsenal and QPR.[1]

Leicester City[edit]

Born in Glasgow[1] and brought up in the Gorbals, McLintock started his career in the Scottish Juniors with Shawfield,[2] before moving to Leicester City in 1957 as a wing half, making his debut for them in 1959. He spent seven years at Filbert Street, where he forged a celebrated half-back partnership with Colin Appleton and Ian King and was part of the revered "ice kings" team which chased the double in 1962-63. With Leicester he reached, but lost, two FA Cup finals (1961 and 1963) and a winning League Cup final (1964).[3]

During this time he also made his debut for Scotland, against Norway on 4 June 1963, and in his third appearance for Scotland, against Spain on 13 June 1963, scored one of the goals in a 6–2 win. He made a total of 168 Football League appearances for Leicester.[1]


In October 1964, he was signed by Arsenal for a club record £80,000[4] and went straight into the first team. McLintock spent the next nine seasons with the Gunners, moving from midfield to centre half. He was a first-choice player throughout, and became the club's captain in 1967, and would go on to skipper the club during their period of success under Bertie Mee.

Frank McLintock, April 1970

He reached another two League Cup finals (losing both, in 1968 and 1969), and became so disheartened he handed in a transfer request in 1969. Arsenal manager Bertie Mee managed to persuade him to stay, and McLintock went on to win three major trophies in the space of two years.

McLintock led Arsenal to an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final win in 1969–70, beating Anderlecht 4–3 on aggregate. The following year, he lifted the club's first League and FA Cup Double in 1970–71; he also won the 1971 Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award.

He captained Arsenal in the 1972 FA Cup Final, which they lost to Leeds United.[5]

In total, he had played 403 matches for Arsenal, scoring 32 goals.

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

He spent four seasons at Loftus Road, and was part of the side that qualified for the UEFA Cup after finishing a close second to Liverpool in 1975–76. McLintock made a total of 127 League appearances for QPR.[1] He finally retired from the game in the 1977 close season. In all, he played over 700 times for his three clubs combined. He was made an MBE in 1972.

International career[edit]

He was capped on nine occasions for Scotland.[1]


After retiring from playing, he joined his old club Leicester City as manager in 1977. However, he endured a difficult time in charge, and City went through a spell where they had one win in 26 matches.[6]

He was later manager of Brentford between 1984 and 1987, and then a coach at Millwall, helping the club gain promotion to the old Division One. Mclintock and Docherty were sacked in February 1990. Mclintock was more successful as an after dinner speaker, and as a pundit for first BBC Radio, and more recently Sky Sports. In 2009, McLintock was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Football Lge Career Stats at Neil Brown
  2. ^ Post-war Scotland caps who started in Scottish juniors
  3. ^ Dave Smith & Paul Taylor (2010). Of Fossils and Foxes. ISBN 1-905411-94-4. 
  4. ^ Leicester City celebrates 125 years of football, Part Two - Leicester City's FA Cup Final (Audio), retrieved 31 March 2011
  5. ^ "Billy Bremner and Frank McLintock before the 1972 FA Cup Final". Media Storehouse. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Frankly a fantastic player but frankly not a manager". Leicester 'Till I Die. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bastin and McLintock make Hall of Fame". 
  • Harris, Jeff & Hogg, Tony (ed.) (1995). Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4. 

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