Maurice Malpas

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Maurice Malpas
Personal information
Full name Maurice Daniel Robert Malpas
Date of birth (1962-08-03) 3 August 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Dunfermline, Scotland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Leven Royals
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–2000 Dundee United 617 (20)
National team
1984–1992 Scotland 55 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Scotland under-21 (caretaker)
2006–2007 Motherwell
2007–2008 Scotland under-21 (caretaker)
2008 Swindon Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Maurice Daniel Robert Malpas (born 3 August 1962) is a Scottish football player and coach. He signed for Dundee United in 1979 and spent his entire professional playing career with the club until his retirement in 2000. His total of 830 competitive first team appearances is the second highest in the club's history. Malpas initially combined his football career with studying for an electrical engineering degree, and didn't become a full time professional until 1984. Despite this, he made his debut in for Dundee United in 1981 and won the Scottish Football League Premier Division title in 1983. He later captained them to the Scottish Cup in 1994 and also appeared for the club in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final. Malpas won the SFWA Footballer of the Year award in 1991. His long service was rewarded with two testimonial matches, in 1991 and 2000, and he was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame as one of its inaugural members in 2008.

Malpas made his debut for the Scotland national team in 1984 and, as of 2014, is the most recent part–time professional to have represented the country. He went on to gain 55 caps, making him a member of the Scotland Roll of Honour. He appeared for Scotland at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups and at Euro 1992.

Malpas began a coaching career in 1991 whilst still a Dundee United player, continuing as a coach after his retirement until leaving the club in 2003. He joined Motherwell as assistant manager to Terry Butcher before becoming manager from 2006 until 2007. He coached the Scotland under-21 team on a temporary basis before another brief spell in club management with Swindon Town during 2008. More recently he has been assistant manager to Butcher at both Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hibernian.

Early life[edit]

Malpas was born in Dunfermline, Fife. He played youth football for Leven Royals before signing for Dundee United in August 1979.

Playing career[edit]

He won 55 caps for Scotland and subsequently is a member of the Scotland Football Hall of Fame. A Scottish schools U-15 cap, he signed for Dundee United from Leven Royals in 1979. Despite making his first-team debut in November 1981, he did not become a full-time player until the completion of his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering two years later.[1]

Maurice soon developed into one of the best full backs in Scotland, a fact recognised when he won the first of his caps in 1984. He went on to exceed 50, thus becoming the only United player so far to enter the SFA’s Hall of Fame. In his fiftieth international appearance (away to Norway in June 1992) he was made captain to mark the occasion.[2]

Consistently outstanding, his good fortune in avoiding serious injury helped him build the club's all-time record of 617 appearances by the time he retired from playing in the year 2000. He then assumed full time coaching duties at Tannadice, having been acting as player/coach since 1991. He was part of the temporary management team following the dismissal of Alex Smith in October 2002, but left the club in January 2003.

Managerial career[edit]

He initially joined Motherwell as assistant manager to former coaching colleague Terry Butcher. Malpas became Motherwell manager in May 2006, following Butcher's departure to coach Sydney FC.[3] He left the club in June 2007 after one season in charge, having taken the team from a comfortable mid-table position to one that narrowly avoided relegation.[4] Malpas became caretaker manager of the Scotland under-21 team in August 2007, but missed out on the permanent position to Billy Stark.

In January 2008, Malpas became manager of Swindon Town after the takeover of the club by local businessman Andrew Fitton,[5] replacing former Dundee United team-mate Paul Sturrock. Malpas was sacked by chairman Andrew Fitton on 14 November 2008 after a poor run of results and shock exits in the FA Cup to Histon and in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy within a week. He joined Terry Butcher again as assistant, this time at SPL club Inverness Caledonian Thistle. In 2013, Malpas moved with Butcher to Hibernian, rejecting the chance to manage Inverness.[6] Butcher and Malpas both left Hibernian in June 2014, after the club had been relegated from the Scottish Premiership.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Lg Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee United 1979–80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980–81 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981–82 19 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 25 0
1982–83 34 1 1 0 8 1 8 0 51 2
1983–84 34 2 4 0 10 0 6 0 54 2
1984–85 35 2 6 0 6 0 5 0 52 2
1985–86 36 2 5 0 5 0 6 0 52 2
1986–87 36 0 7 1 4 0 10 0 57 1
1987–88 44 0 8 1 3 1 4 0 59 2
1988–89 36 1 6 0 4 0 4 0 50 1
1989–90 30 2 4 0 2 0 4 0 40 2
1990–91 36 1 6 0 4 0 4 0 50 1
1991–92 44 3 2 1 3 0 0 0 49 4
1992–93 37 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 42 0
1993–94 35 0 8 0 1 0 1 0 45 0
1994–95 31 2 4 1 1 0 2 0 38 3
1995–96 30 2 2 0 0 0 4 0 36 2
1996–97 26 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 32 1
1997–98 31 1 4 0 5 0 4 0 44 1
1998–99 31 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 37 0
1999–00 12 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 17 0
Career total 617 20 85 4 64 2 64 0 830 26

Manager statistics[edit]

As of 7 November 2013
Team Nat Managerial Tenure P W D L Win %
Motherwell Scotland 18 May 2006 – 1 June 2007 44 14 8 22 31.82
Swindon Town England 15 January 2008 – 14 November 2008 42 13 11 18 30.95

Honours[edit]

1986–87
1982–83
1993–94
1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1990–91
1984–85, 1997–98
1995–96

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harry Reid (2005), The Final Whistle?, Birlinn, 238 ISBN 1-84158-362-6
  2. ^ Bill Bateson and Albert Sewell (1992). News of the World Football Annual 1992/93. Harper Collins. p. 145. ISBN 0-85543-188-1. 
  3. ^ "Malpas is the new Motherwell boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 May 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Malpas leaves post at Motherwell". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Malpas set to become Swindon boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2008. 
  6. ^ Bathgate, Stuart (12 November 2013). "Terry Butcher to be unveiled as new Hibs manager". The Scotsman (Johnston Publishing). Retrieved 12 November 2013. 

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