Malcolm Bailey

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Malcolm Bailey
Personal information
Full name Malcolm Roy Bailey[1]
Date of birth (1950-04-14)14 April 1950[1]
Place of birth Biddulph, England[1]
Date of death 14 November 2017(2017-11-14) (aged 67)[2]
Position(s) Right-half
Youth career
Port Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1970 Port Vale 2 (0)
Northwich Victoria
1977–1983 Altrincham 174 (9)
Telford United
1984 Hyde United 18 (0)
Total 194+ (9+)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Malcolm Roy Bailey (14 April 1950 – 14 November 2017) was an English footballer who played as a right-half.

He failed to establish himself in the Football League with Port Vale, and so went into non-league football with Northwich Victoria and Runcorn in the 1970s. He played for Altrincham between 1977 and 1983, where he won two Alliance Premier League titles and triumph in the Cheshire Senior Cup, FA Trophy and Conference League Cup competitions. He later played for Telford United and Hyde United.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Biddulph, Bailey graduated through the Port Vale youth side to sign as a professional in May 1967.[1] His Fourth Division debut came on 21 April 1969, in a 1–0 home win over Grimsby Town.[1] He was only to play once more however before being given a free transfer in May 1970.[1] He moved on to Northwich Victoria of the Northern Premier League, and then switched to league rivals Runcorn.[1]

He signed with Altrincham, also of the Northern Premier League, for the 1977–78 season, and formed a partnership with John Owens.[3] In his first season, he scored the winning goal against former club Runcorn that booked "Alty" a place in the 1978 FA Trophy Final.[3] In the final Altrincham's beat Leatherhead 3–1.[3] The following season the club finished second in the Northern Premier League. In the 1979–80 campaign he helped the club to claim the inaugural Alliance Premier League title and to reach the final of the Conference League Cup.[3] The following season he picked up his second championship medal, and helped the club to League cup success over Kettering Town. The next season he helped the club to reach the 1982 FA Trophy Final and to lift the Cheshire Senior Cup.[3] He struggled with injury at Moss Lane, though still managed to make 262 appearances for the club, scoring 20 goals.[3]

He signed with Telford United, also of the Alliance Premier League, for the 1983–84 campaign. He signed for Hyde United in 1984, making his debut in a 4–1 win over Southport.[4] He spent just half a season with the club, making 21 appearances in all competitions.[5]

Personal life[edit]

As well as his footballing career, Bailey worked in the engineering trade.[6]



Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1968–69 Fourth Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0




  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 14. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.
  2. ^ "Malcolm Bailey". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Rowley, Terry; Bill Coop. "Mal Bailey". Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Match Details: Southport 1 Hyde United 4". Hyde Football Club: Database. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Player Statistics: Mal Bailey". Hyde Football Club: Database. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Altrincham FC players of 1979–80". Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  7. ^ Malcolm Bailey at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)