Maurice Malpas

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Maurice Malpas
Personal information
Full name Maurice Daniel Robert Malpas[1]
Date of birth (1962-08-03) 3 August 1962 (age 55)[1]
Place of birth Dunfermline, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
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 U21 (caretaker)
2006–2007 Motherwell
2007–2008 Scotland U21 (caretaker)
2008 Swindon Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

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. With him United were Scottish champions in 1983 and Scottish Cup winners in 1994. European runs there included reaching the 1983-84 European Cup semi final and the 1987 UEFA Cup Final.

Malpas made his debut for the Scotland national team in 1984. He went on to gain 55 caps, making him a member of the Scotland national football team roll of honour. He played for Scotland at two World Cups and one European Champions finals.

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.

Playing career[edit]

Dundee United[edit]

Malpas was born in Dunfermline Fife.[1] and played youth football for Leven Royals.

He signed for Dundee United in August 1979. 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.[2] Despite this, he made his debut in for Dundee United in 1981 and won the Scottish Football League Premier Division title in 1983. In the subsequent 1983-84 European Cup United reached the semi final.

United made it to the 1986/87 UEFA Cup Final. En route they defeated Terry Venables' F.C. Barcelona side featuring Gary Lineker and Mark Hughes at home and away in the quarter finals. Kevin Gallacher scored the only goal in the first leg at home. Ian Redford delivered the free kick headed home by John Clark for a 2nd leg equaliser at Camp Nou. This prompted Lineker to prophetically say to one of the United players, ‘this mob’ll just chuck it.’ Iain Ferguson then scored a second for United nodding in Paul Sturrock's cross to win 3–1 on aggregate. In the semi final they drew 0–0 at home to Borussia Monchengladbach. In the return leg in Germany they inflicted Borussia's first home defeat in Europe in 55 games going back to 1970. Ferguson put United ahead just before half time. Redford capped the United performance with a last minute goal to seal a 2–0 win. Billy Thomson was injured after five minutes of the final first leg diving at the feet of Lennart Nilsson and needed five stitches for a blow just behind his left ear. Some reports said Thomson almost lost his ear. Thomson though repelled attack after attack and was beaten only once when Stefan Pettersson scored. McLean described Thomson's performance as "magnificent". Despite Clark scoring in the final in the 1–1 second leg draw at Tannadice, United lost 2–1 on aggregate.[3][4]

United played in the Scottish Cup Final in 1987. Ferguson had a much disputed extra time goal disallowed. Five minutes later name sake Ian Ferguson scored the only goal of the game for a 1–0 St Mirren win.[5] Gallagher had United ahead the year after when they lost 2–1 to Celtic.[6] In 1991 Dave Bowman, John O'Neil and Darren Jackson scored in the 4–3 extra time defeat to Motherwell.[7] Captain Malpas lifted the trophy when Craig Brewster scored the only goal in the 1994 Scottish Cup Final win against Rangers.[8]

Malpas won the SFWA Footballer of the Year award in 1991. His long service was rewarded with two testimonial matches, in 1991 and 2000. He was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame as one of its inaugural members in 2008.

Scotland[edit]

Winning first of his caps in 1984, as of 2014 Malpas is the most recent part-time professional to have played for Scotland. He won 55 caps in total. In his 50th international appearance (away to Norway in June 1992) he was made captain to mark the occasion.[9] He appeared for Scotland at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups and at Euro 1992.

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Malpas 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.

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.[10] 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.[11] 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,[12] replacing former Dundee United teammate 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 Football League 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.[13] Butcher and Malpas both left Hibernian in June 2014, after the club had been relegated from the Scottish Premiership.[14]

Malpas became director of football at Raith Rovers on 26 December 2014.[14][15] He left Raith Rovers on 22 May 2015[16] and was inducted to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in October 2015.[17]

Malpas returned to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in April 2017, working for manager Richie Foran.[18]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 14 November 2008
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Motherwell 17 May 2006 1 June 2007 44 14 8 22 031.8 [10][19]
Swindon Town 15 January 2008 14 November 2008 42 13 11 18 031.0 [19]
Total 86 27 19 40 031.4

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

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

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Maurice Malpas – Player profile". DUFC Archive. Archived from the original on 4 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Harry Reid (2005), The Final Whistle?, Birlinn, 238 ISBN 1-84158-362-6
  3. ^ "Remembering Dundee United in 1986–87: 70 matches, two finals, no silverware" The Guardian, 5 June 2017
  4. ^ "The forgotten story of ... Dundee United's glory years under Jim McLean " The Guardian
  5. ^ St.Mirren v Dundee Utd. 1986–87 Scottish Cup Final
  6. ^ CELTIC FC V DUNDEE UNITED FC – 2–1 – SCOTTISH CUP FINAL 1988
  7. ^ 1991 Cup Final: Dundee United 3–4 Motherwell ( Scottish Cup )
  8. ^ Dundee United 1994 Scottish Cup Final Winnners
  9. ^ Bill Bateson and Albert Sewell (1992). News of the World Football Annual 1992/93. Harper Collins. p. 145. ISBN 0-85543-188-1. 
  10. ^ a b "Malpas is the new Motherwell boss". BBC Sport. 17 May 2006. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Malpas leaves post at Motherwell". BBC Sport. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Malpas set to become Swindon boss". BBC Sport. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2008. 
  13. ^ Bathgate, Stuart (12 November 2013). "Terry Butcher to be unveiled as new Hibs manager". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Raith Rovers: Maurice Malpas is director of football". BBC Sport. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Director of Football Appointed". Raith Rovers F.C. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "19539". Raith Rovers F.C. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  17. ^ a b Mullen, Scott (18 October 2015). "Ally MacLeod one of five inducted into Scottish Football Hall of Fame". Evening Times. Glasgow. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Inverness Caledonian Thistle: Maurice Malpas rejoins coaching staff". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Managers: Maurice Malpas". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 

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