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Bob Malcolm
Bob Malcolm
Personal information
Full name Robert Malcolm
Date of birth (1980-11-12) 12 November 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back/Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1994–1997 Wrexham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2006 Rangers 88 (3)
2006–2008 Derby County 10 (0)
2007–2008 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 11 (0)
2008–2009 Motherwell 21 (3)
2009–2010 Brisbane Roar 11 (0)
2010 Dundee 4 (0)
2011 Cowdenbeath 2 (0)
Total 147 (6)
National team
2001 Scotland U21 1 (0)
2002–2004 Scotland B 3 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 August 2012.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:36, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

Robert "Bob" Malcolm (born 12 November 1980 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish footballer. He is currently assistant manager of Scottish League Two club Clyde.

Playing career[edit]


He began his career playing for Scottish Premier League team Rangers, either as a centre back or a defensive midfielder. Malcolm played 88 games in his seven years at Rangers.

In May 2004, Malcolm was fined £5,000 after signing "FTP" (an acronym depicting "Fuck The Pope") alongside an autograph for a fan. Anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth made Rangers aware of the incident which took place at a private club function.[1] In November 2004, Malcolm was sent-off from the dug-out, and escorted to the dressing room by two police officers, for making what was reported to have been obscene gestures towards fans of rival Scottish club Celtic, during an Old Firm derby. However, he did return to the bench later in the match.[2]

Despite playing 17 times for Rangers during season 2005–06 under Alex McLeish, he was not in the plans of new manager Paul Le Guen for the new season and was left out of the squad's pre-season trip to South Africa.[3] He had been linked with moves to Dundee United,[4] Ipswich Town,[5] Coventry City,[5] Wolverhampton Wanderers,[5] Preston North End[6] and Millwall[6] before being released by Rangers on 31 August 2006.[7]

Derby County[edit]

Malcolm signed for Derby County on 6 September.[8] He played a part in The Rams promotion to the English Premier League, but injuries hampered his progress at the Derby[9] and on 16 November 2007 he joined Championship club Queens Park Rangers on loan until 1 January 2008, where he joined up with ex-Derby team-mates Lee Camp and Adam Bolder.[10]

On 28 December 2007, Malcolm was suspended by Derby County after he was charged by police with a drink driving offence, although he was playing for QPR at the time. The charge related to an alleged incident on the M1 motorway in Derbyshire the previous morning. He was bailed to appear before Chesterfield Magistrates Court on 16 January 2008.[11] During this hearing the case was adjourned until 29 January, while quoting Tom Cronin would give anything a shot after a few pints.[12] after the adjournment Malcolm admitted to being unfit to drive through drink, he was banned for driving for 20 months, which will be reduced to 15 months if he completes a drink-drivers' rehabilitation course, which he agreed to take during the court hearing.[13] On 31 January 2008 Malcolm had his Derby County contract paid up by manager Paul Jewell,[14] after playing only 14 games for The Rams, with one Premier League appearance in the 6–0 defeat at Liverpool.[15]


Reports in February 2008 had linked him with a move to FC Dallas,[citation needed] but, after failing a fitness test, he instead opted to join Scottish Premier League side Motherwell on 26 February 2008, signing a contract until the end of the 2007–08 season.[16] Malcolm then signed a further one-year deal with the club on 10 July 2008.[17]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

Malcolm signed for Queensland-based A-League team Brisbane Roar in July 2009 where former Rangers team-mates Craig Moore and Charlie Miller played at the time.[18] He was released by the Roar after the team started a rebuilding phase under new coach Ange Postecoglou.


In March 2010, Malcolm moved back to Scotland, with First Division hopefuls Dundee.[19] Having made three appearances for Dundee he was released by the club on 4 May 2010 along with 8 other players.[20]


Malcolm signed for Cowdenbeath in March 2011. He was released in May 2011 following Cowdenbeath's relegation to the Second Division.[21] Malcolm trained with East Fife in July 2012.[citation needed]


Malcolm made appearances for both Scotland U21 and Scotland B. He was also called up to the senior Scotland team in February 2003[22] but was ultimately never capped at that level.

Coaching career[edit]

Malcolm was appointed to a coaching position at Blackpool in January 2014, working for Barry Ferguson. In a match against Burnley in April 2014, Malcolm was filmed pushing Blackpool player Stephen Dobbie in the face.[23] Ferguson subsequently admitted that tensions were a "bit high".[23] Blackpool avoided relegation from the Football League Championship, but Ferguson and Malcolm left the club at the end of the 2013–14 season.

Ferguson was appointed manager of Scottish League Two club Clyde and in June 2014 recruited Malcolm to be a coach.[24] Malcolm was promoted to the position of assistant manager at Clyde in August 2014.[25]


As of 1 January 2008

Season Club Games Goals Notes
1999-00 Rangers 3 0
2000–01 Rangers 9 0
2001–02 Rangers 8 0
2002–03 Rangers 33 0 SPL winner and Scottish Cup winner medals
2003–04 Rangers 17 0
2004–05 Rangers 29 0 SPL winner and Scottish League Cup winner medals
2005–06 Rangers 17 0
2006–07 Derby County 12 0 Promoted to Premier League
2007–08 Derby County 2 0
2007–08 Queens Park Rangers 11 0 On loan from Derby County
2007–08 Motherwell 12 0


  1. ^ "Scottish Christian News Monitor for May 15–31, 2004". Scottish Christian. Reuters. 20 May 2004. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2006. 
  2. ^ McHugh, Joe (21 November 2004). "Mayhem Two Sent off as Bhoys Crash, But O'Neill Insists:". Sunday Mirror. bnet. Retrieved 5 February 2007. 
  3. ^ "Le Guen needing players to move". BBC Sport. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c "Bob Malcolm In?". Vital Football. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Wednesday's football gossip". BBC Sport. 16 August 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Rangers release defensive quartet". BBC Sport. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "Derby complete signing of Malcolm". BBC Sport. 5 September 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Malcolm facing extended lay-off". BBC Sport. 24 October 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  9. ^ "Championship – Malcolm joins QPR on loan". Yahoo!. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2008. [dead link]
  10. ^ Rutledge, Lewis (28 December 2007). "Malcolm suspended by Rams". Sky Sports. Retrieved 5 February 2007. 
  11. ^ "Malcolm case Adjourned". Derby County official website. 16 January 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2008. 
  12. ^ "Drunk footballer was asleep on M1". BBC. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2008. 
  13. ^ "Nyatanga and Malcolm head out". Derby County official website. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  14. ^ Bevan, Chris (1 September 2007). "Liverpool 6–0 Derby". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  15. ^ "Malcolm seals Motherwell switch". BBC Sport. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2008. 
  16. ^ "Malcolm nets new Motherwell deal" BBC Sport website (10 July 2008)
  17. ^ "Malcolm completes move Down Under". BBC. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  18. ^ [1], Dundee FC, 5 June 2010.
  19. ^ "Dundee aim to axe 16 from squad". BBC Sport. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Scots call on Old Firm duo". BBC. 4 February 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Ferguson denies unrest after Bob Malcolm bust up". The Scotsman. 19 April 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  23. ^ Jack, Chris (30 June 2014). "Bob Malcolm: Barry Ferguson and I want to be winners at Clyde like Rangers". Evening Times. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  24. ^ Malcolm named Clyde No 2, SPFL

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