Stuart Malcolm

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Stuart Malcolm
Personal information
Full name Stuart Ross Malcolm[1]
Date of birth (1979-08-20) 20 August 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Forfar Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 St Johnstone 1 (0)
1998 Cowdenbeath (loan) 4 (0)
2002–2003 Plymouth Argyle 3 (0)
2003–2005 Ross County 38 (1)
2005 Drogheda United 25 (1)
2006 Dublin City 14 (0)
2006–2007 Alloa Athletic 23 (1)
2007 Montrose 6 (0)
2007–2008 Shelbourne 17 (1)
2008–2009 Finn Harps 25 (2)
2009–2010 Forfar Athletic 5 (0)
2010–2013 Arbroath 76 (9)
2013–2015 Forfar Athletic 50 (3)
2015–2016 Stenhousemuir 27 (0)
2016– Forfar Athletic 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:02, 22 June 2016 (UTC).

Stuart Ross Malcolm (born 20 August 1979) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a defender. Malcom is currently in his third spell with Forfar Athletic.

Born in Edinburgh, Malcolm has previously played for St Johnstone, Cowdenbeath, Plymouth Argyle, Ross County, Drogheda United, Dublin City, Alloa Athletic, Montrose, Shelbourne, Finn Harps, Arbroath and Stenhousemuir.

Career[edit]

St Johnstone & Plymouth[edit]

Malcolm's career started in 1998 when he signed a professional contract with St Johnstone. He was sent on loan to struggling Third Division side Cowdenbeath to gain experience, where he managed to stave off the possibility of finishing bottom of the Scottish league thanks to a win in the final game of the season against fellow strugglers Montrose. When Malcolm finished his spell at St. Johnstone, he moved south of the border to Plymouth Argyle, where he played extensively in the reserves, although he was unable to make inroads in the first team.

Ross County & Ireland[edit]

At the beginning of the 2003–04 season, Malcolm signed for Ross County, and he played the first game of his season for the team in the Scottish League Challenge Cup quarterfinal defeat to Inverness. Malcolm helped Ross County consolidate their position in the league during the 2003–04 season, though towards the end of the year he played much less frequently. This stemmed indirectly from a spate of yellow and red cards. He was first sent off for causing injury to Laurie Ellis, and this was followed by a second for a challenge on Ian Harty.[2] Between February and May, Malcolm played just five games for the side. He was then dropped from the team after Christmas 2004.

In February 2005, Stuart departed Ross County to join League of Ireland Premier Division side Drogheda United. Stuart became a regular in the team during the 2005 season and made an immediate impression for the County Louth side. Despite a strong first season at Drogheda United, Stuart's one-year contract at the Drogs was not renewed and he became a free agent.[3] It did not take Stuart long to find a new club as he signed for newly promoted Premier Division outfit Dublin City in January 2006.[4] At his new club, he again became regular in the side and became an integral part of City's push up the table. Stuart's career at Dublin City was cut short as the club went out of existence in July 2006 due to financial difficulties.[5]

Return to Scotland[edit]

He then returned to Scottish football by signing for Alloa Athletic, where he made his debut in a 6–1 drubbing at the hands of Cowdenbeath. Later the same month, he picked up his first of three red cards in that term, two of which came in successive appearances. During March 2007, Malcolm left Alloa and signed for Montrose, but he was released by Montrose at the end of the season.

Return to Ireland[edit]

Immediately after his release from Montrose, Malcolm returned to Irish football by agreeing to sign for Eircom League First Division outfit Shelbourne.[6] The deal was brokered by Malcolm's former manager at Dublin City, Dermot Keely, who was then manager of Shels. Keely brought Malcolm to Tolka Park to help add much needed experience and bite to the Shelbourne side who were struggling in their first season in the FAI First Division after the Tolka Park outfit's demotion to the second tier of Irish football. Stuart made his Shelbourne debut in a 1–0 victory against Wexford Youths at Tolka Park on 6 July 2007.[7] He soon scored his first Shelbourne goal during a 5–2 victory over Kilkenny City at Buckley Park.[8] After making 17 appearances for Shels, Malcolm departed in January 2008 to join Finn Harps.[9]

Forfar, Arbroath & Stenhousemuir[edit]

In the summer of 2009, Malcolm signed for Third Division side Forfar Athletic. In the summer of 2010 he signed for Arbroath and was captain of the team during his three seasons with the club. He returned to Forfar in July 2013, and at the end of the 2014–15 season, left Forfar and signed for Scottish League One rivals Stenhousemuir.[10] After one season with the Warriors, Malcolm returned to Station Park in May 2016 for his third spell with the Scottish League Two side.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stuart Malcolm". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Clyde 1–0 Ross County, BBC Sport.
  3. ^ Bye Bye Big Stewie, Drogheda United
  4. ^ Vikings complete THIRD Drogs raid, www.eleven-a-side.com
  5. ^ Dublin City FC bow out of eircom League, RTÉ.
  6. ^ Exclusive: Shels sign two new players by Gareth Penrose, www.shelbournefc.com
  7. ^ Shelbourne 1–0 Wexford Youths, RTÉ.
  8. ^ Kilkenny City 2–5 Shelbourne, RTÉ.
  9. ^ New Signings, www.shelbournefc.com
  10. ^ "Player News". stenhousemuirfc.com. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Gary completes another two signings". Forfar Athletic FC. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 

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