002 malpas


Full back. Born 3rd August 1962, Dunfermline.

Clubs: Dundee United (1979-2000). League appearances: 617. League goals: 20.

Domestic honours: Scottish League Championship 1982/83; Scottish Cup 1994. European honours: UEFA Cup finalist 1987.

International honours: 55 Scotland caps (1984-1992).

Maurice Malpas played for Dundee United and no-one else. Even his underwear is tangerine and black. He made 830 appearances for United in a 21-year career, but at the time that he and United were winning their most recent Scottish League title in 1983, Malpas was not yet a full-time professional. Instead, he mixed football with studies for an engineering degree. Qualification in the bag, Malpas duly signed full terms at Tannadice and stayed for another 17 seasons. Life has a way of making you wonder what it’s all for when you write it down, doesn’t it?

Malpas was also a stalwart of the national team and represented Scotland at both the 1986 and 1990 World Cups and the 1992 European Championship. Upon his retirement from playing he went into management, which is a form of engineering I suppose, nurdling his way through short and undistinguished spells at Motherwell and Swindon Town. He is now at Raith Rovers as Director of Football, whatever that means.