Archie Macaulay

Archie Macaulay
Personal information
Full name Archibald Renwick Macaulay[1]
Date of birth (1915-07-30)30 July 1915
Place of birth Falkirk, Scotland
Date of death 10 June 1993(1993-06-10) (aged 77)
Place of death Knowle, England[1]
Playing position Inside right / Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1933–1937 Rangers 36 (7)
1937–1946 West Ham United 83 (29)
1946–1947 Brentford 26 (2)
1947–1950 Arsenal 103 (1)
1950–1953 Fulham 48 (4)
1953–1957 Guildford City
National team
1947–1948 Scotland[2] 7 (0)
Teams managed
1953–1957 Guildford City
1957–1961 Norwich City
1961–1963 West Bromwich Albion
1963–1968 Brighton & Hove Albion

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Archibald Renwick "Archie" Macaulay (30 July 1915 – 10 June 1993) was a Scottish football player and manager.

Playing career

Born in Falkirk, Macaulay started his playing career with Rangers, where he became a regular at the age of only 18. Playing as an inside right, he won a Scottish Cup medal in 1935-36 and a Scottish League Championship medal the year after. In 1937 he was transferred to West Ham United for £6,000; the Second World War interrupted his career somewhat but he still won a Wartime Cup medal in 1940 and played five unofficial wartime matches for Scotland.

Macaulay was signed by Brentford in October 1946, and made his official Scotland debut (against England at Wembley Stadium on 12 April 1947). By this time he had been converted to a wing half, Brentford were relegated to the Second Division at the end of the 1946-47 season. Macaulay was selected to play for Great Britain in a one-off match in May 1947.[3]

He was signed by Arsenal in July 1947 for £10,000. Macaulay made his Arsenal debut against Sunderland on 23 August 1947 and in his first season with the Gunners, he played 40 league matches and won a First Division Championship medal. He continued to play for Arsenal as a near ever-present for the next two seasons, although he missed out Arsenal's 1950 FA Cup triumph after manager Tom Whittaker preferred fellow Scot Alex Forbes in the final. Macaulay left Arsenal for Fulham in June 1950; in all he made 108 appearances in three seasons, scoring one goal. He also won six more caps for Scotland while at Arsenal, bringing his total tally to seven. He spent three season at Fulham, though he could not save them from relegation to Division Two in 1951-52. He moved to Guildford City after that, to become the club's player-manager.

Managerial career

In 1957 he succeeded Tom Parker as manager of Norwich City, where he led the Third Division side to the FA Cup semi-finals in 1959 in one of the most famous FA Cup runs of all time, and promotion to the Second Division the following year. In 1961 he moved on to West Bromwich Albion, though the Baggies did little under his two-year reign, instead enjoying mid-table obscurity.

Macaulay finished his managerial career at Brighton & Hove Albion between 1963 and 1968, leading the club to promotion from the Fourth Division in 1965. After that, he left football management completely, and later worked as a traffic warden.[4] He died in June 1993, aged 77.



  1. 1 2 "Barry Hugman's Footballers - Archie Macaulay". Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  2. "Archibald Macauley". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  3. "The four British associations return to FIFA after the Second World War: 25th FIFA Congress in Luxembourg in 1946". FIFA. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  4. Lacey, David (27 November 2004). "'The day of the traditional manager may be nearing its twilight'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 April 2010.

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