Maurice Malpas

Maurice Malpas
Personal information
Full name Maurice Daniel Robert Malpas
Date of birth (1962-08-03) 3 August 1962
Place of birth Dunfermline, Scotland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
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 under-21 (caretaker)
2006–2007 Motherwell
2007–2008 Scotland under-21 (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. 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.

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

Malpas was born in Dunfermline, Fife. He played youth football for Leven Royals before signing 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.[1] Despite this, he made his debut in for Dundee United in 1981 and won the Scottish Football League Premier Division title in 1983.

Maurice soon developed into one of the best full backs in Scotland, a fact recognised when he won the 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.[2] He appeared for Scotland at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups and at Euro 1992.

He later captained United to the Scottish Cup in 1994 and also appeared for the club in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final. Malpas won the SFWA Footballer of the Year award in 1991. His long service was rewarded with two testimonial matches, in 1991 and 2000, and he was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame as one of its inaugural members in 2008.

Coaching career

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.[3] 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.[4] 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,[5] replacing former Dundee United team-mate 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 Johnstone's Paint 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.[6] Butcher and Malpas both left Hibernian in June 2014, after the club had been relegated from the Scottish Premiership.[7]

Malpas became director of football at Raith Rovers on 26 December 2014.[7][8] He left Raith Rovers on 22 May 2015[9] and was inducted to the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in October 2015.[10]

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup Lg Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dundee United 1979–800000000000
Career total 617 20 85 4 64 2 64 0 830 26

Manager statistics

As of 7 November 2013
TeamNatManagerial TenurePWDLWin %
Motherwell Scotland18 May 2006 – 1 June 2007441482231.82
Swindon Town England 15 January 2008 – 14 November 2008 42 13 11 18 30.95



Dundee United
1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1990–91
1984–85, 1997–98


See also


  1. Harry Reid (2005), The Final Whistle?, Birlinn, 238 ISBN 1-84158-362-6
  2. Bill Bateson and Albert Sewell (1992). News of the World Football Annual 1992/93. Harper Collins. p. 145. ISBN 0-85543-188-1.
  3. "Malpas is the new Motherwell boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 May 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  4. "Malpas leaves post at Motherwell". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  5. "Malpas set to become Swindon boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2008.
  6. Bathgate, Stuart (12 November 2013). "Terry Butcher to be unveiled as new Hibs manager". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  7. 1 2 "Raith Rovers: Maurice Malpas is director of football". BBC Sport. BBC. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  8. "Director of Football Appointed". Raith Rovers F.C. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  9. "19539". Raith Rovers FC. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  10. 1 2 Mullen, Scott (18 October 2015). "Ally MacLeod one of five inducted into Scottish Football Hall of Fame". Evening Times. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
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